Words Aloud presents the best in spoken word from across Canada and beyond. With nine main stage performances, it’s a magical alchemy of spoken word’s full range.

Words Aloud 11 November 6 -9 2014

Festival WARM UP Event!

with CR Avery in the stage version of his collection

Some Birds Walk For The Hell Of It

a Razzmatazz Opera with famed burlesque dancers      Melody Mangler & Annie Moore

24 October 8:00 p.m.  Great Books & Cafe Williamsford Mill  Tickets $15 in advance HERE or $18 at the door

Tickets are also on sale now at The Durham Art Gallery and at the Great Books & Cafe, Williamsford 


Words Aloud 2014 

November 6-7-8-9 and 16


Giles Benaway, Karen Connelly, Mary Dalton, Tanya Evanson, Charles Hamilton, Sheniz Janmohamed, Shane Rhodes, and Katherena Vermette, also the dance performance of "For Body and Light".


A Short Journey Through Short Form with Katherena Vermette, Writing through the World with Karen Connelly and Turning Point Performance with Tanya Evanson, and a special Youth Worskop with Giles Benaway.


Owen Sound:  Giles Benaway with selected youth performers (a pay-what-you-can event) at M'Wikwedong Native Cutural Resource Centre in Owen Sound, Thursday Nov 6th at 7:30 p.m.

SLAM with the Burlington SLAM Project and Charles Hamilton at Great Books & Cafe, Williamsford ($5 at the door), Satuday Nov 7th at 1:00 p.m.

The Three Musketeers family performance with Dufflebag Theatre at the Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton, Sunday November 16th at 2:00 p.m.  Ttickets $12.00 (adult), $6.00 youth (12  & under). Available at Holst Office Supplies in Hanover or Walkerton from October 15th, or at the door.

The Words Aloud Family Program is a collaboration with the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council.  Dufflebag Theater is represented by Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to bring the performing arts to young people.




Festival Pass EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until October 16th..


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