Supercrawl Presents Sharp Words Book Fair Feb 25 at Bridgeworks

Black and white text graphic for Sharp Words: Hamilton's Winter Book Fair, with "Sharp Words" capitalized in a serif typeface and slashed diagonally with a hairline so that the alignment is askew in the middle of each word. A small Supercrawl logo appears at centre top as presenting sponsor. Sharp Words subheading reads "Hamilton's Winter Book Fair"

Sharp Words is coming on February 25, 2023 to Bridgeworks (200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton)! Join us at this free event to discover fabulous new books from innovative writers and publishers, to talk to authors and artists, and to celebrate writing in our city.

The book fair will be open from 11:00am to 6:00pm and will feature great independent presses, artists, comic book creators and writers along with talks about publishing, the writing life and more.

Vendors are slated to include 845 Press, Arc Poetry, Baseline Press, Between the Lines Press, Black Eye Books, Book*hug Press, Canthius, The City & the City Books, Gordon Hill Press, gritLIT, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton Children’s Authors Collective (ft. Joyce Grant, Joanne Levy, Aimee Reid, and more), Dawn Hussy and Jane Enright, Lime Press, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Mawenzi House, Ojistoh Publishing, Palimpsest Press, Pallor Publishing, Rose Garden Press, Serif of Nottingham, Simulacrum Press, Stelliform Press, The Shale Project, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, West Meadow Press, Wolsak and Wynn and more.

At 7:00pm,  join us for our Literary Cabaret — an evening of live music where your favourite local authors will pick up the microphone… not to read, but to sing!

11:00 am
Doors Open
11:00 am to 12:00 pm [Onstage]
It’s the Next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Understanding the Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing
Join author and publishing industry veteran Mark Leslie Lefebvre and Wolsak and Wynn publisher Noelle Allen in a discussion about the different kinds of publishing options out there and why there is no “one weird trick” for selling your book.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Online]
Small Press Lunch Dates 
Join author and journalist Ariel Gordon as she hosts an online session introducing you to many fascinating small press authors from across Canada. Please note: This is a virtual session. Please register here
1:00 pm to  2:00 pm [Onstage]
Making it Big in the Hammer
Join award-winning and nationally recognized authors Gary Barwin, Sheila Murray, and Joe Ollmann as they talk about their experiences writing and living in the Ambitious City and what happens when the rest of Canada discovers your book. This panel will be moderated by Hamilton Review of Books Editor in Chief Dana Hansen
2:00 to 3:00 pm [Online]
Small Press Coffee Dates
Ariel Gordon returns for another round of online small press speed dates. Tune in to find more fascinating books from Canada’s most innovative small publishers. Please register here:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
All You Can Do is Laugh [Onstage]
Join Ralph Benmergui and Erin Pepler in a discussion about the importance of humour in writing about difficult topics in their recent memoirs I Thought He Was Dead: A Spiritual Memoir and Send Me Into the Woods Alone: Essays on Motherhood. This event will be moderated by Tanis MacDonald, the author of Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female.
7:00 pm
Sharp Words Literary Cabaret [Onstage]
Join host Nathan Whitlock as he leads us through an evening of music, singing and performance! Featuring performances by Gary Barwin, Andrew Bondy, Matt Cahill, Janet Hoy, Amy Jones, Sheila Murray, Nicola Winstanley, Andrew F. Sullivan, Jamie Tennant, John Terpstra, and Liz Worth, with music by Andrew Bondy, Tom Shea, Nathan Whitlock and Mark Woodland.

Sharp Words respects, supports and encourages the wearing of masks at our in-person events.

Supercrawl Presents Broken Social Scene March 17-19 at Bridgeworks

Photograph of members of Broken Social Scene grouped together, gazing into the early afternoon sun
Supercrawl Presents
You Forgot It In People 20th Anniversary Tour
Friday March 17, 2023 – with special guests Status/Non-Status – SOLD OUT! GET RESALE TICKETS
Saturday March 18, 2023 – with special guests OMBIIGIZI SOLD OUT! GET RESALE TICKETS
Sunday March 19, 2023 – with special guests Zoon –  GET TICKETS
Bridgeworks (200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton)
GA LIC/AA • $50 (+SC/HST) advance
At the dawn of the 21st century, just as the internet began infecting every aspect of our daily lives, Toronto musicians Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning began building a social network of their own. Like other such networks you’re familiar with, it quickly expanded to include friends, and friends of friends. It became a place where they could live out their best lives or fret about the fragile state of the world. And yes, occasionally, it became a forum for arguments and oversharing.
But this social network didn’t require you to stay glued to your smartphone to take part in it. Quite the opposite: Since debuting in 2001, Broken Social Scene have personified the unyielding, incomparable power of IRL human connection. It’s hard to know what to make of an ongoing experiment like Broken Social Scene.
Is it a band? Not quite. Bands tend to have defined memberships and aesthetics and goals; Broken Social Scene have never been bothered with such limitations. Is it a cult? Nah—some of them have the beards, but they could never agree on the right robes. Is it a collective? Certainly, it can seem that way when you see some 15 people crowding the stage, but BSS aren’t so much a united front as a perpetually mutating aggregate of competing creative energies. Once a two-person basement recording project, Broken Social Scene came to life onstage as a shadowy improvisational entity with a revolving-door roster, each concert a wholly unique experience dependent on the room, the weather, what they ate for dinner that night, and who was dropping in to play.
Where the band’s 2001 debut album, Feel Good Lost, presented BSS as an anonymous ambient project that reflected its humble, homespun origins, their electrifying live performances from that era rallied an extended family of performers with roots in post-rock (Justin Peroff, Do Make Say Think’s Charles Spearin), Latin jazz (Andrew Whiteman), art-folk (Feist), synth-pop (Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, also of Stars), dance-punk (Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw), and country rock (Jason Collett). But by pursuing improvisational freedom over commercial considerations, Broken Social Scene set a new gold standard for indie rock in the 21st century with 2002’s You Forgot It In People, an album that pushed the genre far beyond its noisy ’90s slacker roots toward a more sonically expansive, emotionally expressive vision. And with follow-up releases like the blissfully chaotic Broken Social Scene (2005), the rapturous Forgiveness Rock Record (2010), and the intricate, insidiously melodic Hug of Thunder (2017), Broken Social Scene have amassed a thrillingly amorphous, unpredictable body of work.
Throughout their two-decade run, Broken Social Scene have achieved all the markers of modern indie success—rave reviews from Pitchfork, invites to play Coachella and Lollapalooza, multiple JUNO Awards and Letterman appearances, and name-drops in Lorde songs. And their victories have ultimately been Toronto’s, through the establishment of a record label (Arts & Crafts) and music festival (Field Trip) that became rallying points for the local scene and nurtured the next generation of indie upstarts. But arguably Broken Social Scene’s greatest accomplishment is their mere existence, as a conglomerate that continues to defy all logistical convention and musical expectations. They’re living proof that underdogs are most effective when travelling in a pack, that mass audiences can be led into uncharted waters through collective enthusiasm, and that the better world we all dream of begins with community.
In both sound and personnel, Broken Social Scene has changed a lot since their 2001 inception. But one thing has remained constant—at the end of every show, Kevin Drew bids the crowd adieu by telling everyone to “enjoy your lives.” More than just a simple farewell, those words are a call to action—to put down your goddamn phone, get outside, and be part of a social scene of your own.

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