spoken word

A breakfast restaurant, namely Flapjack’s Pancake Shack, is probably one of the last places where one would imagine a spoken word poetry event would take place. Urban Legends Poetry, however, believes that Flapjack’s is the perfect place for poetry performances, which is why they have begun a new series at Flapjack’s on Preston Street called “Poets and Pancakes”.

One of the voices that will be celebrated at the event is that of Amy Iliza, who made her spoken word debut back in Sept. 2015 at House of PainT’s OG 500 poetry slam competition, where she also met Fragiskatos. The two kept in touch after the competition, leading Fragiskatos to ask Iliza to perform at Fire and Ice when she was putting together the showcase.

Sabrina Benaim, most well-known for her poem, “Explaining My Depression to My Mother,” which has over 3,000,000 views on YouTube from her performance at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Toronto, was the featured poet for the night. Benaim performed poems about anxiety, heartbreak, and one of her inspirations, Beyoncé.

Bi-weekly spoken word workshop at Women’s Resource Centre hosted by master’s student  Photo courtesy of Jenna Tenn-Yuk Jenna Tenn-Yuk carries many titles: student, TEDx speaker, singer-songwriter, community activist, and spoken word poet. Of her many titles, spoken word poet is the one she may be best known for at the University of Ottawa. She spends …

The uOttawa Poetry Slam Club hosts monthly bilingual open mic nights that encourage poets new and old to come out and share their poetry in a comfortable and accessible environment.