Canzine West Zine Fair this Saturday

A zine fair and festival of alternative culture with a focus on indie publishing. Win tickets!

Credit: Canzine West Zine Fair poster

Last spotted on the West Coast in 2006, Canzine West: Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture makes its triumphant return to Vancouver on Saturday, October 16 at the W2 Storyeum


With a focus on indie publishing, Canzine West will include over 100 zine, book and comic publishers as well as readings by some of Canada’s best writers for independent presses such as Sub Rosa (Arsenal Pulp Press) and The Nights Also (Tightrope Books). Guests to the event will have the opportunity to listen to readings from Broken Pencil’s Can’t Lit fiction anthology, learn about peep culture from Hal Niedzviecki (Broken Pencil’s founder and author of The Peep Diaries), watch poetry collide with improv comedy and view indie film shorts.


As crafting is the sister sibling of DIY publishing, the event will also include Blim, Collage Collage and a mini Got Craft market featuring 14 local handmade vendors, such as Bliss in a Teacup, a Cagey Bee and Open to Chance Design.


Canzine West

October 16, 2010, 1–7 p.m.

W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova St, Vancouver

$5 at the door

Encouraged by Vancouver’s flourishing independent magazine community, Tracy Stefanucci of Vancouver’s OCW Magazine stepped up to provide the link to Vancouver that Broken Pencil, a Toronto-based magazine devoted to zines, needed to resurrect this legendary event.


“The idea of a festival that not only brings the diverse independent arts communities of Vancouver together in one space, but that also puts a spotlight on independent publishing, is extremely appealing to me,” says Stefanucci. “It’s something that Vancouver needs right now.”


Win free tickets to Canzine West!

Leave a comment with the name of your favourite zine to win two tickets to Canzine West this weekend! A lucky winner will be drawn at 12 p.m. (PST) on Friday, October 16, 2010.