Andre Fenton

Toronto Poetry Slam

Andre Fenton and Ian Keteku

Toronto Poetry Slam

Andre Fenton and Ian Keteku

8:00pm

Friday, October 23, 2020

60 mins

One of Toronto’s largest poetry showcases returns for a fourth Festival appearance. This high-energy slam is a presentation in two parts: a performance by award-winning Nova Scotia author and artist Andre Fenton, along with a competition between some of Toronto’s most engaging spoken-word artists. The host for the evening is Ian Keteku. Lean in and let your snaps be heard. Presented in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project.

This event will take place on Zoom. Your Zoom link will be emailed to you 24-hours prior to the event. Once registered, you will also have access to the link directly on this page at 6:45pm ET.

This event will be presented live and will only be available for viewing in real-time.

Want to perform?

Toronto Poetry Project has reserved 60% of the slam spots for members of the BIPOC community. To sign up:

  1. Show up on Zoom between 7-7:15pm ET on October 23, 2020. If more than 12 poets show up, there may be a draw at 7:15 ET. Latecomers are not guaranteed a spot.
  2. We will need: Your name, stage name (if you have one), if you identify as Black and/or Indigenous, your pronouns, the place you live, your email (if you would like to be added to our email list and to follow up on sending you the prize money), social media handles (if you are willing for us to post about you), and let us know if you are OK being recorded.
  3. Sound check will be until 7:45 ET. For accessibility, please ensure you have good audio capabilities. We suggest you create a google doc to share with your poem in it (also in case you have a glitch during your performance). Not a requirement, but will be helpful.

The slam is two rounds, 12 poets in Round One and the top 6 poets move on to Round Two (three minute limit per poem). The winning poet will get a cash prize of $250 CAD and an invitation to perform at TIFA 2021!

This video may contain strong language. Discretion is advised.

One of Toronto’s largest poetry showcases returns for a fourth Festival appearance. This high-energy slam is a presentation in two parts: a performance by award-winning Nova Scotia author and artist Andre Fenton, along with a competition between some of Toronto’s most engaging spoken-word artists. The host for the evening is Ian Keteku. Lean in and let your snaps be heard. Presented in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project.

This event will take place on Zoom. Your Zoom link will be emailed to you 24-hours prior to the event. Once registered, you will also have access to the link directly on this page at 6:45pm ET.

This event will be presented live and will only be available for viewing in real-time.

Want to perform?

Toronto Poetry Project has reserved 60% of the slam spots for members of the BIPOC community. To sign up:

  1. Show up on Zoom between 7-7:15pm ET on October 23, 2020. If more than 12 poets show up, there may be a draw at 7:15 ET. Latecomers are not guaranteed a spot.
  2. We will need: Your name, stage name (if you have one), if you identify as Black and/or Indigenous, your pronouns, the place you live, your email (if you would like to be added to our email list and to follow up on sending you the prize money), social media handles (if you are willing for us to post about you), and let us know if you are OK being recorded.
  3. Sound check will be until 7:45 ET. For accessibility, please ensure you have good audio capabilities. We suggest you create a google doc to share with your poem in it (also in case you have a glitch during your performance). Not a requirement, but will be helpful.

The slam is two rounds, 12 poets in Round One and the top 6 poets move on to Round Two (three minute limit per poem). The winning poet will get a cash prize of $250 CAD and an invitation to perform at TIFA 2021!

This video may contain strong language. Discretion is advised.

Featured Authors

Andre Fenton is an award-winning author, spoken-word artist and arts educator. He has represented Halifax at seven national poetry festivals across Canada, and his award-winning debut novel, Worthy of Love, was published in 2018. Andre’s work focuses on race, self-esteem and creating more representation in young adult fiction. Annaka is Andre’s second novel. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Read more about Andre Fenton

Ian Keteku is a writer and multimedia artist. Ian is the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion. He uses his voice to inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought. Ian’s work is strongly influenced by his upbringing and journeys throughout Africa. His work has been translated into French, Slovak, Russian, Danish, ASL and others. His debut book of poetry Black Abacus is published by Write Bloody North.

Read more about Ian Keteku

Andre Fenton

8:00pm

Friday, October 23, 2020

60 mins

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