Thursday, March 15, 2018


The Empty Bed by Robert Dayton 
Montreal book launch with performance by 
The Canadian Romantic

Robert Dayton will read excerpts from his brand new pen-and-ink heartbreak book The Empty Bed at the official Montreal launch party on Saturday, March 31st at 4 PM at Monastiraki. 

Plus a special performance of The Canadian Romantic! 

Event is free with books available for your signed pleasure. PLUS LIMITED EDITION T SHIRTS PANTIES ETC!

The Empty Bed is a darkly funny pen-and-ink heartbreak book, a self-pitying lonely odyssey taking place after the end of romantic relationships. It is playful and mystical with many one page jokes of heavy truths in a loose narrative flow. As well, the book includes an interview with the author's Mother on divorce and death, an excerpt from the secret files of ghost-hunter Dr. Fourteen, and The Death Wish Guide To Loss. All of it rendered in quill and brush where words and pictures mingle freely revealing relatable yet unspoken content.

Robert Dayton is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Comedy? Yes! His art and/or writing have appeared in the books Kid Power (Spectacular Optical), Lost in The Grooves (Routledge), Cinema Sewer (Fab) as well as The Onion, music magazine Roctober, international noise magazine Bananafish, and more. He was the host and interviewer for Hazlitt's National Magazine award winning series Pagelicker. As The Canadian Romantic, he manifests in video, performance, a book (Publication Studios), a doll and even a winking photo! His musical projects include song-and-dance duo Canned Hamm and July Fourth Toilet.

“Writer, artist, cartoonist, singer and performer Robert Dayton bluntly and humorously exposes the nerves and feels of a broken heart.” —Fiona Smyth, cartoonist, artist, and co-author of Sex is a Funny Word

“Robert's work on the stage and studio has always been both side-splittingly hilarious and goddamned distressing; working in the book format he offers up an additional, unexpected outcome — pure beauty!”
— Gregg Turkington, comedian

“The Empty Bed is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! You can't stop yourself from blitzing through this wonder!”
—Guy Maddin, director of The Forbidden Room and My Winnipeg

“A blackly humorous descent into the depths of self-loathing, which emerges on the other end of ‘the wallows’ with a profound message of acceptance and hope.”—Kier-La Janisse, author, House of Psychotic Women

“I love The Empty Bed, it contains all of the best parts of what Robert does – on top of new heart-wrenching parts that I never knew he did!” —Dan Bejar, musician

“A brilliantly original, painfully hilarious, and surprisingly touching ode to love and loss.”
—Jodi Wille, director of The Source Family

THE EMPTY BED is available for order:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Diane Moreau & Heidi Daehler - first art show of 2018 !

Diane Moreau 
Heidi Daehler

Vernissage Jeudi 8 Mars 2018
Expo 1 - 31 mars 2018

5478 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1S1

Diane Moreau
Lignes de conduit

C’est la collecte d’objets trouvés lors de déambulations quotidiennes urbaines ou rurales, une invitation à ranimer le réel déchu. Aucune recherche de composition, aucune discrimination, c’est le hasard qui décide et les éléments, toujours déjà troués, s’enlignent au moment même de leur découverte pour devenir une chronique visuelle.
Je ramasse ce que le Petit Poucet aurait semé pour ne pas perdre sa route, je trouve la mienne enrichie de ce qui a été perdu ou jeté et ces objets découvrent une autre valeur.

Heidi Daehler

Montreal artist Heidi Daehler works in oil and acrylic paint to create representational works that situate human subjects and landscapes in emotional or existential contexts. Daehler has exhibited her works in solo and group shows in and about Montreal, and has completed dozens of commissioned paintings for commercial clients. Her works can be found in numerous private collections across Canada and the U.S., and in the U.K., France, and Mexico. Daehler holds a BFA in Studio Arts and a BA in Psychology (Concordia, 2006 and 1997).

Friday, January 05, 2018

January Schedule

January 2018, We are open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6pm
or my appointment!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Winter schedule unfolding

CLOSED 27 & 28
OUVERT 29 & 30

until.......JANUARY 5TH 2018 !


