Zineland Terrace Update
Zineland Terrace Returns to TCAF 2020! We are excited to announce that Zineland Terrace will be returning to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival for its third year. The zine fair will run concurrently with TCAF, taking place 11am-6pm on May 9th and 10th at Cumberland Terrace, across the street from Toronto Reference Library. Zineland Terrace is meant to be a unique space at TCAF, with lots of offerings for zine creators, readers, and well, everyone! For the past two years we have been proud to offer this welcoming showcase of all types of self-publishing from Toronto, Canada, and beyond as a complement to the festival’s broader comics focus. Zineland distinguishes itself from TCAF’s other fabulous spaces and endeavours because it is focused on the people and projects using self publishing, DIY, and zine culture to forge new and critical narratives and communities — whether or not they are comics or illustration. We are inviting all zine creators to apply! You do not need to make comics or have exhibited at TCAF before. We support a wide range of zines and self-publishing styles, and we want to showcase the broad and diverse spectrum of people working in the medium. We especially encourage local, emerging, and marginalized creators to apply and exhibit at TCAF’s Zineland Terrace. Applications are open now, until 11:59pm on March 20th.
What are you waiting for? Apply here now!
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when, exactly?
Exhibitor tables for Zineland will again line the second floor of Cumberland Terrace, with workshops and programming in the basement level. Both floors’ activities will be in the eastern half of the mall, closer to Yonge St, with the best entrance at the corner of Yonge St and Cumberland St. (7 Cumberland St). The event runs 11am-6pm, which is concurrent with TCAF’s main festival site and exhibitor marketplace directly across the street at the Toronto Reference Library, but with a later start time and end time.
Applying, paying, and planning ahead of the festival
How much is the fee for each table spot?
This year tables are $75 (+HST, totally $84.75), there is no fee to apply. For those of you who have tabled with us previously, you’ll know that this fee is higher than last year. Tabling fees are what directly covers our costs: from the venue, to snacks, to artists fees for the poster the tabling fee is what allows Zineland to run. There is no fee to apply.
What size is each spot? How many people can fit?
Each table spot is roughly 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep, or half of a shared standard 6ft event table. We will have few extra chairs available to accommodate people staffing the tables, however no more than two people at a time is comfortable. Take turns!
Is there assigned table placement/seating?
No, tables are available first come first serve at TIME on Saturday May 9. If you need assistance with your table don’t hesitate to ask any of the volunteers or coordinators!
It depends on what you mean! Each exhibitor spot (as in one fee, one application) is half of a standard 6 foot event table, about 3ft x 2.5ft of total tabletop space.
- If you want to sit next to each other, but have your own separate exhibitor spots, please apply separately. On fest day, try to arrive together on the early side so you can find a table with both halves unclaimed.
- If you want one shared 3ft exhibitor spot (half of a 6ft table) for you and a friend, you may apply with one application. Please include the relevant info, names, samples etc both artists. It’s possible but tight to squeeze behind the half-table spot, so you may consider taking turns staffing it at different times.
Can I exhibit for only one day?
Unfortunately we do not offer one day table spots; it’s a big logistical task to accommodate (especially since seating is not pre-assigned), and we want to prioritize people who can commit to table both days. However, if you want to split the table with another person, or if different individuals will staff the table on each day, that is up to you to coordinate — we only ask that you indicate these plans in your separate applications or apply together. Please let us know if you have made any such arrangement!
Do table spots have outlets available?
Only one or two tables might have an outlet available, and these are reserved for people who require them as an accessibility accommodation. If you think this is you, let us know and we’ll plan for it.
I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
Unfortunately we are unable to offer a place to stay for visitors to Toronto. Hostels, short-term rentals and hotels are plentiful but really book up quickly for TCAF weekend, so it’s worth booking soon or reaching out to friends, family, or internet crushes to ask if you can stay. TCAF also has a
Should I apply to Zineland Terrace? What kind of tablers are you looking for?
You probably should! All kinds of zines and zine creators are represented at Zineland, from perzines to chapbooks to mini comics to mail art.
Key words: text-based, underground, works in progress, old as heck, super new, DIY, political, community-based, experimental, sketchbook, artists getting paid, collabs, punk zines, fanzines, photo zines, pretty zines, accessible prices, cut-n-paste, new friends, screenprinting, staple binding, limited edition, activism, mutual support, zine trades, all that good stuff.
All applications will be reviewed by multiple members of the Zineland crew. We collectively aim to create an unusually welcoming, wide-ranging and community-oriented space. We encourage, invite, and prioritize applications and support for zinesters who are: new and emerging, queer, trans, Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous to Turtle Island, people of colour, disabled, poor, underhoused, sex workers, youth, elders, suburban/rural drug users, activists, and loners. community-based projects, loners, newcomers, people with disabilities.
Are any tables available for free or for a reduced fee?
There are sliding scale table spots available for people who find that the full fee is a barrier to participation and we have some flexibility in terms of total number of tables and placement. Please contact us directly at email@example.com to access sliding options or for any questions about tables.
