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Welcoming the spoken world

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Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

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


6:00pm – 7:00pm

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.

Film

Learning

Literary Arts

Music

The Griots Lounge: The Poetic Power of Roots and Culture

8:00pm –11:00pm

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.

Literary Arts

Music

Theatre

Opening Keynote: George Elliott Clarke

9:00am –10:00am

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.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Learn Out Loud: Spoken Word and Education

10:30am –12:00pm

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.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Building Blocks: The Word on Community Engagement

10:30am –12:00pm

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.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Career Development: Taking Care of Business

10:30am –12:00pm

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.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

The Nia Centre Presents: Urban Poets with a Purpose

12:30pm – 2:00pm

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.

Learning

Literary Arts

Music

Speak the Change! Spoken Word and Social Activism

2:30pm – 4:00pm

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.

Music

Learning

Lectures

Spoken Word: Fusion

2:30pm – 4:00pm

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.

Music

Learning

Lectures

Youth InterAction/Co-creation Workshop

2:30pm – 4:00pm

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.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

Presenters Forum

4:30pm – 6:00pm

This unique forum features a panel of national and international spoken word presenters who will discuss success stories, challenges, best practices and networking opportunities in building infrastructure and developing their own careers and those of the artists they represent.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

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


6:00pm – 7:00pm

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.

Film

Learning

Literary Arts

Music

Spoken World: Features

8:00pm –11:00pm

A spectacular array of national and international spoken word and musical talent alongside world beat/urban musicians, featuring dub poets, hip hop poets and Rapso poets of international calibre including Jessica Care Moore and Ikenna “Open Secret’’ Onyegbula.

Literary Arts

Music

Poetics Pan Americas

10:00am –12:00pm

This session considers the style and substance of forms like dub poetry, rapso, robber talk, hip-hop and other oral performance forms. The root is African styles with a mix of cultural influences, including those of Indigenous artists who voice the experience and worldview of the First Peoples of this continent. .

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

The Griot Impact on Contemporary Diaspora

10:00am –12:00pm

How does the griot serve a moral, political, social and spiritual function? How does that manifest in spoken word poetry in African diaspora communities in the Americas and elsewhere? Join us for a discussion.

Learning

Lectures

Literary Arts

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