Andrea Gibson is featuring at our April 4 Finals and here's how you can get early-bird tickets for $15

Are you ever in for a treat on April 4, 2015...

The incredibly talented poet Andrea Gibson is coming to Toronto while on a world tour, performing at our Toronto Poetry Slam Finals April 4 at the Bloor Cinema!

Early bird tickets are $15 between Jan 23 and Jan 30, 9pmET. After that date, tickets are $20 in advance.

Right now, you can only purchase tickets via PayPal or e-money transfer. For either transaction, please use the email

Note doors are at 7pm, show at 8pm.

Toronto Poetry Slam at the Drake returns Jan 24

We're back at the Drake Hotel on January 24!

You're in for a treat, Toronto, because we have Vancouver's Johnny Macrae rockin the stage at this show.

Remember, doors are always at 7, signup 730, show 8pm.
$5 cover

Hosted by Dave Silverberg

Questions? Email

Our next show is Jan 20 at Supermarket, our CIPS qualifier

Who will represent Toronto at the Canadian Indies, aka Verses, held in Vancouver in April? This slam will find out!

On Tues Jan 20, head to Supermarket (258 Augusta) to watch 12 competitors battle it out in 4 rounds to see who will emerge victorious as the TPS rep going to Vancouver!

$10 cover.

Doors 730pm, show 8pm

Hosted by Brendan McLeod
No open mic

Competitor list will be soon be unveiled.

Questions? Email

Toronto Poetry Slam's first slam of 2015 is Jan 3 featuring Kliggy

Welcome back, slam fans! We're ringin in the New Year with a hot slam on Saturday January 3 at the Drake Hotel, featuring national champ Kliggy!

doors: 7pm
slam/open mic signup: 7:30 pm
Show 8
(Show up ON TIME to sign up. If you're late, there's nothing we can do. No exceptions, sorry!)

> make sure you've got three original poems if you want to slam

Only $5


Kliggy is a spoken word artist, high school teacher and mother of a rambunctious one-year-old. She has been described as having a "warm quirk," which is probably a euphemism for being lovably weird.

Thanks for such an amazing year, TPS fans!

Toronto Poetry Project would like to thank everyone who has made 2014 such a memorable year for poetry slam fans in the city. You've come to our slams at the Drake, supported the champion 2014 TPS Team, attended our workshops, tweeted us, FB'd us, hired our poets to visit your schools, suggested feature poets for us to showcase, volunteered at our events, and oh so much more.


We have a lot of fun stuff in store for 2015, including a new website, but we'll announce more on that later. For now, bookmark these dates: Jan 3, Jan 20 and Jan 24!

Toronto Poetry Slam returns Dec 19 @ the Drake Hotel

Toronto Poetry Slam returns for a special Friday night show to end off 2014!

Not only do we have the world champ OpenSecret from Ottawa visiting us at the Drake Hotel Underground. But the closed open mic features the 2014 BAM! Youth Slam Team, rockin our earholes for the first time!

As always, doors at 7, signup 730, show at 8

Hosted by Tanya


Questions? Email

All-female slam on Dec 9 at Supermarket

The Toronto Poetry Project is proud to present our annual all-female slam which determines who will represent Toronto at the Women of the World Poetry Slam ( tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico from March 18-21, 2015!

Doors 7/ open mic sign-up 7:30/ show 8pm
Entry: $10 at the door

Featuring Britta B!

Hosted by Alyssa Ginsburg

Supermarket is at 258 Augusta in the Market.

Our next slam rocks the Drake on Dec 7

Check out the deets below:

Sunday Dec 7
@ the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W

doors: 7pm
slam & open mic signup: 7:30 pm
show: 8pm
-To slam make sure you have 3 original poems (after 3 mins 10 seconds, points are deducted)
-Open Mic time limit is 5 minutes

Only $5!

We're back at the Drake Underground for another Sunday slam, featuring London slam champion Holly Painter!

A spoken word artist, public speaker, and certified teacher, HOLLY PAINTER is passionate about sharing her stories, inspiring youth, and advocating for important causes through poetry.

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!