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Halifax Pop Explosion Zine Fair Registration is Open!

The Zine Fair is for many people the highlight of the Halifax Pop Explosion, and this year it's happening on Saturday, October 20th!

If you're interested in tabling, please complete the following information and email it to


Your Name:
Zine/Lable/Press name:
Payment can be made on the day of the fair.
_ I want a half table for $15
_ I want a full table for $30
(Please take a smaller table unless you've got a ton of stuff. We
can't guarantee there will be enough full tables, but we'll let you
know before the event if that is the case.)
This is what I've got for sale:
(Please realize that due to limited space we are having to restrict
the content of the fair to focus on printed matter (zines, comics,
small press books, posters, etc) plus indie records. Please ask if you
are not sure if you stuff will fit in.)
I'm launching something new that you should tell people about:
I have an idea for a workshop or other event:
__ I can help with postering.
__ I can help with set up/clean up.


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Residents' Zine Launch - Thursday, August 30th, 5-7pm

Thursday, August 30th, 5-7pm 

Come and join our residents Marie-Pier April, Marie-Andrée Godin, and Audrée Demers-Roberge for tea and coffee to celebrate the launch of their new zine! 

Our residents have created a collaborative bilingual zine inspired by their experiences in Halifax (I think lobsters are involved somehow). They are founders of a self-managed publishing house in Quebec city that goes by the name C’est beau escabeau.

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Halifax Comic Jam!

The Halifax Comic Jam!

The last Tuesday of every month, 7pm.

August 28th, September 25th, October 30th.

It’s comic making time! Bring your pens and pencils, and create group comics with a bunch of artists. Blank paper and art fuel in the form of tea, coffee, and baked goods will be provided. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to work with each other to create amazing (and often bizarre) comic stories. $2 suggested donation goes towards keeping the zine library awesome.

You can check out this video, or join the Facebook group page or event page for more information.


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24 Hour Zine Challenge and Roberts Street Rat Skool!

 24 Hour Zine Challenge

August 11, 2012 - 5:00pm - August 12, 2012 - 5:00pm

It’s our yearly 24 Hour Zine Challenge! Come and hang out with other people as we stay up too late and try to finish our zines before time runs out.

Plus: BBQ! Campfire! Zine making workshop! Pancake breakfast! Photocopier workshop! Music!

The Schedule will be as follows:


-5:00pm BBQ Potluck and Kick Off

-Also at 5:00pm we will be having and introductory workshop to introduce people to the idea of what a zine is and what is involved in making a zine

-Throughout the evening there will be zine reading.


-9:00am Toast/Coffee/Pancakes

-11:00am Photocopier Workshop

-12:00pm to 4:00pm Photocopier Access

-2:00pm to 4:00pm Parent and Children Zine Making Workshop

-5:00pm Zine Launch and Cake!

Email for more info.

Roberts Street Rat Skool #2 / Subject Lottery Presentations!

August 16, 2012 - 6:30pm

An evening of presentations on interesting topics! At the last Rat Skool we threw into the hat a collection of topics that we'd like to see someone else present on! We had 4 lucky names drawn from another hat to present on those topics! Our presenters are busy researching and preparing their tales, tricks, and tips to share with us.

Matthew will shows us how to break into secret locations with lockpicking. Amanda will take us on a deep sea exploration. Sorrel will delve into the origin of gendered words in the french language. Hollie will expand our minds with cloud formations or philosophize about posthumanism.

How does the subject lottery work?

At each event we collect topics that you would like to see someone else present on. We also collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they most likely know little about! Then a few names are drawn and a few topics are drawn and those people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session. We'll be doing a lottery for an event next month!! So come with some ideas for topics to be thrown into the hat!




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Upcoming Events in August!

There are lots of exciting things happening this month!

1) Sappyfest Zine Fair - Saturday, August 4th, noon-5pm, Sackville, NB
This weekend! Sappyfest! Music! Zine fair! Other things! More info on their website. (But if you're going you're probably already there.)

2) Food Not Bombs - Sunday, August 5th, 11am
Come and help Food Not Bombs cook some delicious vegan food! Then help eat the delicious food outside the North End Library at 1pm.

