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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

Spoken word on stage at Vancouver International Poetry Festival

Vancouver - From April 19 to to 23, spoken word poets from across Canada will compete in Vancouver for a poetry slam competition where judges from the audience score each poem between 0 and 10. Daytime events include a haiku contest, workshops and panel discussions.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Poet Dwayne Morgan delivers keynote at Black History event

Markham - As Black History month celebrations wrapped up at the beginning of March in Markham, Ontario, spoken word poet Dwayne Morgan was brought in as the keynote speaker for the celebration.
In the Media by William Charles Baker

Op-Ed: Julie Andrews wins 2011 Grammy for Spoken Word album for children

Los Angeles - Singer, stage and movie actress Julie Andrews won a 2011 Grammy Award for her children’s album “Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies”. Her recorded spoken word poetry renditions are but another dimension of the art form.
In the Media by William Charles Baker

Op-Ed: Spoken word in NYC where poets slam the competition

New York - Readings and extemporaneous verse are recited outside the borders of the United States but to get a clearer understanding of real spoken word it is necessary to come to New York City.
In the Media by William Charles Baker - 1 comment

Interview with Vancouver spoken word artist Scruffmouth Special

Vancouver - Kevan Cameron is one of the most popular spoken word performers in British Columbia. Also known as Scruffmouth, Kevan describes himself as a scribe and a dub poet.
Digital Journal Report by Gibril Koroma - 2 comments

Spoken Word artists giving back to their communities Special

Spoken word is taking off in Canada. During the Winter Games' Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver, Shane Koyczan performed, taking the art form mainstream. A common thread among artists is community service.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins

Op-Ed: Toronto Poet Valentino Assenza Takes Spoken Word to New Level Special

Toronto has a rich collection of poets. One of the most talented is Valentino Assenza, whose rich words share his views of life and love to an eager audience.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins - 2 comments

Op-Ed: It's Saturday Night In Toronto, Must Be Time To Slam

If you're lucky enough to live in Toronto you can come to Poetry Slams at the Drake Underground on Queen Street West every month. On March 28, it was the Toronto Poetry Slam's semi finals hosted by Dave "Big Deal" Silverberg.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 6 comments

DigitalJournal.com Editor Turns Page on Spoken Word

Digital Journal's David Silverberg recently released his anthology of Canadian spoken word, a first in the country’s publishing industry. Mic Check compiles performance poetry from 15 artists, breathing new life into what many consider a dead art form.
In the Media by Chris Hogg - 7 comments

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Part One

Up front confessional: I co-produced the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October 2006, and the CFSW is a slam poetry competition pitting teams across Canada against each other. The venue is Trane Studio in Toronto.
In the Media by David Silverberg

Spoken Word Festival Brings Poetry Into the Mainstream

Digital Journal — In the arts, there are the Big Four modes of expression: film, music, visual art and literature. But there’s another art form nudging into the mainstream, which is enjoying a four-day festival in Toronto this week.
In the Media by Digital Journal Staff - 2 comments
 

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Shane Koyczan performing at Toronto Poetry Slam Finals in 2009
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Shane Koyczan performing at Toronto Poetry Slam Finals in 2009
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The poet Bassam performing at Toronto Poetry Slam in March 2014
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The poet Bassam performing at Toronto Poetry Slam in March 2014
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Simon Wourms from Saskatoon performing poetry
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Simon Wourms from Saskatoon performing poetry
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Raissa Killoran from Kingston performing poetry during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toron...
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Raissa Killoran from Kingston performing poetry during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto, at Royal Cinema
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Poets from the winning Edmonton team perform at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Finals Night at...
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Poets from the winning Edmonton team perform at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Finals Night at the Metropolitan United Church
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Christian Drake performs at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on Saturday  March 31
Christian Drake performs at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, March 31
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Lishai Peel representing Toronto performing poetry during the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Lishai Peel representing Toronto performing poetry during the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Poetry performed by the Vancouver slam poetry team during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Poetry performed by the Vancouver slam poetry team during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Shane Koyczan performing at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver
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Shane Koyczan performing at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver
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Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto s Canadian Festival of Spoken ...
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Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Henry Rollins  musician and spoken word performer
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Henry Rollins, musician and spoken word performer
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Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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