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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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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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Get Involved with the Zine Library! Sunday March 9

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is open at Plan B (2180 Gottingen) 7 days a week, 11-7, but will have scheduled "open hours" on Sundays 2-5pm and Tuesdays 5-7pm,  when a volunteer will be there to sign out zines, help with zine research, and help with the photocopier.  Next Sunday, March 9, from 2:30-4:00pm, there will be a training session for folks who want to do zine library open hours.  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. 


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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Moving to Plan B!


Anchor Archive Zine Library & the People's Photocopier are moving to Plan B (2180 Gottingen St.)

We need help moving on the following dates:

  • Mon Jan 27, 11am-1:30pm
  • Sat Feb 1, 1pm
  • Sun Feb 2, 1pm

We need helping hands and a large vehicle if you have one. THANK YOU!

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Rat Skool - Wed Jan 29

An evening of presentations on:

  • Zapatistas
  • Lesbian Seperatism
  • Curcuits, Extension Cords, and Space Heaters
  • Conspiracy Theories using Past Rat Skool Topics

How Rat Skool Works:

  • We collect suggestions of interesting topics (anyone can submit!)
  • We collect names of people willing to do presentations on random topics
  • We draw a few names and a few topics at random
  • The people selected have a month to research the random topic and prepare a 5-15min presentation 
  • We have an event with the presentations and the cycle starts again!

We are holding the presentations in a heated apartment above the Roberts Street Social Centre at 2086 Creighton Street, 2nd Floor. 

Check out the facebook event here.

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Rat Skool! Wed Dec 4th, 7pm

Wed Dec 4th, 7pm - 2084 Creighton St

An evening of presentations on:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Laundry 101
  • What is Kevlar?
  • Massive multi-player video games
  • DIY Dentistry 

How Rat Skool works: 

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Rat Skool!

An evening of Nova Scotia themed presentations on:
-Skateparks of NS
-Wildflowers of NS
-Coyote Cull of NS
-The 1st dictionary

Embroider-YYY-Tea Partiesss!

Winter is coming! What better skill to have during those long, cold and dark winter days!

There will be 3 Embroider-YYY-Tea Partiesss! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (October 28th, 29th, and 30th), 5-8pm, at 2084 creighton street.

Open to anyone and everyone who wants to learn about embroidery. Some supplies will be available but bring your hoops, needles and flosses if you already have them.

Also, a small food or money donation would be greatly appreciated.

Bonus** If anyone shows up for all three nights, they will get a FREE Embroidery "How to" zine! Written by artist in Residence: Carina Phillips!

Carina Phillips (Prince Edward Island), the woodland elf from Byrnes Road P.E.I, will be organizing embroidery workshops/ stitch-tea parties where she will share embroidery skills and conversations with the Robert's street community. She hopes to create site-specific patchwork embroidery that reflects her experiences there and to hold a closing art show.

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Experimental Super 8mm Film Screening during Nocturne, Saturday, October 19th, 6pm-midnight


Experimental Super 8mm Film Screening during Nocturne! Featuring new work by artist-in-residence Hagere Selam 'shimby' Zegeye-Gebrehiwot & the Fly By Night Film Bee Crew! Screenings at 8, 9, 10 & 11pm. Also, Zine-A-Thon & PWYC Bake Sale!

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