Back from New York and Montreal launches

Hi everybody! I just got back from doing launches for The Empty Bed in Montreal at Monastiraki (5478 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal), a neat shop where you can purchase the book, and Spoonbill (99 Montrose) in Brooklyn, a great art book store where you can also purchase the book (it is also at Desert Island and at Printed Matter in New York City). Thanks to Monastiraki (Billy!) and Spoonbill (Jonas!) and Matthew Thurber and Brian Belott for performing too! The book can also be purchased on my Patreon and on my Etsy

If you want to review my book please drop me a line for a copy, I would love that.

I also made incredible headway on Canadian Glam in Montreal interviewing legends Polo of Danger, Nick of Mack, Lucien of Aut'Chose, Pierre of Aut'Chose and Eclipse as well as Angelo Finaldi!

My futile efforts with getting funding from the Canadian grant system are known (I just had another rejection letter for Canadian Glam -a Canadian historical book project that deals with music, fashion, gender play and pushing boundaries by someone who has been making quality work for years- the day before I left on my trip) so your support on Patreon (see above) helps me to develop these projects. Gonna keep a going!

The Empty Bed In Montreal

Tell your pals! Saturday afternoon! It's going to be great fun! Books will be personally signed!

Also I am doing advance research on French Canadian Glam too! Very stoked (of course any advice and info on French Canadian Glam is appreciated)



Hi folks, so much going on! First off, I have been adding plenty of writing to my Patreon and selling Karaoke Host valentines! Original art! One of a kind! Many hosts to choose as your Valentine! Only 15$ (incl shipping). Only 10 dollars if you purchase The Empty Bed heartbreak book as well.


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I will be selling the Empty Bed book on Feb 13th and performing as The Canadian Romantic  an ode to The Man From Hong Kong's love scenes in a  screening of the Ozploitation classic The Man From Hong Kong at The Royal Cinema, info here:

On Wed Feb 14th is an opening for a special group art show at Weird Things in Toronto (998 Bathurst)  called Valentimes. I wilI be showing art work from The Empty Bed book and will have copies for sale (actually I always have copies on me, feel free to approach me) The artists are: Charlie Murray, Devon Marinac, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Ginette Lapalme, Robert Dayton and Sylvia Munson.…/impulsebooks/the-empty-bed/


Low Level Housing Trauma in Toronto

If you subscribe to my Patreon you get access to my series about the low level communal house trauma involving a dictator 'victim' and dry erase board messages and oh so much more that I was a part of! A dark, funny tale about these modern times... I recently posted part one and will post part two soon. Plus for just 3 dollars you get a personalised video. Go here:

The Empty Bed OUT NOW!

Sorry I haven't been keeping up...overwhelmed

You can order the book here:

Kitchener launch this Saturday (see image), Toronto launch was most successful! A lovely crowd. Mike Gabel printed up many panties and tees! I read stuff that was painful to read. Clancy Dennehy provided video footage of my Mom. Ruhee Dewji played absolutely perfect mournful sax. Chris Cummings did his amazing job of accompanying The Canadian Romantic. Milk Glass were a wonderful venue with delicious non-alcoholic options. Celebrating after I saw the boyfriend of the most recent heartbreak inspiration for the book bike by...seemed appropriate (there is no escape but I am hoping to get these immigration papers done so there won't be any more painful reminders).

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Pre-order The Empty Bed!

We -me and the publishers Impulse[b]- are putting the finishing touches on the book as we speak! This book is happening! And you can even pre-order it! First dibs! I starteda Patreon where you can not only order the book but you can subscribe to monthly content from me! Yayyyy! I will be putting up lots of fun stuff including more stuff on Canadian Glam!!! Yayyyy!

Check it out:

And look at this cover!!!!

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"Oh Canada"

Check it out! We made a video for The Canadian Romantic from his unreleased album. It's an erotic version of "Oh Canada"! If you like it, please please please share it!

