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Wednesday, February 07

IFOA Celebrates Black History Month

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Panel: IFOA Weekly
Participants: David Bradford, Simone Dalton, Dwight Drummond, Whitney French, Rinaldo Walcott

Celebrate Black History Month with the IFOA and Harbourfront Centre during Kuumba 2018!

The IFOA is proud to host a thought-provoking discussion with authors Simone Dalton, Rinaldo Walcott and Whitney French, who will talk about writing and authorship, opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. Moderated by CBC Toronto journalist Dwight Drummond, and hosted by David Bradford.

Kuumba 2018 is a series of artistic events taking place at Harbourfront Centre February 3-24 to address today’s international struggle for Black liberation. Showcased voices include photographers, filmmakers and community experts from here at home and beyond our borders. Join us in connecting and strengthening the Black community!

Please register here!

Kuumba is presented by TD.


Wednesday, February 21

Lit Jam 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Lit Jam: IFOA Weekly
Participants: Karen Connelly, Gill Deacon, Joseph Kertes, Nino Ricci

Students from four creative writing programs collaborated on five-minute stories as part of the IFOA’s Lit Jam at Harbourfront on February 1, 2017.

Toronto’s favourite literary contest, Lit Jam, returns in 2018!

Get ready for an interactive night of storytelling where teams comprised of emerging writers from various creative writing programs will compete by improvising stories on stage. The audience will lead them with story starters and scenarios! CBC’s Gill Deacon will emcee.

Confirmed judges include acclaimed authors Joseph Kertes (The Afterlife of Stars), Nino Ricci (Lives of the Saints) and Karen Connelly (The Change Room). We are delighted to welcome teams from creative writing programs of York University, Humber College, University of Guelph and Ryerson University.

The winning team will receive a cash prize and publication of their story on

Check out the 2017 Lit Jam winning story here.

Free admission. RSVP here!

Meet the teams:

Team Guelph:
Kris Bone, Kaitlin Ruether and Ambika Thompson

Team Ryerson:
Benson McDaniel, Phil Johnston, Doran Brooks and Alannah Moniz

Team York:
Katherine Pilon, Joshua Kim-Bath and Alvin Wong

Team Humber:

Salma Hussain, Adam Elliott Segal and Daniel Goldsmith

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