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Roberts Street Social Centre Location Still in Limbo


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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The eviction notice was recently withdrawn and the Roberts Street Social Centre was invited to stay at 5684 Roberts Street for at least another year.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.

A new way to donate to Roberts Street!

Maranda Elizabeth is the creator of the zine Telegram Ma'am, and was one of our residents in 2010.

They recently wrote the following on their website:

The Roberts Street Social Centre is a zine library, screenprinting studio, and magical space & collective in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each summer, they host zine residencies, and I was lucky enough to spend two weeks living in a shed in the backyard of the Roberts Street Social Centre and Anchor Archive back in the summer of 2010, working on a zine about mental health and disability. Those days were among the best of my life. The RSSC has been around for seven years now, and they are in the midst of, sadly, being evicted and moving to a new space. I don’t know if any of my words could ever do this place justice, so I’ll just get to the point: RSSC needs your help and support in the realm of money to find a new space and keep their projects going! Click here to donate (even my mom sent them some cash!). [...] 

Oh, and guess what? From now until the last day of March, all proceeds from my Etsy shop will be donated to the Roberts Street Social Centre. So if you were thinking of getting my new zines, or catching up on a few back issues, now is the time to do it!

Thanks Maranda! We really appreciate it!

Here's a photo of Maranda taken during their residency.

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Fundraising Campaign for our Upcoming Move!

Calling all zinsters, screenprinters and DIY lovers: the Roberts Street Social Centre needs your help!

As you’ve not doubt heard, the Roberts Street Social Centre is being evicted from our current location on May 1st. We’ve set up an indiegogo fundraising page to help us raise funds for our upcoming relocation!  There are some cool rewards for donating, and we’ll continue to update the page as our campaign continues. Even if you can’t donate we appreciate you sharing this page with your friends through email, blogs, websites, and social media sites. If you’d like to donate in another way please send us an email.

There's lots more information the fundraising page, so go check it out!

Update: Our fundraising campaign was mentioned in The Coast this week!


Currently at the Eyelevel Gallery on Gottingen Street there's an exhibit of artist books and other printed matter. The Anchor Archive was asked to contribute to the exhibit, so you should go check it out!

Below is their press release. 
March 2nd to March 30th, 2012

Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative is an international biennial exhibition of artist books, multiples, and printed matter. This show is exciting because most of the work is current and fresh. The show is a great opportunity to take a quick sampling of the work that is going on in Halifax and in the broader art community in the medium of printed matter.

In the show, you will find work from Palimpsest (Montreal), Justin Tyler Tate (Estonia), Lisa Folkerson (Toronto), Yorodeo (Halifax), and John Devlin (Dartmouth) and more more more!

Applicants to this year's installment of the Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative were asked to consider the loose theme of 'resistance to change' when making and submitting their work. Many of the 125 + artists who did submit this year chose to include work that deals with this issue.

From artist pins, to screen printed aprons, to work made with a printing press, to a book that was made with needle and thread, to a fully functional foam and cardboard eReader, the work in this year's show takes an irreverent and oppositional view on the steady march of 'progress'. As such the work speaks to a need to innovate, reinvent, and recreate the artist's surroundings.

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People's Photocopier Party Photos!

Last weekend we had the launch for our new People's Photocopier. It is super fancy! Also, there was cake.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

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We're Seeking Support in Finding a New Space!

As you may already know, the Roberts Street Social Centre is moving. Right now we are on the lookout for a new space. We know that many spaces are found through word-of-mouth, so we asking the public for help in this search. If you know of a space for rent that fits our criteria, please let us know by email at, or call us at (902) 446-1788.

Ideally, what we are looking for in a new space:
- be available for us to move in on or before May 1
- be publicly accessible, preferably during our open hours (Tues evenings, Sun afternoons)
- have 24-hour access for our members/keyholders (appx 20 people)
- minimum of 800 sq ft
- cost less that $1000/month
- be able to sign a 1-year lease (preferably with option to renew)
- have a bathroom
- have a separate space with running water and a sink (or a second bathroom) for Ink Storm Screen Printing Studio
- preferably located in the north end of Halifax

Above is our "wish-list" but we are somewhat flexible and open to other ideas and suggestions, including partnering with other organizations and projects.

Please get in touch if you can help us out!

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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Social Centre Calling on Community for Ideas, Money


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February 6, 2012

Social Centre Calling on Community for Ideas, Money

HALIFAX – Roberts Street Social Centre, a community and art space in North End Halifax, is appealing to the community for support after notice that their lease at 5684 Roberts Street will end as of May 1, 2012. The centre is asking individuals and organizations for suggestions for a new location and for financial support including donations or support securing loan or grant funding.

"Community members have been supportive in the past, and we hope that new and exciting ideas will come from our appeal,” says Jill Ratcliffe, a member of the Roberts Street Social Centre collective. “But we are definitely concerned about finding somewhere affordable with rising rents and taxes in the North End.” 

Six years ago, the Roberts Street Social Centre was a private residence that held the Anchor Archive Zine Library. Since then, programming has expanded to include a screen printing studio, a residency program, a community space for workshops, movie screenings and meetings, and a resource for low-cost photocopies. The centre operates on a budget of about $34,000 per year. 

Programming will continue as usual for the time being, and the centre is exploring its options to ensure that programs will continue beyond the May eviction date. 

“Roberts Street has built ties in our community through welcoming people with free and low-cost art- and media-based programming,” adds Ratcliffe.“We do not want to see the north end become a place only for high-end development.” 


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kaley Kennedy, 293-9683, 

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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