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B L A C K B U R N * D I S T R O * 2 0 0 4 - 2 0 0 5 [Dec. 7th, 2005|02:31 pm]
[mood |thankfulthankful]

I'm closing the distro. It's been fun these past two years or so and I've enjoyed trying my hand at the zine-selling racket. I'm calling it quits because I'm just not able to commit as much time as I would like to and because it was getting a bit expensive. I've enjoyed making people read my favorite zinester's stuff and I've loved tabling at events and getting to chat with people who are into similar stuff. Making zines has been such a solitary act and the only human connection being through letters, or drinking bad coffee with jeff at 3:00 a.m. at the all night copy-centre (ok that was 5 years ago but). It's been great to actually meet people behind it all.

Okay, this is getting too long. I want to thank the following: Taryn, Brandy, Rekha, Spike, Matt, Jeff, Kim, Sean, Ladyfest Ottawa, the IWW for all your help, support and encouragement.
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(no subject) [Oct. 21st, 2005|12:28 am]
[mood |fullfull]
[music |fela kuti - confusion]

It’s coming up: Canada’s largest zine fair and festival of alternative culture: CAN-ZINE:
Sunday October 30th
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street W.
(just east of Dufferin)
Toronto

The Event runs from 1-7:00 pm and admission is free.

Come and say hi if you’re in the Toronto area.

Also coming soon is the new Slingshot organizer as well as some news concerning live zine readings in December so come back for updates!

xo
Chris

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America? #13
Travis writes punk rock zines in the spirit of mid 90s hardcore. DIY, community, punk houses, politics fill this stenciled and well laid out zine. You would file this somewhere in-between Spectacle zine and HaC back when it was on the cutting edge. Only this zine is about now and it’s still wondering, wandering, and interviewing on things that seem so vital and important. Travis dissects and questions people like Sam Mcpheeters (Men’s Recovery Project), Lance Hahn (J Church) and May from Tree of Knowledge Distro. Travis writes, “Let us live honest as hunger, earnest as sunrise.”
$2

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Blurt! #3
A handful of vignettes written by Lew about a number of friends, and ties well spent with them. Lw’s writing style is kind of choppy, full of fragment sentences that are nonetheless pregnant with meaning. Blurt! is a “per-zine” for sure, but it looks really nice—the layout is simple but very inviting and quite well done, unlike too many zines these days. The absurd and funny drawings that break up the chapters of this zine are also a nice touch. There are some standard stories of traveling, hanging out, road-tripping, etc but overall this zine is more memorable than most in the genre. Worth checking out. (MRR #269)
$2

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Lickety Split #1
I met Amber, the editor of this little mag, at the 6th annual Montreal Anarchist bookfair. Her table was beside mine, and before long, I had to see what all the fuss at her table was all about. Her mag, a smut-zine for 18+ had me curious. This issue is filled with articles, photos and stories, vintage porn and comics not to mention interviews with Candy Ass, Holy Moly, Wolf Parade, and Pony Up. I was skeptical at first and I didn’t want to be a smut peddler, but this zine is pretty cool. Great slection of submissions, and a great layout, properly printed and everything, but still, like a zine.
$7

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Lickety Split #2
From Montreal this self-professed “smut-zine” contains graphic art, a found photo contest, various articles and stories, comics, an interview with Duchess Says and a lot more. This isn’t Suicide Girls. This truly is a smart, punk-minded and fun alternative forum for sexual expression. Great layout, printed, with a 3-colour cover and, like.. uh, pictures of naked people and stuff.
$7

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Snakepit #34 / Gullible #26
A sudden and unexpected departure from Ben's normal life of succinct 3 panel comics illustrating his life. This issue is about his moods, thoughts, and feelings on tour in Japan with J Church. He obviously has a lot of passion for his friends, obsessing about a relationship gone awry, Japanese food and music, going to shows, playing in bands, going to parties, drinking and smoking pot, and working in a record store. Despite his skull t-shirts and rough exterior you can tell he's a big softy and not just cruising for the next kiss or party.
Chris' Gullible side captures punk rock culture wth words and is a good preservation of it. Contains tour stories and descriptions of his homelife. Very entertaining and Chris has a good sense of local history and a good idea of his peronal ethics which translates to good reading. (review from Microcosm Publishing)
$2
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new things & back in stock [Oct. 4th, 2005|10:07 am]
-snakepit/gullible split zine $2
-ghost pine #8 $2
-stolen sharpie rev $5
-america? #13 $2
-journal song #6? $2

see http://blackburndistro.zinetastic.com soon for details.
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Happy Autumn [Sep. 27th, 2005|09:39 am]
Autumn's upon us and, I must say, it's my favorite time of year. The weather's a bit cooler, you can breath easier, you can get more done. So it's in that spirit that I'm updating the site. There's some new fanzine action coming your way. I know things have been a little slow but that's because I've been working on my own mag, Kissoff Fanzine #11. New items in are Lickitey Split #1 and 2, Blurt #3. Coming soon are new issues of America, Chainbreaker, as well as a restock of Journal Song and Stolen Sharpie.

