That's right, your national champs, fresh off their CFSW victory in November, are here to show you the incredible poetry they worked on in 2018!
The 2018 Toronto poetry slam team is emblematic of the tenacity, vibrancy, heart, and drive that make Toronto a city of possibilities. Amoya Reé (pronounced Ray) is a Jamaican-Canadian spoken word poet. Her writing is deeply rooted in her lived experiences as immigrant, survivor & young mother. Her background in theatre first brought her to performance poetry in 2008 & since then she has shared her stories in as many classrooms and boardrooms in Ontario.
Gavin Russell is a spoken word poet who has performed across Canada. The 2014 CapSlam Champion, and 2017 Toronto Poetry Slam Champion, he writes on myriad topics, asking his audience to relish in the mundane and banal aspects of life. Jennifer Alicia is a Mi'kmaq and Settler (German, Irish, Scottish) spoken word artist and 2017 National Champ. Her poetry is rooted in love and rage. She is a member of Seeds & Stardust, an Indigenous women's poetry collective and also a member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team for the second year in a row. Cassandra Myers (they/she) is a brown, queer, femme poet and a fourth year student in Child and Youth Care. They have performed on stages internationally and 2016 Femme Youth Poet of the World. They are an Alumni of BAM! Youth Slam, a current member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team, and the President of Ryerson's Poetic Exchange.
Gabrielle is a proud, black spoken word artist from Jamaica. Although ever-growing, her work has so far been a depiction of her own life experiences, as well as the lives of those who inspire her, involving mental health, black power, heartbreak, and self-love. Recognized for her multi-layered poems, Gabrielle began performing original pieces as early as last year and has since continued to pursue her passion for poetry into becoming a 2018 Toronto Poetry Slam team member. Together they have made history as the 2nd Canadian team ever to make it to semi-finals at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago this past summer. They won the 2018 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word competition in November '18. This dynamic group of new and seasoned poets is the flavour of the city you never knew you needed!
Hosted by team coach Luke Reece!
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