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Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators

Thu 05 Sep, 2013 - ELAN Classifieds

Let's prove that this quote by Stephen Fry is true. I'm currently building a bookshelfie (picture one takes of oneself in front of a bookhelf) gallery and am looking for people to submit their pictures to show the world that books are still alive and lovec (see the gallery here:

In exchange for your picture, I will glady link back to or showcase your work on my social media (my facebook page has an average reach of 500/people/week).

If you'd like to join in on the fun, send your bookshelfie to Include your first name and location as well.

Thank you very much!

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Interpretations: Text & Technology in Theatre

Start Date: Sat 31 May, 2014
End Date: Sat 31 May, 2014

Artistic Events

Interpretations: Text & Technology in Theatre 

Click here to register:  

May 31, 2014

Theatre de Quat'Sous 1pm to 5pm
100 Avenue des Pins Est, Montreal

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Play Reading

Start Date: Wed 14 May, 2014
End Date: Wed 14 May, 2014

Artistic Events

at Restaurant La Grange, 2 Meadowbrook, Morin Heights

Wed • MAY. 14th • at 7 pm
Try your hand at play reading or just relax and listen in...
Come early for dinner or enjoy coffee & dessert/drinks & snacks

Venez assister à nos lectures à La Grange, 2 Meadobrook, Morin-Heights @ 19 h, l3 14 mai.

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Visual Arts Centre School of Art / McClure Gallery Reading

Start Date: Tue 13 May, 2014
End Date: Tue 13 May, 2014

Artistic Events

Visual Arts Centre

School of Art / McClure Gallery Readings

350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount  Tel: 514-488-9558

Founder/ producer Ilona Martonfi Tel: 514-939-4173

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Doors 7:00 pm  Reading 7:30 pm  At the door $5

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Heather O'Neill Launches The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Start Date: Sat 10 May, 2014
End Date: Sat 10 May, 2014

Artistic Events

Saturday, May 10, doors at 7 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m.
The Rialto Hall, 5711 Avenue du Parc

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, in association with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, presents the launch of Heather O’Neill’s new book, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night! There will be a reading, followed by a Q&A and a conversation between Heather O'Neill and Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream).

Tickets are $5 and include a $5 discount on the book. Available at the store, or by phone at 514-279-2224.

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Artist Coaching Sessions

Wed 23 Apr, 2014 - Workshops

Artist Coaching Drop-In Sessions
Thursday, May 8, 2014
(Session repeats May 22)

Cost : FREE

Our artist coach now holds 15 minute drop-in sessions every two weeks, on a Thursday afternoon from 1:30PM-2:30PM. For this service, you are not required to pay a fee to open a file. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis.

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David Homel launches The Fledglings

Start Date: Wed 07 May, 2014
End Date: Wed 07 May, 2014

Artistic Events

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Mon 31 Mar, 2014 - Workshops

On May 4, please come to this unique workshop, VOICES II: THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR WILL BE YOUR OWN. Here is the basic description of the day:

As usual, we will have a small brunch. Then I will introduce the course's objectives. In VOICES II, we will summarize and review the previous class in way beneficial to both those who did and did not attend. Then we will examine excerpts from the works of a couple of renown writers with signature voices. And we will play a dynamic game in which participants match the voice to the writer.

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9th Accenti Magazine Awards

Start Date: Fri 02 May, 2014
End Date: Fri 02 May, 2014

Community Events

9th Accenti Magazine Awards 

Friday May 2, 6:00pm, free
Italian Cultural Institute: 1200 Dr. Penfield
Reservations required: 
9th Accenti Magazine Awards: discover the images and words that matter Italian-style as Accenti celebrates the winners of its contests as part of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.
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Collage Tales: Mandalas & Drum Journeys

Thu 10 Apr, 2014 - Workshops

Collage Tales: Mandalas & Drum Journeys


For Writers, Artists, Storytellers & Other Creative Leaders


An 8-week Art Therapy Workshop for Women


Led by Ilona Martonfi


Producer of The Yellow Door

& Visual Arts Centre Readings

Tel (514) 939-4173

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Jump-Start Your Art & Artist Grants and Loans Information Session

Wed 23 Apr, 2014 - Workshops

Thursday May1, 2014
1:30 PM–3:30 PM
(Session repeats May 15, May 29)
Cost: Free ($2 handouts)

Are you an artist seeking to make a living from your creativity and talent, but don’t know how? This orientation session outlines the support services available to artists through YES and other arts organizations, and touches upon key things to consider in building a career or business in the arts. 

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Creative Writing Workshop led by Ilona Martonfi

Wed 09 Apr, 2014 - Workshops

Creative Writing Workshop

Short Story, Flash Fiction,


Creative Non-Fiction

An eight-week writing course for women

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Monique Polak launches Straight Punch

Start Date: Sun 27 Apr, 2014
End Date: Sun 27 Apr, 2014

Artistic Events

Monique Polak launches her latest YA novel Straight Punch (Orca Book Publishers) on Sunday, April 27 from 4-6 PM at Big Ron's Fight Studio, 5515 rue Paré (west of the Orange Julep), Suite 301. Refreshments will be served.

