Thursday, October 19
Friday, October 20
Toronto Poetry Project is partnering with the International Festival of Authors and the British Council in Canada to launch the Festival’s first Poetry Slam! Like Toronto Poetry Project’s usual events at the Drake Hotel, anyone can perform on the mic in the two-round slam. This high-energy poetry concert will showcase some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists, entertain and enlighten the audience. Featuring Deanna Rodgers and Dean Atta from London (UK). Hosted by David Silverberg, the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam.
Do you want to perform? Registration starts at 6pm!
This event is co-presented by Toronto Poetry Project, IFOA and the British Council Canada.
Jesse Wente, Desmond Cole, Rachel Giese and moderator Jesse Brown join PEN Canada and the authors of Glorious and Free: The Canadians for a panel discussion asking: just how glorious and free are we?
This event is presented in partnership with PEN Canada
Saturday, October 21
The Kobzar Literary $25,000 Biennial Award, offered by the Shevchenko Foundation, recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary nonfiction, fiction, poetry, young readers’ literature, plays, screenplays and musicals. Join Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Erín Moure and Alexandra Risen for readings from their nominated works. Marusia Bociurkiw and Daria Salamon will read from Lisa Grekul’s and Lindy Ledohowski’s Unbound. Hosted by Joseph Kertes.
Presented in partnership with the Shevchenko Foundation
The Shevchenko Foundation is a national, chartered philanthropic institution dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage.
David Silcox, art historian and cultural administrator, will present the story and work of Tom Thomson. He will explain how Thomson’s greatest legacy is The Group of Seven, what his innovations were, how his bipolar behaviour was described by friends, and how he was moving inexorably toward abstraction in the year before he died. Hosted by Lewis DeSoto.
This event is part of Ontario Day.
Ontario Day has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.