Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 9:00 PM
Open Mic, Special Event: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals | Free Events

Boxcar Social, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE (registration recommended)

This free event is AT CAPACITY.

Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive before 8:45pm to secure a spot. After that, entry is based on a first come, first serve basis.



In celebration of the Festival’s 40th anniversary, we’re going back to our roots. Join us as we pay tribute to the festival’s early years, by recreating the kind of waterfront open mic session that inspired the very first festival. Come grab a drink and experience the literary talent Toronto has to offer – or better yet, take part! Whether you’re a seasoned professional or taking the mic for the first time, all are welcome. Dust off your favourite piece, or prepare something new. Original literary content of all genres is welcome, including poetry, short stories, spoken word and more.

Hosted by Andrea Bain at Boxcar Social at Harbourfront Centre.

Information for Open Mic Performers:

Please indicate your intention to participate when you RSVP on Eventbrite. Performance time slots will be assigned on a first come; first serve basis. On the event day, please arrive at 8:40pm to check in and receive your assigned performance time. Last minute sign-ups will be admitted as space allows. TIFA is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment where all guests and participants are inspired and feel welcomed. To that end, all open mic performances must reflect these values and be delivered in a manner of positivity and respect.


Venue partner:

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  • Andrea Bain

    Andrea Bain is an author, podcaster and television personality. Her newest project is the funny and insightful Entertainment One podcast, Single Girl Problems, named after her first book. Most recently, she was one of the hosts of the national lifestyle program, The Goods, on CBC. This two time Canadian Screen Awards nominee has also hosted a number of lifestyle programs including Live Here Buy This (HGTV), Shotgun Reno (HGTV) and Three Takes (Slice). Her career began in the newsroom at CTV and Global News, and she later worked as an entertainment reporter for Reelzchannel (Los Angeles) and HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, where she interviewed Hollywood heavyweights like Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese and Madonna.