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WordSpell PRIDE Showcase

  • 320 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1S3 Canada (map)

at the Free Times Cafe

The WordSpell Collective is proud to bring you our 6th annual PRIDE edition featuring the miraculous Kai Cheng Thom and Sofia Fly! This is a not to miss show!

We bring you some of the most brilliant voices in spoken word. WordSpell is the only series bringing together talented established and emerging women and gender non-binary spoken word artists on a recurring basis in Toronto since 2012!

Tickets at door: $6 and up (cash). No one is turned away for lack of funds. ALL ages & genders welcome in the audience! Open mic time limit = 4 minutes. (Bring your poetry, comedy, music or whatever you'd like!)

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KAI CHENG THOM is a writer, performer, healer, lasagna lover and wicked witch based in tkaronto. Once a fierce & fearless spoken word artist who spat fire on stages across Turtle Island, she now spends most of her time watching television in bed. She is the author of Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir, which was once chosen by Emma Watson aka "Hermione Granger" for a feminist book club; as well as a poetry collection and a children's book. Her collection of essays, I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE is forthcoming in September 2019. Kai Cheng is the winner of a few literary and performance awards and the non-winner of many more, which is good because it keeps her humble. She was once many things, but now, only several. That is mostly a good thing too.

SOFIA FLY is an award winning rapper/producer/dj/poet from Toronto and an active member of its transgender community. She won the Canadian National Festival of Spoken Word along with her Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Her stage show marries her many talents for a unique experience of sound, performance and politics. She just released a new EP, Rosé! Listen here: And be sure to check her out DJing at Pride events all weekend long. @DJsofiafly

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible (power chairs do fit). Stage area is in the back of the restaurant. There is a ramp at the front entrance.