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.


Buy your festival pass now at the amazing price of $125. For your hard earned cash, you'll attend three main stage performances and three half day workshops, all with some of Canada's finest story-tellers, poets and spoken word artisits. The price increases to $140 on the 19th.

There's an early bird rate too for the Main Stage Festival Pass - from now until October 18th, a mere $40 (and you'll save 5)!  

Read on and you'll see why your ticket purchase is so very critical this year!  Besides, we know you'll have a blast with us.

Arts Funding in Canada Way Down...

Arts funding in Canada has been radically reduced in recent years and Words Aloud, like every other arts organization, is suffering the consequences. Both provincial and federal funds came in well below our expectations – we're talking thousands of dollars that will not be available to us to cover basic expenses like artist fees, travel and accommodations.

...But You Can Help!

Help us keep Words Aloud the amazing festival it has always been by

  • Suggesting new ways to find support, in addition to corporate sponsors, local business support and personal donations
  • Making a donation using the Donate Now button on the right. It's easy and every bit helps

All funds raised will go directly to making this year's festival possible – this is our only alternative to cutting into our beloved programming. Workshops and satellite events are at risk here!


Our first newsletter as prelude to the 2015 festival has now been sent!  If it did not hit your in-box and you're wondering what intriguing news you might be missing SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Visit the Words Aloud YouTube Channel

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

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Are you a secondary or post-secondary student who's interested in being part of Words Aloud? Check out our shiny new scholarship opportunity and you could meet, work, learn and socialize with our amazing team of festival volunteers as well as the festival stars. Sound amazing? Find out more.

We're on YouTube!

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.

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I have been eating poetry.

— Mark Strand

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!