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Canzine Countdown: An Interview with Lindsay Gibb

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Canzine Countdown: An Interview with Lindsay Gibb

Canzine is coming up on Sunday. Open Book: Toronto had a chance to talk to Broken Pencil's editor-in-chief Lindsay Gibb about the big Sunday event and what to expect.

Open Book: Toronto:

So what's new this year at Canzine besides the venue?

Lindsay Gibb:

Puppets! For the first time we'll have a puppet slam as part of our programming. This entails five groups of puppeteers competing against each other to be named the winner of the puppet slam. The addition of puppets to Canzine all ties into the new issue which includes a feature article on puppets and how they are penetrating the independent arts. We'll also have the Toronto Poetry Vendors poetry vending machine in the entrance to the zine fair.

OBT:

What are your fondest memories of Canzine over the years?

LG:

I have fond memories of being a vendor back in the late '90s. I met our current columnist, Skot Deeming, at a Canzine when we were seated next to each other, so that's a high point. But since I've been working for BP I've had more opportunity to walk around and actually see some of the programming at the event (as a tabler, I was always stuck behind my table), so a high point from that period would be the Indie Iron Chef competition we held a few years back to coincide with the food issue. It was a competition that saw three artists compete to create the best piece of art with the random tools they were given. Between the judges, the contestants and the host, it was hilarious.

OBT:

What are you especially looking forward to this year?

LG:

Aside from the puppet show, I think the radical reading series will be great. Teri Vlassopoulos is also a fond memory from early Canzines. I used to trade my zine for her "Melt The Snow" and it's still one of my favourite zines ever. So it'll be nice to see her read along with the other participants.

OBT:

What do you hope a first-time attendee will get out of Canzine?

LG:

I hope they get to meet a lot of people, enjoy the additional programming and, if they've never read a zine before, I hope they get to see and experience another world they didn't know about.

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