Toronto Eyeland Event

September 1, 2011

Come out to the home of Vagabond CampEye Comet this Sunday September 4th for a special event! In collaboration with Artscape Gibraltar Point and Wavelength music series, the Vagabond Trust presents an evening of music and art featuring…

Digits –
The Weather Station –

Films and performances by AGP Artists:

Wende Bartley

Yuula Benivolski
Kathleen Brown and Erin Robinsong
David Hanes
Nitasha McKnight

5:30 pm there will be a sounding procession and group walk to re-inaugurate the Gibraltar Point labyrinth led by Wende Bartley. Performances start at 7PM!

This show will be outside on the west lawn of Artscape Gibraltar Point, so bring a chair or blanket, and bring a PICNIC! Green Forest/Hundred Acre Woods styles! Cover is PWYC.


Us organizers at Vagabond Central (Oh!) have been so busy living up to our name: traversing the Nation, elated at the thought of another voice calling us down the Wild Road. But the summer has finally shaken us awake from a long, long recovery from winter’s desolate grip (in August! And you thought hobos slept lite . . .)

The Vagabond Trust and the artists of the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts are gathering their paper hats and dusting off their Super8’s and are getting giddy to present work to Mainlanders and Eyelanders alike on Sunday September 4. Looks like we’re going to collaborate with Wavelength Music Series to bring you some serious musical fare! Save the date! Keep yo’ heart peeled for news, Vagabonds.

The Vagabond Trust presents a HOLIDAY READING!

this Wednesday December 29 at The Ossington!

FREE! 8 PM! Join the Vagabonds for a toasty warm wintry eve of readings from authors

Chris Dupuis

Richard Greenblatt

Hannah Moscovitch

Jason Maghanoy

& Stephen Kempster Whelpdale Thomas

With music by electronic folk pop trio LOVEMAKER! and special announcements from The Provisional Avant-Garde and Rabiayshna Productions.

Hosted by your ever-transient literary mischief makers

Kathleen Brown, Darrah Teitel,  Blair Trewartha & Georgia Webber

December’s featured artist is Tamara Bogolasky.

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

The Vagabond Trust Reading Series

Saturday September 25, 2010, 5:30PM

The Ossington, 61 Ossington Avenue

The Vagabond Trust presents a fantastic night of readers Saturday July 25th at The Ossington!

This is a FREE event open to everyone, so come and enjoy an evening of readings from authors

Liz Howard

Julie Cameron Gray

John B. Lee

& Rebecca Rosenblum

with music by electronic folk pop trio LOVEMAKER!

Hosted by Blair Trewartha

About the Authors:

Liz Howard, a native varietal of northern Ontario, has taken root in Toronto where she engages in cognition research and poetics.  She is a member of the Influency Salon editorial group and co-cultivates AvantGarden, a new readings series which foregrounds innovative text and sound based performance by women. Her work has appeared in Misunderstandings Magazine and online at Matrix Magazine as part of the New Feminisms Supplemental. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the LitPop Award for poetry.

Julie Cameron Gray is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She has also previously published a chapbook with Cactus Press, entitled The Distance Between Two Bodies. She is a contributing editor for Misunderstandings Magazine.

John B. Lee was named Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity in 2005.  His work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications.  The most recent of his 50+ published books are: Sweet Cuba, a bilingual anthology of Cuban Poetry in Spanish with English translations by John B. Lee in collaboration with Manuel Leon, Dressed in Dead Uncles, (Black Moss Press, 2010) and Being Human, (Sanbun Press, 2010).  A recipient of over 70 prestigious awards for his poetry, he will be honoured by his alma mater, UWO with the Award of Merit for Professional Achievement in October 2010.

Rebecca Rosenblum’s fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award, longlisted for the Relit Award, and she was herself a juror for the Journey Prize 21. Her collection, Once, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill and Quire’s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. Her second collection, The Big Dream, is forthcoming from Biblioasis and her first chapbook, Road Trips, was just released from Frogs Hollow Press. Her blog is

Featured artist for this month’s flyer is Foonanannie!

FOONANANNIE is a photography collaboration between Foon Yap and Annie Moody, characterized by photo essays exploring gender, urban decay, and industrialization. Yap and Moody perform all the makeup, styling, modeling and photography. Foon Yap is best-known as the violinist in the indie collective, Woodpigeon, and for her Vampire-Sex-Metal-Disco band, FOONYAP and the The Roar. Annie Moody is a photographer working and dancing in Calgary, Alberta.

Check out her work here:

FOONYAP and The Roar |
The Vagabond Trust Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council.

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

THE VAGABOND TRUST Reading Series presents your chance to welcome Spring with our May lineup of poets and playwrights. Join us this Friday May 14, at 9PM at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library in Kensington Market, for a sweet city night of blooming literary talent with whippersnappers SHANNON BRAMER, BRIANA BROWN, ROBIN RICHARDSON, JOSH STEWART and JULIE TEPPERMAN.

