Archive for January, 2011

January 18, 2011 – Amani, Sandra Kasturi and Rob Welch

Posted in Art Bar Poetry with tags , , on January 18, 2011 by theartbar

Rob Welch

Rob Welch takes you down to a place in the Art Bar, you can hear his poems go by You can stay the night with him. And you know he’s half English but that’s why you want to be there and he feeds you toast and marmalade that are tasted from white pages. Just when you think there’s no better he gets you on his wavelength and lets the poem answer that you’ve always been a lover. And you want to listen to him you want to listen blind and you know that he can win youbecause you’ve heard his British accent in your mind.

Listen to Rob’s reading

Listen to interview with Rob

Amani (The Contemporary Blues Poet) is a Writer, Producer, Spoken Word Artist, Singer, Actor and Creative Consultant that brings a unique flavour to everything that she does. Described as a Tour de Force on Stage, she has the ability to create lyrics about life experiences that leave you wanting to hear more.

Listen to interview with Amani

Sandra Kasturi is a writer, publisher and editor. She is the poetry editor of ChiZine.comand the co-publisher of ChiZine Publications. Sandra’s poetry and fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Prairie Fire, Taddle Creek, Contemporary Verse 2, Shadows & Tall Trees, Tesseracts 14, Evolve andChilling Tales. He first poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books) is now sold out. Her second collection, Came Late to the Love of Birds will be out in 2012. She is fond of single-malt scotch and doesn’t sleep much.

Listen to Sandra’s reading

(Photos and recordings by Stephen Humphrey)

(Edited and assembled by Rob Welch)


January 11th, 2011 Discovery Night

Posted in Art Bar Poetry with tags , on January 11, 2011 by theartbar

Discovery Night host Nancy Bullis

For the 12th time in as many years the Art Bar Discovery Night, hosted by Art Bar alumnus Nancy Bullis gave Toronto poets a shot at launching their careers into a new orbit by winning an Art Bar feature.

After three rounds and much audience voting, 20 hopeful readers were pared down to three:

Ian Hanna



And the winner (drum roll please)….

Kimberley, the night’s deserving winner, is a long-time regular at the Art Bar’s open stage.