About the venue
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
The Cumberland has an elevator that goes to all floors that Zineland programming will be taking place. The bathrooms do not have stairs, however the clearance makes it difficult to access the facilities with most mobility devices. The closest accessible washrooms with better clearance are in the Reference Library, Starbucks, or Tim Hortons on the east side of Yonge St.
What is the washroom situation with regards to accessibility and gender markers?
Two shared washrooms are in the basement of the Cumberland building, just right of the elevators or left of the eastern escalators. There are no single stall washrooms. Typically they are genderedm but during Zineland they will simply be labeled as having stalls only or urinals and stalls both. There are single stall washrooms across the street.
In previous years, the Cumberland Terrace washrooms were sometimes locked or bizarrely patrolled by venue security. This was really uncomfortable for a number of people. We are sorry. We’d specifically asked for unlocked, gender neutral washrooms but somehow that was misinterpreted. This year, we prioritized making a clear agreement to prevent this weirdness. The contract we’ve signed with the venue has a special clause which states:
The Releasee hereby agree to accommodate the Releasor’s special request to keep the lower level washrooms adjacent to L20 open and unlocked during the rental hours to accommodate the visitors of the book fair. The Releasor acknowledges that the premises are open to the public and that there are possible risks associated with off-hours washroom availability.
As a condition of the Releasee’s accommodation of this request, the Releasor recognizes these circumstances and shall accept primary responsibility for the safety and comfort of any and all book fair visitors who may access the washrooms. The Releasor shall provide signage at their sole cost and expense. The signage shall indicate that the washrooms will be unisex for the duration of the book fair and shall confirm the available facilities (e.g. stalls, urinals) in each washroom.
What should tables bring?
Bring lots of zines! It’s impossible to know precisely how many zines to sell, but if you have several titles it’s wise to bring at least 10 of each if possible. Please also bring a table covering of come kind. Feel free to have fun with the decorations!
You are responsible for bringing the business essentials: a float with Canadian coins and bills, a cashbox, and a price list. If you have a card reader, go for it. Some people prep small text descriptions of the zines to make it easier for shoppers.
Please also consider packing:
- Business cards if that’s your thing
- Water and snacks
- A phone charger
- Basic toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, hand sanitizer, tampons, mints etc)
- Umbrella (check the weather!)
- Your own spending money or extra zine copies to trade
Can I step out for a moment? Can someone watch my table for me?
At some point, you will need to take a break for food, washroom, quiet or anything else. This is fine, breaks are healthy! However we suggest limiting breaks to 30 minutes tops when possible — many zinesters will tell you how important it is to physically be present if you want to make sales! If an emergency comes up and you need to leave, please let a Zineland staffer know. We want you to be there the whole day, please plan to be there until 6pm. Nothing is more depressing than a half-empty zine fair, and it kinda makes us feel bad.
There may be a volunteer available to sit at your table while you’re gone, but we cannot guarantee this. Most often, exhibitors find it easiest to ask their neighbours to watch their stuff, and can later return the favour. Some vendors arrange to have someone they know relieve them at a specific time.
You probably know this, but keep track of anything you would hate to lose. Keep belongings hidden under your tablecloth or chair, behind you against the wall, or nearby. outside of your view or reach. Set-up and takedown can be particularly chaotic and things can go missing. We can’t be responsible for any lost or stolen goods.
Can I keep my stuff overnight at the venue?
We will be clearing tables at the end of each day as the venue is open to the public after Zineland closes for the night. But there will be space available to keep your things at the venue overnight! Your things can be locked in a room for safekeeping located in the basement.
What amenities are there at the Cumberland or close by?
Most of the shops in the Cumberland are closed weekends, and more and more are closed permanently. Here are some tips for the neighbourhood:
Zineland will to provide some snacks and refreshments like fruit, granola bars and nuts, but please come prepared for a full day of tabling. If you have any food allergies we need to know about, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Water bottles are highly recommended!
We are in the process of making arrangements with the Cumberland’s ground floor restaurants (Salad Days, Little Hut & Esther Soups) so that they will remain open during Zineland (typically they are closed on weekends). All of them offer coffee and healthy and hearty lunch options for under $10 (!!!), and between them they can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Otherwise, we suggest walking south on Yonge St a block or two where you’ll find many options including Lebanese, Jamaican, Korean, Taiwanese, fast food and small grocery stores.
There’s a Rexall pharmacy just West on Bloor St, and also a Shoppers Drugmart nearby. Dollarama, tobacco shops and convenience stores are all a few blocks south on Yonge St, after Bloor St.
Easy and fast printing can be hard to come by on weekends, so we encourage vendors to have everything done a few days ahead of the festival. Of course, we’re zinesters, so that doesn’t always happen. In a pinch, Print Pros and Print Cloud (commercial printer) are open for a few hours on Saturday, but we can’t attest to their service.
While we recommend bringing a hearty float with lots of change as well as any spending money in cash, there are ATMs of all major Canadian banks within a block of the venue. York Foreign Exchange is nearby and open on Saturday, should you require currency exchange.