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Canzine comes to Ottawa for the first time—10.13.18 at the Ottawa Art Gallery

By Lee Pepper on October 11, 2018

A one-stop shop for self-published and small-press writing and art, Canzine has organized events in Toronto and Vancouver for many years, and recently also added Winnipeg and Calgary editions.

And now, for the first time, Canzine is coming to Ottawa. The event makes its Ottawa debut on Saturday, October 13th at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG).

Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil Magazine, which has been collecting reviews and commentary about zines, comics, and other self-published and small press works since 1995.

We spoke with Jonathan Valelly, editor of Broken Pencil Magazine, about what the zine-curious can expect from the Ottawa edition of Canzine. Here’s what’ll be happening throughout the day on Saturday, October 13th:

12pm – 6pm
Massive Zine Fair Marketplace! • Alma Duncan Hall at OAG
The heart of Canzine is the zine fair marketplace, where dozens of writers, artists, and makers will be selling their work. As Valelly puts it, “Every city’s zine and self-publishing scene is unique — that’s part of what makes it so awesome for us to be able to connect with and support scenes in different places. So far it looks like we’ll have a healthy balance of comics, chapbooks, fanzines, art zines, and classic, cut-n-paste perzines [personal zines] and punk zines.”

12pm – 6pm
Global Zine Project • SAW Video Hallway Space
An exhibit of zines, chapbooks and underground printed artifacts from around the world.

12pm – 6pm
Zine Vitrine: Ottawa Punk Zines of the 80s • OAG 3rd Floor
An exhibit of Ottawa 80s punk zines from the collections of Janine Frenken, who made the zine No Cause for Concern?, and Julia Pine.

Julia Pine’s zine collection.

12pm – 3pm
Drop-in All-Ages Zine Making Workshop • OAG Studio
A zine-making workshop where both kids and adults will be able to experiment with making their own zines, and will be able to bring copies home to share with their friends.

2pm – 3pm
Radical Zine Readings • SAW Video Knot Project Space
Zine makers from Ottawa and beyond will read new work from across the zine spectrum.

3pm – 4pm
Workshop with Decolonize Your Art • SAW Video Knot Project Space
RJ Jones of Decolonize Your Art will offer a community workshop on zines and printmaking. A Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist, storyteller, facilitator and educator, their work centres around decolonizing our approach to gender and sexuality.

4pm – 5pm
Drop-in Screenprinting Workshop • SAW Video HUB Space
Make your own personalized patch on recycled fabric at this introductory silk-screening workshop with local artist Cara Tierney, an interdisciplinary artist and professor of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Ottawa. Fabric and materials will be provided.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Ottawa Art Gallery since their renovations, Canzine is a great opportunity to do so.

Stephanie Nadeau, OAG’s Head of Public, Educational 
and Community Programs, commented: “Ottawa Art Gallery is thrilled to be a presenting partner for Canzine Ottawa. Canzine is an important festival celebrating zine culture and underground arts. Their community-based approach to programming really aligns with OAG’s values, so the partnership is a natural fit. They’ve planned a thoughtful schedule of events with a little something for everyone. It’s a great way for folks who haven’t been to the new OAG yet to come by and check things out. We’re still trying to get the word out that OAG is admission-free for everyone, every day. Come check out Canzine on October 13, and check your new gallery!”


For more information on Canzine Ottawa, visit Broken Pencil’s website, or check out the Facebook event page. The event is free to attend.