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Spoken Word Poetry Classes with Toronto Poetry Project
Join us on Tuesday evenings in Feburary with Toronto Poetry Project, producers of Toronto Poetry Slam!
No previous experience required.
Please bring your own paper and pen/pencil.
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.
TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 6:30pm
February 7 - Intro to Spoken Word with Dave Silverberg
Want to try this whole spoken word poetry thing? This is the class for you! The artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam and full-time arts educator Dave Silverberg will lead you through several exercises that will encourage you to share your story, use fresh language, include concrete language in your poetry and give you the confidence to perform spoken word on stage.
Dave 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 30 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, Broken Pencil and many more. Find him at davidsilverberg.ca
Feburary 14 - Love Your Embarrassment with Cathy Charlie Petch
In this writing and performance workshop we will explore what is supposed to make us embarrassed and learn how to overcome the fears of the stage. Find those parts of you that need to be celebrated despite your fears of speaking out about it. Then learn how to bring that onstage, how to use a microphone, find your light, how to win over the attention of your audience and all the ways you can shine. We will have writing prompts and will read these new creations in a space where we can be proud of what we think should make us feel shame. Let's be unapologetically human together!
Cathy Charlie Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch's new full-length spoken word vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey" has toured all over Canada. They have several handsome chapbooks and "Late Night Knife Fights” was published with LyricalMyrical Press. They have been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Joypuke journals. Petch is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and "The Dildettes" a queer spoken word/comedy troupe along with Regie Cabico and David Bateman. Petch was a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams, was the coach of the 2015 team and is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam". Petch has done workshops with the Ontario College of Art and Design, The Atlantic Fringe, multiple Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word, with the Toronto Public Library, many schools and other places. They also work privately with spoken word artists. Petch is happiest onstage. Find out more at www.cathypetch.com
February 21 - Performing Spoken Word 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, work your craft in this workshop. Bring a written poem and a willingness to stretch your comfort zone.
Tanya Neumeyer is a queer poet and artist educator committed to access and equity. As a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Poetry Project, Tanya performs poetry and offers workshops at festivals, conferences, events and schools across Canada. With the 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team, Tanya won a bronze medal in slam poetry! www.tanyaneumeyer.com
February 28 -The Sony Centre Poetry Slam hosted by Alyssa Ginsburg
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!
Class capacity: 30 participants
Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! You will be contacted automatically if any spots are cancelled/released! We will also contact the waitlist if we have any class updates, etc. 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 welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We 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: If you have confirmed your registration on Eventbrite and discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, 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!
For more information on free classes at Sony Centre please visit our website.
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