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!

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

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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!