3) Board Game Night: Small World - Sunday, August 5th, 7pm
In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all. You’ll take on the roll of various races with special powers (Flying dwarves! Seafaring skeletons! Diplomat ratmen! And many other possibilities!) as you try to take over the most land, collect the most gold, and defeat your opponents. Facebook event.

4) Anchor Archive Open Hours Training Session - Tuesday, August 7th, 5-6pm
Interested in volunteering at the Anchor Archive? Open hours volunteers staff the library for one or more 3-hour shifts per month and help visitors to the library find zines, borrow zines, become members, and use the photocopier. There will be a training session for new open hours volunteers on Tuesday, August 7 from 5-6 pm. E-mail Amanda at to sign up or get more info.

5) Letters to Cece - Wednesday, August 8th, 7pm
This is a night of letter-writing to support CeCe MacDonald, a young African American transgender woman who was charged with two counts of "second degree murder" after an incident that began when she was violently assaulted because of her gender and race. If there are other people behind bars you want to write letters to as well, feel free to come on by. Stamps, paper and pens will be provided.

6) Zine Cataloguing Party - Wednesday, August 8th, 5-7pm
The Anchor Archive is cataloguing all of its zines and making them available in our searchable online catalogue. With the help of amazing volunteers we've finished cataloguing over half of our collection. But we can always use more help, so if you'd like to spend some time checking out zines, meet some nice folks, and eat delicious snacks come to a cataloguing party! They happen at the Anchor Archive every Wednesday from 5-7 pm. New cataloguers will receive training. For more information e-mail us at

7) Prisoner Justice Day 2012 - Friday, August 10th, 7-8:30pm, Johanna B. Oosterveld Centre (2103 Gottingen Street)
(This event is NOT at the Roberts Street Social Centre.) Dr. Gary Kinsman will be speaking about the use of surveillance and criminalization to regulate queer communities. Dr. Kinsman is a long-time queer liberation, anti-poverty and anticapitalist activist. His work explores the use of national security and surveillance to regulate gender and sexuality. Readings of poetry and other writings of women who have been incarcerated in Nova Scotia. Organized by Books Beyond Bars. Contact for more information. The space is physically accessible with gender neutral bathrooms. More info.

8) 24 Hour Zine Challenge - Saturday, August 11th, 5pm-???
It’s our yearly 24 Hour Zine Challenge! Come and hang out with other people as we stay up too late and try to finish our zines before time runs out. Plus: BBQ! Campfire! Breakfast! And more! Email or check out the Facebook event for more info.

9) Roberts Street Rat Skool/Subject Lottery Presentations - Thursday, August 16th, 6:30pm
An evening of presentations on interesting topics! Lockpicking! Deep sea exploration! The origin of gendered words in the French language! Cloud Formations! Posthumanism!

At each event you submit a topic that you would like to see someone else present on, and we collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they most likely know little about! A few names and topics are drawn and people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session. We'll be doing a lottery for an event next month!! So come with some ideas for topics to be thrown into the hat!

10) The Dartmouth Comics Art Festival - Sunday, August 19th, 11am-5pm
A one-day festival of comics, zines, artists, creators and more! Dozens of creative folks from all over the East Coast and beyond will be there with books, prints, merchandise, sketches and more. For more info check the Facebook event.

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Amber Dearest's Donut Social

Come celebrate the release of two new zines by the RSSC's current shed resident Amber Dearest (of Culture Slut and Fight Boredom Distro) by joining her for an afternoon of tea and sweet treats from her favourite dumpster.

THE TRIUMPH OF OUR TIRED EYES, a perzine about lonely times and radical sobriety, and KURT COBAIN ÉTAIT FÉMINISTE, a bilingual mini-zine about her childhood discovery of feminism via grunge.

Selections from the Fight Boredom Distro catalogue will also be available for perusal and purchase.

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Roberts Street Social Centre Location Still in Limbo


For immediate release

HALIFAX – Roberts Street Social Centre has been in a moving limbo for the past few months. After being given an eviction notice early in 2012, the collective has been actively searching for a new location that serves the needs of the centre. Looking for a reasonable rent while maintaining accessibility and staying true to the North end has proven to be a challenge.

