The Friends of the Merril hold several public events a year. Events are generally held at the Merril Collection, 239 College Street, Toronto, unless otherwise stated. Events are free unless otherwise stated.
If you wish to be added to an announce-only email list (low traffic) for our events, please contact Lorna Toolis.
Scheduled Events for 2014 & 2015
(additional events will be added as they are confirmed so check back soon!)
Jan 30th, 2014 – Annual General meeting. At the AGM the board reported on the past year’s activities, gave a financial statement, answered any questions from the floor, and held elections for 2014. Members old and new attended 7 – 9 PM.
March 22nd, 2014 – Music in the 21st Century: An Evening of Filk. Presented in conjunction with FilKONtario, the Friends of the Merril presented a filk (SF/Fantasy folksinging) mini-concert by local performers on the theme of “Music in the 21st Century”. The event was held on the evening of Saturday, March 22, from 7-9:30 PM at the Lillian H. Smith Library, in the basement meeting room.
May 10th, 2014 – Friends of the Merril Annual Pulp Show – May 10th. Our annual Pulp Show. Come check out our vendors of vintage pulp magazines and paperbacks (and some reprints).
June 16th, 2014 – Author Hugh Howey on Self-Publishing. The Friends of the Merril present Hugh Howey, author of the post-apocalyptic thriller “Wool”, which was originally published as an e-book and achieved over a million sales.
June 25th, 2014 – Coming Out and Speaking Up in SF/F World Gay Pride panel chaired by Chris Butcher of TCAF and The Beguiling, and will include authors Gemma Files (The Hexslinger Trilogy), A. M. Dellamonica (Indigo Springs), and academics Derek Newman-Stille and Stephen Kenneally
July 15th, 2014 – Emily Carroll – Launch of Through the Woods, the Beguiling Comics and Simon & Schuster Canada invite you to welcome graphic novelist Emily Carroll to Toronto, on the release of her new collection THROUGH THE WOODS
July 17th, 2014 – Award Winning Horror Author Glen Hirshberg. The Friends of the Merril and ChiZine Publications present three-time International Horror Guild Award Winner author Glen Hirshberg.
September 13th, 2014 – Friends of the Merril SF/Anime Flea Market - Sept. 13th. The Friends of the Merril Collection present our annual SF/Anime Flea Market, one-stop shopping for your genre bric-a-brac needs. We’ll have books, comics, DVDs, VHS, collectibles, games, costume supplies, you name it! Free admission. Held from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. General questions and inquiries for table space should be emailed to Donald Simmons.
Sept 27th, 2014 – Diversity in SF/F Roundtable Discussion. The Friends of the Merril present a roundtable discussion on “Diversity in SF/F”, a wide-ranging roundtable about diversity in the Canadian and North American literary and speculative fiction field, inclusiveness, their various forms, and what works and what doesn’t. The event will be at the Lillian H. Smith Library at 7pm in the basement meeting room and will be moderated by Léonicka Valcius and panelists will include Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, E.L. Chen, Malon Edwards, and Tonya Liburd.
October 30th, 2014 – Horror Writers of Ontario panel. Check back for more details on this soon!
December 6th, 2014 –Friends of Merril Xmas Tea. Come for the tea and scones. Starting at 1 PM in the basement meeting room. More details TBA.
January 29th, 2015 – Friends AGM (7PM meeting, followed by presentation: Treasures of the Merril Collection)
March 5th, 2015 – Nnedi Okorafor (co-sponsored by Friends & ChiZine Publications) 7PM basement meeting room. More details TBA
March 21th, 2015 – 3rd Annual Filk Concert (co-sponsored by Friends & FilkOntario 7PM lower level)
May 9th, 2015 – 19th Fantastic Pulp Show (lower level & Merril Collection reading room)
December 5, 2015 – Friends of Merril Xmas Tea (Guest TBA)