Featuring a special artist talk by May’s featured artist ZEESY POWERS!

with your ever rambunctious hosts KATHLEEN BROWN, DARRAH TEITEL and BLAIR TREWARTHA.


SHANNON BRAMER is a poet and playwright. Her books include: suitcases and other poems, scarf, and most recently, The Refrigerator Memory, with Coach House Books. In February 2010 she published a chapbook entitled “BE MINE” (love poems!) with Bookthug, and donated profits to Doctors Without Borders to support post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. She lives in Toronto.

BRIANA BROWN has created and performed in a number of her own works and collaborations which have been presented at such theatre festivals as Winnipeg’s FemFest, Spring Arts Fair (Tarragon), HotScrawls, Rhubarb!, and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program. This summer Briana’s work can be seen at fringe festivals in London (Cassandra), Toronto (Almost, Again.), Orlando and Victoria (Reckless Daughters, collective).

ZEESY POWERS is a young interdisciplinary artist who works with light, her body and other people. Her work has screened around the world, and her most recent projection performance, The Ghost, has been performed in Japan, Berlin, Los Angeles and Montreal. Her current project, One Month Relationship, is a joke that is too real. She exists both on- and off-line.

ROBIN RICHARDSON is a writer and illustrator. Her work has appeared in The Toronto Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, The Puritan, Misunderstandings Magazine, Filling Station, The Pilot Project, and is forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review. Though she currently lives in Toronto, she will be moving to New York in the Fall to pursue an MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

JOSH STEWART is a Mississauga-based poet who enjoys sushi, hats, and Tuesdays. His first poetry chapbook, Invention of the Curveball, was released with Cactus Press in 2008.

JULIE TEPPERMAN is an actor, playwright & educator. She is also co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre (with Aaron Willis), creators of the hit plays AutoShow (named #4 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of ’06), The Gladstone Variations (4 Dora nominations, including best production, play & direction) &Yichud (Seclusion), which recently played to sold-out houses at Theatre Passe Muraille. Julie is currently working on a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father for the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre as part of Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Master Playwright Festival, January 2011.

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

You might remember hearing excerpts from February Vagabond Jason Maghanoy’s “Throat” a couple months ago at our last reading . . . join Jason and crew this Sunday April 25 at the Factory Studio Theatre for a reading of the entire play!

This reading is part of CAHOOTS 2010 CrossCurrents New Play Festival.

We’ve been on hiatus for the Fall and Winter while we gather reserves and gumption, but now the air monkeys are on hand, and the Big E is ready to bend the rail and beat ‘er on the track.

In another lexicon: the Vagabond Trust is back and hosting regular Writers Workshops thanks to the command of Captain Georgia Webber.

We meet approximately every 2 weeks. If you’re a professional writer (meaning you may make a living teaching, coaching, waiting, motherin’/fatherin’, rock n’ rolling, or being a professional student, but you are devoted to the craft of writing!) then you are welcome in our camp.

Next Writer’s Meets:

Monday, April 5th at 7pm

Sunday, April 18th at 5pm

Monday, May 3rd at 7pm

Sunday, May 16th at 5pm

Monday, May 31st at 7pm

Remember that participation in our workshops does not hinge on everybody having new work to show every week. Your presence is valuable no matter if you’re reading or critiquing! We love to have you around. Email us for details on our not so secret location:

Drownin’ it out,

Your Local Vagabonds


November 8, 2009

Come out with members of The Vagabond Trust to the Launch for

GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry & Prose

Thursday November 12, 2009 at TRASH PALACE!


89-B Niagara Street

Come out to party with a miscellany of Toronto’s lit scene and pick up a copy – fresh off the press from Tightrope Books! GULCH is co-edited by Vagabond Karen Correia Da Silva, with Sarah Beaudin and Curran Folkers.


– Daniel Scott Tysdal
– Chris Eaton
– Nathaniel G. Moore
Vagabond Kathleen Brown
– Ewan Whyte (with accompanying performance artist Istvan Kantor)
– Alex Armstrong
– James Papoutsis
– Melanie Janisse

and more!

Hemingway and DJ Ghaleon will be serving up auditory treats all night with our brilliant host, KING FRANKENSTEIN!

GULCH anthology
Inspired by the contemporary theories of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose is a rhizomatic exploration of the modern Canadian literary community. Drawing on the postmodern themes of detachment and disjuncture, GULCH seeks to create an optimistic snapshot of the pluralities and complexities that constitute the post-pomo literary landscape. Focusing on the theme of fragmentation, Steel Bananas members Sarah Beaudin, Karen Correia Da Silva and Curran Folkers have collected pieces from community artists, Professors, lit students, burgeoning young talent as well as established writers in order to compile a collection that resists the notion of wholeness, privileging instead the multiplicity and diversity found in contemporary globalized culture. This assemblage of poetry and prose bares the innovation and cultural critique of post-millennium Canadian writers, and seeks to expose the beauty of discontinuity.