Looks like We Made It (Almost)

It’s almost here, the end of the semester. Only two more weeks to go before classes come to a close and the madness of essay writing begins. Among the Public Texts’ students that I’ve polled (or rather accosted) this week, popular consensus seems to be that cranking out a couple of essays at home is actually a lot more harrowing than having to attend classes. The reason? Isolation and looming deadlines breed misery. Worst still is the unrelenting pangs of conscience that gnaw at you when you finally decide that you’ve had done enough for one day and take the rest of the evening off… or so I’ve been told.

In a bid to get you out of the house and help you fend off the shame that accompanies going out when you’ve got some serious work to do, I’ve compiled a list of upcoming events that you can attend guilt-free the next time that you need a break as they fall well within the purview of the Public Texts program.

1. ShakesBeer


Booze and the Bard. No, seriously, that’s it. In partnership with Artscape Wychwood Barns and local brewers, the Classical Theatre Project (CTP) is presenting The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), “an irreverent, hilarious, fast-paced romp” through all thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s plays. The CTP promises that those who attend the event will be transported back “to the fun informality of Elizabethan theatre.”


Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto, ON


Performances will take place at 6:30pm and 9:00pm on Saturday, April 5.

Public Text-iness rating out of ten? 

A solid seven. Who could possibly begrudge you for wanting to see all of Shakespeare’s plays performed in seventy-five minutes? Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re supporting the theatre and local breweries businesses.

2. The Toronto Storytelling Festival


The Toronto Storytelling Festival bills itself as “one of North America’s biggest urban celebrations of traditional and contemporary storytelling.” This year’s program features half- and full-day workshops, storywalks, and a storytelling symposium that will address the topics of “storytelling and advocacy, grassroots engagement, and social change.” Among the ‘tellers’ who will take part in the festival are the Katari Japanese Storytellers, award-winning children’s author Rukhsana Khan, and the Queers in Your Ears Collective.


Various locations in and around the GTA, including the Drake Hotel, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Regent Park, and the Toronto Reference Library


The festival kicks off on Friday, March 28 at 8:00pm and the last event takes place on Sunday, April 6 at 2:15pm

Public Text-iness rating out of ten?

Ten! Nothing says Public Texts more than hearing texts being read out loud in public spaces.

3. Get Lit!



“A compelling evening of literature and conversation led by a unique line-up of notable Canadians who will share and discuss a piece of writing that has inspired them to achieve their own success,” the annual Get Lit! event is celebrating its sixth year. As in previous years, all proceeds at this event raised will be donated to the children’s program The Running & Reading Club. Famous “readers” participating this year include Damian Abraham (aka Pink Eyes), host of MuchMusic’s The Wedge and frontman of the award-winning Toronto punk band F***ed Up, Robyn Doolittle, who works as a reporter for the Toronto Star and recently published Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, and Amanda Lang, journalist and co-host of CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange.


Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, ON.


Thursday, April 24, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

Public Text-iness rating out of ten?

Another ten, I’d say. It hits all of the Public Text bases: Canadians! Literature! Conversation! and Reading!

Well, there you have it! If you want to get out there and get amongst it, why not check out one of these events? More importantly though, if you are feeling panicked, just breathe and remember that, much like that mall goth phase you went through in high school, your angst over writing essays will also pass.

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