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ACTION! Stage to Screen: Spoken Word in Film & Video


6:00pm – 7:00pm

Film

Learning

Literary Arts

Music

A special presentation of innovative collaborations of videographers and spoken word artists, this screening features a range of national and international spoken word video shorts. Performers include Toronto's Dwayne Morgan and Motion Live, Ian Keteku from Calgary and various international poets.

The Griots Lounge: The Poetic Power of Roots and Culture

8:00pm –11:00pm

Literary Arts

Music

Theatre

This culturally rich performance features artists from across Canada and artists with Indigenous roots. Explore styles, approaches and themes reflecting the African influence of the griot tradition in spoken word. Featuring: Ahmed Knowmadic, Andrea Thompson, Eddy Garnier, Kym Dominique-Ferguson, Shauntay Grant, Scruffmouth, Tanya Evanson and Titilope Sonuga.

Opening Keynote: George Elliott Clarke

9:00am –10:00am

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Toronto's Poet Laureate and award-winning author and playwright, George Elliott Clarke, delivers a special address to kick-off the South-North Griots Summit and stimulate thought around what this special event means for the past, present and future of spoken word in Canada and abroad.

Learn Out Loud: Spoken Word and Education

10:30am –12:00pm

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Education is changing! All over the globe, educators are realizing the need to explore culturally relevant education in order to reach and teach learners at all levels. Panelists and presenters include Dasha Kelly, John Akpata, Deonte Osayande, Britta B and Motion.

Building Blocks: The Word on Community Engagement

10:30am –12:00pm

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

How do we build communities and mobilize our voices, one word at a time? Building Blocks features spoken word artists and presenters from across the globe, who have expertise in community development and youth engagement. They will join community workers from organizations like Nia Centre as well as creative leaders and artists, to discuss the arts as a pathway to engage, empower and heal our diverse communities, and share experiences, challenges, techniques and results. Performers include Mahlikah Aweri, Jaydamann Cox, Enuma, Mtima Solwazi, and Ahmed Knowmadic.

Career Development: Taking Care of Business

10:30am –12:00pm

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Marketing. Branding. Touring. Publishing. Promotion. Artist development. Making a Living. Building a Career. This panel presentation examines the business practices of today’s griots who aren't just living for their art, but making a living from it as well. Panelists and presenters include Amani, Dwayne Morgan, Eddy DaOriginalone, Jamaal St. John, Quentin Vercetty, and Tanya Evanson.

The Nia Centre Presents: Urban Poets with a Purpose

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Learning

Literary Arts

Music

Check out the explosive talent of a new generation of spoken word poets, lyricists and emcees at this youth/emerging artists showcase, highlighting the future of the griot legacy. This is a co-presentation with Nia Centre for the Arts. Artists include David Delisca, Enuma, Lola Bunz, Quentin Vercetty, Randell Adjei, Griotz Road, Whitney French and Jaydahmann.

Speak the Change! Spoken Word and Social Activism

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Music

Learning

Lectures

The spoken word movement is often linked with voices that question power structures and stimulate civic engagement, and this presentation will look at the relationships between spoken word and political activism.

Spoken Word: Fusion

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Music

Learning

Lectures

Featuring a discussion on the fusion of spoken word with dance, theatre, music, performance art, and other practices, this workshop will draw from the experience and insights of artists whose interdisciplinary work has pushed boundaries.

Youth InterAction/Co-creation Workshop

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

In partnership with the Nia Centre for the Arts and the Ontario College for Arts and Design, the South-North Griots Summit presents a special youth session. Performers include David Delisca, Ikenna Onyegbula and Whitney French.

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