If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Eden Mills Writers Festival, please do so as soon as possible. This amazing event is organized and run out of one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario (population 300). The festival is filled with amazing writers and thinkers (the TPS team was lucky enough to hitch a ride down with John Ralston Saul), and all of the events took place outside, under the brilliant sunlight, and, more often than not, beside a river of some sort. Honest. This place was beautiful. The Toronto Poetry Slam Team was fortunate enough to be invited down for the festivities, and we sqaured off against hometown-proud Guelph for Eden Mills first poetry slam event. The stage and the audience were separated by a small river, and we had to cross a bridge in order to get to the microphone and face the crowd, who were sitting on an elevated field, beside a castle-like building. At 4:30, we just managed to get the lighter shades of day, and watched the sun set as we finished out the experience. Amazing, amazing stuff. Guelph put on a fantastic show, and have some very strong poetry to showcase (check them out if you ever have the chance). Toronto was equally potent and excelled in all rounds, winning the competition (and some needed prize money, which will be put towards our airfare to Canadian Nationals..:). We also sold out our new team cd, but will be bringing out a new batch for October 11, where we will feature at Word Jam. Overall, it was a great day; we were happy to perform as a team, and share the day with an awesome group of people. Special thanks to the completely generous Eden Mills Crew for the VIP treatment and feast at the end of the day. Butter chicken never tasted so good.
Okay, off to bed for now. Thanks for listening.