Sunday's post-Canadian Festival of Spoken Word slam brought out a mix of veterans and emerging talents to the Drake Underground eager to spit their rhymes to a raucous audience.
As the Toronto Poetry Slam team wound its way home from Saskatoon after having successfully made the finals of CFSW, poetry lovers flooded the Underground for the first slam following the festival and ready to take in the force of nature that is Truth Is, the Sunday feature.
Following an open mic highlighted by the return of Electric Jon, the first round saw the likes of veteran performers If, Valentino Assenza and Relevant go up against relative newcomers PhiosoFly, Darcy and Marbles, who made the jump Sunday from the open mic to the slam.
Second round saw the intensity heat up resulting in some supercharged scores as the 10s came flying out after virtually every performance. Relevant received FOUR perfect scores alone, but a slight time penalty as well.
In the end, it was If, Relevant and Philosofly in the final round, with Philosofly narrowly taking his first win and the $80 cash prize, plus a bye into the semis!
Truth Is, meanwhile, performed an electrifying feature set despite having flown in from Saskatoon that very morning. Despite admitting she was exhausted, Truth fed off the adoring crowd which lapped up every moment of her 22 minute set. She also brought up a familiar face to slam regulars, Made Wade, who showed he hasn't lost any of the ability that made him a multiple slam champ and a microphone assassin.
The next Toronto Poetry Slam takes place Oct. 27 and features 2 Dope Boys from Victoria, aka Johnny MacRae and Shane avec i grec.