Meet the Teams

Meet the members of the 2019 team slam competition! More team info to come from the 18 participating poetry scenes.

Breath in Poetry

Edmonton, AB

Guelph team splashes each other with water

Guelph Poetry Slam

Guelph, ON

Poetry slam teams are a stained glass window into the heartbeat of something more real than plain words can ever access. The 2019 Guelph Poetry Slam Team, comprised of a motley crew of seasoned poets, is no exception. A powerful mix of voices blending metaphor, wordplay, emotion and sass, they combine style and performance, covering as many shades of the human experience as they can muster. Truth Is…, Elise, Fannon Holland, Patrick, and Beth Murch are a group of artists, organizers, caretakers, innovators, weirdos and encouraging hecklers that invite you to join them on a journey of deep inquiry, laughter, and learning while discovering inner truths.


Lanark County, ON

The Lanark County Live Poets Society, or LiPS, is an informal organization of local poets living in the small towns and rural areas of Lanark County. Our purpose is to be a supportive community of rural spoken word poets, spread awareness and participation, and give all an opportunity and venue in which to express themselves and participate.

London Poetry Slam Team

London, ON

Peterborough Poetry Slam

Peterborough, ON

The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective was founded in 2007. We are made up of individuals that identify as queer, cis and gender non-binary. We are inter-racial, inter-religious, inter-generational, and people with disabilities. Our mandate is to attack forms of oppression and nurture anti-oppressive ideas and decolonization through our organizing and our poetry, while pushing the boundaries of our art form. We believe that words and stories shared honestly have the power to move people and effect systems of change on a wide scale. We use art to elevate the political, providing it with spiritual and emotional contexts that humanize abstract ideals.

5 team members stand close together with arms on each others shoulders

Roots Lounge

Toronto, ON

Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society

Saskatoon, SK

The Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society is a collective of Indigenous and ally spoken word artists bringing oral traditions and spoken word flowetry to the territory. We hope to give space for our collective communities to share in the spoken word practice, the cultural practice of oral storytelling, and have space for poetic healing within our community. As Indigenous poets you can expect our artists to remain outside of the box. “We bring stories that no one else can bring, we bring our deep rooted blood memories and connection to this land.”


Surrey, BC

Slamapalooza 2019’s poetry is a spectrum of all-colourful hair: blue, purple, pink, turquoise, orange and dirt-ass brown. Have you ever wanted to just feel angst that you both have and haven’t experienced? Have you ever wanted to both be punched in the gut and kneed in the face by words? These experiences are explicit Surrey kids whose trauma only makes sense in verse, whose gritty street-life are the stories worth telling, but also having fun with. In the dark, things are heavy, but it makes the light times so much more bright. We are a decade of poets from 93-2002. Three Filipinas, a Dene Cree boy & a highschool drop-out. This year, an unprecedented four-out-of-five of them are actually from the university sending the team. All have an interesting relationship with Catholicism & God, their mothers, and their spiritual & mental health. A misfit collection of post/current emos find solace in each other’s poetry, with the universal message: you are not alone.

St. Catharines Poetry Slam

St. Catharines, ON

Throw Poetry Collective

Montreal/Tiohtià:ke, QC

The Throw! Poetry Collective is proud to represent the city of Montreal/Tiohtià:ke at the 2019 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Alex, Francis, Luca, Raïssa and Xander are ready to write and perform poems about video games and small gay robots, but also to explore what it means to be human and hurting. Together, they tell stories to better understand themselves and their community, and they take the stage this year to perform poetry as practice, as healing, as passion and as truth.

Tonight It's Poetry

Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon's 2019 Tonight It's Poetry slam team is dynamic and diverse. Our five team members represent a wide range of ages, gender expressions and ethnicities. Tonight It's Poetry will be bringing it's A-game to CFSW once again. (P.S. The person in the bottom left of the photo was our finals host, the other five are the team members.)

4 square shots of poets on stage mashed together into one photo

Toronto Poetry Slam

Toronto, ON

The 2019 Toronto Slam Team is comprised of what makes Toronto so unique: vibrancy and voice. An amalgamation of new and established artists, this years team consists of AG, Gavin, Michael McNeil and Nells. A wonderful mix of identity, humour, politics, and humanity await any audience who witnesses them perform.


Vancouver, BC

UBC Poetry Slam Team - members to be determined!

UL team stand with arms around each other

Urban Legends

Ottawa, ON (unceded Algonquin & Anishinaabeg territory)

This year, the Urban Legends Poetry Collective team is composed of two CFSW veterans: Namitha and Apollo the Child, and three rookies: Tim, Anna and Sol. United by their love of poetry, they’re excited to share their diverse, youthful and energetic perspective in prose form, and are proud to represent Ottawa (on unceded Algonquin & Anishinaabeg territory) on a national stage!


Vancouver, BC

five team members stand with arms around each other


Victoria, BC

shots of 5 individual poets performing, and the words The Windsor Poetry Slam Team, and a graphic of a microphone

Windsor Poetry Slam

Windsor, ON

Poets from all walks of life from Southwestern Ontario.

Winnipeg Poetry Slam

Winnipeg, MB

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