The Vagabond Trust presents a FUNDRAISER FOR BOOK CULTURE

this Saturday July 31 at The Ossington!

$5 at the door and you can join the Vagabonds for a sunny summer afternoon of readings from authors

Claudia Dey

Sean Dixon

Mark Goldstein

& Emily Schultz

With a special artist talk on book culture by Charles Huisken!

and music by electronic folk pop trio LOVEMAKER!

Hosted by your ever-transient literary mischief makers

Kathleen Brown, Darrah Teitel,  Blair Trewartha & Georgia Webber

July’s featured artist is Allan Harding Mackay. The image on our poster is from the Plant Woman Series (2010), and is chalk and oil pastel, wax and damar varnish on paper.

The Vagabond Trust Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council.


Claudia Dey is a novelist and playwright. Her plays have been translated into French and German and produced internationally. They include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, has been praised by – among others – Time Out Chicago, which called it ‘deeply weird and totally beautiful’. Stunt was one of The Globe and Mail’s ‘2008 Globe 100’, Quill and Quire’s ‘Books of the Year’ and nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award. Her new book, How To Be a Bush Pilot: A Field Guide to Getting Luckier comes out this October with HarperCollins.

Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist, actor and screenwriter. His first novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything (2007) has been published all over the English speaking world and translated into Romanian. He is the author of two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey (Key Porter 2007, 2009), both set in 10th-Century Norway. A screenplay, Lake Michigan, is in development with Iranian film director Mani Haghighi, to be produced by well-known U.S. director Michael Moore in 2011. Sean’s next novel, Kip Flynn of 12 Kensington, will be published by Coach House in the spring of 2011 and his next play, A God In Need of Help (based on a true story about the journey of a large Durer painting over the Alps in 1605) is in development with Crow’s Theatre.

Tracelanguage: A Shared Breath,” Mark Goldstein’s most recent book of poems, was published by BookThug in Spring 2010. It transtranslates poet Paul Celan’s seminal 1967 work, Atemwende.” In 2008, BookThug issued Goldstein’s first book, “After Rilke: To Forget You Sang,” a series of homophonic translations based on Rilke’s “The Voices.” Accompanying these translations are a set of letters Goldstein wrote in homage to the late American poet, Jack Spicer. Last fall, Goldstein’s Beautiful Outlaw imprint published “Handwerk,” a slip-cased set of six chapbooks by poets Phil Hall, Erin Moure, Oana Avasilichioaei, Angela Carr, Jay MillAr, and Goldstein. In the spring of 2010, he facilitated a twelve-week course on Transtranslation at the Toronto New School of Writing. He lives in Cabbagetown, Toronto.

Emily Schultz is the author of the novel Heaven Is Small (House of Anansi Press), which was a finalist for the 2010 Trillium Book Award. Her other books include Songs for the Dancing Chicken, Joyland, and Black Coffee Night. She co-founded the website,, which features short fiction from across North America.


LOVEMAKER is an electronic folk-pop trio.  Combining live instruments with electronic sampler, a range of music is created, from laid-back and atmospheric tunes to popping trippy dance beats.  Fans find them performing all around Toronto any night of the week and follow their ever-evolving recordings online. These three friends came together from solo-folk projects to play and write songs together. On the keyboard, Laura Boyle rocks the knobs and writes amazing lyrics and melodies to sing on the songs. Shira Gellman adds her pretty guitar sounds and helps to write the songs and sing.  Matthew Maaskant is a man of all machines and works the sampler, MPC or any other instrument that will deliver the rhythm. This band is an adventure story.  A quick and varied evolution from folk to electronic to karaoke and back to the beginning again, LOVEMAKER is moving forward and across Ontario.


The Vagabond Trust has been busy these past few months organizing summer and Fall activities. We are pleased as a bison stumbling into a patch of new fieldgrass to announce our upcoming FUNDRAISER FOR BOOK CULTURE!, and the date is set!

July 31! from 5pm to 9pm at The Ossington, we present to you a late sunny summer afternoon of readings from authors

Sean DixonClaudia Dey,

Mark Goldstein & Emily Schultz

featuring the band Lovemaker!

There are more details about this exciting event to come, but make sure to save the date and pick out your petticoats and derby hats.


The Vagabond Trust has also begun a collaboration with Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, presenting a monthly Arts Talk at the Centre. Our first talk happened June 30th and featured a performance video by Johannes Zits, a performance video by the Gestare Art Collective, music by Tamara Lindeman and an arts talk on Toronto by Jamie Shannon. Our next Art Talk will be in July, and info on artists and how to get to G Point will be posted in the coming week.


Last but not least, the Trust has begun scheduling our Fall reading lineup. If you are an artist interested in reading or giving a talk on your work, please contact us at