Spoken Word Festival includes Poet of Honour Brendan McLeod of The Fugitives. In addition to being a national slam champion, McLeod is a novelist, a playwright and a musician.

All-stars poets featured in fifth annual Victoria Spoken Word Festival

DJs and dancers help celebrate spoken word

Twelve of Canada’s hottest spoken word artists hit Victoria with a week-long celebration of poetry during the fifth annual Victoria Spoken Word Festival.

The Victoria Spoken Word Festival runs Feb. 23 to March 1 and features spoken word on the cutting edge. These all-stars poets will be featured in showcases and events, as well as collaborations with dancers, improvisers – even brewers.

“We’re pulling out all the stops this year,” says festival director Missie Peters. “We’re calling them all-stars for a reason – most of the poets in the ensemble have national titles under their belts. I’m excited to see what they will create together for the Festival Finale.”

The Festival Finale show is the culmination of the festival, and features a show that the All-Star Ensemble write and create in one day, plus a performance by Poet of Honour Brendan McLeod of The Fugitives. In addition to being a national slam champion, McLeod is a novelist, a playwright and a musician.

Check out these events happening as part of the fifth annual Victoria Spoken Word Festival:

Instant Slam – Intrepid Theatre – Tuesday, February 24

The All-Star Ensemble has one hour to write a poem and perform it – with the audience as judge.

Metaphors and Monologues – Intrepid Theatre – Wednesday, Feb 25

Performances by SpeakEasy (Dave Morris and Missie Peters) and Poet of Honour Brendan McLeod.

Poetry in Motion – Metro Theatre – Thursday, February 26

Collaborative performances by the All-Star Ensemble with dancers from Victoria’s Broken Rhythms.

All-Star Showcase – Metro Theatre – Friday, February 27

The All-Star Ensemble performing their best poems, plus DJ Prufrock Shadowrunner on the decks.

Festival Finale – Metro Theatre – Saturday, February 28

The culmination of the festival, the All-Star Ensemble will perform a brand new show in they wrote in only one day. Poet of Honour Brendan McLeod will open the show with a very special feature.

Public Workshop with Brendan McLeod – Intrepid Theatre – Sunday, March 1

Always wanted to try spoken word? This workshop will give you the basics and let you have fun learning. To register email: notyourgrandmaspoetry@gmail.com

Sunday Night Improv – Victoria Event Centre – Sunday, March 1

The All-Star Ensemble joins a cast of Victoria’s local improvisers for a hilarious and inspiring show.

The Victoria Spoken Word Festival is happening Feb. 23 to March 1 in partnership with Intrepid Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Festival passes are $45.

For more information on the festival visit: www.victoriaspokenwordfestival.com

For tickets go to TicketRocket.

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Celebrate Victoria Pride Week

The Victoria Pride Society has organized some stop-notch virtual entertainment, including the Virtual Pride Festival on July 5.

Children’s author honours Oak Bay sisters murdered by father

Proceeds from children’s book go towards child abuse prevention in Greater Victoria

Sidney Museum and Archives reopens brick by brick with Lego exhibit

Museum joins other reopenings including Sidney library, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Vancouver Island Symphony, Kerplunks up for Western Canadian Music Awards

Winners to be announced via live stream on Sept. 25

10th annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival to be held online due to COVID-19

Festival will feature six productions by local, regional and international artists

Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy closes after eight years due to COVID-19

Bonnie Catterson founded the school in 2012 as ‘a place for the oddballs’

Home dance videos to be part of this year’s Infringing Dance Festival

Crimson Coast Dance Society seeking ‘backyard dance’ submissions to compile into video

Ucluelet loses one of town’s oldest art galleries

Mark Penney Gallery shuts down due, in part, to Hwy. 4 closures and COVID-19 pandemic.

Vancouver Island drummers pay belated tribute to Neil Peart of Rush

Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer died of cancer at age 67 in January

Yukon poet kjmunro headlines Port Alberni’s virtual Words on Fire

Monthly spoken word event continues virtually at Char’s Landing

Most Read