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.

The TPS Team rocks the Word on the Street this Sunday

Something tells us you're jonesing to check out the TPS Team aka Andre Prefontaine, Sabrina, Prufrock, Estefania, Multi Purpose Hot Air Machine. Then you'll want to head to Queen's Park this Sunday afternoon for the free Word on the Street book fair, where the team will be performing guerilla poetry AND competing against each other at a slam.

Guerilla poetry goes down 330pm in front of the League of Canadian Poets tent.

Then at 5pm, head to the Vibrant Voices tent for a two-round slam featuring the team...and 2 poets.

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...