Festival and slam passes now available!! Catch the advance festival pass price by purchasing before October 11. Can't make it to the whole festival? No problem, tickets are available at the door for each event. See prices and details at the bottom of this page. Some showcases, slam finals, and workshops have advance sales, don't miss out!

last year's program

Festival Pass

Festival pass holders enjoy access to almost* every event, including one workshop, all showcases, and the entire slam tournament. Early bird passes are only $65!! Advance passes $75 (up until October 11). Door passes $90.

*The festival pass does NOT include access to the after party with The Soul Motivators, but pass holders get $10 off the advance or door price to the show.

Slam Pass

One of the main draws of this festival is the slam tournament to find this year’s national slam team champions. Want to catch every moment from Prelims to Finals? Then save with this CFSW 2019 Slam Pass. Early bird passes are $40, Regular passes $50.

Poetry Slam Finals

The CFSW 2019 Slam Finals will be an epic night of poetry and competition. You decide this year’s slam team champions! The four best slam teams in the country compete in the last slam bout of the year. After 4 rounds we will crowd our new National Champions. Follow along on social media to find out which teams made the cut.

Rabbit Richards performing at finals
event photo for Words Worth Repeating

Words Worth Repeating: Poet of Honour Showcase & Book Launch

We are thrilled to present this year’s Poet of Honour awards to Mahlikah Awe:ri and Patrick de Belen. Their feature performances will be joined by globally renowned dub poet, performance artist and scholar, d’bi.young anitafrika, in her book release of dubbin poetry. Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Students, or free if you have a festival pass.

The Soul Motivators

After party with The Soul Motivators

The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. A fresh take on a classic sound, they blend 1970’s funk and soul, psychedelic jams and hip-hop breaks. This nine-piece Toronto powerhouse brings explosive energy to stage. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

*Competing poets get in FREE, Festival Passholders get $10 off advance or door price. Contact to redeem your promo code, or present your festival pass at the door.

Individual tickets at the door

You are also welcome to pay per event at the door, or buy advance tickets for those events that have them. Prices for individual events are as follows:

  • $10 or pay what you can: preliminary slam tournament bouts (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), most* showcases, panels, BIPOC and youth open mics, Humpday Party Co-Presented with Guelph Pride
  • $15: slam tournament semi-finals bouts (Friday night), Science Fiction Double Feature - or stay for semi-finals AND the double feature for a combo price of $20
  • $15: Words Worth Repeating: Poet of Honour Showcase and dubbin poetry Book Launch with d'bi.young anitafrika
  • $20: Workshops
  • $25: Poetry Slam Finals (Saturday night)
  • $15 advance/$20 door: After party with the Soul Motivators, Festival pass holders get $10 off the advance or door price for this event.
  • By donation: CFSW Meet & Greet, Community Dinner, Pints & Poetry

Not sure what pay what you can (PWYC) means? It means just that. You choose what you can afford. We don't want cost to be barrier to your participation in the festival. While we aren't able to offer PWYC for every event, we are pleased to offer it for a number of poetry slams, showcases*, open mics and panels. If cost is a barrier to attending one of our non-PWYC events, we encourage you to sign up to volunteer and ask to work a shift that allows you to see some or all of the event (e.g. judge, scorekeeper, timekeeper, active listener, accessibility point person, merch/bar or door at some venues).

*Some showcases have special pricing, see above

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