Words by the Water is back in April with the

Rep Your Set Poetry SLAM and Open Mic


Sign up at 6pm – SLAM starts at 7:00pm

LAMP CHC – Street Level

185 Fifth Street – 3rd floor Community Room

Food and TTC tokens provided

Vibes provided by DJ Flex of all Trades

For more information contact Paulina – or 647 227 6614


Rep Your Set is inviting up and coming youth poets (14-30) to sign up and compete for a cash prize of $100. Represent your community and win money – sounds like a win -win.


Our current champion Darryl ‘Thunderclaw” Robinson has been holding the crown down for Scarborough for two months now. Let us see if anyone has the poetic might to dethrone him in a war of words! It could be you.

 Our Feature Poet for April will be Mahlikah Awe:ri


Mahlikah Awe:ri is a drum talk poetic rapologist; arts educator and activist … of African-American/Mohawk (Kahnawa:ke) & Mi’kmaw (Bear River) heritage, with Nova Scotian roots. Her poetic performances have been witnessed coast to coast. She is a founding member of Red Slam Collective and Coordinator for their 4 Directions Arts Projects. In 2011 she released the EP Serpent’s Skin with Isaac Riverwalker and 2 Dream In Colour was published in the 6th Edition of Diaspora Dialogues TKO. She is on the artist roster for OAC’s Aboriginal Artists in the Schools, and her poem A Dying Breed is featured in the latest IFPOR anthology. In 2012 she was a curator for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word First Nations Showcase and the Emergence Community Arts Practice Conference at Harbourfront; she headlined at Gathering of Nations in New Mexico, Sentinel Shores in Vancouver, and NXNE in Toronto with Red Slam. In 2012 she was invited to speak at the Toronto District School Board Sister 2 Sister Conference for Grade 8 Girls; Lost Lyrics 5th Annual Conference for Youth; and as a member of the 2012 Individuality & Collectivity May Works Arts Panel. Locally she is the artistic director for indigenous centered arts initiatives at Daniels Centre for Learning Regent Park, and producer/host‘s monthly broadcast OneVoice. Since December Awe:ri has been utilizing her words and music to support the ever growing global movement IDLENOMORE both in Toronto and in Ottawa. In 2013 expect a full length LP release from Red Slam.

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