Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Science Fiction and Fantasy Events in Toronto, September 2011

These events are from the science fiction & fantasy calendar I run.  If you have an event that's not listed, email me ( and I'll put it on the calendar and add it here.  While I try to get the details correct, always check the links to confirm event information. I'll be updating this post as I learn of more events.

Thursday September 1

Dr Who Information Network (DWIN) Pub Night

There is a regular Doctor Who Tavern/Pub gathering in Toronto on the first Thursday of each month
Where: Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor Street West (near Bathurst). We meet up at the back near the dartboards.
When: People usually start to arrive around 8:00pm.

Friday September 2

Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox Presents:
Otherwordly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design
Where:Reitman Square on the north-west corner of King and John Streets (350 King Street West)
When: September 2 - March 2012, hours
Cost: free

Free exhibition focuses on the work of Canadian costume designers in celebrated fantasy, science fiction and horror films; presented in partnership with the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design and complemented with special guests.

The Infinite Kung-Fu Launch Party Graphic novel launch and live music/film event featuring Hop-Fu.
Admission: $5 or free w/ book purchase
Where: Revival, 783 College, Toronto, 416-535-7888
When: 9 pm

Saturday September 10

Friends of the Merril Collection Annual SF/Anime Flea Market
Where: Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
When: 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: Free
It's time once again for the Friends of the Merril annual SF / Anime Flea Market, one-stop shopping for all of your genre needs. We'll have books, DVDs, games, costume supplies,collectibles, and more avaialble at bargain basement prices.

Sunday September 11

Phineas Phlensing’s Monthly Steampunk Pub Social
Where: Rover’s Pub on Bloor Street West, west of Bathurst across the street from Honest Ed’s.
When: Festivities start at around 1PM.
Costume optional.
(via Lloyd & Yvonne Penney's event email)

Wednesday September 14

Fantastical Fiction Readings by speculative fiction authors Guy Gavriel Kay, Douglas Smith, Hayden Trenholm, Holly Bennett, Erin Bow, Paul Glennon and Robert Paul Weston.
Admission: $10, stu free
Where: , Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, 416-973-4000,
When: 7:30 pm

Authors at Harbourfront Centre:
Paul Glennon, Bookweirder (juvenile fiction)
Where: The Brigantine Room 235 Queens Quay West
When: 7:30 pm
Cost: $10, free for members/students with ID/youth 25 and younger
Chiraroscuro Reading Series Presents: A Chill in the Air
Where: Augusta House, 152 Augusta Avenue
When: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Join the Chiaroscuro Reading Series for a night of deliciously chilling stories featuring Katherine Govier, Helen Marshall and Mark Sedore.

Chemists have Solutions
Where: Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
When: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join Professor Robert H. Morris, Chair of the Chemistry department at the University of Toronto, in celebrating the International Year of Chemistry. Pivotal moments in research, the role of chemistry in everyday life, and the future of chemistry with examples of current research at the U.of T. will be discussed.

Saturday September 17

Book Launch
Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious Tales
Where: Bakka-Phoenix Books (84 Harbord Street, just west of Spadina)
When: 3-6 p.m
More info
Sunday September 18

Space-Time Continnum meeting
Where: Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street
When: 1 PM
Discussion topic: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Wednesday September 21

Toronto Public Library Author Talks
Eoin Colfer
When: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto Reference Library The Appel Salon
Cost: free, but ticket required (details below)

Irish author Eoin Colfer, best known for his Artemis Fowl series for young readers, discusses his much-anticipated adult crime-fiction debut Plugged.

Colfer's novels have often been compared to the works of J.K. Rowling. In 2008, he was commissioned to write the sixth instalment of the popular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, And Another Thing. His other works include the New York Times bestseller Airman.

Note: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are required for admission to all Appel Salon events. Tickets are free, and are available online, at, sstarting four weeks before the event, unless otherwise noted.

As most Appel Salon events are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a full program, your free reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

Sunday September 25

Word on the Street, National Book and Magazine Festival
Where: Queen's Park
When: 11am - 6pm
Authors in attendance include: Robert J. Sawyer, Kelley Armstrong, Kenneth Oppel

Tuesday September 27

Toronto Public Library Author Talks
The Medieval Muslim World's Forgotten Contributions to Science 
When: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

During the eighth and ninth centuries, while Europe was locked in the Dark Ages, Muslim civilization was at its zenith. Were it not for the scientists and thinkers of the medieval Islamic world, the modern world would not have algebra, modern medicine, astronomy and much else. Presented by Dr. Aliya Khan, Professor of Clinical Medicine, McMaster University.

Wednesday September 28

Author Reading
Erin Morgenstern
Where: 27 Dudurn St. North (One Block North of King St.)  HAMILTON
When: 7 pm
Cost: $3

Friday September 30

Toronto Cartoonists Workshop: Industry Night Presents DC New 52: Francis Manapul (Flash #1)
Where: 587A College (at Clinton)
When: 7 - 11 pm
Admission: Pay what you can (suggested $4)
- gallery exhibition and art sale
- proceeds from admission go to the Joe Shuster Awards

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