Last night's Finals gave us a five-person team that one might call "stacked", in sports terms, due to the poets' experience and slam accolades.
The 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam Team is:
Much love to the other finalists who rocked our brains but just couldn't get the scores to propel them to the Team: Kara, Ketch 22 and MultiPurpose Hot Air Machine
This team has LOADS of experience: Andre has been on multiple Calgary slam teams that competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and won the two Underground Indies competitions at
It's our biggest show of the year and you don't want to wait until the last minute to buy tickets to Finals, right? For only this show we offer advance ticket sales, so see below on where tickets are available and how you can buy tickets online, too:
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Advance tix available at:
Play de Record, 357A Yonge St.
A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst St.
Soundscapes, 572 College ($2 service charge)
If you prefer to pay via online, we accept PayPal and e-transfer payment.
The Super Bowl of spoken word is coming!
On Saturday April 19, come to the ROYAL CINEMA on College St. to see 8 talented spoken word poets battle it out to make the 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam Team!
The competing poets are:
MultiPurpose Hot Air Machine
The night begins with a very special opening act by the BAM! The (Toronto) Youth Slam Team!
Our guest feature for the evening is none other than JOSHUA BENNETT!
Joshua Bennett hails from Yonkers, NY.
With our Semifinals now completed, we have the 8 poets who will be competing at our TORONTO POETRY SLAM FINALS @ the Royal Cinema, on April 19.
The Royal Cinema is a gorgeous theatre at 608 College.
Below are the poets' ranks + scores. Note a poet's total ranking and placement is determined by adding the ranks from both Semis and Finals.
Join us at the Drake Hotel for our second semi-final which will determine the final four poets moving on to compete at Finals Night!
FRIDAY MARCH 21, 2014
Drake Hotel (Underground) 1150 Queen St. W.
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m.
What a semifinals #1, poetry fans..WOW! The poets were pure fire on the Drake Hotel stage, as they gave the audience their passion and humour in one of the best slams of the calendar year so far.
When the dust settled, only 4 poets had a cumulative score high enough to let them proceed to Finals on April 19:
Huge kudos to Lishai Peel for filling in to feature on Sunday night, and props to her dancer Stephanie who was so so awesome bringing movement to poetry.
This is it, poetry fans...the playoffs have begun! On Sunday night, it's Semifinals #1 with incredible poetry stars and a guest poet from the US making her Canadian debut!
All goes down SUNDAY MARCH 9
@ the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St W)
Tix $5 available at door only
7pm doors 8pm show (if you're late, expect to be met with a SOLD OUT sign)
Hosted by That Brown Bastard
Rocking our stage as the guest poet is Kait Rokowski, from Minneapolis, MN by way of Portland, ME.
Welcome to our annual playoffs, where poets compete to make it to Finals and thus make it on the 2014 TPS Team.
Our first semifinals goes down March 9 @ the Drake Hotel, and competing poets are:
MultiPurpose Hot Air Machine
(Note this is not the order of performance)
Your host for the night will be That Brown Bastard.
Guest feature poet this evening is Kait Rokowski, hailing from Minneapolis, MN by way of Portland, ME.
Coming up on March 9 and 21 are our Semifinals shows, the closed slams featuring the top 16 poets from our 13/14 season!
But who will slam when? That's what Tuesday night will determine, when members of Toronto Poetry Project will get together to conduct the all-important draw.
And we're livetweeting it!
This is the last chance for poets to qualify for SemiFinals, so expect a nice crowd of talented poets to grace the Drake stage!
SUNDAY FEB 23
@ the Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.
Hosted by Dave Silverberg
Doors 7 signup 730 show 8
Open mic available
We're featuring the well-known poet TANYA DAVIS from Halifax. You might remember her for that hugely popular video How to Be Alone.
Tanya Davis was the 2011/12 Poet Laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia.