Last week in Toronto, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word played host to a poetry competition known as a slam, featuring 20 teams from across the country. I helped run the fest and I'll admit it was a whirlwind of intense talent and beautiful wordsmithing. Undoubtedly, a week to remember.
Finals Night on Saturday determined the winner, and Edmonton's Breath in Poetry crew took home the crown, triumphing over Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston.
Below are some photos from the week in order to give you a sense of the visual story behind the CFSW. All photos courtesy Michelle Darby-Wyatt:
Raissa Killoran from Kingston performing poetry during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto, at Royal Cinema
Simon Wourms from Saskatoon performing poetry
Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Poetry performed by the Vancouver slam poetry team during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Lishai Peel representing Toronto performing poetry during the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word