Issue 3 Features

With the eighth annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, slam poetry has achieved an impressive visibility on the Canadian cultural radar. This year, twenty teams will be competing. The teams will be representing cities from seven provinces, spanning the country coast to coast. The roster is heavy on Ontario teams, lacks any representation from Canada’s north, and has only one city team to represent the four Atlantic provinces. Still, the size of the festival and the exponential growth in the number of slams taking place across the country point to an extraordinary grassroots cultural energy that has seized the imagination of young Canadian performing poets.