about us

Online Canzine features over 125 artists, writers and creatives. It is THE event to discover zines and small press works. First held in Toronto in 1995, Canzine has since expanded to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Brampton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Halifax, each hosting hundreds of writers and performers, displaying thousands of zines, books, comics and prints. Online Canzine started during the pandemic when we couldn’t gather together in person to swap zines and share stories. Being online has allowed us to expand Canzine even further, and work with zinesters from all over the world! 

Did you know that Canzine is run by Broken Pencil magazine? 

Since 1995, we have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

Meet the canzine team!



Zack Kotzer is a writer, editor and former carny based out of Toronto. He became editor of Broken Pencil in 2022. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice, Polygon and Spacing. He launched FUNLAND, a queer reimagination of 90s game magazines, in 2021. He has also written a book about pinball, knows too much about pinball, has a large chunk of his brain devoted to pinball. He no longer knows what it is like to experience the world as someone who knows less about pinball. Bug him over on Twitter @ZaaackKoootzer.



Olea Kim is a nonbinary zinester, artist, designer, with a knack for comics and we’re stoked to have them on board! You may recognize Olea from their sharp comics and co-organizing the Bug Milk reading and performance series, which collaborated with Canzine just last year. Olea will be helping us revolutionize our digital presence as well as lending their creative vision towards the printed magazine.



Yasmine is an undergraduate student double majoring in Cinema Studies and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is a graphic designer for Free Friday Films held at Innis College, a writer for Broken Pencil and The Gargoyle, and a volunteer all over the Toronto art world — from the Toronto Zine Library to Shifting Ground Collective.



Tara Flint is the Co-Publisher, Event Director, Business and Circulation Manager at Broken Pencil. Tara introduced the spreadsheet to BP in 1999 and brings a broad background in marketing, event planning, finance, and management. Tara is responsible for advertising, circulation, accounting, event management, and fundraising.

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Spencer Tropea

Growing up in the burbs of Mississauga, Broken Pencil was the cultural and creative gateway drug, introduced to me by the cool, older art kids in high school. This experience set me on a path of eclectic imagination and talent, fueling my development as a writer and artist. Fast forward over 15 years, and I find myself working with Broken Pencil on the Canzine website, a full-circle moment that unites my career with the magazine that helped ignite my inspiration.

Canzine founder

Hal Niedzviecki

Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of over ten books including the novel The Lost Expert (Cormorant Books, 2022), a collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future (Seven Stories Press).


Keep an eye on our social media and canzine.ca for updates

CANZINE OTTAWA: September 22

Taking place at the Glebe Community Centre


Taking place at Cecil Community Center

Our sponsors

Thank you so much to our sponsors for their continued support for Canzine, especially during these challenging times.