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 Connolly, 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".


TICKETS ON SALE SOON!   Early Bird Special until October 16th.


Satellite Events


Giles Benaway with selected youth performers at the M'wikwedong Native Cultural and Resource Centre in Owen Sound on Thursday November 6th at 7:30 p.m.  This is a 'pay-what-you-can' event.  ALL WELCOME!


SLAM at The Great Books & Cafe in Williamsford on Saturday November 8th fat 1:00 p.m. eaturing the BURLINGTON SLAM TEAM with Charles Hamilton.   Tickets $5 at the door.


Family Performance:  Saturday November 16th, at 1:00 p.m. a thrilling delivery of The Three Musketeers at the Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton.  Tickets at the door.




with Katherena Vermette - Saturday November 8th  9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Durham Town Hall 

A Short Journey Through Short Form  ...

Made famous with such forms as Haiku and Tanka, pondered with such finds as Sappho's fragments, short forms of poetry have always been alive and well. Pulsing with life in the 20th century Imagists and played with in contemporary Indigenous works, short poems prove poets can pack a punch in just a few lines. Then again, we can't forget the infamous 140 characters, or can we? In this poetry workshop, participants will explore and practice various forms, debate what is and isn't poetry, and learn just how mighty the short verse can be.


with Karen Connolly - Saturday November 8th  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall

Writing through the World Workshop  ...

A seminar for travel writers in any genre - fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. It’s a look at how to effectively use sensory detail, suspense, and the unexpected when writing about new lands/landscapes.


with Tanya Evanson - Sunday November 9th   9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Durham Town Hall

Turning Point Performance ...

This workshop marries the written word with oral tradition. Exploration of a personal transition point begins with meditation and the page. It is then transformed into the score for a performance of poetry, storytelling, hip hop and song. We peak by unleashing it all in a spoken word cabaret. Requirements: Passion, Patience, Paper, Pen, Mind, Matter and Mouth.


Workshop tickets on sale soon.  Book early to avoid disappointment!


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

— Leonard Cohen

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