Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2017

In October of 2017, the Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective is proud to host the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. The festival will see approximately 150 poets from across Canada descend on Peterborough for a week of feature performances, master classes and Poetry Slam! Stay tuned for more information. Call for artists in March!!!

All the Way from the UK: A Feature Performance with Dominic Berry

The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective will be hosting multi award winning poet Dominic Berry (as seen performing his poems on BBC3, Channel 4, CBeebies) on Wednesday January 13th, 2015 with opening act, Peterborough’s own, Xandra Leigh. This is a feature performance coming all the way from the UK to Canada with poems about love, loss, and being rubbish at video games.
A hilarious but deeply moving spoken word journey about what happens when you turn to video games to solve the problems you have in the real world. Dominic examines failure, escapism, and how extremely hot Blanka from Street Fighter 2 is, through poetry, comedy and music.
About Dominic Berry
Dominic Berry is an internationally award winning performance poet. His awards include winning New York’s infamous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, winning Manchester Literature Festival’s Superheroes of Slam and, as of January 2016, five Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards to tour his theatrical verse across the UK.
Dominic has performed his poetry on BBC’s Greg and Celia’s Festivals Highlights (a showcase of the best of 2014′s Edinburgh Fringe), Channel 4′s My Daughter The Teenage Nudist and Channel 4 News. In his children’s poet ‘Dommy B’ persona he has performed on CBeebies’ Rhyme Rocket.
Dominic’s play about the modern mental health system Wizard (2012, funded by Oxford University, Arts on Prescription, Contact and GftA) toured the UK under the direction of PenUltimate’s Martin ‘Visceral’ Stannage.
Reviews of Dominic’s Previous Work
“Really very inspiring. I love the seriousness and the humour.”
     ~Benjamin Zephaniah
“Dominic is an exceptional force in the poetry and spoken word scene.”
      ~John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
“From the moment he started to speak we were totally captivated- the incredible way he uses words, the expression and energy of the delivery and the subject matter made him irresistible.”
     ~City Life Magazine

Rafay Ansari to Feature at PPS in December

Rafay (Jason) Ansari aka “Oracle whyZ” is a 25 year old Hip-Hop poet, hailing from Windsor, Ontario and currently residing in Cambridge. In his writings, he touches upon his personal views of reality, world issues, spirituality and social “norms”. His adoration of life and love of learning is uniquely resonant in all of his work.

In 2013 he released his first solo Hip-Hop CD entitled “FreeJason”.

He is one fourth of the Skeleton Krew, who released their long awaited album “KEELHAULED” in September of 2014. In January of 2015 he released his very first poetry chapbook, as well as a spoken word album entitled “Elevation & Divine Light”
Rafay also competed with the Guelph Poetry Slam Team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word(CFSW) in November of 2013 where they placed 2nd in the country. As well as placing 1st in the province at “Slamtario”. In 2014 he returned to the Guelph team where they placed 2nd at Slamtario and 3rd at CFSW. In 2015 He returned to CFSW where he competed with the Kitchener Poetry Slam Team, where they placed 5th.

In the four years that Rafay has decided to pursue his art professionally, he has performed nationwide, in 400+ shows, showcases, presentations and festivals.
Outside of performing, Rafay hosts workshops in, and beyond his community for people of all ages. They range in audience from elementary school youths, to university students. He is an exemplified poet with works studied within educational programs in Ontario.

He aims to inspire the youth to utilize their creative potential, and find new outlets and perspectives through Hip-Hop and Spoken Word. Rafay plans to continue his works through rhyme & rhythm, as well as continue to grow with the artists around him.

For more info please see:
Twitter: @oracle_whyz & @SkeletonKrew519