Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada’s Black Future
Originally aired on February 12
Re-release February 01
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Whether it be poetry written for the page, the silver screen, the poetry slam, or the melody, every poet plays with language to reveal the inexpressible. In this archived presentation (originally aired February 12, 2021), the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), JAYU and the Bergen International Literary Festival present a new generation of Canadian poets who are pushing the possibilities and playing with the rules. Tune in to four distinguished Canadian poets as they take you on a journey through the physical, vocal and material elements of poetry.
Featured poets: Jillian Christmas (Vancouver), Tawhida Tanya Evanson (Montreal), Desiree McKenzie (Toronto), Motion (Toronto)
Curator and emcee: Poet Britta B. (Toronto)
This event is presented as part of the 2021 Bergen International Literary Festival, a five-day festival that celebrates international and Norwegian fiction and non-fiction. The event was originally showcased during Literature Live Around the World, a collaboration project composed of 12 festivals and literature centres from every continent, that joined forces to provide a unique 12-hour literary programme. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation presenters Siss Vik and Mona B Riise led this marathon multinational venture. Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada’s Black Future was a one-hour featured segment of this 12-hour broadcast.
TIFA is excited to join forces with JAYU, a leader in the space where the arts and human rights intersect, and Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba (presented by TD Ready Commitment), Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration, to bring you this special event.
This event is currently re-released as part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2023 KUUMBA Presented by TD Bank Group, Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration. The video is available to watch for free throughout the month of February. Learn more here.