Category Archives: Events

Venera Dreams

Claude Lalumiere‘s Objects of Worship was the first ChiZine title I ever read (I eventually interned there, but not before I read many more of their books), and I’ve tried to read everything he’s done since (I chose Objects… because I had previously read – and loved – an anthology he edited called Montreal Dreams). This past weekend he had a launch event at Toronto’s Bakka Phoenix bookstore for his new book, Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment.

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I’m not celebrating Canada Day

The year-long lead-up to the celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial has amazingly lacked awareness of how much this has been a celebration of colonialism in much of the country. It’s not like it’s been absent from the news, though. The whole spectacle has only reinforced the current government’s broken promises regarding reconciliation and recognition.

I want to acknowledge that I am a guest on the land that is territory of the Huron-Wendat,  Haudenosaunee, Anishinabek, and Mississaugas of the Credit River.

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Graduation is Torture

I mentioned last time that my wife had her PhD graduation ceremony on Monday. I wanted to go, but only because that thing took 8 years to finish, and something that significant deserves some kind of recognition, a ritual for closure’s sake. But the ceremony itself was torture.  Continue reading

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Visiting other worlds

Yesterday I got a glimpse of a world that’s far, far away from the world I live in day-to-day when I got to attend a charity fundraising event. Continue reading

Birthday Week

As an adult, I’ve always tried to minimize my birthday. Not celebrate it, not make an event of it, and most importantly not get stuff I don’t really want but have to be polite about and then figure out what to do with. I don’t really have a choice, though, because my in-laws like to celebrate, and for the last 5 years or so, April has involved a party for 3 birthdays. This year has been mostly awful so far, so it’s a nice distraction for once. Continue reading

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