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Anchor Archive Work Party! Sun May 24th, 2pm

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zine launch and community discussion on addiction, intoxication culture and sober spaces

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zine launch and community discussion on addiction, intoxication culture and sober spaces

Thursday May 28, 8:30-11pm

at Anchor Archive at the Plan B Merchants Coop, 2180 Gottigen St.

presented by from the margins and the Inkstorm, Sad Rad and Anchor Archive Zine Library Artist Residency Program.

doors open 830 PM
zine reading STARTING PROMPTLY from 845-915 PM
break from 915-930 PM
discussion from 930-1015 PM
hang out time from 1015-11 PM

building on the momentum of the first two issues, make all good things fall apart #3 is a collaborative zine by clementine morrigan and geoff that explores intoxication culture, addiction, recovery, sobriety, harm reduction, disability justice and sober spaces through the lens of accessibility. this zine was created in Halifax as part of the Inkstorm, Sad Rad and Anchor Archive Zine Library Artist Residency Program.

intoxication culture is a set of social norms that encourage a particular kind of alcohol and drug consumption: drinking in a fun, yet controlled way and using certain drugs in a non-addictive way. most social events are organized around or include drinking. this zine and event work to challenge intoxication culture by asking who gets left behind when we centre drinking at the majority of events and what we could do differently.

the event will include readings from the zine by both geoff and clementine followed by a community discussion on the role that drinking plays in community here in Halifax. geoff and clementine are from Toronto and are interested to hear how these things play out similarly and differently in a different city. we will encourage critical thinking on addiction, social drinking, sobriety, accessibility, community building and justice.

click on "Read More" in the bottom right corner of this post for more info about the event (or keep reading below...)

Film Screening & Poster/Zine Launch about Revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs: Thurs May 14th

Event hosted by artist-in-residence Robin Markle. Come join us for this event on Thurs May 14 at Radstorm (6050 Almon St, upstairs). Check out the facebook event posting here.

Announcing 2015 Artists-in-Residence!

Announcing the Visiting Artists for the Anchor Archive / Inkstorm / SadRad artist-in-residency program! Each year we invite creative folks to come visit Halifax, do a project using the resources of our various spaces, and then share their work with us during a workshop or event. Here is the full list of wonderful people joining us this year! 

Robin Markle (Philadelphia, PA), May 1-15

Robin is a radical queer silk screen artist who lives in West Philly and is passionate about education and collective housing.

Robin’s project while here is to create a biographical zine and poster about revolutionary activist and organizer Grace Lee Boggs. Robin believes it is important to connect with older generations of activists to learn from their experience and this will be at the heart of Robin's project.

Check out Robin's event on Thurs May 14th here:

Clementine and Geoff Morrigan (Toronto, ON), May 16-30

Clementine and Geoff are both writers and thinkers. They ask questions.

Clementine and Geoff want to produce a zine addressing some of their questions on intoxication culture, sober spaces, harm reduction, disability justice, addiction, community and how these things fit together.

Thomas Thor Buchanan (Toronto, ON), June 16-30

Thomas is a writer and zine maker living in Toronto interested in how to build stronger communities. Thomas' work explores themes of isolation and illness.

During Thomas’ residency they want to work on a zine that deals with the way an individual's personal experience of mental illness (specifically, disordered eating) is altered and codified by encounters with institutionalized medicine. Thomas aims to further investigate the ability of local communities to create alternatives to this pathologizing of people's mental lives.

Kama La Mackerel (Montreal, QC), July 1-22 

Kama is a mixed-race black/brown working class trans femme grassroots arts organizer. Kama spent most of life in Mauritius, before moving to India, and then to Ontario and now resides in Montreal. La Makerel uses public intervention as performance art in addressing displacement, race, gender, class and colonial trauma.

Recently, Kama has been working on a series of poetic and story-telling pieces that seek to reclaim ancestral and spiritual understandings of gender from the colonial hand. In residence Kama will be creating a screen-printed and hand painted art-installation piece that is an armour that celebrates and honours femmes of color resistance. This proposal is part of a bigger ongoing project that will run from March-September 2015. This project identifies femme of color resistance, particularly trans femme of color resistance through history and across generations, and through spirituality and everyday living as modes of resistance to white supremacy, heteropatriarchy and colonialism. 

Kai Cheng Thom (Montreal, QC), July 23-August 6

Kai Cheng Thom is a transwoman of Cantonese descent and a third-generation settler on Turtle Island.  Kai is a child of the railroad, le chemin de fer, the fire horse.  Her ancestors’ bones were pounded into the iron spine of the colonial nation state. Kai is a writer, spoken word artist, community worker, and therapist-in-training who resides in Montreal.

Kai will work on a storytelling zine titled Loving the Borderline while in residence. Loving the Borderline is a project rooted in Kai's own life. The zine touches upon several interlinked themes including: intergenerational trauma, migration, madness, and gendered violence.  As a community worker, Kai believes these issues are both widespread and intimately connected; as a survivor, Kai believes that activist circles are past due for a frank discussion about them; and as a writer, Kai hopes that personal and collective healing can begin through the telling of stories. 

