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Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

From our friends at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word:

Advance tickets for the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) featuring performance poetry from across the country are now available at select outlets in downtown Toronto and via online purchase.

The annual CFSW is the country's largest poetry festival and it's coming back to Toronto for the first time since 2006. Poetry slam teams from Victoria to Halifax will battle it out during the evening, and daytime events will feature panel discussions and workshops to offer advice to budding spoken word poets.

Beginning immediately, tickets to the CFSW Finals taking place at Metro United Church on Oct 15 and Semi Finals at the Royal Cinema on Oct 14 are available for $20 and $15 respectively at Play de Record (357A Yonge St), Soundscapes (572 College St,) A Different Booklist (746 Bathurst St) and email transfer via

Tickets ($5) are available for all preliminary events at both Trane Studio (964 Bathurst St) and 918 Bathurst during the actual bouts on Oct. 12 and 13, starting at 630 p.m.

In addition to single tickets, all-inclusive CFSW passes are available for $40, which allows entry to all events during festival, including daytime artist workshops and performance showcases at Tranzac on Brunswick Avenue.

Late night events include the Haiku Head-to-Head Battle (Clinton’s) and The Poetry-Music Showcase headlined by Canadian recording artist and slam poet CR Avery (The Pilot, 2nd floor). To purchase a pass, contact

In addition to the national slam competition featuring the top 20 Canadian poetry slam teams, the weeklong festival will also feature performances on Finals Night by Poets of Honour d'bi young and Robert Priest.

More than 4,000 people are expected to take in the CFSW festivities throughout the week, making this festival one of the most exciting spoken word events in the country.

What does Marc Smith, the inventor of the art form known as poetry slam, say about the spoken word scene in Toronto? “I got a taste of Slam in Toronto this past year and it was delicious. All the ingredients I consider essential. Four star venues, large and diverse audiences, a gumbo of poems and performances that were challenging, crazy fun, and hush producing. No slam clichés in Toronto.”

For a full schedule of activities and list of competing teams at the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, visit

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