Well, that was our hottest launch yet.

…and I mean that not only temperature-wise but also, you know, probably our most awesome.

We were so blown away by every single reader. They seriously killed it. Lorette C. Luzajic, our featured artist, had the amazing idea of having an art table to exhibit and sell her artwork, and her table lit up the room with its awesomeness. (We hope you got a chance to purchase a piece or two!) Thank you to all of our donors and to everyone who attended and everyone who supported us, and thank you to our amazing untethered table volunteers, Ekraz, Joshua and Melissa!

We still have some copies left, so if you missed out, shoot us an email and get one while you can for ONLY $10! You can also order online through the UofT Bookstore.

Please enjoy these photos from the launch!

The stage at Supermarket waiting for the readings to begin.
We ♡ Supermarket.
These beautiful untethered flowers that our Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny, made for us – they match the issue!
O’Helloron kicks off the night with tales of ladies spitting in batter – more than once, I think.
Cullene Bryant reads from “Jezebel and the Swans” – her non-fiction piece in the issue.
Hannah Brown charms the room with her mesmerizing poetry-reading voice – and her mesmerizing poetry!
Jann Everard starts in the middle of her story, “Drawing Lines” from the issue – and you’ll have to buy a copy to read the beginning AND the end!
JC Bouchard – I think the hat says it all. Support him & other great poets this August on the Worst Case Ontario Tour!


Burger break! (Did we mention Supermarket has awesome food?)
sarah duignan kicks off the second half of the night with her poetry from the issue!
Roxy Hearn read her story, “Old Spaces” from the issue.
Our new friend Ben Gallagher (his sister just had her first baby a few days ago – congratulations!) read his poem from the issue and more!
Slam poet extraordinaire, and member of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Team, Trevor Steven Abes brought all the feels to the room to close the night.
The raffle jug returns! Happy to be giving out raffle prizes!
Ending off the night with a still-crowded house. Thanks for sticking around!
The remnants of our untethered table.
Everyone in the room was extremely jealous of the dude who won this very special raffle prize donated by our featured artist, Lorette C. Luzajic, valued at $400. Congratulations, new Scarborough Fair friend!
Our photographer, who wishes to remain anonymous, went for a little walk after the launch to take some photos of the market, once the night had cooled down a bit.
Thank you for coming and for making our launch special!


summer issue launch is TOMORROW! here’s a sneak peek

It’s going to be our biggest, baddest, hottest, and sweatiest launch yet, and we want to see you there!

Where: Supermarket Restaurant and Bar in Kensington (268 Augusta Avenue)

When: 7 p. m.

What to expect:
• readings by contributors
• raffle prizes
• cash bar
• artwork exhibited and for sale by our feature artist, Lorette C. Luzajic (bring cash!)
• copies of our NEW summer issue for sale for $10

Wanna see a sneak peek?

Have a look at our Vol. 2.1 excerpts page for a little piece of what’s in store when you finally get to open up the new issue!

“Toronto” by Lorette C. Luzajic

Our launch of issue 2.1 is in exactly ONE WEEK!

We hope you’ve booked the night off work and cancelled all other plans and social gatherings (ie. relocated all other plans and social gatherings to the Supermarket at 7 p. m.) because it’s going to be one crazy show!

We wanted to share with you some of the AMAZING raffle prizes that you could win that night!


– back issues of Brick, A Literary Journal
– bundle of Descant Magazine issues
Humber Literary Review prize pack
– subscription to Taddle Creek
TNQ prize pack
(parenthetical) prize pack
The Quilliad prize pack
Broken Pencil prize pack
The Puritan Compendium I
Scarborough Fair back issues
Exile: The Literary Quarterly subscription
Toronto Poetry Slam Team 2015 anthology, “On Some Goody Two-Shoes Flex”
BookThug book prize pack

– an amazing original piece by our feature artist, Lorette C. Luzajic

…more to come!




We’re also very excited to announce our fabulous readers!


Trevor Steven Abes

Trevor Steven Abes is a poet, arts writer and member of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Team. He produced “Cartooning Degree Zero,” the 164th issue of Descant. Find his interviews and essays in The Toronto Review of Books, Torontoist and Sequential. Find his poetry in (parenthetical) and The Toronto Quarterly. Say hello at trevorabes.com.


JC Bouchard
JC Bouchard





JC Bouchard’s poetry appears in Arc, The Quilliad, In/Words, (parenthetical), and more. In 2013, one of his poems was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize and another received Honourable Mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award from Bywords. He is the author of two chapbooks: Portraits (In/Words Press), and Wool Water (words(on)pages) forthcoming in the Fall. This August he’ll be reading in select cities with the “Worst Case Ontario Poetry Tour”.


Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown


Hannah Brown was born in Hastings County and lived there long enough to be able to walk through a field and, as Purdy said, say the names—of the plants, in this case. She recently returned to writing full time, abandoning her film and English classes, and has discovered that novels are not written like screenplays. An excerpt from a novel in progress, Listening to Joe Henderson, recently appeared as “On Any Windy Day” in issue 15 of Superstition Review.


Cullene Bryant
Cullene Bryant


Cullene Bryant is a rock and roll grandmother of five and a graduate of The Writer’s Studio SFU. Her two collections of short fiction, Llamas in the Snow (1993) and In the Dry Woods (2005) were published by The Books Collective in Edmonton, Alberta. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Room, Descant and The Dalhousie Review. When she grows up she hopes to win Canada’s Governor General’s Award.



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sarah duignan


sarah duignan is a writer and anthropologist living in Toronto. Her poetry has been published by Leaf Garden and blue skies poetry.


Jann Everard
Jann Everard





Jann Everard lives in Toronto where she works part-time in health administration. Her short fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Canadian and American journals including The Fiddlehead, Grain, The Los Angeles Review, FreeFall and Room. Please visit her at janneverard.com.


Ben Gallagher

Ben Gallagher is a Toronto-based poet and essayist. He recently completed his MA at McMaster University, where he studied grief, arts education, and mental health. He has at various times worked as a wedding caterer, a gardener, an art teacher, and a drywaller. He sometimes sails on the Atlantic, but mostly he rides his bike.


Roxy Hearn





Roxy Hearn is a dance major and creative writing major graduate from York University, Toronto. She has been published in incendies, Wild Quarterly, JONAHMagazine, Cargo Literary, and Pictures & Portraits. She has also studied abroad in England and Italy.



O’Helloron is a Toronto-based writer, composer, and curmudgeon. He is currently organizing a number of his poems into a chapbook to be released this fall. Much of his work can be found on his site, instantsomething.com.

A little help from our friends

It’s that time again! With our summer launch just around the corner, it’s time once again to ask for a little help from our friends.

With each new issue comes new costs: printing thicker issues, venue expenses, honorariums to our talented contributors, etc. This year we are striving for colour pages to showcase this issue’s amazing featured artist Lorette C. Luzajic and pay our contributors a more substantial and competitive honorarium for their hard work and great words.

So please help us out, help out your friend or family member who submitted and wants to be paid for their work, any contribution of any amount is so graciously appreciated. We will even publish your name on our issue’s donors list. And if you can give $50 or more, we will send you a free copy of the issue! Check out our “Donate” page for more info on how you can do so.

Thank you, and we hope to see you at the launch!

WhenWednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 7-10pm

Where: Supermarket Bar in Kensington Market, Toronto (268 Augusta Avenue)