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!!!
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.