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Spoken Word Poetry Classes with the Toronto Poetry Project

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Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front Street East

Toronto, ON M5E 1B2


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Join us on Tuesday evenings in April with Toronto Poetry Project, producers of Toronto Poetry Slam!

• No previous experience required.
• Please bring your own paper and pen/pencil.
• Please bring your own water.

Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm

April 3, 10, 17, 24

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance. Class descriptions, drop-in information, and registration policy can be found below.

Community Class Liability Waiver

As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once. After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes. Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class. Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class. Community Class Rules & Regulations

April 3 - Spoken Word Poetry 101 with David Silverberg
If you ever wanted to try writing spoken word poetry, this is the class for you! David Silverberg, artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam, will lead you through several exercises to get your brain percolating with ideas for poems. Then you’ll try writing a poem yourself and David will offer feedback to those who want to share their new poems. You’ll learn how to use invigorating language, the types of techniques to add punch to your poetry, and what it takes to make your poem leap from page to stage.

David Silverberg is a spoken word poet, journalist and workshop leader. He has performed his poetry across Canada and Europe, and has brought spoken word workshops to more than 40 schools across Ontario. He is the founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, a biweekly poetry series taking place at the Drake Hotel. He is the editor of Canada's only spoken word anthology Mic Check. His non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, Vice, Buzzfeed, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, The Canadian Jewish News, Quill & Quire, Ars Technica and many more. Find him at

April 10 - "Mightier Than The Sword": Using Spoken Word Poetry to Battle Apathy with Patrick de Belen
For hundreds of years, Poetry has been an effective political tool to impact the masses. The very history of spoken word is rooted in the narratives of oppression, struggle and revolution. Work with award-winning spoken word artist Patrick de Belen to explore spoken word as a form of activism and sharing your truth.

Patrick de Belen is a rare breed of artist. This Toronto-based Filipino spoken word poet, performer, speaker, host and educator is one whose formidable acclaim as a performance artist and writer is equaled by his commitment to his community, and his status as an enduring source of insight, energy and mentorship for young poets across North America. As a performer, Patrick has garnered praise and admiration for his ability to blend sharp social commentary with an exhaustless wit, charm and creative candour. This combination of talents has made him a national slam champion, as he was at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a performer of note on such platforms as CBC, TED Talk, NEXE and others. He is also the first ever recipient of the Spoken Word Poet of Honour award at YouthCanSlam--Canada’s national youth poetry festival, an award he won on the basis of his dual talents as a poet of remarkable ability and an educator of enduring devotion, passion and intelligence.

Off the stage, he is committed to his work in arts education/mentorship; involved in partnerships with a long list of institutions and organizations including jails, schools, health centres, libraries and more. He is also the director of BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam and the facilitator of the Filipino Storytelling workshop series, “Poetry is Our Second Language”.

April 17 - Writing for Self-Care with Tanya Neumeyer
Guided by Tanya, you will work with the basic elements of performance to take your poem from the page to the stage! Whether you are new to spoken word or an established artist, hone your craft in this workshop. Bring a written poem and a willingness to stretch your comfort zone.

Tanya Neumeyer is a professional poet and arts educator with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Tanya studied geological environmental engineering and international development studies at Queen's University before falling in love with the arts and winning a bronze medal in spoken word poetry.

April 24 - Poetry Slam hosted by Cassandra Myers
This event will be open to the public! For more information, to learn how to sign up to perform/compete, and to RSVP, please see the separate Eventbrite Page for this date!

If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with a class reminder and any updates regarding the number of available drop-in spots. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We will reserve 5 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy
Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.

After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

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