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.

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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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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