October—a month of pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween shenanigans, declining temperatures, and awesome Toronto events that you should seriously make time for. Lucky for you, P40’s done the heavy-lifting and compiled a list of hidden gems that we just had to share with you!


Opening Reception: The Illustrated Exhibit of the Flying Adventure
This year, to celebrate the South Korean holiday of Chuseok, Montegomery’s Inn will feature a display of Mi Jeong Hyunn’s children’s book The Flying Adventure of the Google-Eyed Mole and Mr. Han River Bird. With beautiful illustrations by Mi Jeong’s daughter and son-in-law, So Young Lee and JP Gural, this story of unlikely camaraderie champions multi-culturalism and presents a timely emphasis on open dialogue between cultures.

5  Book Launch for Leanne Dunic with Special Guests Phoebe Wang & Jasmine Gui
To Love the Coming End, by Vancouver-based author Leanne Dunic, moves across Singapore, Canada, and Japan, and engages with the dual notion of being connected with and separated from the global and daily experience of loss, trauma, and history. The novel will be launched at Glad Day Bookshop with special guests Pheobe Wang and P40’s own Jasmine Gui in attendance.

8-22  Call For Submissions – Salon of Inclusiveness 2017, Holiday Show
The Salon of Inclusiveness is having its annual show at The Black Cat Artspace and invites you to submit your work! The exhibition welcomes all artists working in all mediums, with the caveat that artwork must be suitable for hanging on gallery walls. The crowdsourcing of artwork promises a diverse and inclusive exhibit—a positive take on the historical ‘Salon des Rufusés.’ The deadline is fast approaching so remember to get your work in for the 8th! The exhibition will run from November 29th to December 31th.

14  Looseleaf Volume 4 Launch
The time has come, friends! We’re launching LooseLeaf Volume 4, featuring work from a long and exciting list of contributors. Come celebrate with us at Crimson Teas where we’ll be having readings, mini artist talks, live musical performances, and vendors selling their merchandise. Visit our Facebook page for forthcoming details. See you soon!

18  The Toronto Zine Off
Get ready, because you have less than month now to make a zine, print 15-20 copies (or more, we’re not stopping you), and bring them to The Steady for trading with your fellow zinesters. The first-ever Toronto Zine Off is a great way to get those creative juices flowing, make awesome work, and meet new people in the process. To be honest, you don’t have to make a zine to participate in the event—but it would be more fun if you did.

18—22  imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
imagineNATIVE is the largest presenter of original Indigenous film and media content, devoted to bringing communities together and promoting a deeper understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic forms. The festival will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers. This is a TIFF experience you definitely don’t want to miss!

19-29  International Festival of Authors 2017
Toronto’s International Festival of Authors will soon be underway, presenting a unique opportunity to celebrate contemporary literature, distinguished writers, and readers. A selection of international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers will all be in attendance for this 11-day event packed with readings, interviews, thought provoking panels, special events, and book signings. We’re especially looking forward to attending the Art and Politics in the Age of Resistance panel on the 19th and Around the World readings on the 24!


This list was compiled by Aliya Ghare

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