The eviction notice was recently withdrawn and the Roberts Street Social Centre was invited to stay at 5684 Roberts Street for at least another year. The Collective has decided to stay in the little red house for the time being while continuing to look for a long-term, secure home for the future.

Both the Anchor Archive zine library and Ink Storm screenprinting studio are available for use during regular open hours. Residents are visiting throughout the summer and fall, and programming and events are happening on a weekly basis.

The collective would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those involved in fundraising and donated money to the group. These funds are valuable in our continuing search for a new home.

Look out for announcements in the fall for new location details and great programs to become involved in. If you would like to hear about upcoming events at Roberts Street, send us an email to be added to the weekly e-mail announcement list.

For more information please visit or contact us at

The Roberts Street Social Centre is a collection of projects dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education. Projects that are part of RSSC include the Anchor Archive Zine Library, the Ink Storm Screen Printing Studio, the People's Photocopier, the Crow's Nest meeting space, and an artist and zine-making residency program.

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July Events!

 The rest of July is packed full of events! Here are just a few.

July 21st: International Zine Library Day!

July 22nd: Board Game Night!

July 23rd: Zine Trade Day!

July 25th: Zine Cataloguing Party!

July 28th: Free Zine Day!

July 31st: Comics Jam!

Plus more to be announced!

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Roberts Street Rat Skool! Sunday July 15th at 6:30pm

Roberts Street Rat Skool

Sunday July 15th at 6:30pm

An evening of presentations about interesting topics! 
Jesse Blank, shed resident, will regale us with tales of crows...
Capp Larsen will share stories and photos of Elsewhere, a former thrift store turned museum/art-space/community education centre in Greensboro, North Carolina...
Various Roberts Street members will dazzle you with short snippets of their knowledge...

Come for the stories, stay for the fire...

This event is inspired by an event in Winnipeg where there is a name and topic lottery and that is how the presenters and topics of the next session is determined. Everyone attending the event throws their name in one hat and a topic that they would like to see a presentation on in another hat (not a topic for yourself to cover, but one you'd like to see someone else do). Then a few names are drawn and a few topics are drawn and those people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session. We'll be doing a lottery for an event next month!! So come with some ideas for topics to be thrown into the hat!


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Roberts Street yard Sale! RAIN OR SHINE! Saturday, July 14th, 12-5pm.

Roberts Street yard Sale!


Saturday, July 14th, 12-5pm.
5684 Roberts Street.

Zines & screen printed stuff & nicnacs & more!!!

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Yard Sale and BBQ - Saturday, July 7th, noon-5pm


We’re having a yard sale! Come and buy our stuff and help support Roberts Street. There will also be delicious BBQ’d treats, a zine reading (as part of international zine month) and other surprises.

If you have anything you want to donate to the yard sale, please drop it off Saturday morning after eleven.

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July is International Zine Month!

Time to celebrate zines by supporting your favourite distros and creators, going to zine libraries, and even making your own zines! Former Roberts Street Resident Alex Wrekk has created a great list of 31 activites to do during July. We’ll be hosting events like zine readings and letter writing nights throughout the month.



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Comic Launch and Collaborative Art Project

The RSSC and our current Sarah Winifred Searle invite you to come chill at 7pm Sunday evening, for the launch of her project! There will be a collaborative activity, so bring your drawing/writing pants (and pens).

Sarah's little zine is on the concept of "home", and the online portion will be a collaboration that will start on Sunday and then open up to the rest of the internet with a related prompt. It should be fun! 

Sarah hopes to be inspired by what she discovers in Halifax and will create a short transmedia narrative in two parts: an interactive website with a printed zine-like physical component (comics!) She can be found online at


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Art show by resident Shannon Connor!


