Friday, October 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM
Competition, Performance: Festivals | Free Events

Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: Free (registration recommended)

This free event is AT CAPACITY.

Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive before 8:30pm to secure a spot. After that, entry is based on a first come, first serve basis.

THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED. Unfortunately, Knowmadic has cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Ian Keteku will be the special guest poet for the evening.

Back for the third time at the Festival, this high-energy poetry showcase features some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists. Presented in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, this hit poetry slam is a competition in two rounds, judged by members of the audience. Anyone is welcome to get up and perform for prizes, with the winner earning an invitation to participate in next year’s Festival.

Doors open at 8pm. This event is expected to reach capacity. Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8:30pm to guarantee admittance.

Anyone is welcome to participate and perform for prizes, with the winner invited to read in next year’s Festival. If you wish to perform, please arrive at 8:30pm to sign-up.

This event will be hosted by David Silverberg.

Event run time: 2 hours

This is a free event. Register at the link below.


  • Ian Keteku

    Ian Keteku is a poet, multi-media artist and educator.  Keteku is also the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion and is committed to using words as both an interpretation and cure for the human condition. He conducts poetry, writing and performance workshops for students of all ages, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice. He recently released his debut book of poetry Black Abacus with Write Bloody North Publishing.

  • David Silverberg

    David Silverberg is the founder and artistic director of Toronto Poetry Project, which produces the biweekly Toronto Poetry Slam at the Drake Hotel. David has hosted more than 400 shows, including four tech conference panels and five weddings. His new book of poetry, As Close to the Edge Without Going Over, was published in 2019. His first solo show, Jewnique, debuted in 2018. David's non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Descant, NOW Magazine and many more. Find him at