Co-directed and written by Robert Dayton (The Canadian Romantic).
Co-directed/camera/editor Jeremy Singer.
Featuring Siânteuse, Chris A Cummings, Nyles Miszcyk
Thanks to The House Of Hot Breath for location and Maura Doyle for beaver footage.
Not visible: drums by Jay Anderson and other musical flourishes by Justin Ladd!
More info on The Canadian Romantic:

where to get Diaper Cake Journal, post on Lewis Furey, more

Is anyone reading this? HA! Big announcement regarding my new book soon but first...

Soooo issue one of Diaper Cake Journal is now available in New York at Desert Island and at Printed Matter, where you can also buy my art book The Canadian Romantic.

You can also order them through Art Metropole:

They also carry Young Adult #3, I am pretty proud of my writing in there as close to the marrow of the funny bone as it gets, ow! Only 100 printed, act fast:


I just wrote something new for Canadian Glam on Lewis Furey, if you like perverse Montreal nasally cabaret styles:

Maura Doyle interview, plus "Young Adult" launch


Maura Doyle is one of my favourite artists and this interview that I did with her is up, I wish that I had included "(laughter)" but then it would have been throughout:

I also have a short story entitled "emotionally immature" in issue 3 of Young Adult which launches Monday, March 27th @ 7pm
The Burdock (1184 Bloor Street W, Toronto), FREE

More info here:

So I am still posting adrawing aweek from The Empty Bed to my Tumblr (see last post):

As well, I posted my interview with the legendary Paul Williams to my Canadian Glam project:



weekly drawings

Hi! So I am starting to post a drawing a week on my Tumblr which is here:


If it resonates with you,feel free to follow, share, always looking for input et al...Most of these are from my upcoming book The Empty Bed...if you know of good companies that do prints andtees etc I am all ears!




The Canadian Romantic releases new song "No Borders" to stand with Bandcamp in support of Immigrants/Basic human values this Friday

This Friday Feb 3, 2017 (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time) for any purchase made on Bandcamp, they will donate 100% of their share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working to oppose last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. 

Here's the track:

Oh, and Canada needs a repeal of the “Safe Third Country” agreement. Call your MP directly:


No Borders is part of the yet to be released album by The Canadian Romantic with Marker Starling.

Robert Dayton (lyrics and vocals) (Canned Hamm, July Fourth Toilet)
Chris Cummings (keys and melodies) (Marker Starling, Hank)
Justin Ladd and Nyles Miszczyk (production and engineering and sweetening)

Jay Anderson (drums and percussion)


The Canadian Romantic is a character created by Robert Dayton, a melodramatic figure of faded glamour who tries to bridge and explore the gap between Canada and romance with somewhat dubious results. So far he exists through live performance (having performed across Canada and the U.S.A.), a series of videos, an album with music by Marker Starling (unreleased), a lenticular winking photo, a doll and an art book.

NEW REELS PAGE and more....

Oh hi, I added a new page to my website of reels. ENJOY! For biggest yuks be with the ad voice reel as I wrote something that amuses me...thanks to Nyles Miszczyk for recording and mixing and everything!

Also I have some writing in the new issue of Vulcher, the resurrected rock mag that features such heavies as Eddie Flowers, Gary Pig Gold, Plastic Crimewave, Lester Bangs and more! I wrote a piece about bout Spider-Man, Main and Hastings and Cathy Smith...order here:


This Friday December 30th I will be part of a Leonard Cohen tribute happening at The Smiling Buddha (961 College, Toronto). One song is one that I have been wanting to do for a decade -can you guess it? I'll be accompanied by the truly great players Chris Cummings, my NEW HORIZZZONS bandmate Craig Daniels .... info: "Sincerely, L. Cohen ~ A Tribute Featuring performances by — Benjamin & Seb of The Holy Gasp, Zach Bines of Weaves, Robert Dayton (The Canadian Romantic), Craig Daniels, Marker Starling, Viktoria & Harley of Meanwood, Martian Crisis Unit, David Felton, Daniela Gassi, Stan Simon, Dylan Gamble, Fresh Flesh & hosted by yours truly, Rogue Tenant"

