Last night’s poetry, art, and music night at the Smiling Buddha in Toronto went smashingly, and we’re excited to say that it will be a monthly event. Hosted by Jack Hostrawser and organised by Jack and myself, the event enjoyed a better turnout than we could have hoped for given the sometimes-torrential rain outside.
There was a lot of Quilliad talent out last night, as well as some new faces. Our poetry features were Steph Chaves (The Quilliad‘s very own submissions editor and social media assistant), Dylan R. Wagman (a contributor of ours, though he’s been published in a number of other journals as well), Devin P. L. Edwards (a Quilliad contributor and launch party sound engineer), and slam poet Sterling Dillinger. The night also featured musical performances from Chris Panacci of the Busker Bros, Kane Carr of Campfiresex, Nick Brownlee of the New Democratic Party, and art installations and/or prints from Greg McCarthy, Blyth, Gabriel Altrows, Ita Richelle, Devin P.L. Edwards, and yours truly. The merch table included art prints and buttons, copies of The Quilliad‘s last three issues, Devin’s poetry book Love and Longing, and a chapbook from the talented John Nyman. When I left at 11 the night was still going, with DJ Soles scheduled to keep the night alive.
Here are some photos from the event:
Jack’s hoping to include some stand-up comedy next time, so it’ll be a proper variety show. We’re tentatively thinking of October 8th for the next one, but we don’t know yet for sure–we’ll keep you posted.