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What was your best poetry discovery this year?

Performer / Poet David Eso named Monastiraki as his best poetry discovery of 2017 for Vallum Magazine. Sweet ! Thx David !

"What was your best poetry discovery this year?
I had a day to myself in Montreal and stumbled upon Monastiraki, on St. Laurent, a gallery and shop for found poetry, zines, visual texts, etc. It’s at once a prototypical literary curio shopfront and totally unique. Billy Mavreas gave me a grand tour of the store’s holdings, found just the right book for me, and slipped me some art on the way out. And he stocks Vallum too! Testament to fine tastes."

Friday, December 08, 2017


Knife | Fork | Book returns to our fabulous space, three beautiful new chapbooks in tow, with poets Dale Smith SONS, Elianna Lev SEX MADE ME, David Bradford CALL OUT, and featuring Lauren Turner WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME (Out Spring 2018), with Kirby SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY as our host.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Conundrum Press Triple Launch and Art Show

Conundrum Triple Launch and Art Show

Conundrum Press rolls in launching THREE NEW TITLES:

BDQ: Essays and Interviews on Quebec Comics
Edited by Andy Brown

You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum! - 
Sherwin Tjia

All the
 way from Halifax, special guests

Kris Bertin & Alexander Forbes
The Case of the Missing Men

ART on the walls by

Sherwin Tjia
Alexander Forbes
Henriette Valium
Julie Doucet

cover painting by the sorely missed
Geneviève Castrée Elverum, née Geneviève Gosselin

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Vacation Time

We'll be on vacation from August 5th to the 17th !
Have a good coupla weeks and we'll see you back here before school starts up again !

Thursday, June 22, 2017





JONATHAN GARFINKEL’s multi-genre writing has been translated into twelve languages, and his plays have been produced throughout Canada, Germany, Rus- sia, and Ukraine. He is the author of the book of poems Glass Psalms (Turnstone Press) and has writ- ten numerous plays including The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret and the Governor- General shortlisted House of Many Tongues. His memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide was published in five countries to critical ac- claim (Penguin Canada and Norton and Norton US). Jonathan is also an award-winning non-fiction writer; his journalism has appeared in places like The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Eighteen Bridges, Tablet, and PEN International. In 2015 he was com- missioned to adapt Rawi Hage’s Cockroach for the stage, which premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary in 2016. Currently it is in development with Soulpepper. Named by the Toronto Star as ‘one to watch,’ he teaches playwriting at the Na- tional Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.

JEFF KIRBY’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. His work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at Matrix Magazine and bandcamp/jeffkirby. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.

DAVID BRADFORD is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and leads the Slo-Po group reading series. His work has appeared in a variety of places, including Lemon Hound and Prairie Fire, and his latest chapbook, Call Out (Knife|Fork|Book), is forthcoming in 2017.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rupert Bottenberg launches Fourscore Phantasmagores

Dare you confront a fearsome Uzult in its unholy stronghold? Will you brave the malevolent mists of the Miasmagon? Can you resist the Volupyrie’s tempest of temptation?
Within these pages lurk eighty hitherto unheard-of entities of the imagination, each one vividly described and illustrated. Fourscore Phantasmagores is a compendium of creatures great and small, vile and virtuous, mundane and magical. Creatures of the waters, earth, air, and ether, some sympathetic, others utterly sinister.
Drawing on a diversity of styles and techniques, from the realm of high fantasy and far beyond, artist and writer Rupert Bottenberg conjures up a panoply of preternatural apparitions. It is a rich read for the fantasy aficionado—and a bountiful resource for the role-playing gamer.

Book Launch Thursday June 1, 2017
 5pm - 7pm

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Anthony Easton - i will never live up to my blue china

Anthony Easton
- i will never live up to my blue china

Vernissage Thursday 11 May 6 - 9pm
Exhibit 11 - 31 May 2017

I keep thinking about the problems of the decorative, the queer history of the same, and how much writing has taken place about the problem blue in the last 30 years--especially Maggie Nelson's book Bluet's--but also a wide variety of readings on Goethe's colour work, Derek Jarmon's film Blue, and William Gass' essay "On Being Blue". I have also been making cyanotypes for a while, and thinking about Victorian science. I am also thinking about other kinds of decorative beauty. The altar of worship, the altar of beauty, and the ongoing problem of abstraction are all part of this installation.  

