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The Anchor Archive Zine Library is hiring an Outreach and Events Coordinator for the summer!

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is hiring an Outreach and Events Coordinator for the summer!

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Get involved with the Anchor Archive! Training and orientation for volunteers April 19th

Interested in getting involved with Anchor Archive? We're always looking for new volunteers! On April 19th at 3:00pm at Plan B(2180 Gottingen St) we're having a training sessions for folks who want to work during our library borrowing hours, Tuesdays 5-7 and Sundays 2-5pm.

You'll learn how to sign up members, check in and out zines, catalogue zines, navigate the zine collection, and special tips and tricks for using the photocopier. And there will be snacks!

E-mail zinelibrary at if you want to attend, want more info, or would otherwise like to get involved.

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The Anchor Archive Zine Library, Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective, and Sad Rad have a residency program! We invite zinemakers, screenprinters, performers, writers, musicians, organizers, makers and do-ers, movers and shakers, builders, and/or artists-of-all-sorts to Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Come hang out and do a project for two to four weeks between May and September. We provide you with space to do your project, equipment, materials, and support as well as somewhere to live while you are here. We encourage projects that relate to the mandate of the Anchor Archive, Ink Storm, and/or Sad Rad. Projects in any medium or format are encouraged, including music and audio based applications.

DEADLINE: Saturday February 28, 2015

This year residencies are two to four weeks long from May until September.

To apply please read over the Residency Information and submit the Residency Application Form and your support materials to:
Residency Information and Application Forms available at


The Anchor Archive Zine Library is a collection of five thousand zines that can be borrowed, as well as a resource centre including a photocopier, computer, internet and zine making supplies. The Anchor Archive is located at Plan B Merchant’s Co-op at 2180 Gottingen Street.

The Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective is a studio that has all of the equipment for screenprinting: light table, screens, washout station, and powerwasher. We offer affordable studio space, teach classes and host events. Inkstorm is located at Radstorm, a shared space with Sad Rad at 6050 Almon Street.

The Anchor Archive & Ink Storm host projects and are dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education.

Sad Rad is a collectively run music space for all-ages shows, practicing and recording. Sad Rad has shared equipment including: R-16 digital 16 track recorder, DAT (digital analog tape) recorder, mono tape duplicator, drum kit, P.A. and collection of small amps. As our resident you will have access to the gearshare and space. Sad Rad can also provide the human resource of a non-hierarchical improv band. Sad Rad is located at Radstorm, a shared space with Inkstorm at 6050 Almon Street.

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Zine Club!

Work on your zine with friends! Get motivated and inspired!

Inexperienced? No problem! Expert zine-makers will be on hand to help. 

See you Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2-4 pm

Anchor Archive Zine Library

at Plan B, 2180 Gottingen

Contact for more info.

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Zine Library Volunteer Orientation!

Interested in getting involved with the Anchor Archive Zine Library?

On Sunday, October 19th at 2:30, there will be an orientation and training session for any folks interested in volunteering during our zine borrowing hours. You'll learn how to sign up new members, check in and out zines, catalogue zines, and navigate the zine collection, as well as a few tips and tricks for using the photocopier!

Get involved with Ink Storm! Workparty! Meeting!

Do you want to get involved with Ink Storm?! Ink Storm is a collectively-run, not-for-profit screenprinting studio located at RADSTORM (6050 Almon St, upstairs).

WORKPARTY: Sun Oct 5 at 1pm,
to finish building / set-up of the studio

MEETING: Sun Oct 12 at 1pm,
to talk about how the collective and studio will run

We are looking for new members and new ideas, so please come on out!
All are welcome.

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Lying with Maps: Screenprint Show

Lying With Maps Opening
Sat September 20th, 8pm at RADSTORM (6050 Almon St, upstairs)

Radstorm/Inkstorm/AnchorArchive resident, Reece Steinberg, is holding an opening of prints highlighting current and historical maps that are used to manipulate public opinion.

Come before the punk show on Saturday Sept. 20 (8pm and beyond) to take a look at the prints, get a free mini-zine about the maps the prints are based on, and eat some snacks.

About Lying With Maps

Misleading maps manipulate public opinion in a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Lying With Maps is a series of prints inspired by maps that have helped to make a Canadian oil pipeline look safe, erased Labrador, diminished the size of Africa, and committed other intentional and politically motivated inaccuracies

This series manipulates and exhibits maps that continue to sway public opinion and inform a collective subconscious. The inaccuracies in the maps are neither accidental or unavoidable, but are created for political and financial gain.


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Zine library closed for 1 week

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is temporarily closed until Sunday, September 14 due to the Fringe Festival using the Plan B event space and making the zine library inaccessible to the public.  The People's Photocopier and zine-making supplies are still available, 7 days a week, 11 am to 7 pm.  If you need to borrow or access zines in the meantime, please contact us.  We apologize for the closure and the short notice, but we were not forewarned.

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24 Hr Zine Challenge!!!!!

Hey friends!!!! The 24 Hour Zine Challenge is here!!!

