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A Synapsis of Poetry: April 23-29, 2012

April 22, 2012

This may have been one of the most remarkable periods for spoken word and poetry slam in one local scene in the country’s history. Amazing event after amazing event, the Greater Toronto Area kept rolling them out for the people of this region, culminating in the incredibly entertaining spectacle that was The Last Poet Standing on Saturday night at The Great Hall (won by 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Grand Champion The P.O.E. in an epic showdown with Tomy Bewick).

As one festival involving several Toronto based poets comes to an end (the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival) and another gets underway (the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver), we have seen a great movement of our local poets across the continent. After this week, everyone will be home and there will be great stories to share about a National Poetry Month that won’t soon be forgotten.

Here’s what’s coming up this week as we roll towards the end of a memorable stretch of spoken word and poetry slam shows in the T-Dot:


The weekly Art Bar Poetry Series brings you the words of Fenn Stewart, Steve Mundy and James Lindsay inside Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst) starting at 8pm. There will be, as always, an open mic for those who wish to share their words. Admission is free.

The monthly installment of the Mississauga Poetry Slam features Cathy Petch on the mic at Naughty Nadz (1590 Dundas St. E. near Dixie). Poet sign-up is at 8pm, with the open mic at 8:15pm and showtime at 8:30pm. There’s a $100 cash prize for the winner. This all-ages show is free to attend.


The fourth monthly edition of YorkSlam will feature Burlington Slam Project founder Tomy Bewick inside Jake’s on Main Bar & Grille (202 Main St. in Historic Unionville). Doors at 7pm, sign-up at 7:30pm and showtime at 7:45pm. Hosted by Rajie and produced by Cytopoetics. Cash prize for the winner. $5 at the door.

Four wonderful performers will take to the stage at Wonder Women IV, an event of music and poetry to raise awareness for charities supporting women and children who have experienced domestic violence. The show features Kat & The MP3, Cathy Petch, Lizzie Violet and Arlene Paculan. It takes place at The Central (603 Markham St. in Mirvish Village). Doors at 7pm and showtime at 7:30pm. $10 at the door.


In celebration of National Poetry Month, there will be a Teen Poetry Slam for youth aged 13 to 19 at the Mississauga Central Library (301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.) in the Noel Ryan Auditorium. Poets can register to participate by filling out this form. Showtime is 7pm and admission is free.


LaMoi presents The Love-u-lution: Volume 1 – Spoken Word Artists Showcase featuring Tomy Bewick with LaToya HanchardDavid WatsonJV Da’ Poet and Elle Seon at Knowledge Bookstore (177 Queen St. W. in Brampton). Proceeds will benefit Under the Same Sun Organization. dedicated to the education and protecting of persons with albinism. $10 at the door (or $5 if accompanied with a donation of goods such as sunscreen, sunglasses, prescription glasses, hats, etc.).


The weekly Sunday Poetry at Ellington’s (805 St. Clair Ave. W. near Oakwood) will be a celebration of 50 years of Jamaican independence, in conjunction with Ellington’s Reggae Band. Special guests include Lillian AllenSteve Hall, Rosy Cervantes and others. The event will be licensed and will run from 12-5pm. There will also be an open mic. Admission is free.

The writers of the Long Dash group and the studio artists of the Women’s Art Association of Canada (23 Prince Arthur Ave.) present the Fifth Annual Artists’ and Poets’ Collaboration from 2-4pm. This year’s event, entitled Towards Balance: Conversations in Poetry and Art, is an art exhibition and poetry reading where visual and literary artists inspire each other’s work. Admission is free.

As always, if you have an upcoming show that you’d like to let us know about, please email us at events [at] cytopoetics [dot] ca.

April has been an incredible month for spoken word and poetry slam in the GTA. May and June will bring us more entertainment, more collaborations and more teams selected to travel to the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon this fall. The art form is thriving locally — keep on supporting it. Let’s keep the poetry poppin’!

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  1. April 22, 2012 5:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Lizzie Violet.

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