Poets of Honour 2018

It is with great excitement that we announce our 2018 Poets of Honour!

In the spirit of this year's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word theme, Community, the festival organizing committee put it to the national spoken word scene to determine this year's Poets of Honour recipients. Determined by nominations, please join us in congratulating the 2018 Poets of Honour, who received the most nominations from you!

Shayne avec i grec and Truth Is ...

We are looking forward to their spectacular feature performance at CFSW finals night Sat. Nov. 3rd at the River Run Centre in Guelph, ON (get your tickets now!). This award is given out each year at CFSW to two poets who have made significant contributions to the art form of spoken word poetry through creation, performance and organizing.

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Shayne avec i grec

2018 Poet of Honour

Since attending his first Vancouver Poetry Slam, shayne avec i grec has become a performer, arts educator, folklorist and publisher. He has a proclivity for the absurd, promotes the opposite of beige and once hitchhiked from Victoria to St. John’s performing poetry as one-half of folk n’ spoken word duo Ghosts of the Highway.

During the past fifteen years shayne has twice been a Vic Slam Team member and a Banff Centre Spoken Word Program participant, once been a Victoria Spoken Word Festival ensemble member and has been nominated twice for an M Award as Victoria’s “Favourite Spoken Word Performer.” shayne is also co-founder of Oratorealis - a literary journal dedicated to Canadian spoken word + experimental poetry. Between 2012 and 2016, shayne served as Poet Laureate for the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival in Manitoba.

Since 2010 shayne has worked extensively with fellow poet Johnny MacRae as 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac. The duo has spent countless kilometres creating psychedelic talk opera, post-apocalyptic umbrella hate mail, and orchestral poetry funk rock (with the Cadillac Mountain Orchestra). shayne has spent the majority of his life calling the Cascadia region home and currently lives on the pulp mill scented coastline of an island on the Salish Sea.

Truth Is …

2018 Poet of Honour

Over the years through poetry and effective communication Truth Is … has dedicated much of her time and all of herself to the betterment of the community. Since 2006 Truth Is … has been a multiple time individual slam champion, an 11x national spoken word team member; participating in hundreds of slams. She has participated in several of the Tedx series and has graced the stage of the prestigious 'When Sisters Speak' spoken word concerts 5x. More recently she has opened up for legendary activist Angela Davis, been the recipient of the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts award and named Guelph's Top 40 under 40.

In addition to Slam and a long list of feature performances across Canada and the U.S., Truth Is … has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equality, youth motivation and the labour movement.

A great leader and powerful public speaker of our time has been noted for using thunderclap rhythm with a distinctive voice, blending ecstasy and despair. That has also been used as a description of her style. Her passion is only surpassed by her desire to explore and express the truth itself and this becomes obvious when her poetry is spoken. She is a poet, a writer, a motivational speaker & an arts educator.

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