Come on down and make a zine with us! We have supplies, food, free photocopier/printer and love.

We will be having the Saturday event at RADSTORM and Sunday will be at Anchor Archive. Radstorm is not accessable however Anchor Archive can be!

Saturday Aug 9 @ Radstorm

5pm BBQ!~ Come bring a side dish and hang out!

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Radstorm Opening Show!!!


This Friday RADSTORM is having an opening show!!!

RADSTORM is an all ages show and space with silkscreening studio set up by SAD RAD & INKSTORM collectives. Now with a new attitude and location.


@RADSTORM, upstairs @ 6050 Almon st. 8pm!!!!!!!!!!

$3 before 8:30pm

$5 after 8:30pm

18 and under get in free. 

First band goes on at 8:30pm. 

Come and support and rock out!!!

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Participatory Action Research! Tues July 15 & Tues July 22

Join our artist-in-residence Son Edworthy for three Participatory Action Research Events.

Participatory Action Research is about the cycle of action and reflection that is so important for effective organizing and community work. As a psychogeographilosopher and lover-of-halifax, I'm so looking forward to sharing and developing participatory research processes with you through discussion, a workshop and of course a collaborative zine!


Part 1) Tuesday July 15th 7 – 9 pm at PLAN B (2180 Gottingen Street)

a workshop on participatory action research (PAR), generating questions about community issues that participants might want to explore further.

sharing skills and information in a popular education model with the hopes of inspiring more critical inquiry about things that matter to us, give voice to “marginal,” rad, unique, collective experiences and identities, and build on a culture of collective learning.

Part 2) Research hangouts – anytime between July 15th and 22nd locations TBD

informal hangouts….a chance to talk about stuff, ask questions, nerd out about research, theory, geography, praxis…. make zine pages/blog posts…
contact Son at or text 403-993-5022 to make a plan

Part 3) RE(WE)SEARCH installation - Tuesday July 22nd 3-6 pm at RADSTORM 6050 Almon Street- 2nd floor (up a flight of stairs)

PAR installation = party for action and reflection, co-creating knowledge, how to do participatory, collaborative research and data analysis– sneak pre-view of part finished RE(WE)SEARCH Zine

The installation will be up from Tuesday to Thursday so make an appointment to drop by RADSTORM to see and/or participate.

(Thank you to ARTS NS for support for our residency program!)

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Sovereign Nation: Paths of Resistance and Decolonization Zine Installation!!

July 8th - July 27th
The Anchor Archive Zine Library and The B Side Gallery
Located at 2180 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Opening will be held Tuesday July 8th from 6-9pm!!!!!!

Sovereign Nation: Paths of Resistance and Decolonization is an interactive zine installation being held at The Anchor Archive Zine Library from Tuesday, July 8th to Sunday, July 27th. This collection of zines has been individually selected to consist common themes which pertain to issues of sovereignty and decolonization. While both of these themes are generally associated with practices of Indigeneity, these practices also apply to those who consider themselves activist and allies. Many of the Zines chosen for the exhibition have common guides that assist with food sovereignty, political activism and community organizing. Over 100 zines were collected from the Anchor Archive to share with the community. These zines can be used as stepping stones to learn more on decolonizing practices such as dumpster diving, art making, and how to participate in active resistance.

Sovereign Nation is organized and curated by collaborators Laura Grier and Laura Baker-Roberts. Laura Grier, summer communications and events coordinator for the Anchor Archive, is an indigenous artist and activist from Alberta. Laura Baker-Roberts is an artist, arts organizer and environmental activist living in Halifax. Both Laura and Laura are student leaders on the Student Union of NSCAD University (SUNSCAD) and very passionate about issues concerning social and environmental justice.

This exhibition has been made possible by the members and volunteers of the Anchor Archive community ♥

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Open Studio (Cloth Pyramid!) with Residents!

Open studio with current residents John Engelbrecht & Kalmia Strong: Sunday, July 6 - Tuesday, July 8

Meet our current residents, eat veggie sushi, see their cloth pyramid structure! Also come see the new inkstorm/sadrad RADSTORM space! 6050 Almon Street (upstairs).

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Open Studio (come hang out, talk, draw with us, or look at the big cloth pyramid we made)

Sunday, July 6th, 4-6pm (with homemade veggie sushi!)
Monday, July 7th, 4-6pm
Tuesday, July 8th, 4-6pm (right before the zine installation opening at Anchor Archive)
at 6050 Almon St (Suite 210, just down the hall from the new RadStorm space)

**space is up stairs & is not wheelchair accessible**

We run a kindred arts/community space in Iowa City, Iowa--Public Space One (PS1). Our residency project involves reflecting on our work/dreams for our space by engaging with your community and making things. We are eager to meet and talk with as many people as we can. We hope you'll come by for as long or as little as you'd like.

