A couple of Sunday night events to kick-off or end your week, depending on how you see it. Gypsy Eyes, who is all over the place this week, hosts Last Call Poets at the Cadillac Lounge – 1296 Queen W. – tonight at 8pm. Admission is $7.
Depending on how long Last Call Poets runs, you may be able to make it over to the Gladstone – 1214 Queen W. – for Haunted Fishtank poetry and spoken word night. This one is free, and starts at 9pm.
Monday presents three choices. Freedom Readings kicks off at 6pm at Smiling Buddha Bar, 961 College St. It features poetry and prose, and it’s free.
The hugely talented D’Bi Young (pictured) launches the book of blood.claat: one womban story, her Dora Award-winning play. The launch takes place at Lula Lounge – 1585 Dundas W. – at 7pm. Admission is $10.
Finally, Monday wraps up with Pussy Pen, featuring reads from female, trans, and queer perspectives. It takes place at Tango and Crews – 508 Church St. – at 8pm, and is free.
As usual, Tuesday night is The Art Bar Poetry Series, happening at the Victory Café, 581 Markham. This week features Sue Chenette (The Time Between Us), Governor General Award finalist and Brick Books editor Barry Dempster (The Burning Alphabet) and Gypsy Eyes. The first poet takes the stage at 8pm. It’s free.
Browngirlworld 6 takes place on Thursday, August 17. The event features spoken word and performance by queer and trans artists of colour. Performers include Osama Bin Thuggin, d-lishus, Keisha Williams, Alec Butler, and loads more. It starts at 7:30pm and takes place at the Gladstone – 1214 Queen W. Admission is on a sliding scale, ranging from $8 to $12.
On Friday, the IV Lounge Reading Series presents James Arthur, A.F. Moritz (Crossroads Near Somewhere) and Rheostatic Dave Bidini (The Five Hole, Tropic of Hockey, The Best Game You Can Name). It takes place at the IV Lounge – 326 Dundas St. W. – at 8pm as if free.
Finally, the next installment of Toronto Poetry Slam takes place on Saturday, August 19. Former Toronto poet (and current Calgary resident) Wakefield Brewster is featured. Head to Cervejaria – 842 College – at 8:30pm if you want to catch the action. Admission is $5.