This Weekend: Find Poetry Across Canada at The Word On The Street

In 2013, The Word On The Street is delighted to announce that it is partnering with The League of Canadian Poets to celebrate Canadian poetry nationwide during festival weekend. This national project will take place in each of The Word On The Street’s five festival cities: Toronto, Kitchener, Halifax, Saskatoon and Lethbridge.

Of the initiative, National Festival Director Nicola Dufficy says, “We are excited to announce a new partnership between The Word On The Street and The League of Canadian Poets. Together, our organizations seek to shine a spotlight on the incredibly talented established and emerging poets that Canada has to offer.  Across the nation on festival weekend audiences will discover a poetry program that reflects the distinct local flavour of each of the festival cities and its community.”

 In Toronto, watch for ‘guerilla spoken word’ around the festival’s grounds at Queen’s Park Circle in a co-presentation with the 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team and the Toronto Poetry Project. Kitchener will feature spoken word poets all day in its local cafés and Halifax has local slam poets that are primed to present multiple performances in a variety of difference styles – including Hip Hop! Out West, Saskatoon is home to some of Canada’s most active and well-known poets, who will be on hand to perform their most recent work at this year’s festival, while Lethbridge offers a full day of performances on its Most Vocal Poets stage.

To view programming plans for The Word On The Street across Canada, please visit the festival website and click on the city’s name to view its ‘What’s On’ section. Canadians are invited to celebrate Poetry next weekend with The Word On The Street!

 About The Word On The Street: The Word On The Street festival is the kick-off to the fall book season for Canadian booklovers.  An annual tradition for 24 years, the Festival draws more than 260,000 readers over one weekend in September to discover the best in Canadian literature.  Since the inaugural festival in Toronto in 1990, this free event has expanded to include four other cities: Kitchener, Halifax, Saskatoon and Lethbridge. All cities’ festivals take place on Sunday, September 22, except Kitchener, which takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

About The League of Canadian Poets:  The League of Canadian Poets is the professional organization for established and emerging Canadian poets. Founded in 1966 to nurture the advancement of poetry in Canada, and the promotion of the interests of poets, it now comprises some 700 members. The League serves the poetry community and promotes a high level of professional achievement through events, networking, projects, publications, mentoring and awards.

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