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Dislocations Zine Launch: Tues June 24, 5pm

Dislocations Zine Launch: Tuesday June 24th, 5pm
Anchor Archive Zine Library located in Plan B, 2180 Gottingen Street

Help Candace launch her new zine Dislocations, completed during her stay as an Anchor Archive / Ink Storm / Sad Rad Collective Resident. Dislocations presents personal moments of introspection about place and times past. Dislocations is about moving from Toronto to Fredericton to Montreal and the feelings associated with migration under settler colonialism and capitalist patriarchy.
Free copies of the zine will be available at the launch. Plus refreshments and snacks!
Please note there is one step down at the entrance of Plan B.
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Canning Party! Resident Candace!

KICK OUT THE JAMS! Canning Party -Monday June 16- 2pm

The Rhubarb Appreciation Society presents a rhubarb chutney canning workshop on Monday, June 16th, 2pm-4pm, at 5678 Charles Street, Apt. #4. Bring a jar or two if you got 'em. Bring a rhubarb stalk or two from your garden if you got 'em. Cost is free. Note that there are four steps leading into the kitchen.

Candace Mooers Residency! June 9->23

Candace Mooers will complete and launch a personal zine of creative non-fiction vignettes written in Fredericton during winter 2011. The zine touches on such themes as exile, ancestry, canoe-burnings, and other journeys.

Candace will be around for all open hours (Tues 5-7pm & Sun 2-5pm at Plan B - 2180 Gottingen)! So come by and say hello and if you happen to have an extra jar for canning please bring that along for an upcoming rhubarb extravaganza.

(We would like to thank Arts Nova Scotia for their financial support of our residency program. Thanks!)

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Acoustic Show & Resident Zine Release!


FRIDAY JUNE 6th, 7pm
at anchor archive / Plan B - 2180 Gottingen
Filthy Liars (BC)
Hex Partners (Hfx)
Beyon & Jess (Hfx)

Zine launch from our first zine-maker-in-residence!
sorrel will be making a zine about his latest tour from Vancouver to Halifax with his bands Filthy Liars and Garish. Expect nice color photos and hand drawn comics, poems and stories!

Facebook event here.




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Artist Talk with Sharon Stevens, shrine creation, and walk through HFX cemetery

Artist Talk with Sharon Stevens, shrine creation, and walk through HFX cemetery

Saturday June 7th, 1pm at Plan B / Anchor Archive - 2180 Gottingen Street

Calgary artist Sharon Stevens will give a talk about the Equinox Vigil in Union Cemetery that she started in 2012, and her insights into the evolving role of the artist in the sacred.

A self described celebrationist, instigator and media artist, Sharon has been an award winning independent video producer since 1989, her arts practice includes community celebrations, performance art, installations, and net-based art.

She brought the idea of a digital memorial wall to Equinox Vigil, inviting people to write messages to the departed, words they wish they’d said, heartfelt thoughts they carry with them, or simply the names of the dead. Sharon then entered the words into a laptop, and they were projected on the top of The Threshold at Union Cemetery where people were creating their own memorials and tributes to place on a public altar. We are inspired by each other’s words, and the effect was in a sense an amplification of the presence of the dead in our thoughts and hearts.

This presentation will be of interest to all those interested in reclaiming cultural traditions and the arts in general.

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House Show! Fri May 30th, 7pm

First Residency Event!

FRIDAY MAY 30th, 7pm
sorrel is kicking off his residency with a halifax house-show!
Filthy Liars (BC)
Garish (BC)
Half//Read (Hfx)
Fri May 30th, 7-10pm at 2336 Agricola                     more info at:

sorrel will be making a zine about his latest tour from Vancouver to Halifax with his bands Filthy Liars and Garish. Expect nice color photos and hand drawn comics, poems and stories!


zine launch and acoustic show!
FRIDAY JUNE 6th, 7pm
at anchor archive / Plan B - 2180 Gottingen



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The Anchor Archive is hiring a Communications and Events Coordinator for the summer!

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is a small library in the north end of Halifax that is dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education. We support critical, creative projects and inspire social change through DIY, non-hierarchical, and consensus-based approaches. We have a collection of over 4000 zines that can be browsed and borrowed, a low-cost colour photocopier, and other zine-making supplies, and we host zine-making workshops, zine fairs, and a zine-maker residency program throughout the summer.

Anchor Archive Grand Re-Opening! Thurs Apr 24, 7pm


Grand Re-opening of the Anchor Archive Zine Library! 

Thursday, April 24, 7-11pm at Plan B: 2180 Gottingen St.

Zine readings and performances on the theme of transition!
Zine bingo!
2 kinds of cake! 
Catered by Food Not Bombs! (probably)
Punk rock dance party with DJ Negi Posi!
Optional: dress like your favorite zine or zinester!
All ages welcome!

Call for Performances:
The Anchor Archive Zine Library is having an opening party at Plan B and would like to host your reading or experimental performance. Your/our performance could be in the shape of: a sculpture, dance, song, reading, a puppet show, anything! The theme will be transition and could focus on arts organizations, changing neighbourhood, self, the history of the future.
All ideas welcome! Please contact for more info or to sign up


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