Canzine and the Languages & Literature Centre's Zine Collection

October 17, 2013 | Brent

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Sunday October 20, 2013

The date for the next Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture has just been released. It will be held on Sunday October 20 from 1-7pm at the 918 Bathurst Centre.

Canzine Poster

Zines are self-made magazines or journals.

According to Broken Pencil: The Magaine of Zine Culture and Independent Arts a zine is “an independently published, not-for-profit publication. Although it usually represents the personal vision of a single creator, it can have many contributors. Although most zines are photocopied and hand stapled, some zines are professionally printed.  What makes a zine a zine is its dedication to the independent transference of thought on a non-commercial basis.”

Toronto Reference Library has it's own zine collection located in the Languages & Literature Centre near the desk on the 4th floor.The collection currently holds about 800 zines (and growing.) Zines are arranged alphabetically by title.


The collection is grown primarily by donations. Several donations from Broken Pencil magazine have provided the basis for the collection. Some titles have been reviewed in Broken Pencil as well.

Shelf closeup

The library also selects items from the Canzine as well. Most of our selections either deal with Toronto or come from Toronto artists and writers.


 Looking for more? Check out the Toronto Zine Library at the Tranzac Club on 292 Brunswick Avenue.

Toronto Zine Library

And be sure not to miss Canzine in October!


Extra Extra:

Alison at Broken Pencil sent us a message about the Canzine Symposium, “a creative skillshare for zinesters and other creators of all stripes” happening the day before the big event on Saturday October 19th.


 The day promises to have “a ton of really cool workshops this year, including a grant-writing workshop, a workshop about dealing with bad reviews, and a workshop about the history of activism in graphic arts, zines and comics”  There’s also a zine swap lunch and micro-speed talks on topics like tabling, social media and education.

Here are the details: