Important announcement regarding safe space at Toronto Poetry Slam

The Toronto Poetry Project (TPP) would like to formally acknowledge recent actions taken by the Capital Poetry Collective (CPC) regarding the poet and spoken word artist Greg Frankson. a.k.a Ritallin.

CPC’s official statement can be read here:…/11/12/cpc-announcement/

Given the nature of the grievances filed, TPP would like to publicly state its support for CPC's actions, and that Greg Frankson is hereby banned from all TPP events, effective immediately.

Celebrate our 9-year anniversary on Nov 22!

We're back with our poetry slam on Saturday night, but it's a special one...

We're celebrating bringing you poetry slam fun for 9 years, and this anniversary show is going to be one you don't want to miss!

Featuring Brad Morden from Ottawa, hosted by Dave Silverberg.

@ The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W)
7pm doors 730pm signup 8pm show


Open mic as always (5 slots max)

See ya on the 22nd!

The TPS Team performs all 13 of their team pieces on Thurs

If you missed the championship run the 2014 TPS Team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, now's your chance to see this team in all their poetic glory!

Are you ready for 13 team pieces? For poems on online dating, talking to your mom about depression, wrestling, douchebags, Rob Ford, the fear of death and much more?!

Head to the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St W) on THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 to catch the team with opener Jared Paul from Providence, Rhode Island!

The team is: Andre Prefontaine, Prufrock, Sabrina, Estefania and Lip Balm.

Cover is $10.

Our next slam is Nov 8 featuring Ian Keteku

We're back at the Drake Hotel on SATURDAY NOV 8 with another hot night of spoken word action, this time featuring all-star poet and coach IAN KETEKU!

7pm door 730pm signup 8pm show

All ages!

Open mic available too

Questions? Email us at

Congrats to SPIN for winning OCT 25 slam

A poet we haven't seen in years returned to our stage in a BIG WAY!

Spin took the win at the Oct 25 slam with three powerful poems, touching on women's rights or immigration or his South American background.

Taking 2nd was Optimus Rhyme and 3rd was newcomer Hoodo.

Hat tip to all the poets who touched our mic, especially feature poet Dia Davina from Vancouver. We sure won't forget Dia's performance anytime soon, wow!

Be sure to check out the next TPS on Nov. 8 featuring Ian Keteku, the two-time champion coach of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team!

On Saturday we SLAM

Get ready for another fun spoken word battle-concert coming on SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, featuring Dia Davina from Vancouver!

Doors at 7, signup 730pm show 8pm

@ the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
$5 cover

Hosted by Alyssa Ginsburg

See you at the slam, poetry fans!


Friends and fans, we are excited to announce the TPS Team placed 1st at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria! The Team put it all out on that stage, performing 13 team pieces (a CFSW record!) and winning every single bout they competed in last week.

MASSIVE round of applause for the team: Andre Prefontaine, Prufrock Shadowrunner, Estefania, Sabrina and Lip Balm.

And a big congrats to the coach who pushed them to perfection, Ian Keteku.

Last year, TPS also won CFSW, and looks like we got a hot streak going, Toronto!

Toronto Poetry Slam returns Oct 12 featuring Lara Bozabalian

We're back with a long weekend slam! And this is gonna be a HOT HOT show thanks to our incredibly talented feature Lara Bozabalian!

Drake Hotel as always. 7pm doors 730pm signup 8pm show


Hosted by Tanya Neumeyer

Lara Bozabalian is an award winning writer, educator, and author of the bestselling collection of poetry, The Cartographer’s Skin. She has featured at TEDX, Luminato, Toronto Harbourfront, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and the Singapore International Writers Festival.

Scribe wins TPS, the 2013 Team does one last victory lap

On Friday night, a packed Drake Hotel crowd witnessed a number of milestones: the 2013 TPS Team, the national champs, did one last victory lap and performed some of their top team pieces, along with some stunning solo pieces; Scribe won his second slam of the 2014 season, the first to do so; Made Wade made his grand return, as he sets off to live in Ottawa in a week; and Ian Keteku hosted the heck out of the slam, even calling up a random audience member to dance randomly to our slamthem.

It was one of the most memorable slams of the season so far and if you missed it...well, we kinda feel

Toronto Poetry Slam returns Sept 26 featuring the CHAMPS, the 2013 Team

They won the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October 2013 and now the 2013 Team is reuniting for one last show on Sept 26!

You're in for a treat, Toronto!

Head to the Drake Hotel this Friday night, for 7pm doors.
730pm signup
8pm show
$5 all night

As always, all ages!

On April 21st 2013 a new Toronto Poetry Slam team was born. These five riveting wordsmiths articulate those feelings we have no words for, those emotions better left unsaid, and those moments which make life enjoyable.