Festival of Human Rights x Arts Presents: JAYU Slams

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Festival of Human Rights x Arts Presents: JAYU Slams

Join us for International Human Rights Day with a live poetry slam.


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Innis Town Hall Theatre 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 Canada

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About this event

  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Please note that this is a hybrid event, available to be seen in-person at the location listed, or virtually in the comfort of your home.

Judges….raise your scores!

Tune in to see some of the hottest poetic talent battle head to head in our 3rd annual Poetry Slam, hosted by award-winning poet, Desiree Mckenzie.

Two rounds. Three-minute time limit. $500 cash prize for the winner, and $100 to all other poets competing. Who will be crowned the JAYU SLAMS champ?

JAYU SLAMS will also include a special performance.

Online sales close at 4:00 PM for in-person tickets on December 9th, but tickets will still be for sale at the door at 6:30 PM on the day of.


Registration for the virtual event includes full access to the live stream starting at 6:45PM.

For those who are registering for the in-person event, please review the following:

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the event begins at 7:00 PM. Please arrive with enough time for check-in and find a seat.

The event will take place at Innis Town Hall at 2 Sussex Ave Toronto, ON M5S 1J5.



This event includes ASL interpretation and an in-person Held Space will be available from 7:00- 9:00 PM EDT, complete with an active listener.

Also included: Special gallery

This event will also feature photography work from JAYU’s iAM Program and the Raging Hope exhibition led by Gilad Cohen and Desiree Mckenzie.

'Raging Hope', in collaboration with White Owl Native Ancestry Association and Wisahkotewinowak, features work from 6 Indigenous youth from Kitchener, Ontario. Each of them were asked to show what rage or hope look like to them and their views on the future.