Then New Years Eve I'll be doing ballpoint pen tattoos in Kitchener at the legendary Wolper Hotel (oooh, the hotelcontains Canada's oldest tobacconist so I'll be grabbing a couple cigars) for a big party on their wooden dance floor, more info here:

I feel negligent for not sharing other news in a timely manner. I had performed as Jack Frost three times these past couple of weeks. Once was as host fora free community screening of Gremlins at The Revue Cinema with a Bing and Bowie puppet show and wild spandex dance performance by House ofHot Breath who recently moved to Canada from England. I leaped out from behind the screen after a special Ub Iwerks' Jack Frost cartoon from the 1930's played. I think I captured the cartoon character! I also hosted karaoke at The Beaver and performed a 'school assembly' style presentation on the dangers of eating tinsel at Laugh Sabbath.

The Persistence Of Print panel

Saturday, Oct 29th at 6 pm at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (a big building in Toronto) for the art book fair 1/Edition I will be on the panel The Persistence Of Print and it's FREE!
Moderated by the Art Gallery of Ontario's Manager of Publications and Special Projects Jim Shedden, The Persistence of Print is a panel of four "web-positive artists and publishers", discussing their ongoing work in the print medium and the myriad ways that print has been transformed by the web. Their bios are below. The event takes place at 6pm on Saturday the 29th of October. For more information, visit the /edition fair site, here.

Ana Barajas is the Director of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, a non-profit artist-run centre, and Managing Editor of YYZBOOKS. As the Director of YYZ, Barajas has managed more than one-hundred exhibitions to date.

Robert Dayton is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. As The Canadian Romantic, he manifests as a series of videos, live performances, a doll, an art book and a winking photo to make people in Canada and everywhere feel more attractive.

Annie Koyama is a Toronto-based former film producer who, after a health crisis, accidentally fell into publishing art books and alternative comics. She believes that print is not dead.

Flavio Trevisan is an artist and designer. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including Museum of a Represented City, presented by the Koffler Gallery in Toronto. He was a co-founder and co-director of the now defunct Convenience Gallery in Toronto. He has been publishing books as Hex Editions since 2013.

Jim Shedden is the Manager of Publishing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he also curates film-related exhibitions. Shedden has been producing publications since his first zine, Gratis, at age 14, and loves print just as much as he loves html. He also occasionally makes films, programs music, writes, and blogs.


In Or Out

Friends, I have been doing a project called In or Out and have just started a Facebook page for it entitled In or Out: a place where people can post and comment on their In or Outs (ie. tucked in or untucked). Please join this new community here:

There will be a karaoke launch party for it in Toronto this Sunday October 9th, 2016 at The Beaver (1192 Queen west) starting at 10 pm.


As well, The Comics Without Words show at weird Things is closing soon, here's a detail of one of my pieces....

Comics Without Words opening Thursday September 15th/ Diaper Cake Journal

Oh hello, 

It's been a while since I have posted because nothing much good has happened. Ha ha ha! Okay okay, I probably neglected to inform you of a couple of things. What of it? However I am excited to be  part of a group show entitled Comics Without Words opening Thursday evening, September 15th, 2016 at Weird Things (998 Bathurst Street). Honestly I don't know how long the show is up for. A couple of weeks? Dascription: "Wordless narratives by Ginette Lapalme Ted Gudlat, H. Yitzchaq, Sylvia Munson, Scott Carruthers, Tanya Read and Robert Dayton"

Oh, and this is new, issue one of The Diaper Cake Journal....Troubling first issue all dedicated to the loathsome trend known as diaper cakes. 16 pages risograph printed at Colour Code. Shit brown ink on piss yellow paper (with a touch of toilet mint green). Unpleasant. Available here: