The poets are: Amoya Reé, Gabrielle Cohen, Gavin Russell, Jennifer Alicia, Cassandra Myers
Toronto Poetry Slam is a biweekly poetry competition at the Drake Hotel and features some of most talented spoken word artists in Canada. Since 2002, TPS has been entertaining audiences at the Drake and at our showcases at events such as the International Festival of Authors, Word on the Street, Reelworld Film Festival and many more. The 2018 Toronto poetry slam team is emblematic of the tenacity, vibrancy, heart, and drive that make Toronto a city of possibilities. Amoya Reé, Gavin Russell, Jennifer-Alicia, Cassandra Myers, and Gabrielle will represent Toronto at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Guelph. On June 23, expect powerful poetry on diverse issues, from relationships to social activism to creativity.
D’bi. & The 333 is an Afro-Dub-Fusion band headlined by the dancehall-queen-daughter-of-dub-poetry-womxnist-warrior d’bi.young anitafrika. Internationally acclaimed, anitafrika possesses a lyricism that stems from early Jamaican dub fused with dancehall reggae, hiphop, punk rock, afro-beat and performance art; producing a pepperpot of theatricality that crosses cultural boundaries, reconfigures social norms and inspires change. Founded by Sudanese master musician and composer Waleed Abdulhamid, The 333 features Abdulhamid on bass, Sarah Thawer on drums, Joseph Callender on horns, Patrick O'Reilly on guitar, Najla Nubyanluv on support vocals and d'bi.young anitafrika on lead vocals. Together, D'bi. & The 333 are the new protest music that you can Dance, Sing, Grow, Act and Love to.