Photo by gill_jesjit
As summer winds down, one of Toronto's finest new events takes to the Tranzac. If you are in Toronto tomorrow, a trip down to the Annex for Zine Dream is in order.
Zine Dream owns a special place in our hearts here at City of Craft. When we started this crazy project of ours, we wanted our show to be all things to all people. Among our multitude of goal, we wanted to be a spaces where Toronto's small presses and zinesters were welcome and supported. But as City of Craft grew, it became clear that we were moving in another direction - table fees had to go up to pay for a bigger promotional budget and other overhead. Basically, our fees make sense for most but we had almost entirely priced out the tables of one dollar zines.
That's why the emergence of Zine Dream in 2008 was so thrilling to us. With the mainstay of Canzine in the mix, too, it was finally feeling like Toronto's huge zine and art book culture had adequate outlets.
My earliest days in Toronto are filled with memories of events like Cut & Paste and I am so happy that Laura and Jesjit stepped up to create a space like that again. If I weren't spending the weekend in the depths of Minnesota somewhere, I'd be there.
PS - We still love you zinesters and if anyone out there can come up with a good zine-based interactive booth for our Midway, we are all ears. You have until September 15 to submit those proposals and the fees are much more fluid.