First held in Toronto in 1995, Canzine has since expanded to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Brampton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Halifax, each event 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!  Currently we are running a Fall Canzine in Toronto and an Online Canzine in the Spring. If you want to bring Canzine to your community, get in touch at canzine@brokenpencil.com.

Broken Pencil: Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Printed Arts

Proud Partner of Canzine!

Since 1995, Broken Pencil has 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.

Canzine founder


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), a collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights) and the nonfiction book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future (Seven Stories Press).