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Poetry Slam hosted by Charlie Petch

  • 1 Front Street East Toronto, ON, M5E 1B2 Canada (map)

Sony Centre

This event is free and open to the public! All ages welcome. Come out and participate as a performer or as an audience member! Cash bar will be open (19+ must show ID).

Performer Sign-up will begin at 5:30pm and there will be 15 spots available. For more information and to RSVP to attend, visit our Eventbrite Page! >>

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM? A poetry slam is a high energy competition of spoken word poetry. Poetry slams were invented by a construction worker from Chicago named Marc Smith in the 1980s as a way to bring life back into poetry readings and make the audience engaged in the show!

Questions: Contact us by email at or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242

ACCESSIBILITY INFO The Sony Centre Poetry Slam is taking place in our Lower Lobby. The entrance for the event is located at our Yonge Street Entrance (south of Front St W towards the Esplanade) and there are no steps to enter through this door. To get from the entrance to the Lower Lobby, there is an elevator located directly the entrance or 1 flight of stairs. The bar is located in the Lower Lobby and a wheelchair accessible washroom is located on the same level.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM? Performer sign-up will start 5:30pm and there will be 15 spots available. There will be limited spots available. Feel free to bring two poems! If not enough performers sign up, we will have a lottery for those who brought two poems. You may be able to perform twice! The winner of the slam wins two tickets to a very awesome TO Live event!

ABOUT YOUR HOST: Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring two spoken word theatre pieces, their multimedia piece "Daughter Of Geppetto and their vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series.

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