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2nd annual Smash Words Festival – August 12, 2012

By Michel F. Paré
Posted Jul 10, 2012 in
Toronto Queer arts and Culture Festival 2nd annual Smash Words festival - Sunday August 12, 2012 @ The Press Club A night of Queer Poetry and Cabaret
David Bateman
Toronto - Poet
David Bateman is an actor, a spoken word poet, and performance artist presently based in Toronto. His most recent performances, A Brief History of White Virgins or The Night Freddy Mercury Kissed Me, and What’s It Like? were presented in Cyprus, Vancouver, Peterborough, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto during the winter of 09/10.
He has presented his work across the country over the past twenty years and also teaches drama, literature, and creative writing at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions. He has a PhD from the English Department (Creative Writing specialization) at the University of Calgary. His poetry has been published by Frontenac House Press (Calgary), and his performance work has been published by Blizzard Press (Toronto), Ordinary Press (Peterborough), and finewords chapbooks (Victoria).
Philip Cairns
Toronto Ontario, Spoken Word Artist and MC tonight
Philip Cairns is best know multi-talent performer as an actor/writer/visual artist. His work has been published in Excalibur Monthly, Xtra! & The Body Politic. Philip has performed at “Plasticine Poetry” at The Central, “Oral Stage” at Paddy’s Playhouse, A Space, the Gladstone Hotel & the Theatre Centre.
He performed at “Smash Words” one of six poets during Queer West Fest held at Lula Lounge Sunday August 14, 2011. He was one of the performers at our Bent Expressions poetry night as MC and Performer held at the The Press Club, January 2010. Later that year, Philip was MC/Performer for Queer West Fest at Lula Lounge, “Sexy Words”. Films include “Fluff”, “Most Guys Today” and “Abortion is Fun” (which played at the Cannes Film Festival). He recently performed at The Beautiful & The Damned at Zelda’s. A night of Poetry and Cabaret on June 9, 2011. Learn more about Philip at:
Kirk DeMatas
Toronto – Poet
Kirk DeMatas is a poet, author and artist who has spent the majority of his young life turning to his art as a trusted friend, and using that art to express his vulnerabilities, hopes, and deepest desires.
In 2007, Kirk debuted his poetry in front of a packed house at Trane Studio Jazz Lounge. He has since performed his poetry at various venues across the city of Toronto, including The Second City and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
In 2008, in the midst of a heavy performance schedule to promote his first poetry book titled WordSpeak, he abruptly retreated inward to begin work on his second collection of poetry. He spent the past three and a half years reconnecting with his past, striving to reach his goal of healing his past, in order to create a healthy present. Billed as raw, dark and brutally honest, his second book titled Conversations with Skeletons is scheduled for a fall 2012 release.
Kirk DeMatas performs “Freedom Song” and “I” from his first poetry book “Wordspeak”
Brock Hessel
Toronto – Comedian
Brock Hessel is one of the facilitators for U of T’s Queer Writes. He was one of the headliners for Poetrix at Glad Day Book Shop during the Pride festival recently and has performed at Swerve: An Evening of Bent Word. He has contributed to the Sexual Diversity Studies blog and his essay on Valerie Solanas will be published in their journal this fall. His poetry has appeared in TOZ, OutWrites’ monthly zine and will appear in OutWrites’ anthology (coming out this August) as well as NEST (The Gutterbird Collective’s zine). He does stand up comedy with Laughing Like Crazy and has performed it Mad Pride’s Mad Love: Fools, (psych) Floors, and Fornication.
Frank Hull
Toronto – Dancer and performing artist
Frank Hull: What would the world be like without disability or illness? It would be tragic because I would not exist exactly the way I do now. My name is Frank G. Hull. I’m gay disabled and mentally ill. I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2006. Back in 1998 I was invited by Debbie Wilson Studios and the On My Own Dance Company of Toronto to create a dance piece that would work with my body. But wait it all started when I decided to crawl into gay dance clubs to dance on my knees with a cushion for support. A gay man’s dream comes true.
Kate Leonard
Toronto performing Artist
Kat Leonard is a singer/songwriter/comedian. A dare duel between Madonna and k.d. lang, madcap and profound, Kat is a quirky pop dynamo whose music oscillates unpredictably between heartfelt and hilarious, leaving you with the drunken joy of a sugar rush. Kat’s debut CD, A Depper Kind Of Love, was released 2011 in conjunction with her one-hour multimedia live musical comedy that explores the hilarity and heartbreak of loving Johnny Depp. Visit her Homepage
Kat Leonard Performs NotThatGirl
Dianne M Moore
Toronto – Poet
Dianne M Moore has been performing one way or another her whole life. She is a visual artist, writer, poet, musician, composer, actor, improv queen, singer, dancer and activist.
DM Moore worked in television and theatre in Toronto and after two summers at The Banff School of Fine Arts, moved to England to study at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. She spent the next 18 years working in theatre, television and film in the U.K. and Europe, before returning to Canada. Since returning to spoken-word, she has workshopped with Jacob Scheier and Fistfull of Poems. She is very proud and honoured to be one of the founders of “The Beautiful And The Damned Poetry Cabaret” and is a proud member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.
Traditional dance has always left out the disabled, those over a certain age and even those who are considered over weight. When I dance on stage or in the club, in my chair out of my chair what I am really telling the world is I am not ashamed of my body come get to know me and my body. Inclusive dance open to all bodies and abilities is pure magic where one can explore infinite shape. Finding that place where there is no need to doubt one’s beauty. In a society that says beauty is for the able bodied and young. I think that inclusive arts help us to break down barriers showing, that bodies of all types abilities and ages can be sexy and beautiful.
Marcy Rogers
Toronto – Playwright
Marcy will not be performing tonight.
Lizzie Violet
Toronto – Poet
Lizzie Violet Writer, editor, poet, literary reviewer, horror know-it-all, Lizzie Violet is the dark little girl, with a crooked smile. A lover of all things creepy, including horror silent movies, she is also a well known Zombiephile. She is currently working on a novel, a poetry manuscript and the latest book she edited, Best New Werewolf Tales, Volume One can be found at
Since returning to the world of performance, she has featured at Tumultuous Tuesdays, The Beautiful & The Damned, Get Your Groove On and Wonder Women IV. Her poetry can be found various anthologies and magazines including the upcoming issue of Carousel. Along with hosting The Beautiful & The Damned she has upcoming features for Pride, Wonder Women IV, Smash Words and The Plasticine Reading Series and many others to come. For more information about Lizzie Violet, ironic anecdotes and upcoming listings please check out her blog,
The Details: Toronto Queer Arts Festival, 2nd annual Smash Words Poetry Festival Sunday August 12, 2012 at The Press Club 850 Dundas St. West Cover $5 from 7pm to 10 pm ( Street Map) Information Line 416-8797954