Thursday, October 17, 2013

News: (Montreal) Canadian Festival of Spoken Word In Montreal November (Press release)

The Largest Spoken Word Competition in Canada to take over Montreal from November 4 to 9 

10th edition of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word will be themed “Diverse Languages” and focus on translation, indigenous languages

Montreal, Quebec – (October 17, 2013) – The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (#cfsw2013) is coming to Montreal for the first time with a bilingual series of performances and activities from November 4 to 9, 2013. CFSW will showcase its flagship slam competition, the largest of its kind in Canada, along with programming focused on translation, youth outreach, indigenous languages, digital media and community building. Over 150 poets in total will grace the Festival’s stages during its 6 days of programming.

The Festival has grown considerably from its humble roots – the first edition of CFSW was held in Ottawa in 2003 with only six teams in attendance. This year, Festival Director Moe Clark, is set to welcome 24 teams of slam poets from urban and rural communities across Canada and a diverse set of feature artists including set of feature artists including Tanya Evanson, Sheri-D Wilson, Joséphine Bacon, Queen Ka, José Acquelin, Nathasha K. Fontaine, Louise Halfe Sky Dancer, and Kalmunity, among others.

This year’s theme of ''Diverse Languages'' will come to life in over 40 events and 6 venues throughout Quebec's beloved métropole, including Cabaret du Mile End, the Rialto Theatre and Montreal Arts Interculturels. Thousands are expected to attend, making this one of the country’s biggest and most exciting spoken word events. À ne pas manquer!

The complete festival schedule along with advance tickets for purchase are now available at

About the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW)

The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word is an annual festival produced by a different host city every year, in partnership with Spoken Word Canada. The festival first took place in Ottawa as the Canadian Spoken Wordlympics in 2004 with only 6 teams and a small audience in attendance. CFSW has grown continuously over the years and in 2012, Saskatoon welcomed 20 teams from 2,500 guests.
The CFSW 2013 (#cfsw2013) marks both the 10th anniversary of the event and its first bilingual edition – it is expected to be the largest spoken word competition in Canadian history. More information at

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