Calgary International Spoken Word Festival

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Country and Region CanadaAlberta
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Calgary, and Banff, Alberta, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Sheri-D Wilson, Director
Phone: +01 403-686-4292

Festival Description

Since 2006 the spoken word festival has played an important and vital role in the cultivation of poet’s and their craft. The festival gathers established artists as well as up-and-coming talents who hone their work under the instruction and support of renowned faculty members. The festival takes place at multiple venues in Calgary and Banff, Alberta.

Festival Dates April 6 - 29, 2013
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Festival Events:

Participating artists 2013:
  • Little Annie
  • C.R. Avery
  • Lesley Battler
  • Derek Bealieu
  • Bertrand Bickersteth
  • Bill Bissett
  • Wakefield Brewster
  • Blake Brooker
  • Monica Caldeiro
  • Regie Cabico
  • Duccha Charitable
  • Jillian Christmas
  • Andrei Codrescu
  • Dr. Reg Crowshoe
  • Baby Dee
  • Kris Demeanor
  • Erin Dingle
  • Dope Boys
  • Dymphny Dronyk
  • Martin Eaglechild
  • Tanya Evanson
  • Paul Finkleman
  • Greg Franson
  • Gordon R. Freeman
  • Melvina Germain
  • Chris Gilpin
  • John Giorno
  • Louise Bernice Halfe
  • Richard Harrison
  • Tom Heaven Fire
  • Bob Holman
  • Joe Keithley
  • Penn Kemkp
  • Victor LaGounda
  • Nancy R. Lange
  • Cheryl L’Hirondelle
  • Janice Lee
  • Lindsay Jack
  • Liz Lochhead
  • Caritas Longman
  • Alexis Marcelo
  • David Martin
  • and many more…
Programming 2013:
  • The 10th Anniversary of the Calgary Spoken Word Poetry Festival will explode—with 40 Culturally Diverse Events
    • Word Travel (Educational - schools)
    • Workshops (Youth, Emerging, Senior)
    • DEB talks
    • Electronic Experimentation
    • Live Streaming
    • Blog & Social Media
    • Panels
    • Launches
    • Special Events
    • French & Spanish Voices
    • Insta-Translations/Golden Beret Award
    • Collaborations & Tributes
    • Slams
    • Open Mics
    • featuring 100 artists


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2013:
  • The 2013 Calgary Spoken Word Festival will celebrate its TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY in the MONTH OF APRIL!
  • A super-duper early bird deal will last until January 15, 2013. Enjoy Incredible Events Spoken Word Super-Duper Super-Stars, Get Special Access, Discounts on Workshops.
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    • Call +01 403-686-4292
  • Tickets/Passes purchased on-line will be sent to you by mail with a special Holiday letter from the Festival — these make great gifts!


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