Vagabond Reads host and curator BLAIR TREWARTHA is launching his chapbook “Break In” (Cactus Press) on Thursday, February 4th at the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave) at 7:30pm. We urge you from the bottom of our hobo hearts to brave the winter and come out to give him literary paddywhacks along with hosts Jim Johnstone and Schwan McLeod. This chapbook kicks it up a notch, chekkit:

Misunderstandings Mag Issue 13  is also being launched that same night.
Nyla Matuk and Matt Leslie, who read for the Vagabond Trust October reading at Lola’s are in the readers lineup along with Michael Lista, Liz Howard, Robin Richardson and Andrew McEwan.

Two raucous publications, for (perhaps?) one wicked price. Open MIC (that’s right you animals, get down there with your villanelles and your spoken word!). FREE snacks! Beer!!

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Your friendly neighbourhood VAGABOND READS returns in February . . . deets coming soon via Bison Express.



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.

Hobos, drifters and wandering prosers take note!

The Vagabond Trust
A Reading Series
Tuesday October 27 2009

8 PM

At Lola’s Commissary near Church and Charles in The Village

634 Church Street *

Readings by

Shane Neilson, Jim Johnstone, Nyla Matuk,

Matt Leslie, Erin Shields & Nolan Natasha

with musical rar-rar! by DJ BRONSON LEE

and hosted by Darrah Teitel & Blair Trewartha

Featured Artist on October’s Flyer: LISA MOSES


SHANE NEILSON is the editor of Frog Hollow Press. He published Meniscus, his first trade book of poems, with Biblioasis this year. He is very proud of an anthology he edited and just released, Approaches to Poetry, a book containing essays by twenty-seven poets.

JIM JOHNSTONE holds an MSc in Reproductive Physiology from The University of Toronto. He is the recipient of a 2008 CBC Literary Award and the EJ Pratt Medal and Prize in Poetry, and his work was recently anthologized in Approaches to Poetry: The Pre-Poem Moment (Frog Hollow Press, 2009). Guernica Editions published his first full-length collection of poetry, The Velocity of Escape, in 2008.

NYLA MATUK’S short fiction and essays have appeared in the literary journals Event, Room of One’s Own, Descant and twice in the Alphabet City anthologies. She has also contributed journalism on architecture and literary topics as a freelancer to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life and other magazines. Her poems appear on the Greenboathouse Books Archive of poets online, and a first book of poems, Oneiric, was published in 2009 by Frog Hollow Press.

MATT LESLIE lives in Toronto and does stuff during the day and night to make that stuff called money. He’s a writer. His play “Black Swan” was produced as part of NB Acts in Fredericton in 2007, and his fiction can be seen in Qwerty and soon in Misunderstandings. Thanks Jim. His first novel “Slanted and Enchanted” is in people’s hands right this very instant. Whether or not they care enough to publish it is just one of several questions that keeps Matt awake during the day and night.

ERIN SHIELDS is an actor and playwright who trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, England. She is a founding member of Groundwater Productions and her most recent play, If We Were Birds premiered at the Summerworks Festival in 2008 and received award for Outstanding Production. If We Were Birds will be produced by the Tarragon Theatre in 2010. Other creations include Dance of the Red Skirts (Theatre Columbus), Fewer Emergencies (MITCH), The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski (Dora Nominated, Uno Festival, FemFest, Groundswell, Groundwater), Goblin Market (Dora Nominated, Groundwater/Belltower), Ubu Roi (Groundwater) and Connect the Dots (Small Wooden Shoe/Buddies).

NOLAN NATASHA’s solo debut album is entitled Beginner’s Luck. The transgender Toronto MC is the former front-man of queer punk band Scandalnavia. Nolan branched out on his own in order to find an outlet for the intensely personal subject matter, layed back flow and refreshingly minimal beats that would eventually make up Beginner’s Luck. The album is the product of a meticulously honed knack for lyricism, a finely tuned ear for rhythm and the ability to take on the most serious topics with cutting humour and clever insight.



Hobos, drifters and fugitive poets take note!

The Vagabond Trust
A Reading Series
Monday, July 6, 2009

8 PM

At This Ain’t the Rosedale Library in Kensington Market

86 Nassau Street *

Readings by
Rose Bianchini
Stuart Berman
Stewart Cole
Rebecca Houwer
Richard Rosenbaum
Blair Trewartha
Dean Vargas

with musical rar-rar! by DJ BRONSON LEE
and visualART! by Lisa Moses


Hosted by Kathleen Brown & Darrah Teitel

Featured Artist on July’s Flyer: EMILY WALKER THORNTON


A free event.


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