I hope to see a lot of you at Canzine, Canada's largest zine-fair and festival of alternative culture this October 30th. For details go here: https://springerssl.netnation.com/~brokenpe/canzine/index2.php
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NEW ADDRESS [Aug. 29th, 2005|03:58 pm]
BLACKBURN ZINE DISTRO
c/o Chris Landry
301 - 151 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 1N8
Canada
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Blackburn Speaks [Aug. 23rd, 2005|03:15 pm]
Looks like I'm going to be talking about the distro on Mitchel Caplin's 'Click Here' on CHUO 89.1 FM in Ottawa in support of the Ravenswing Zine & Craft Fair.

I've also got the new issue of Night Jaunts - a contribution zine about walking the streets at night - with my submission in it.

Ravenswing is this Saturday afternoon at the Jack Purcell Community Centre - look for ths signs on Elgin Street.

Ciao!
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2005|11:22 am]
Greetings, Zine-fiends! upcoming events for Blackburn Distro include:

Ravenswing Zine Fair
Saturday, August 27th
Jack Purcell Community Centre
320 Jack Purcell Lane (off Elgin St)

Ladyfest Ottawa Craft Sale
Saturday September 17th
Club SAW
67 Nicholas St

CanZine
Sunday October 30th
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street W.
(just east of Dufferin)
Toronto

Thanks to all who showed interest and support at the Punkrock Fleamarket. New zines to arrive soon include Blurt #3, Lickety Split #2 and Emergency #4. And remember I am always on the lookout for new zines to carry so if you've got a cut-and-paste style DIY/personal/political/punkrock zine submit it for review! I might just want to distro it.
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punkrock garage sale [Aug. 1st, 2005|01:43 pm]
[music |simon and garfunkle]

next blackburn gig:

August 6th - punkottawa.com's Punk'n'Junk + Veggie BBQ
SAW Gallery Courtyard
67 Nicholas St
9am-5pm or until everything is sold

A portion of the proceeds of table rentals will go towards Club SAW for equipment repairs/upgrades as well as Ladyfest Ottawa.


Kim H will be selling silkscreened T-Shirts and I old 7"s - cheap! (i won't be selling "rare" 7"s for $10 as some seedy hipsters are wont to do). And of course the Distro will represent.

new stuff!!

the doris book!


the assassin and the whiner #15

restock of stolen sharpie and journal song.
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Blackburn Update [Jul. 8th, 2005|09:21 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]
[music |Stevie Wonder - Superstition]

The site's updated----> http://www.blackburndistro.zinetastic.com There's new stuff such as this:

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rah rah! What else can I say? come see my band tonight at the Avant Garde Bar. It's a late All Ages/licenced show. It's $4 and we're playing with a Montreal psyche band called GOA.
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still blackburn [Jul. 5th, 2005|11:01 am]
the ravenswing craft and zine fair was, while not a financial success for BZD (partially my fault, i'm running dangerously low on titles), definitely a worthwhile happening. now that a new summer is upon us i am working on expanding my catalogue. here's an idea:

*new*

kissoff #8 reprint - i found the flat in a box in the basement of blackburn house as i was moving and decided to run one last dozen of them off, if for nothing else, then to have something new to sell at ravenswing.

root #3 sarah evans' latest effort is a travelogue/colour photo-zine. sarah is an ottawa native who has been making zines for at least as long as i have. she now makes halifax her home.

*coming soon*

doris book: an anthology 1991-2001 this thing weighs in at 18 oz and is 320 pages. cindy has reformatted her old issues to fit this book. doris is one of the best things out there as far as zines go and this is a DECADE of zines in one container.

dance of the skeletons #3 the ottawa gmb of the iww's loss is japan's gain. braden extols the virtues of workers rights and radical unionism from the land of the rising sun. i haven't seen this bad boy yet but it's sure to be worth your dollar.

lickety split #1 & 2 amber calls her mag a "smut zine" and what you find inside is an eclectic mix of creative writing, stylish photographs, vintage porn and interviews with wolf eyes and pony up. this is an intelligent, sex-positive mag that is original, smart and fun.

stolen sharpie revolution soon to be restocked.

the assassin and the whiner #15 the legendary comic zine.

re-stock of ghostpine #8

*coming later*

re-stock of doris #22

blurt! #2

has anyone got shelly chainbreaker's address? all my correspondence is packed.

and lastly: i am moving. just to reassure y'all blackburn distro may no longer be on blackburn avenue but is STILL going to be called blackburn distro and you can STILL reach me at that address.

rock on, and i'll be back with cover scans and more funs stuff soon!

xo
chris
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