The piece will have 46 cyanotypes (one for each of the years Wilde lived) of liillies (Lily for it's queer and decadent history, and ironically because it is the symbol of the virgin Mary, whose colours were blue).

-Anthony Easton

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Our sandwich board has seen many layers. Recently this occurred and we quite like it.  It'll probably stick around for a while.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

PARIS / BEAT / CODEX Collages by Claude Pelieu & Mary Beach

Claude Pelieu & Mary Beach

photo by Gerard Malanga


Du 19 au 30 Avril 2017
Monastiraki, 5478 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Qc

Vernissage : samedi le 22 avril, de 14 à 18 heures, ouvert du mercredi au dimanche, de midi à 18 heures.
Commissaires : Byron Coley, Lili Dwight, Ted Lee.

Claude Pélieu (1934-2002)  et Mary Beach (1919-2006) ont formé un drôle de couple.  Claude, à ses débuts, était un écrivain proche des lettristes et un artiste indépendant avec un goût marqué pour la picouse. Mary était une veuve américaine expatriée aux manières sobres qui venait d'une grande famille de Nouvelle-Angleterre. Malgré ces différences leur relation, commencée à Paris au début des annés 60, allait durer toute une vie et produire des  montagnes souterraines d'importantes œuvres littéraires et visuelles.
Après avoir quitté Paris, le couple s'est d'abord installé à San Francisco où ils ont entrepris la traduction des œuvres de leurs amis beats William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg et Bob Kaufman. Le premier livre de Claude, Automatic Pilot était une coédition de City Lights et des Fuck You Press de Ed Sanders. Ils ont aussi démarré leur propre maison d'édition Beach Books où ils ont publié de nouveaux textes de Burroughs, Ginsberg et autres. 
Plus tard, ils ont vécu au Chelsea Hotel de New York où ils se sont liés d'amitié avec des renégats tels Harry Smith et Leonard Cohen. Claude pendant ce temps a continué à écrire et à créer des collages. Mary, qui s'était d'abord concentrée sur la peinture, 
s'est aussi mise à l'écriture pour donner naissance à son incroyable Electric Banana. Au fil des ans, elle s'est aussi tournée vers le collage.
Les œuvres de cette exposition ont été créées autour de la fin des années 90 et le début du millénaire à leur studio/maison de Norwich, NY. Les collages de Claude proviennent d'une série consacrée à Hieronymous Bosch. Ils nous semblent une brillante prolongation 
de l'impulstion surréaliste et nous sommes très fiers de pouvoir les présenter ici. Remerciements à Pamela Beach-Plymell.


Collages by Claude Pelieu & Mary Beach

Curated by Byron Coley

April 19-30, 2017 at Monastiraki, 5478 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal QC;
(reception Saturday April 22, 2-6 PM; viewing hours Weds-Sun 12-8)

Claude Pelieu (1934-2002) and Mary Beach (1919-2006) were an unlikely couple. Claude was a Lettrist-associated writer and artist with a polemical bent and a taste for the needle. Mary was an expatriate American widow with patrician New England roots and a sober demeanor. Yet, they began a partnership in early '60s Paris that would last the rest of their lives, and result in subterranean mountains of important work, both literary and visual. 
Leaving Paris, the pair first moved to San Francisco, where they lived while translating many important Beat works into French for a circle of friends including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Bob Kaufman. Claude's first book, Automatic Pilot, was also published at this time as a joint project of City Lights & Ed Sander's Fuck You Press. They also ran their own imprint, Beach Books, which published new work by Burroughs, Ginsberg, Jeff Nuttal and others. Living at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC, they became friends with such reprobates as Leonard Cohen and Harry Smith. Claude continued writing and doing collages all through this period. Mary, whose work was entirely focused on painting prior to this, also began writing, which resulted in the amazing Electric Banana. As the years went by she also turned her attention to collage. 
The works in this show were done early in the late '90s and early '00s at their home/studio in Norwich, NY. Claude's are from a series based on on the work of Heronymous Bosch. We think you'll agree, they represent a brilliant extension of the Surrealist impulse. And we're very pleased to be allowed to present them. Much thanks to Pamela Beach-Plymell.
The Beach/Pelieu Art Collection:

