On Sunday afternoon, over 150 independent publishers, writers, artists and bloggers from across the continent will pack Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel for Canzine, Canada’s largest celebration of small press publishing and alternative culture.
The affair is organized by Broken Pencil, a quarterly magazine devoted to mobilizing the scattered community of small-circulation art.
This year, to coincide with the release of its Horror Issue and, well, Halloween in general, the theme is Indie Horror. That means the good times are not limited to perusing and purchasing photocopied pages, they also include gore workshops, hotel room installations (including The Special’s room of mystery featuring the amazing Mysterion), and the Canzine Whodunit, an all-day murder mystery that will span the Gladstone where we can finally find out once and for all who is killing the local zinesters.
An open underground horror screening program will be curated by B.P. Film Editor James King. All are welcome to bring videos as long as they are VHS or DVD and under 10 minutes in length.
Canzine had its first outing in 1995, the same year Broken Pencil made its debut, at the now defunct Spadina Hotel. From its meager beginnings with 20 exhibitors to this year’s crammed love-in at the Gladstone (not to mention the recent emergence of Canzine East and West), Canzine provides an audience for grassroots publishers that will hopefully encourage them to keep on creating. So you should probably go.
Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event should run until around 7 p.m. Five-dollar admission comes with a free copy of Broken Pencil’s Horror Issue. And no need to bring a lunch, folks. Marshmallows are free by the fake log at the Canzine campfire. You heard it here first.
Photo by Ashley Carter from Canzine 2005.