TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR CANADIAN FESTIVAL OF SPOKEN WORD OCTOBER 11 to 15
Single tickets and festival passes now available at various Toronto outlets for national poetry competition
Advance tickets for the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) featuring performance poetry from across the country are now available for purchase at select outlets in downtown Toronto and via online purchase.
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,) Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.) A Different Booklist (746 Bathurst St) and email transfer via firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 3,000 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 www.cfsw.ca or call 416-312-3865. Interviews and photography can be arranged upon request.
About the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word:
Every fall, poets from across the country gather for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, produced by Spoken Word Canada in conjunction with local organizers. The festival has been held in Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax, Calgary, and Ottawa, and will be hosted in Toronto in 2011 and Saskatoon in 2012.
About the Toronto Poetry Slam:
The Toronto Poetry Slam is the city's largest and longest-running slam poetry series taking place front of capacity crowds each month at the Drake Hotel Underground. TPS has featured performances from some of the best slam poets in the world. TPS also curates BAM! Toronto Youth Slam held monthly at The Central.