WORDS ALOUD – the spoken word festival that brings a small town . . . to its feet
This feature documentary takes you on a journey through the many forms of spoken word, including dub, slam and lyric poetry, performance poetry, and storytelling. You’ll get an insider’s view of the Words Aloud Festival – performances, interviews, and the story of Adam, an 18 year old student who begins to find his own voice.
You’ll discover what makes a poet, what drives them to create, what’s most difficult about the writing life, and what compels them to continue. You’ll see how a small town creates a vibrant poetic community and why your own voice is so important.
Canada’s best poets and storytellers electrify audiences, revealing spoken word’s power to delight, inspire and transform, including Shane Koyczan, author of the influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video that went viral in early 2013 and has reached over 14 million views and counting.
Words Aloud is about creating community through a shared cultural experience. That’s at the heart of what we do.
Narrated by Montreal-based spoken word artist Ian Ferrier, this documentary treats us to an insider’s view of the 4 day festival. Directed and produced by poet Elizabeth Zetlin.
You’ll hear Lorna Crozier’s last erotic poem; storyteller Ivan Coyote’s tales of the Yukon; and dub poet Clifton Joseph’s riveting poem about a shoot-out at a party. CBC’s “Dr. Poetry” Robert Priest reads the Bible backwards and pays homage to Rosa Parks. Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe shares her residential school experience.
Canada’s Poet Laureate John Steffler gets ravenous with moose stories; the Toronto Slam team raises the energy and renowned spoken word artist Shane Koyczan demonstrates why poetry, the world’s most enduring art form, is truly the shortest distance between two hearts.
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Learn more about spoken word: Exploring Contemporary Canadian Voices – the spoken word. For teachers, students and anyone interested in poetry and storytelling.
Watch more Words Aloud performances, interviews and workshops on our YouTube Channel. Over 250 videos from past festivals.
Visit the Words Aloud Festival website.