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Curiosities: past print future

Curiosities: past print future

Vernissage: Thursday April 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The show runs from Wednesday April 5 - Sunday April 9

Curiosities: Past Print Future is a site-responsive group show of Concordia Print Media screenprinting students. In responding to the space of Monastiraki, the exhibit showcases works that have been inspired by aspects or objects found within the gallery / curiosity shop. With screenprint as the main technique unifying the projects, the works include two-dimensional prints, artists’ books, three-dimensional and intervention-based works. These works are integrated into the existing space, dispersed among the found objects and art pieces that are currently installed in the space. As the curiosity shop / art space is a selected collection of artwork and objects, arranged in a state of organized “clutter” that reflect shop owners and artists, Billy Mavreas and Emilie O’Brien’s aesthetic and personal preferences, the group, in a sense, will be collaborating with Billy and Emilie by responding to their already rich material conversation. Through their production, the students are responding to themes of history, the future and altering perceptions of space, time and expectation. As students reference and integrate fragments of visual culture found from the non-traditional gallery space of Monastiraki, hierarchical assumptions about types of art and how they are interacted with will be subverted and overturned. What is viewed as art or artifact will be brought into question. 

Olivia Boda
Véronique Dion
Maeve Doyle
Cariston Fawcett
Sarah Cloutier-Boulay
Stéphanie Laporte
Alexey Lazarev
Amanda Manson
Gabrielle Mulholland
Marzi Rahmani
Morag Rahn-Campbell
Theran Sativa
Yamina Sekhri
Pattie Weston

Friday, January 06, 2017

Merci Le Devoir !

We received a great morning gift today !
Isabelle Paré wrote a lovely piece on our shop, even calling me a poem on two legs ! Ha!
Link below !
photo par Annik MH de Carufel

Le Devoir

Sunday, November 06, 2016

MARY HAYES - A Pantheon of Minor Deities

A Pantheon of Minor Deities
Tableaux récents de Mary Hayes

03-27 novembre 2016
vernissage jeudi 3 novembre 18 - 21hr

5478 Blvd. Saint-Laurent
Mtl, Qc., H2T 1S1 Canada

The work of Mary Hayes mines the expressive, psychological and sociological implications of the head and the human figure. Most recently, she reinterprets Old Master paintings and archetypes from popular culture with paintings that conflate, morph and mutate, exploring an emotional range between the macabre and the tender.  

A Pantheon of Minor Deities takes a look at archetypes that resurface with each generation in popular culture, through myth, fairy tales, film and video games. Misunderstood monster, imperious goddess, inquisitive alien - come back to us in various forms to guide us through the physical emotional and psychological trials of contemporary life.


Le travail de Mary Hayes sonde les aspects expressif, psychologique et sociologique de la tête et de la figure humaine. L’artiste se consacre depuis peu à l’interprétation d’œuvres de Grands Maîtres et d’archétypes de la culture populaire. Elle explore au moyen de fusions, morphismes et mutations toute une gamme d’émotions entre le tendre et le macabre. 

A Pantheon of Minor Deities pose un regard sur les archétypes générationnels de la culture populaire par l’entremise du mythe, des contes de fées, du cinéma et des jeux vidéo. Le monstre mal-aimé, la déesse impérieuse, l’extraterrestre curieux – reviennent nous visiter sous différentes formes pour nous guider à traversles épreuves physiques, émotionnelles, et psychologiques, de la vie contemporaine.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bass Piano VII

Andrew Wedman (Naramata, BC) will be installing Bass Piano VII in the Monastiraki gallery, with a performance on Friday October 28th.