 An art show with prints & zines by RSSC resident Shannon Connor, celebrating DIY music & punk in Halifax and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 Bonfire to follow!
Free + open to everyone!
Gender neutral washroom! Not wheelchair accessible.
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First Resident of the Year! Shannon Connor (Milwaukee, WI)

Shannon will work on the third issue of her zine about DIY music called Basements and Living Rooms, while experiencing the DIY scene in Halifax. She also plans to make 3-5 poster style screenprints based on the DIY scenes both in Halifax and Milwaukee to show correlations between different cities and their like-minded DIY scenes, and to celebrate them both. She plans to base these projects on her experiences with both music and social centres – specifically Roberts Street Social Centre, and Cream City Collectives in Milwaukee.

Since 2007 we have opened our arms to special summertime guests for the residency program. Residencies are two weeks long, and residents are provided with space, equipment and support for their project as well as living space. We may not have a permanent location all summer, but we've still committed to hosting amazing and creative residents and events all summer long!

Click here for a list of all our planned 2012 residencies.

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Photos, Videos, and Callouts Galore!

Sentimental Detachment Celebration Photos + Video!
If you didn’t get a chance to come to our party last Saturday night (or did and want to experience it again) Brendan Anckaert has put his photos and videos of the event online! You can see the photos on his website, and the videos of the burning effigy are here and here.

Poster Design Callout! Deadline, May 15th.
The Crowd Control Sound & Art Fair is looking for art submissions for their 2012 poster! Posters will be used at 11x17 and 8.5x11 sizes, will most likely be printed in black and white, and should include the name, date, and location of the zine fair, and some blank space for OBEY Convention logos. For more information email

Skillshare Workshops Callout!
We’re hoping to run a new series of skillshare workshops in the coming months. Anyone interested in sharing skills or helping to organize the workshops should email

Callout for Space!
The Roberts Street Social Centre is moving in the near future. We have not found a new home yet and are asking our fans and friends for help in this search. If you know of a space for rent that fits our criteria (or you just want to know what our criteria are), please send us an email at or phone at (902) 446-1788.

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Zine Launch Party

Zine Launch Party
Thursday, April 26th, 8PM
Drink Coffee Destroy Everything by Steve Believe
Hey Lady #4 by Jakery Feldman

There will be snacks!

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The Roberts Street Sentimental Detachment Celebration

The Roberts Street Social Centre Sentimental Detachment Celebration

On Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 4pm until dark

Welcome to all! (Old and new faces!)

Come celebrate the Roberts Street Social Centre before we move (to whereabouts unknown at a date now a bit unknown - likely June 1st).

Backyard music show! BBQ! Fire! Puppet Show! Exploding Singer Surprise! Fundraising items for sale (bring $ (optional))! Flyer & Poster Archive Show! Face Painting! Super 8 Films! Photobooth! Fire! Tiger's Den at Night! DJs!

Bands: Special Costellos! Jakery! Key Teens! Bad P.I.!

The event is Pay What You Can as a fundraiser for our future space. This is a "hello/goodbye" party, meaning please come even if this your first time visiting Roberts Street, everyone welcome, sentimentally detach yourself from the past and welcome the future!


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The OBEY Convention presents the Crowd Control Sound & Art Fair

After a year off the OBEY Convention is back, and that means it's time once again for the Anchor Archive to present a special celebration of DIY culture! We are inviting local and traveling record labels, zine makers, screen printers, and other talented folks to show off their wares.

The fair will feature records, comics, zines, buttons, t-shirts, drawings, tapes, art pieces, mix tapes, notebooks, screenprinted and sewn things, unique and crafty miscellany, and lots more!

The fair is absolutely free to the public, so we expect big crowds. Tables are ONLY $15 and very limited. Contact to book a table. If you have any questions or require any additional information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Crowd Control Sound & Art Fair
Saturday, June 2nd, Noon - 4:30pm
The Khyber Ballroom

The OBEY Convention V
May 31 - June 3 | Halifax, NS
Halifax's Festival of Damaged Music and Art

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Cafe at Roberts Street!

Daina Tavenier and Sam Kinsley will be hosting their "General Cafe" at Roberts Street Wednesday - Friday for the first 3 weeks of April! We're all really excited about this. The General Café is a collaborative, ongoing project that functions as a mobile café offering specialty coffees, wild harvested teas, and snacks. The project is inspired by the romantic notion of café as a place for social interaction, contemplation of ideas, art, music, and political dialogue.