On Sept. 16, we battle in HAIKU

Toronto Poetry Project is proud to present the return of an annual tradition...


Tuesday Sept 16
Back room of Supermarket (258 Augusta)

Hosted by Cynthia Gould of High Heels Lo Fi fame!
w/ assistance by fellow bandmates Mandy Wells + drumer Doug Lea as syllable counter
Prizes for top 3 haikusters!

Doors 7, signup 730, show 8
$5 all night
All ages

Haiku poets, come prepared with around 27 haikus, in case there are ties in some rounds

In a head to head format, competitors will engage in haiku first in a best of 3 round, then best of 5 then b

Special tribute-memorial to Zaccheus Jackson on Sept 7 at the Drake

On September 7, we had scheduled to feature Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson. But a tragic accident has claimed this life of this vibrant 36-year-old poet and he has left our world too early.

To commemorate the brightness that was Zac, our Sept 7 slam will instead feature poets honouring his memory with odes, covers and anecdotes. Confirmed poets include Yogi, Brendan McLeod, Made Wade and Vanessa McGowan. It will truly be a special night, whether you know Zac or just heard about him from this post.

The slam goes down at the Drake, doors 7, signup 730pm, show 8pm.


Mark Berube returns to Toronto Poetry Slam Aug 30, plus reggae after-party

On Aug 30, you're in for a treat, Toronto. Montreal singer/songwriter/amazing lyricist MARK BERUBE is making a very rare solo appearance, featuring at our slam for the first time since he was in the spoken word band The Fugitives!

Now the lead singer in MARK BERUBE AND THE PATRIOTIC FEW, Mark will rock the Drake Hotel stage for one night only!

He'll be joined by cellist/guitarist/vocalist Kristina Koropecki

Don't come late, fans, Berube has quite the fan club across Canada...

BAM! Youth Slam features Sabrina on Aug 20

Our monthly youth slam returns August 20 at the Central, featuring a member of our Toronto Poetry Slam Team - Sabrina!

Where? The Central on Markham St.
When? Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Slammers: Age 12-19
Open Mic and Audience: ALL AGES
Cost? $5 Cover
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Sabrina is a digger. She digs things. Things like metaphors, ice cream sundaes, and also football Sundays.

Our first QUEER SLAM goes down WED AUG 13 @ Buddies in Bad Times

HOT DAMN! Toronto and other people who sometimes travel to Toronto.. it's here, it's queer and it's going to be freaking fantastic! All it needs to live and breathe and stomp on stiletto stages is YOU!

See you on WED AUG 13
@ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)
730pm signup, 8pm slam

This will be a two round slam for people who identify along the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Queers we want to hear your voices! Bring your poems and we'll find some special guests to score them.

Slam rules
1. must be your own original work (but you can quote/sing other work within it)


Our next slam is SUNDAY AUGUST 10

Mark your calendar, slam fans. Our next big show is SUNDAY AUGUST 10 @ the Drake, featuring Rusty Priske from Ottawa.

@ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.
7pm doors 730pm signup 8pm slam

Hosted by Cathy Petch

Open mic available too!

About our feature:

Rusty Priske has been getting on stage to share his poetry for eight years and in that time he has been on the Capital Slam team SIX times, including 2009 when the team won the National Championship.

Annual Comedy Slam returns TUESDAY JULY 22

This annual tradition is going to make your ribs tickle, get your guffawing, hit ya in all the funny bones.

JULY 22 @ Supermarket (258 Augusta)

THE COMEDY SLAM is a two-round spoken word competition where poets are encouraged to perform their comedic pieces. Comedians are welcome too!

Two rounds, cumulative. 12 poets max.
6 poets compete in second round
$5 cover

7pm doors 730pm signup 8pm show

Hosted by David Delisca!

And featuring the comedic stylings of the 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam Team!

On Saturday, we SLAM!

Toronto Poetry Slam returns to the Drake for a hot Saturday night slam, with El Jones making her TPS debut!

July 19 @ the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W)

Doors 7, signup 730pm, show 8pm
$5 all night

Open mic to begin the evening (5 slots max)

Hosted by Dave Silverberg

Featuring EL JONES! She is a spoken word activist and teacher. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. El has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th Anniversary All-Star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto.

The FUNRAISER you don't want to miss this Thursday July 17

On THURSDAY JULY 17, we present a fundraiser for the Toronto Poetry Slam Team unlike any other...

The Old School TPS Showcase Fundraiser!
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
@ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave
(They have great food, get dinner!)

$10 cover

Whether you're new to the Toronto Poetry Slam scene or have been around for years and miss seeing the poets of yore, this is your chance to see some of the founding members of the community on stage at their finest!

Proceeds from this showcase will go toward sending the members of this year's TPS team to the National Poetry Slam in San Francisco an

Support the TPS Team as they battle it out at SlamTario Friday, Saturday

TPS fans, a special treat awaits you this weekend - the annual Ontario Slam tournament called SlamTario!

The third annual SLAMtario Spoken Word Festival, presented by Cytopoetics and Open Minds Respect Events (OMRE) opens at the Tranzac! Ten teams compete over two days to claim a $500 prize and the title of Ontario Slam Champions in the only provincial slam championship in English Canada.