Sunday Jan 11th, 2015
The Boathouse, 57 Jubilee Dr Kitchener
Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm
$5-10 or Pay What You Can
KW Poetry Slam presents a night of poetry from Vancouver, to Regina to Kdubs! Poets will be accompanied by music from Janice Lee and the Free Radicals. Laughs and good times very likely.
The Boathouse is a wheel-chair accessible and all ages venue. At KWPS we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive, safer space as free from systemic oppression as possible. Please email us at email@example.com if you have any access needs, or questions.
JOHNNY MACRAE (Vancouver)
The 2010 Vancouver Grand Slam champion, the 2011 Canadian Underground Indies champion, and the 2013 Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour, Johnny MacRae’s poems “combine a respect for traditional poetic structure with an impishly postmodern sense of humour” (Vince Tinguely, LitLive.ca). A long-time high school workshop facilitator, Johnny is currently Program Director for two youth outreach programs: WordPlay (Vancouver) and Raising Voices (Vancouver Island).
SHAYNA STOCK (Regina)
Shayna Stock is a performance poet, facilitator, and community builder.
A vibrant new voice in the spoken word community both nationally and in Regina where she lives, Shayna’s poetry explores themes as diverse as social and environmental justice, her beloved bicycle, creativity, privilege, and heartbreak. She is also founder and host of Regina’s only regular performance poetry series, Word Up Wednesday.
Shayna also offers classes and workshops in spoken word, creative writing and journal-writing. Her retreats, classes, and workshops focus on unleashing creativity through writing and building confidence through voice. With an emphasis on process over product, she works interactively with participants, helping them to access creativity at its very source and work through stifling forces like the inner critic. Her work stems from the belief that we are all inherently creative, and that accessing personal and collective creativity is a critical first step toward a more just, balanced and healthy society.
JANICE LEE AND THE FREE RADICALS
Janice Lee is a folk artist – an artist of the people! She is a poet, musician, storyteller and community organizer rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. Janice sings, speaks and shares stories about love and struggle, community and friendship. She is honest and upfront about her desire to create just and thriving communities through art based in reciprocity and joy. On stage she intermingles soulful songs, funny poems and irreverent commentary while encouraging audiences to sing along and get down and groovy. She is passionate about dismantling systems of oppression and empowering people through the arts. Grand Social described Janice Lee and the Free Radicals’ album “Drown the Earth” as: “It’s smooth, it’s sorrowful, it’s sultry, and it’s spunky; it’s everything you want to be listening to on your worst day and your best day. It makes me feel like I’m singing the blues on a surfboard in the sun. She takes you on a journey.”
She has been called a “Poet Provocateur” and received the Leading Edge Waterloo Region Arts Award in 2012, and was voted Waterloo Region’s Best Arts Mover and Shaker in 2013. She was nominated for an Ontario Arts Council K.M. Hunter Award for mid-career artists in 2014. Janice has toured across Canada with her music and poetry and is the artistic director and co-founder of the KW Poetry Slam. She is also on the Spoken Word Canada board of directors, and is a member of its Anti-Oppression Committee. janicejolee.ca
THE FREE RADICALS
Adam Lewis – drums
Brockenshire Lemiski – lead guitar
Daniel MacPherson – keys/bass