The Bass Piano is a piano that has been tuned down a full octave to A220. With slightly unstable tuning and long sustains, strange and wonderful anomalies occur within its harmonics.

The night features three free improv duos who will explore the sonic possibilities of bass and Bass Piano: Andrew Wedman (bass piano) with Jason Sharp (bass saxophone), Marielle Groven (bass piano) with Aaron Lumley (contrabass) and Guillaume Dostaler (bass piano) with Lori Freedman (contrabass and bass clarinet).

More about the Bass Piano:

Piano Technician and experimental musician, Andrew Wedman developed the Bass Piano through his work with various altered tunings. The result of detuning a piano is a reduced tension in the strings and a unique tonal quality similar to bells or steel drums. Extreme tunings can be difficult for pianos to adjust to, so Andrew chooses to detune old pianos that would otherwise end up in the garbage. He repurposes these unwanted instruments as Bass Pianos so that they can be playable again.

The Bass Piano was debuted in Berlin in January 2013 with performances by Andrew Wedman and John Kameel Farah. Since then the Bass Piano has been performed by and alongside Ryan Driver, Tania Gill, Marilyn Lerner and John Oswald.

For more information contact Andrew Wedman:

Bass Piano VII
Friday October 28th, 2016
6:00 – 8:00
5478 Blvd St Laurent, Montreal
by donation

Le Piano Bass VII

Le vendredi 28 octobre, Andrew Wedman (Naramata, BC) s’installera à la Gallerie Monastiraki pour une performance de Piano Bass VII. Cet instrument est un piano qu’il a désaccordé d’une octave plus bas. Ce réglage légèrement instable produit des anomalies étranges et merveilleuses qui s’ajoutent aux harmonies du piano.

La soirée propose trois duos d'improvisation libre qui explorent les possibilités soniques de la basse et du Piano Bass: Andrew Wedman (piano bass) et Jason Sharp (saxophone basse), Marielle Groven (piano bass) et Aaron Lumley (contrebasse), ainsi que Guillaume Dostaler (piano bass) et Lori Freedman (contrebasse et clarinette basse).

À propos du Piano Bass:

Technicien accordeur de piano et musicien expérimental, Andrew Wedman a conçu le Piano Bass à travers son travail sur différents accords modifiés. Le désaccordage d’un piano a pour résultat une baisse de tension sur les cordes et une qualité tonale unique similaire aux cloches ou aux tambours en acier (steel-drums). Les pianos ont parfois du mal à s’adapter à ce type d’accordage, c’est pourquoi Andrew utilise uniquement des pianos qui sont voués à être jetés. Il transforme ces instruments en Pianos Bass afin qu'ils puissent être joués de nouveau.

Andrew Wedman a débuté ses performances de Piano Bass à Berlin en janvier 2013 en duo avec John Kameel Farah. Depuis, le Piano Bass a été joué par (et avec) Ryan Driver, Tania Gill, Marilyn Lerner et John Oswald.

Pour plus d'informations, contactez Andrew Wedman:

Piano Bass VII
Vendredi le 28 octobre 2016
18h à 20h
5478 Blvd St Laurent Montréal
Contribution volontaire

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kevin Spenst reads poetry at Monastiraki

Kevin Spenst will drop by Monastiraki to write and read some of his poems on the eastern leg of his casual reading tour !

October 3 
1:30PM @ Causa: a craft art jewelry book shop (13 Kensington) 
3:30PM @ Sovereign State, idea consultancy (827 Dundas St West)
6:45PM @ Full of Beans Coffee (1348 Dundas St West)

October 4 @ 7PM
Boneshaker Reading Series, Toronto

October 5 @ 8PM
Pivot Reading Series, Toronto 
with John Wall Barger, Joe Denham, and Susan Perly
1051 Bloor St West

October 7 @ 7PM
Book Launch, Novel Idea Bookstore, Kingston
with Michael Casteels and Jason Heroux
156 Princess St

October 9 @ 8:30PM
An Evening of Poetry by Poets from Canada, New York
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

October 14 @ 3PM
Monastiraki -Le Petit Monastère
5478 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal