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About Greg “Ritallin” Frankson:

Greg Frankson, a.k.a. Ritallin, is a spoken word artist, arts educator and media personality. In 2012, he won a national slam championship with the Toronto Up From The Roots team and finished second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. He is a former national director of Spoken Word Canada and has co-founded several poetry events in Ottawa and Toronto. He is also the Poet Laureate for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. Greg is the resident poet on the CBC Radio One afternoon program, Here and Now, the spoken word writer for blogTO and editor-in-chief of

About The Toronto Poetry Slam Team:

The 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team consist of five riveting wordsmiths articulating those feelings we have no words for, those emotions better left unsaid, and those moments which make life enjoyable. 

The team is captained by Optimus Rhyme, the man with a voice as epic as his life. Rhyme, a recovering addict and cancer survivor, has been making audiences laugh for 10 years as a stand-up comic. 

Kiggy – This high school teacher by day, poet by night brings a special kind of warm quirk to this poetic powerhouse. 

IF – A spoken word force storming onto stages across Ontario, he can often be seen wandering the streets of Toronto, gesticulating wildly and muttering to himself, (poetry that is).

Philosofly – Puts the "swag" into "soliloquies". The aspiring rapper likes to vandalize the air with his verbal graffiti

Capping it all off is a veteran to the Toronto Poetry Slam team: David Delisca. This four-time team member also boasts the best dance moves on the team, a claim which has not been confirmed, or tested. 

Caution: watching these poets might lead to serious joy, tremendous laughter and you might fall in love and pee your pants, simultaneously. Discretion is advised.  

Greg “Ritallin” Frankson and the Toronto Poetry Slam Team


A series of theatrical and engaging spoken word performances with members of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team and feature poet, Greg "Ritallin" Frankson.