Wednesday, 4 July 2012

CABF 2012 Poster

Here's the poster for this year's bookfair, featuring the art of our special guest: Cristy C. Road.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Workshop Schedule

Here's our list of workshops so far. There may be some last-minute additions, so stay tuned.

Saturday, July 7

12:00-1:30pm: Prairie Struggle Organization; The Quebec Student Movement: History, Politics and Anarchist Involvement.
This workshop takes a look at the history of the Quebec student movement from the 1960's to the 2012 general strike, its victories and blunders and its politics and strategies. In many ways anarchists have influenced this union movement profoundly. Testimony from an anarchist who participated in the 2005 and 2008 Quebec student strikes will answer the questions of 'Why are anarchists involved?' and 'Why is it important to promote these types of unions across Canada?'

1:45-3:15pm: Christi C. Road; DIY, Publishing & Doing What You Want
"We live in a world where releasing music, publishing art, and putting on a show is often made impossible by the beaurocratic wall built by promoters, record labels, presses, media, and the otherwise "industry" that can both assist artists, and take away their power as well. In this workshop we will discuss taking that power into your own hands; by a slideshow and discussion on DIY music/business ethics. We will explore what it takes to publish your own writing and art; release your own albums, and put on your own shows; without restrictions or ever having to compromise your artistic goals and vision."

3:30-4:30pm: Black Sheep Collective; "The Potentiality of Storming Heaven"
A film screening about the December 2008 Greek insurrection.

Sunday, July 8

12:00-1:30pm: Brett
A presentation regarding anti-pipeline and anti-coal mine actions in British Columbia.

1:45-3:15pm: BC Black Out
A presentation regarding anti-pipeline and anti-coal mine actions in British Columbia.

3:30-4:30pm: David Tighe; Gardens of Earthly Delight: Anarchy and Visionary Art & Architecture
Observations from an anarchist perspective on Nek Chand's Garden, the topiary work of Pearl Fryar, the Watts Tower, and more. There will be opinions, discussion and pictures. Nek Chand Saini's Garden at Chandigarh, India is a bold personal vision of utopia. That it is a good place is testified to by the hundreds of thousands of people who have seen and love the garden. It is, or at least was, a no-place in the sense that it existed literally off the map for 18 years, only discovered by city authorities in 1975. The garden was completely at odds with Le Corbusier's sterile High Modernist utopian plan for the city of Chandigarh. On several occasions there have been attempts by city officials to destroy the garden, but it has been vigorously defended by residents of the city. Most examples of what is sometimes termed Visionary Architecture have a similar story. They are often at odds with local authorities, although not always as vigorously opposed as in Chandigarh. They are always by their nature, the vision of one person, an amateur (ie non-professional), and expressing an individual vision beyond the realms of ordinary life, sometimes offering at least glimpses of the Marvelous.

4:45-5:45pm: Jeff Shantz
Anarchist activist, poet and sociologist.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

List of Vendors

Here's what we've got so far for vendors. Additional vendors will be added as they're confirmed.

Black Sheep Collective (Calgary) -
Thoughtcrime Ink (Edmonton) -
Black Cat Press (Edmonton) -
Industrial Workers of the World (Edmonton) -
Anarchist Black Cross (Calgary)
'Zine Tree Collective (Calgary) -
Jeff Shantz (Surrey) -
Calgary Sexual Health Centre -
Black Banner Distro (East Vancouver)
This Little Piggie (Calgary)
Friends of Ann Clayborne (Calgary)
No Quarter (Calgary) -
Prairie Struggle Organization (Regina) -
Kootenay Anarchists of BC (Nelson) -
Bent Spoon (Calgary) -
Shelf Life Books (Calgary) -
Turning the Tide (Saskatoon) -

Special Guest Announcement

The 2012 Calgary Anarchist Bookfair is proud to announce our special guest: Cristy C. Road!

Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist and writer originally from Miami, Florida, but now based in New York City.

From her website:

"Cristy C. Road is floating in a pool of her own blood, sweat, and occasional tears. C. Road is a 30-year-old Cuban-American artist and writer. Blending social principles, sexual deviance, mental inadequacies, and social justice- she thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect."

Over the last 10 years, Road's repertoire has grown to include independent publishing, magazine illustrations, album art, concert posters, lectures, workshops and political organizing.

Check out her work at

CABF 2012 Has Confirmed Our Schedule

The 2012 Calgary Anarchist Bookfair has finalized it's schedule:


Meet & Greet (7pm-late) - Come by the Good Life Bike Shop (148 10 Street NW) to meet some rad people and have a good time. There will be music, films, board games and snacks.


Bookfair (10am-6pm) - The bookfair itself will be held at the Old Y Centre for Community Organizations (223 12 Avenue SW). Vegan-friendly food will be available by donation. A (growing) list of vendors will be announced shortly.

Workshops (12pm-6pm) - While you're at the bookfair, make sure to check out the series of workshops and skillshares being presented by comrades from both near and far. A full workshop schedule will be announced shortly.

People's Prom (8pm-12am) - What better way to spend your Saturday night than at the Good Life Bike Shop (148 10 Street NW) with pals, live music and dancing? And to sweeten the deal, the Peopl's Prom will also feature a commencement address from the bookfair's very special guest: Cristy C. Road! Stick around afterwards for the martypartyafterparty, a Kensington/Sunnyside legend.


Bookfair (10am-5pm) - The second day of the bookfair will again take place at the Old Y Centre (223 12 Avenue SW). More books, more 'zines, more merch and more vegan noms will be available.

Workshops (12pm-5pm) - Also, more workshops and skillshares!

Any questions or requests for vending space/workshops/billeting should be directed to the CABF Organizing Committee at

Check out our Facebook page at

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Callout for Vendors/Facilitators

The 2012 Calgary Anarchist Bookfair is looking for vendors and workshop facilitators. This year's bookfair will run July 6-8, 2012. There will be food, dancing, and funtimez for everyone.

Anyone interested in tabling 'zines, books, merch or resources should e-mail the organizing committee at with "Vending Request" in the subject field. Please include a little about yourself or your organization. Tables are free to individuals or groups with a non-heirarchical, anti-oppressive message.

Anyone with a good idea for a workshop, skillshare, reading or group activity should also contact us at anarchistbookfair@linuxmail, using "Workshop Request" in the subject field. Please include a little about yourself and your idea. Workshops will be scheduled with an eye towards our capacity in both time and space, as well as to limit thematic overlap.

If you have any questions:

Visit our website at;
E-mail the organizing committee at; or
"Like" us on Facebook at

Welcome to the Calgary Anarchist Bookfair

The 2012 Calgary Anarchist Bookfair will take place in July this year. Details are still being finalized, but here's what we've got so far:

7pm-8pm: Keynote Speaker, Good Life Bike Shop (148 10 Street NW)
8pm-late: Meet & Greet, Good Life Bike Shop (148 10 Street NW)

10am-6pm: Bookfair & Workshops, Old Y Centre (223 12 Ave SW)
8pm-late: Dance Party, Good Life Bike Shop (148 10 Street NW)

10am-12pm: Pancake Breakfast, Old Y Centre (223 12 Ave SW)
10am-6pm: Bookfair & Workshops, Old Y Centre (223 12 Ave SW)

A request for vendors and workshops will be sent out shortly.