About Toronto Poetry Project


The Toronto Poetry Project (TPP) features some of the most talented spoken word artists in Canada with a goal of inspiring the next generation of spoken word poets. Founded in 2005, the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) became Toronto’s preeminent slam which increases the artistic capital of our city and ensures our audiences are consistently exposed to the top tier of poets from across the globe. TPP creates opportunities for emerging spoken word poets in our community to improve their creative output and develop skills to apply to a potential career as a professional artist.

We also host additional shows and workshops based on unique themes. TPP facilitates poetry and spoken word workshops for schools, businesses and community groups. Due to the pandemic, all of our events are online.

The Collective


Collective Members: Tanya, Ifrah, Jennifer Alicia, Patrick. Luke, Alyssa, Cassandra, Ian

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Purpose Statement


Toronto Poetry Project's purpose is to bring the spoken word art form to diverse audiences and provide a space for a wide range of people to perform original content. We aim to showcase the varied pool of talent in spoken word and highlight to audiences that they too can perform.

Solidarity Commitment

Black Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter. We want Black and Indigenous poets and community members to know that we are here to amplify your work. We are prioritizing Black and Indigenous voices by reserving 60 percent of our performance slots to these communities. In addition, members of Black and Indigenous communities have the option to attend our events free of charge.

To participate in this initiative please email info@torontopoetryslam.com with the subject: TPS B+I TICKET. A link will be sent to you a few hours before the slam.

Volunteer With Us


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We love our volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to provide assistance for a number of roles during our events including:

  • Timer
  • Scorekeeper
  • Door
  • Merch-table

Please email us at info@torontopoetryslam.com for more information on how to get involved.


Contact Us to Volunteer

Check out the BAM! Youth Slam

Learn more about a monthly slam for poets 22 and under

Media Coverage


Toronto’s big new night out? Live action poetry. Really

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Nov. 4, 2019

40th Festival of Authors showcases poetic wonder of the world Ian Keteku and local Toronto talent

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Feb. 5, 2017

Protest poetry is alive and well

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Mar. 5, 2020

David Silverberg on Toronto Poetry Slam


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Nov. 13, 2012

A Cure for lost and lonely


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Feb. 17, 2016

Toronto's slam poetry team trains for nationals


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Slam poetry from inside the dollhouse


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Sept. 12, 2016

Give me haikus or give me death


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