Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Calgary Blow-Out to include Independent Press & Arts Fair!

filling Station, NoD, and CJSW present the 5th annual Calgary Blow-Out, held July 2 at Pages Books on Kensington and July 3 & 4 at Arrata Opera Centre in downtown Calgary.

This festival of innovative & original literature & art in its 5th year is bigger than ever! There are 7 events including two magazine launches, poetry and fiction readings, performance art, independent short film, two Exploding Concerts, and our first ever Blow-Out Art Show & Sale; for a complete listing, see

We're also expanding last year's inaugeral book fair into the Independent Press & Arts Fair. Micropress, small press, and artists producing art objets, artful handicrafts, and other smaller pieces will fill Arrata Opera Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The events overlaps with the aforementioned Art Show & Sale's reception held from 1-4 pm. Fair vendors are welcome to enjoy the reception which includes music and refreshments.

Thanks to rob mclennan for pointing me to this blog. Next year we will be sure to include it in our call for Fair vendors. At this time, there are just 3 tables left. If you are interested, please contact Laurie via Tables are $20 or $10 plus the donation of a prize for our Silent Auction.

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p.s. If you're in Calgary tonight, Toronto-based surrealist writer Stuart Ross is launching his collection of short stories from Freehand Books. filling Station Poetry Editor Helen Hajnoczky is also reading along with Jonathan Ball. It's at 7:00 pm downstairs in The Palomino, 7th Ave & 1st St SW. No cover, refreshments provided. Come on out and hear great work!