Participatory Action Research! Tues July 15 & Tues July 22

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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!)

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

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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 ♥

Open Studio (Cloth Pyramid!) with Residents!

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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).

Some Sort of Specificity
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.

Dislocations Zine Launch: Tues June 24, 5pm

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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.

Canning Party! Resident Candace!

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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!)

Acoustic Show & Resident Zine Release!

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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.




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

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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.

House Show! Fri May 30th, 7pm

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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
Filthy Liars (BC)
Hex Partners (Hfx)



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

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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

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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


Grandma Zine Launch! Thurs April 10th

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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.

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

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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.

Get Involved with the Zine Library! Sunday March 9

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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. 


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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:

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

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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

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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.

Moving to Plan B!

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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!

Rat Skool - Wed Jan 29

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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.

Rat Skool! Wed Dec 4th, 7pm

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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: 

Rat Skool!

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

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