Jaysus. That was the metaphorical response to Wednesday’s YRDSB Festival of Student Voices. For the third time, students from all over York Region gathered together to study the art and science of Spoken Word. This years festival was headlined by The Recipe (2009 National Slam Champions) who gave a seminars and workshops on how to build incredible poems. The second part of the day was a ballast of voices; Toronto artists Kevin Fortnum, Amanda Hiebert, Jillian Christmas, Jogi Swiettran & Ariel Platt took to the stage with powerful performances about glances, drugs, memories and mothers. The Recipe wowed with acrobatic group pieces on everything from sisters, to fine art, to love in the technological age, to the origin of the AK-47. There were so many student poets hoping to take part, that the Toronto poets actually donated their second performance slots, to ensure all the students got a chance to perform. What? Amazing. Thank you to Kevin, Amanda, Ariel, Jillian, Jogi & The Recipe for generosity and wonderful performances. It was an amazing day for everyone.
Coming up next, I will be competing in the Toronto Poetry Slam Semi-Finals on Sunday March 14 @ the Drake Underground. The finalists are: Relevant, Fraser, myself, Macer, Krystle, Mahlika, Kiki, Tomy, David Delisca, Truth Is…, Pan, and Valentino.
Be there by 6:45pm if you want to guarantee a spot; lately it has been filling to capacity by 7…!! Coupled with the fact that this months feature is superhuman/hero poet Buddy Wakefield, there is absolutely no reason to stay home.