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Spoken word News

Toronto Poetry Slam Finals coming to Royal Cinema April 19 Special

Toronto - A spoken word competition is about to take over the 450-seat Royal Cinema in Toronto's Little Italy district. The annual Toronto Poetry Slam Finals will feature eight poets vying to make the Toronto Poetry Slam Team.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Toronto Poetry Slam wins 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Special

On November 9 in Montreal, the spoken word series Toronto Poetry Slam won the annual poetry competition The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, poetically battling against 23 other slam teams from cities across Canada.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Spoken word artists to students: Poems are still relevant Special

Waterloo - Four internationally acclaimed poets and spoken word artists were asked what social justice and equality mean to them, and how those topics are addressed in their writing, at a discussion panel held at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Digital Journal Report by Alexandra Christopoulos - 1 comment

Shane Koyczan's anti-bullying poem-video To This Day goes viral

A powerful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has attracted more than 1.4 million YouTube views since it was uploaded two days ago. To This Day is part of an online project where he asked animators to help illustrate his poem.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 7 comments

Video: Education-versus-school video goes viral Special

What is the value of institutionalized education? That’s the question British rapper-poet Suli Amoako (known as Suli Breaks) poses in his video “Why I Hate School But Love Education,” the latest of spoken word videos to go viral this year.
Digital Journal Report by Erica Lenti - 2 comments

Toronto poets slam at the Drake Hotel Special

Toronto - If you think poetry is for the birds, think again. Toronto has a vibrant poetry scene that is brimming with astounding talent.
Digital Journal Report by Chris Riddell - 2 comments

Toronto poets slam at the Drake Hotel Special

Toronto - If you think poetry is for the birds, think again. Toronto has a vibrant poetry scene that is brimming with astounding talent.
Digital Journal Report by Chris Riddell - 2 comments

National Poetry Slam 2011 brings poetry to the masses Special

Boston - From August 9th through to the 13th, venues from across Cambridge and Boston Massachusetts opened their doors for the annual National Poetry Slam (NPS), attracting "slam teams" from Canada and the U.S.
Digital Journal Report by Chanah Rubenstein - 1 comment

Spoken word poet 'Will Da Real One' killed outside of Miami cafe

Miami - Spoken word poet Willie Lee Bell Jr was gunned down just after closing his Literary Café and Poetry Lounge in Miami early on Sunday morning.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 1 comment

Cultural sensitivity an issue for schools, says Toronto performer Special

Toronto - Mahlikah Aweri is a passionate woman. She is a poet and musician who also works in the Toronto school system with special workshops. This past week she has had some experiences that show the need for cultural sensitivity within that system.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins - 4 comments
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Toronto poet Britta B. with a powerful poem about her mom

So in Toronto, we got a poetry slam team reppin' the series I help run out of the Drake Hotel. One of those poets on...
Sep 18, 2012 in  Poets In Attack Mode by David Silverberg - 4 comments

Three haikus 

So I like writing haikus, the ancient Japanese poetry form structured in three lines, with a syllable count of 5-7-5....
Mar 31, 2012 in  Give A Smile A Day by David Silverberg - 32 comments

Yes, Comedy and Spoken Word Get Grammys, Too

Let's face it, many Grammy nominees get left for the ash heap of history due to the amount of attention to the top or...
Dec 2, 2011 by Tim O'Brien

Photos from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Last week in Toronto, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word played host to a poetry competition known as a slam,...
Oct 18, 2011 in  Poets In Attack Mode by David Silverberg - 1 comment

The second annual Toronto Geek Poetry Slam returns, July 7

I am once again performing at the Toronto Geek Poetry Slam, going down July 7 at The Boat in Kensington Market (158...
Jun 30, 2011 in  Toronto Happenings by David Silverberg - 1 comment
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