Selected Canadian Literary Reading Series
A curated listing of literary reading series from across Canada.
The nature of a list like this is for it to forever be incomplete.
Please send us your suggestions via the contact page or via Twitter with as much information as you can provide and we’ll do our best to ensure this page gets updated.
A reading series, as we’re loosely defining it here, is a regular literary event that is produced and curated to demonstrate a high quality of writing skill among its participants.
It does not need to be a big and fancy thing. In fact, extra points for the DIY grassroots aesthetic.
Open mics and events with obvious curatorial conflicts don’t fit here.
Art Bar Poetry Series – Toronto
The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad.
It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.
Art Bar poetry readings generally feature three poets performing their own work for twenty minutes, followed by ten poets each reading not more than three minutes on an open-stage.
For more information please check out: ArtBar.org.
Dead Poets Reading Series – Vancouver
It’s simple! Five presenters get fifteen minutes each to introduce one of their favourite dead poets and read a selection of that poet’s work.
To clarify here, by “dead poet” we mean “non-living poet”, not “character from that Robin Williams movie”.
Readings take place from 3-5 PM on the second Sunday of every odd-numbered month (i.e. January, March, May, etc.), and are run out of the Vancouver Library’s Central Branch(Alice McKay Room), in Downtown Vancouver.
For more information please check out: DeadPoetsLive.com.
Dominion Reading Series – Vancouver
A new monthly reading series in the BC Artscape Building (Sun Wah) in Chinatown at 268 Keefer Street just off Main.
Literary salon and conversation in an intimate space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in reading.
Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/icoaat/
For more information please visit: icoaat.com.
fine storytelling and otherwise – Vancouver
fine is a monthly evening of storytelling and otherwise that takes place at The Lido, on unceded Coast Salish Territories [Vancouver, BC].
hosted by Cole Nowicki
For more information please check: afineshow.com.
Incite – Vancouver
Incite is a free reading series presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Vancouver Public Library.
It offers intimate conversations with authors every second Wednesday from January to May.
Hosted at the VPL’s central branch in downtown Vancouver, Incite provides a highly accessible opportunity for all members of the city’s community to engage with writers and ideas.
For more information please check out the Incite website.
Indigenous Brilliance – Vancouver
Stories hold the incredible power to heal wounds, connect people, and bridge generations.
We believe that this is an incredibly important time to be centering Indigenous stories and to be shining a spotlight on the brilliance that exists in our communities.
The Indigenous Brilliance reading series is a collaborative reading series between Room Magazine and Massy books, featuring Indigenous women/2SQ artists. The series is held at Massy Books, located at 229 E Georgia St, by owner Patricia Massy.
For more information, please check out: RoomMagazine/Indigenous-Brilliance.
Pivot Reading Series – Toronto
We present the writers breathing life into Canadian literary culture. Established and emerging, time-tested and fresh; we’re what’s happening in literature, right now.
Toronto’s Great Literary Series. Every other THURSDAY at Tranzac Club, Tiki Room, 292 Brunswick Ave.
Hosted and Directed by Canisia Lubrin and Michelle Brown.
Follow Pivot on Twitter.
For more info please check out: pivotreadings.ca
Real Vancouver Writers’ Series
The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is a curated literary arts reading series and non-profit society that celebrates world-class writers from Vancouver and beyond.
RVWS organizes four events per year featuring 6 diverse writers at accessible venues across the city.
Real Vancouver gratefully acknowledges funding support from the BC Arts Council.
For more information please check out: realvancouver.org
Rowers Pub Reading Series – Toronto
The Rowers Reading Series is a monthly literary reading series showcasing the finest poetry, fiction and non-fiction writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as select emerging writers.
The series incorporated in May 2007.
Held on the first Tuesday of every month, the series runs from October to June. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first reading begins at 7 pm.
We are currently hosted at Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street in Toronto.
For more info please check out their website here.
Tonic Reading Series – Vancouver
Tonic Reading Series is a new frequent reading series in Vancouver showcasing creative writing from local, national, and international authors.
Hosted and organized by Adèle Barclay, Kayla Czaga, and Curtis LeBlanc.
Follow Tonic on Twitter.
For more information check out the Tonic FB page.
Tree Reading Series – Ottawa
Running since May 9, 1980, Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community.
Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers.
For more info please visit: TreeReadingSeries.ca.