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 12


November 5-8, 2015

Once again this year, Words Aloud will be delivering a terrific diversity of talent from across the country.


At the Movies in Durham, 211 Garafraxa Street North (519-369-1859) is raising funds for the children's component of our Festival. 

This Friday, August 28, you get a free movie rental with a donation to Words Aloud!

Words Aloud Celebrates National Poetry Month 

Late-breaking news!  We are proud to host a reading by Owen Sound Poet Laureate Terry Burns, as well as a performance of new work from collaborators Rob Rolfe and Larry Jensen. Their performance will combine poetry, spoken word and music. Please join us to celebrate spring and Poetry Month on Thursday April 23rd at 7pm at the Bicycle Cafe in Flesherton  – or come earlier and enjoy a delicious meal from Peter's kitchen.

New This Year

In addition to our usual and much-loved workshops, slam events and children's program, we will be hosting our inaugural Fireside Feast: an evening of food and conversation. On Thursday November 5th, ticket holders will be invited to enjoy a meal and listen in on an interview with a renowned Canadian poet.


Watch your inbox for the first newsletter of 2015. We'll have some exciting announcements and we will be able to offer a sneak peek at our roster of artists for Words Aloud 12. If you don't already receive our newsletter you can subscribe in the upper-right corner of this page.

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Visit our YouTube channel to see performances from Words Aloud 11!  It's all there for your viewing pleasure.

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Did you know we have a YouTube channel? That's right, all the tasty spoken poetic goodness from our festival over the years. Check it out.

The Documentary

This documentary takes you on a journey through the many forms of spoken word, including dub, slam and lyric poetry, performance poetry, and storytelling. Click here to learn more.


A free study guide featuring video performances, interviews, workshops, performer profiles, suggested activities and more.

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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

— Leonard Cohen

Literary Links

How to tips for tall tales and other wonders from DrakenSang.  Thanks to Andy and all the students in Mrs. Ward's class in Maine, USA, for passing this one on to us!