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Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow launch party & talk Friday March 2

Friday, March 2nd, 7-9pm
Selectors’ Records/Publication Studio Vancouver
8 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC

Join us to celebrate the launch of Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow (Or, A Brick Is A Tool), co-published by Publication Studio and Plug-In ICA, and edited by Kegan McFadden. The evening will feature a brief presentation by the editor, and music by DJ Lyndsay Pomerantz.

Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow is a document of, and writing about, a unique moment in art writing in Canada. During the 1990s, artist-run magazines published criticism, news, and artists’ projects in several cities. YWOT concentrates on six of them: Texts (Calgary, 1989-1993), Flower (Toronto, 1992-1996), Talking Stick First Nations Arts Magazine (Regina, 1993-1994), Boo (Vancouver, 1994-1998), The Harold (Winnipeg, 1995-1997), and Cube (Montreal, 1996-1998). Included are histories, critical essays, indices of the magazines, and a section reproducing 72 of the original covers. Included are French translations of the essays, and a four-colour poster.

Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool) first appeared as a touring exhibition which debuted at Plug In ICA (2015), and toured to Artexte (2016) and The Banff Centre (2017). Included, in English and French, is a central essay by curator Kegan McFadden reflecting on his curatorial approach and methodology while the main body of the book operates in a similar manner to the exhibition, consolidating the magazines as content and material. Brief recollections from those involved with each of the six magazines coincide with an index chronicling their output, while covers of every issue are scanned and reproduced for posterity. A prescient essay about the state of art criticism in Canada by Bruce Grenville is re-printed thirty years after it originally appeared, followed by a newly commissioned response from Jeanne Randolph, in addition to artist projects and other poetic excerpts from each of the publications.

$40 CAD

200 pages
with colour poster insert
16.3 cm x 22.9cm
ISBN: 9781927385487


  • Introduction by Jenifer Papararo
  • Foreword by Gwen L. Allen
  • Anecdotes as Research & Letting Things Die by Kegan McFadden
  • De l’anecdote comme matériel de recherche, et laisser mourir les choses
    par Kegan McFadden
  • chill by Charles Cousins (Texts, issue 9, 1993)
  • Memoir of a Texts Gal Friday by Amy Gogarty
  • Souvenirs d’une fidèle servante de Texts par Amy Gogarty
  • Texts (Calgary, 1989-1993) Index
  • This is True to Me by Rob Flack with Ann Dean (Flower “10”, 1993)
  • Recollections on Flower by Ann Dean
  • Souvenirs à propos de Flower par Ann Dean
  • Flower (Toronto, 1992-1996) Index
  • Circle the Wagons by Marilyn Dumont (Talking Stick, vol. 1 no. 2)
  • All My Relations by Marjorie Beaucage
  • Toutes mes relations par Marjorie Beaucage
  • Talking Stick First Nations Arts Magazine (Regina, 1993-1994) Index
  • Kathy’s Requiem by Geoffrey Farmer (Boo 11, 1997/98)
  • Boo Magazine Recollection (English/French)
  • Boo (Vancouver, 1994-1998) Index
  • A coordinatorial from Jean LeMaître (Harold, June, 1996)
  • The Harold by Cliff Eyland
  • The Plug In Harold par Cliff Eyland
  • The Harold (Winnipeg, 1995-1997) Index
  • Pierre Beaudoin and François Dion on Cube [Insert]
  • Bonjour Madame Sagan by Annie Martin (Cube 3-4, 1997)
  • Cube (Montréal, 1996-1998) Index
  • Yesterday was Once Tomorrow, in Covers
  • Art Criticism in Canada by Bruce Grenville (1986)
  • Is Ficto-criticism an Invasive Species? by Jeanne Randolph (2016)

Site C Inquiry Final Report – pay-what-you-can in person or $15 + shipping online

BCUC Site C Inquiry 300 pages, $15+$10 shipping

We now have printed and bound copies ready of the British Columbia Utilities Commission’s final report on their inquiry into the planned Site C Dam. For those of you who are following this inquiry, you probably know that the executive summary and final report were released on November 1, and that the 300-page PDF is available online. Not everybody wants to read a complex document on their screen, so we’re doing what we did with the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report: you can drop by and get a copy on a pay-what-you-can basis, or order one from us online for $15 plus $10 shipping (and if you want several copies, contact us directly at and we’ll work something out).

BCUC Site C Inquiry 300 pages, $15+$10 shipping

Scorpion and Felix Prize 2017 Winner Announcement

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to announce the inaugural Scorpion and Felix Prize, a book prize for emerging artists, is to be awarded to Tracey Vath. Vath is a recent graduate of Langara College’s Fine Arts Program. She will receive a prize of $500 and her book will be developed, published and distributed by PSV.

Honourable mentions go to Scott Elliot, an Irish artist currently based in Norway, and two Vancouver-based artist teams made up of Alina Senchenko and Bára Hladíková, and Stacey Ho and Elisa Ferrari, respectively.

