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 7-9 2014

Words Aloud 2014 

Save the Dates:  November 6-7-8-9 and 16

MAIN STAGE performers for this year's festival will include: Giles Benaway, Karen Connelly, Mary Dalton, Tanya Evanson, Charles Hamilton, Sheniz Janmohamed, Shane Rhodes, and Katherena Vermette.  This year's main stage events also includes the dance performance of "For Body and Light" -  giving full meaning to the term "poetry in motion".


WORKSHOPS include A Short Journey Through Short Form with Katherena Vermette, Writing through the World with Karen Connelly and Turning Point Performance with Tanya Evanson.


SATELLITE EVENTS include Giles Benaway with selected youth performers (a pay-what-you-can event), SLAM with the Burlington SLAM Project ($5 at the doort) and The Three Musketeers family performance with Dufflebag Theatre (tickets for The Three Musketeers are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for youth (12 years or younger) at Holst Office Supplies in Hanover or Walkerton after October 15th, or at the door.)

Note: 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.




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Festival Pass EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until October 16th..

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