Kate Larson (New Paltz, NY), August 7- 31 

Kate Larsen is a 28 year old woman living in the Hudson Valley of New York. Kate has been making and self-publishing personal zines, as well as playing music in different projects for over a decade. Kate's zines deal with issues pertaining to living with chronic illness (multiple sclerosis specifically), queer identity, and learning to give and accept support.

As our resident artist Kate will create a short-run of a bundled printed personal zine and new original music release.

Vanessa Adams (New Orleans, LA), September 1-16

Vanessa Adams is a queer print-maker, zine-maker and artist from New Orleans. In 2009 Vanessa helped found a collectively-run community art space, the New Orleans Community Printshop. Vanessa has been intimately involved in facilitating the growth of programming and managing operations ever since.

While in residence, Vanessa plans to finish the second issue of Other Worlds, a collaborative zine project through futuristic utopian / dystopian queer and trans comics. Vanessa will organize a zine art show centred on Queer Futures—culling from Anchor Archive’s collections. As well, Vanessa will host a workshop to create a collaborative silkscreen fortune telling art object. 

Eloisa Guerrero (Halifax, NS) - September

Eloisa is a  a writer, photographer, computer programmer and music-maker living in Halifax. Eloisa left the Philippines in 2005 to come to Canada, a difficult decision, central to her proposed project.

Eloisa will create a personal zine consisting of short stories and essays exploring her decision to move to Halifax. Spanning geographical and emotional terrain, Elosia will write about the journey of living with depression and surviving suicide; the hardships of migration; issues of cultural identity and the act of assimilation.


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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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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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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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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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Grandma Zine Launch! Thurs April 10th

GRANDMA ZINE LAUNCH & SOCK HOP! Thursday April 10th, 7pm-12am.

At the Anchor Archive Zine Library / Plan B: 2180 Gottingen St.

At long last, the Grandma Zine has arrived! Whether you have one (or two, or more) or not, whether you are related or not, whether she is part of your life or elsewhere, whether you are one now or plan to be in the future – everyone has a grandma story. 7-9pm there will be READINGS from zine contributors; OPEN MIC for your own grandma stories; and SALE of zines, art, and grandma's own recipe baked goods. 9pm-12am enjoy a sweet sock hop featuring the greatest jams from the 40s till now. $3/PWYC, come in your best grandperson wear. All ages welcome.

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Zine Borrowing Hours! Next Collective Meeting! Sell your zines!

Anchor Archive now has official ZINE BORROWING HOURS!
Zine borrowing hours: Tuesdays 5-7pm & Sundays 2-5pm

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is open at Plan B, 2180 Gottingen Street, 7 days a week, 11am to 7pm. Come by any time to read zines in the library, buy zines for sale, and use the photocopier. But, if you want to borrow zines, get help finding zines, and get help with the photocopier from a friendly and helpful Anchor Archive collective member, come to Zine Borrowing Hours on Tuesdays 5-7pm and Sundays 2-5pm.

Anchor Archive Collective Meeting: Sunday, March 30, 2pm

Want to get involved with the Anchor Archive Zine Library?  Come to a collective meeting!  Or contact Amanda at

Sell your zine at the zine library!

The Zine Library sells zines made by local zine-makers and we'd love to get more.  If you'd like your zine to be one of them, drop off a sample copy with your contact info during zine borrowing hours - Sundays 2-5 and Tuesdays 5-7.

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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 three weeks between May and August. 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: Monday March 10, 2014

Go to the Residency Page to apply:

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Anchor Archive & People's Photocopier have moved to PLAN B

The Anchor Archive Zine Library and People's Photocopier have moved!!
We are now located at the Plan B Merchant's Co-op at 2180 Gottingen Street!

We are located in the back of the store with the lovely Cafe-Bream. Plan B is open 11 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week for browsing and reading zines in the library, buying zines for sale, and using the photocopier.  Soon we will begin having scheduled open hours during which you can borrow zines and get assistance from an Anchor Archive Collective member.

The Inkstorm Screenprinting Studio is currently in storage but is looking for a new space and hopes to reopen soon!

Thanks everyone for your support and interest during our moves. Come see our new home at Plan B!

xo Anchor Archive & People's Photocopier

p.s. our mailing address has also changed: PO Box 33129, Halifax, NS, B3L 4T6

Sentimental Detachment Party #2 (Goodbye Creighton Manor) - Mon Feb 3 - 8pm

Say goodbye to Roberts Street Social Centre on Creighton Street with an 8pm potluck and then musical performances by Deer O Deer and Owl & Antler, shadow theatre musical performance LoveHoldLetGo, and a Roberts Street Social Centre Puppet Show! There will be a FREE ROOM full of free stuff and a memories letter writing station too! Followed by a DANCE PARTY with DJ NegiPosi and DJ House Flippa.

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