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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Canzine West 2017

November 05, 2017




When: Sun, November 5, 2017, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by Broken Pencil and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Canzine West returns to Vancouver to bring over 100 zine and comic vendors from across the west coast. Admission is free. Registration is now open for vendors. Click here to register. Volunteer positions available. Contact or visit for more information.


In the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Across a variety of media, zinesters and other indie creators have been increasingly claiming and returning to themes of witchcraft, the occult, and the supernatural in their work. These practices and motifs are sometimes used to stake political claims and creating new critiques around feminism, gender, identity, race, and knowledge-making.

In this panel discussion, witches, occultists, and wildcrafters will discuss the role of their practice in their work and in underground art communities today.


Adriana Lademann is a visual and performance artist from Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, and is also a practising witch. She is one of the founding member of Radical Spirits — a collective of intersectional feminist witches who are also artists, makers, healers, curators, and activists. Radical Spirits is dedicated to creating spaces for witches, artists, and artisans to celebrate their art, to share their creations, and to explore their ideas within a supportive and collaborative magical community. Adriana has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, a Diploma in Motion Picture Production from Capilano University and is currently working on a Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy at Langara College.

Miki Aurora is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. Her oeuvre is an investigation on the occult, psychological tropes, and contemporary female archetypes. Her practice has been deeply informed by her experience living as a street occultist with loose-knit group of homeless esotericists, in 2011. Her debut feature-length film — the ritualistic Death, Resurrection, Ascension — will premiere in the Spring of 2018.

Caitlin ffrench is a wildcrafter, writer, textile artist, and witch. She works with plants to create pigments and dyes to colour cloth and for use in botanical drawing inks. Caitlin published her 3rd and 4th books this Autumn (Sabbat/Wheel).


In the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre from 5:00 - 6:30 PM.

Cole Pauls will be in the house to throw the most killer zine fair pizza party ever imagined! Creator of the legendary Pizza Punks strip as well as the incredible Dakwäkãda Warriors, a comic incorporating Southern Tutchone language revival, will be in the house doing an artist talk and leading in the making of a massive collaborative pizza zine!

About Canzine

The Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax have displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers. Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts.

About Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil is a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!




When: Sun, November 5, 2017, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by Broken Pencil and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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