For further information, telephone Livres Babar (514)931-0606.

A portion of book sales will be donated to the Jewish General Hospital's Segal Cancer Centre.

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RAW - Natural Born Artists: Multidisciplinary Art Event

Start Date: Sat 26 Apr, 2014
End Date: Sat 26 Apr, 2014

Artistic Events

In August of 2013, an American organization called RAW: Natural Born Artists extended into Canada. They host multi-disciplinary art events on average every two months. Their next show is Saturday April 26th.

The event is open to the public and all artists and art enthusiasts are encouraged to come to the show. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Anyone interested can find the details here: 

Artists interested in applying for future shows can find more details here:

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infringement festival welcomes artists and collaborators!

Wed 16 Apr, 2014 - Artistic Collaborations

For its 10th anniversary, the Montreal infringement festival is inviting artists to MAKE SOME NOISE!

Montreal’s 2014 infringement festival, which runs from June 18th to 22nd, wants artists to make some noise this year! Local culture is under threat like never before in the city and new laws against “noise” are putting small arts venues at risk with fines in the thousands of dollars! The new mayor has turned a blind eye to these abuses and has no plan in place to protect Montreal’s culture. A grassroots organization called Save The Plateau has sprung up to challenge the abusive anti-noise laws and the infringement festival supports and shares the same pro-artist, anti-gentrification objectives.

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Vallum Award for Poetry 2014

Tue 15 Apr, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

ANNOUNCING: The Vallum Award for Poetry 2014
1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $250 + publication in Vallum
2014 Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke
Online/Postmark contest submission DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2014

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. Get your word on!

ENTRY FEE: $25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for international entrants, and includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted both by Paypal and by postal mail.

For more information please visit:

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Screenwriting Seminar - April 12

Wed 19 Mar, 2014 - Workshops

A one-day intensive seminar where you’ll learn about characters and characterization, narrative structure, visualization, story boarding, dialogue, script formatting, and more. No experience is necessary!

The seminar is a combination of instruction and hands-on activities connected to a variety of video clips. There are individual as well as interactive exercises designed to reinforce concepts introduced throughout the day. As a bonus, participants receive a complimentary package filled with useful information they will refer to again and again after the seminar.

The Basic Screenwriting Seminar is a day designed to kick start your creativity. Not only will you get the tools you need to write your own screenplay, you’ll meet others who share your passion for writing.

1-Day Screenwriting Seminar
April 12, 2014
10am – 5pm
4400 Ste. Catherine West

Early bird fee: $97 - register by Thursday, March 27th at 5pm
Regular fee: $175

For more info and to register,

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Artist Coaching

Thu 13 Mar, 2014 - Workshops

Artist Coaching Drop-In Sessions
Cost : FREE
Thursdays, 1:30PM-2:30PM: Apr 10, Apr 24

Our artist coach now holds 15 minute drop-in sessions every two weeks, on a Thursday afternoon from 1:30PM-2:30PM. For this service, you are not required to pay a fee to open a file. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis.

One-on-one sessions with a dedicated artists’ coach can be one-time, occasional or on-going in nature, and are intended to help artists define and attain goals based on short and long-term action plans. Guidance and support is offered in the following areas:

• Administration
• Career Development
• Event and Project Planning
• Funding and Fundraising
• Industry Resources and Organizations
• Marketing and Promotional Tools/Strategies

Group Coaching for Artists
Cost : FREE*

Thursday afternoons, 2:30PM – 4:00PM: Apr 10, Apr 24

Hosted and moderated by the YES Artists’ Coach, this informal open coaching block is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and encourages the exchange of ideas, information, resources and strategies between peers working towards careers in the arts and/or in arts-entrepreneurship. Group maximum is 8 participants.

*For this service, participants are required to have opened a client file at YES.

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Biblioasis launches CNQ "Montreal Issue"

Start Date: Wed 09 Apr, 2014
End Date: Wed 09 Apr, 2014

Artistic Events

Biblioasis launches CNQ "Montreal Issue"
Wednesday April 9, 7:30pm
The Word Bookstore, 469 Milton Street
For more info contact Jesse @ Biblioasis (514) 968-2206
Join Biblioasis and The Word Bookstore for the launch of the forthcoming Montreal Issue (No. 89) of Canadian Notes and Queries. Guest-edited by Marko Sijan, the issue features poems, essays and interviews from 14 emerging and established local artists, who offer a range of commentary on how aspects of the city have changed over the last few decades. The Montreal Issue evokes how this city, in the words of contributor Trevor Ferguson, “is distilled in the synapses and nerve-endings” of its artists. Marko Sijan will be emceeing, and the evening will feature readings from Norm Sibum, Elisabeth Gill, Asa Boxer, Donald McGrath, Robert Melançon, Trevor Ferguson, and Robyn Sarah
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