PSV received many outstanding projects from North America, UK, Europe and Asia. This has led to the formation of our new Scorpion and Felix Series for emerging artists’ publications. The prize winner and honourable mentions will be published together in this series.

Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to Tracey Vath, Scott Elliot, Alina Senchenko and Bára Hladíková, and Stacey Ho and Elisa Ferrari.


The Scorpion and Felix Prize is named after an unpublished comic novel written by Karl Marx in 1837 when he was 19 years old. Publication Studio Vancouver is happy to be partnering with artist Dan Starling on The Scorpion and Felix Prize and on The Scorpion and Felix Series.

About Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver publishes books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. PSV is part of a part of an international network of Publication Studios in other cities including Berkeley, Hudson (NY), Minneapolis, London (UK), Rotterdam, São Paulo, Glasgow, Edmonton, and Guelph. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.

Whitney Houston et al launches Wednesday, January 25

Agony Klub and Publication Studio Vancouver are pleased to present Whitney Houston, et al: essays around popular music. Inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’s chapter on Whitney Houston in his controversial novel, American Psycho (Vintage, 1991), editor/author Casey Wei invites five writers to explore their own relationships to popular music, resulting in essays on Marianne Faithfull, MIA, Kanye West, The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Wiz Khalifa, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, and more by Brit Bachmann,Gabi Dao, Olivia Dunbar, Steffanie Ling, and Karen Zolo. The authors use personal experience to delve deep into the ambivalence of fandom, mythology, appropriation, and appreciation.

Please join us for the launch of this book, the sixth release by Agony Klub, at 8 East Pender Street on Wednesday Jan 25. At 8pm, authors will read from and present on their texts. Refreshments will be served.

Book launch for Tyler Brett: Every Building & Some People in Bruno SK circa 2011

Bruno SK circa 2011Saturday, November 26 2016, 7pm

Join us for the launch of Tyler Brett’s new book Every Building & Some People in Bruno SK circa 2011 at Publication Studio/Selectors Records, 8 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC.

The book is a series of matter-of-fact representations of everyday life in the town of Bruno, suitable for colouring by adults or children or for quiet enjoyment. Printed and bound on-premises by Publication Studio, it is available for the reasonable price of $20, and will be available for online order after the event.

Bruno Saskatchewan is a town of roughly six hundred people located about one hour east of Saskatoon. In addition to all of the public service and amenity buildings, the drawings in this book document every one of the town of Bruno’s shops (all of which were locally owned and operated) as they existed in 2011. Some of the drawings are also of, or include, shopkeepers, or members of the community who were associated with the buildings depicted. Tyler Brett lived on Main St. and worked in and around Bruno for seven years as a carpenter assistant and occasionally as one of the local shopkeepers. Since leaving Bruno in 2013, many of these buildings and businesses have changed ownership, and some of the people drawn have since passed away. This book is a tribute to all of them. Brett now lives in Sointula BC on Malcolm Island where he works as a paramedic and runs The Sointula Art Shed Artist Residency with Kerri Reid, their son Teddy, cat Marvin and six chickens.

The Scorpion and Felix Prize

A new book prize for emerging artists!


A new artist book prize for emerging artists!
Deadline for submission February 1, 2017

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to announce a call for submissions for The Scorpion and Felix Prize, a new book prize for emerging artists. One artist will be selected by a jury to receive an honorarium of $500 and to have their book published by PSV.

Submissions are open to all emerging artists who have demonstrated an interest in publication as an artistic practice through their work. Preference will be given to artists who are willing to experiment with the book as a medium while keeping the conceptual and practical frameworks of PSV in mind.

PSV will support the recipient to realize their book project by assisting with the logistical considerations for production. In addition to the production of the book, PSV is committed to offering organizational support for the project beyond the publication date. This will include a press announcement, a launch event, and inclusion in the Publication Studio distribution network.

Support from Publication Studio Vancouver

  • Cash prize of $500
  • Printing and design costs of production paid
  • 25 copies of the book for the artist
  • A launch event at PSV
  • Press announcement of publication via Publication Studio’s social media
  • Inclusion in Publication Studio’s distribution network

How to Apply

Applications should be formatted as a single pdf containing all writing, accompanied by image files. Please do not imbed images into the pdf (see below).

Please include the following information:

  1. Contact Information
    Please include a page with your full name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and link to your website.
  2. Description of Project (maximum 500 words)
    Please describe the book you wish to make. Proposals need not be in fully realized form but should be coherent enough to demonstrate that the artist has thought through the book project carefully. Please reference any art historical influences and discuss any works that relate to your idea.
  3. Curriculum Vitae, 3 pages maximum
  4. Support Materials
    Please include 10 images. They may either be packaged in a zip folder file labeled with YOUR NAME or else as a Dropbox link included in the body of the pdf

    • size 1440 x 900 pixels maximum in jpg format, 72 dpi
    • use the following naming convention LASTNAME01.jpg, LASTNAME02.jpg …
    • Include an annotated list that describes the images with the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and brief description if necessary

All items should be sent as a zip file attachment or Dropbox link in a single email to Publication Studio Vancouver, with the subject line BOOK AWARD (YOUR NAME). Emails should not exceed 10 MB. E-mail:

Applicants may also submit examples of books via the post that can only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. This is not required.

Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of submissions, we will not be able to acknowledge the receipt of applications, and will only be able to notify the selected applicant.


All book proposals must be sent by February 1, 2017. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.

The selected applicant will be notified by March 1, 2017 with the expectation that work will commence in the spring 2017. The book will be published over the course of six months with an expected launch in the fall of 2017.

About Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver publishes books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. PSV is part of a part of an international network of Publication Studios in other cities including Portland (Or), Berkeley, Hudson (NY), Minneapolis, London (UK), Rotterdam, Malmö, Edmonton, and Guelph. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.

The Scorpion and Felix Prize is named after an unpublished comic novel written by Karl Marx in 1837 when he was 19 years old. Publication Studio Vancouver is happy to be partnering with artist Dan Starling on The Scorpion and Felix Prize.




Reading & Book Launch: Nascar, Stories by Steffanie Ling

Nascar, Stories by Steffanie Ling


Edited by Jacquelyn Ross
Published by Blank Cheque Press/Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver
8 East Pender Street
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
@ 7pm

With readings by Steffanie Ling & Alex Bovril

“Somehow, the idea of watching him, a sexy sports car, only emphasized the straightforwardness of mastery. A matter of hitting notes, a grasp of physique.”

In sixteen short stories punctuated by smoke breaks, writer and critic Steffanie Ling ponders questions of art and subsistence while relating her comically mundane misadventures alongside a band of struggling twenty-something painters, editors and merchandisers. Touching on topics like taste, mastery, straight white males and sparkling water—and in conversations in galleries and artist’s studios, on busses and park benches—these are concise, poignant stories that show a general disregard for one’s health. Against the languor of art, sarcasm and late capitalism, the gesture of the shared smoke may just be a small, but hopeful, offering of community.

Steffanie Ling said she would quit smoking after this book was published. Her essays, poems and criticism about contemporary art, photography, cinema, literature, professional wrestling, and smoking have appeared in print and online in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has published one book of minimal poems, Cuts of Thin Meat (Spare Room, 2015). This is her first book of prose.

Alex Bovril never knows whether to start these artist bios with his birthplace (the UK), the city he calls “home” (Vancouver), or the university he currently attends (Creative Writing MFA candidate at NYU). He’d rather just say how fondly he remembers his time at the project space Avenue; how thankful he is to get the opportunity to collaborate with Tom Richardson and Jordan Milner, and exhibit work at Skylight Gallery and spare room; and how good it felt last year to publish his first collection of prose, Fragments of Bismuth, edited by Steffanie Ling and co-published by Somewhat Urgent/Publication Studio Vancouver.

Blank Cheque is a small press based in Vancouver and Toronto publishing eclectic books and print works by emerging artists and writers. Conceived while daydreaming in an overpriced shoe store, the series is edited by Jacquelyn Ross and produced in living rooms, studios and copy shops.

Goodbye to 222 East Pender

Goodbye 222Just a quick note: we’re moving out of our storefront at 222 East Pender Street. Thanks to our neighbours in the studio, our next-door neighbours at Access Gallery, 221A for setting up this great facility in the first place, and to the Yee Fung Toy Society for watching over the building. We’ll miss you all, even though we won’t be far away.

Our new premises are being set up now. We’ll be sharing space with Selectors Records at 8 East Pender, where we will continue to publish and bind books, but with a different soundtrack. Watch this space for the announcement of our opening.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report/TRC Reading Challenge


UPDATED: we’re pleased to announce that both Publication Studio Guelph and Publication Studio Edmonton are turning out copies in their cities!

Inspired by the TRC Reading Challenge, we are printing and binding copies of Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, the 388-page summary of the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We’re making these available at PS Vancouver on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a suggested price of $10. You can also order them from us online, at $10 plus shipping.

If you get a chance, let people know you are reading the report by posting on social media with the tag #trcreadingchallenge .

Tiziana La Melia: Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect launches Tuesday March 22

Selected Writings: 2005-2015

Edited by Steffanie Ling
Published by Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia
Tuesday, March 22

Readings by Jo Cook, Kara Hansen and Tiziana La Melia.

Please join us at Publication Studio Vancouver for the launch of Oral like Cloaks, Dialect a selection of writing by poet and artist Tiziana La Melia. This collection of her texts includes poetry, scripts, reproductions of short-run publications, and writing for exhibitions and artists, as well as an array of collaborative writing conducted over the past decade. In referencing Hollywood cinema, literature, costume history, insect anatomy, La Melia’s texts exercise dialects, changing outfits and modes of inquiry. In the way clothing inflects language in the pursuit of style or a role, ways of elaborating oral and text based codes is as much a way to inhabit identities as a form of inquiry. The texts in Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect articulate the texture of speaking, reading and writing as vibrations, feelings and pulses translated into English.

Image above: from the series Summer Diagrams (2014 – ) by Katie Lyle