Festival 2019

CFSW poster art: a person opens their heart to reveal visual representations of the stories within themselves. These include a quill, flowers, a person holding a torch, a microphone, birds, a tree, letters of the alphabet, and leaves.

Get Your Tickets

Festival and slam passes are now available for the 16th annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, happening October 13-19, 2019. Snag yours before the early bird prices end! Festival passholders enjoy access to almost every event, including one workshop, all showcases, and the entire slam tournament. Just want to catch the competition? Then save some cash and see every moment from Prelims to Finals with the Slam Pass.

Volunteer at the Festival

It’s that time!! With just a couple months until festival, now is your chance to sign up to volunteer at our week-long festival packed full of slam competitions, showcases, workshops, and more. Volunteers are an integral part of the festival, and we look forward to working with you!

There are several jobs for volunteers from working door, helping with the slams through time/score keeping, hosting, active listening, and much more. The bulk of our volunteer positions take place during the festival, but we also have some important pre-festival tasks that can start as soon as August. 

Perks range from finals tickets to festival passes depending on your role and number of shifts. We're happy to sign off on hours for any volunteer requirements you're currently looking to complete.

Apply here! And we'll be in touch with you closer to the festival (or sooner if you signed up for pre-fest tasks).

2019 Festival Theme

The theme 'Discovery' speaks to 'The Story Within Us,’ which will serve as the tagline for the festival. Through programming selections, the festival will invite patrons and artists alike to explore their lives and personal stories with a fresh perspective, shedding light on intricacies, uniqueness, and seemingly undiscovered elements. The theme Discovery will also engage with 'the curious' by presenting a wide range of spoken word forms.

CFSW is most known for the highly stylistic spoken word poetry that is common in poetry slam competitions. This edition will highlight spoken word in its various expressions including, but not limited to, storytelling, comedy, theatre, lectures and lyric.

Integration of these styles into the festival's traditional programming will broaden audience and artist understanding of the art form, inviting creators to explore new stylistic tools in their personal practice. The theme seeks to stir conversation of our common place and beloved art form to uncover alternate perspectives, ideas, and applications in our lives.

Festival Art

You might have noticed... that we have 2019 CFSW artwork!! We are super stoked to share this year's original piece by local artist Jesseline Gough.

Jesseline is an artist & graphic designer based in Guelph Ontario. When Jess is not designing, she's usually cooking up a storm, wandering the parks and trails in Guelph with camera in hand, editing photos and journaling at a cafe, or eating at Crafty Ramen. She is a huge fan of Guelph Spoken word, and is honored to create a piece that represents the tremendous emotion and self-discovery that encompasses the spoken word art form.

Jesseline is a rebel unicorn
Follow her on Instagram @jesselinney

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