Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:00 PM
Spoken Word: 39th Festival Edition

Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE

Back for the second 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 Toronto hit poetry slam is a competition in two rounds, judged by members of the audience.

This event is expected to reach capacity. Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8:45pm 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


  • Jennifer Alicia Murrin

    Jennifer Alicia Murrin is a queer, mixed (Mi’kmaq/Settler) spoken word artist originally from Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland), now residing in Tkaronto, Ontario. She is a Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion with her 2017 Toronto Poetry Slam Team, arts educator, activist, and member of Seeds & Stardust: an Indigenous women’s poetry collective. Jennifer Alicia Murrin’s poetry tells stories of love and rage.

  • David Silverberg

    David Silverberg is the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam, a spoken word competition occurring biweekly at The Drake Hotel. David has hosted more than hundreds of events across Canada, including the Future of Media series, Word On The Street poetry showcases, Toronto Public Library poetry slams and much more. His first poetry book Bags of Wires (LyricalMyrical) was closely followed by his first TEDx performance in 2015 at the Ontario Science Center. His non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, Vice, The Globe & Mail, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. His forthcoming book of poetry in 2018 will be published by ChiZine.