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Festival News: Youth Spoken Word returns to The Word On The Street!

April 7, 2015

The Word On The Street is excited to announce the return of the popular This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage to the festival in 2015. This stage hosts great Canadian young adult books, authors, and artists, and features genre-based interactive programming sessions. This year, we’re once again sharing the mic during the Youth Spoken Word Showcase!

Presented in partnership with the award winning BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam team and Poetry in Voice, up to 8 teen poets ages 12 to 19 are invited to submit an original spoken word poem to the festival. Poets have three minutes to recite their poems to an audience of
over 50 people, with Q & A to follow.

This is your chance to be a featured poet at Canada’s biggest book and magazine festival!

Spoken word poetry can be used as an instrument through which you can explore and better understand your culture, society, and YOU. We encourage youth to use one of your most powerful tools, your voice, to share stories and create change.

Not sure what to write about? Here are some great links for instruction and inspiration!

Successful applicants will be invited to present their work to the public on stage at Harbourfront Centre on festival day – Sunday, September 27th, 2015.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 29, 2015. For more information, please read the Youth Spoken Word Showcase Information Package. Participants under the age of 18 must also submit a completed permission form.

Those interested in participating can send in their work to or by mail to The Word On The Street’s office at 67 Mowat Avenue, Suite 242, Toronto, ON M6K 3E3.

Good luck!