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This year's Words Aloud Spoken Word and Storytelling Festival (November 1-3) will see some exciting new developments. We're not just presenting the finest in performance poetry – this year's lineup includes three-time world champion spoken word artist Buddy Wakefield, the multi-talented Charlie Petch, celebrated poet and essayist Lorri Neilsen Glenn, as well as Alicia Elliott, Greg Santos, PruFrock Shadowrunner, Ruth Daniell, yes - the poet. We’ve organized our performers around the theme of inspiring conversations about where society is and where it’s headed.
What's more, Words Aloud is going green! In partnership with Owen Sound Waste Watchers, the festival is striving to produce less waste. What does this mean for attendees? You will not be able to purchase water bottles, or disposable plates & cutlery. Instead Words Aloud will provide reusable, and environmentally friendly options, (at no extra cost to our beloved audience!)
In addition, we'll be stressing community and access this year: we have decided to spread out geographically, with performances in Owen Sound, Durham, and at Coffin Ridge in Meaford; to that end, we’re offering a new transportation option in the form of a bus between our events in Durham and Owen Sound. And it's not just any bus—it's a workshop bus! Passengers will have the opportunity to participate, in workshops as they travel. Participation on the workshop bus is optional and observers are welcome! Free tickets will be available on Eventbrite; we suggest that riders bring $5 for the workshop leaders. Details on departure and arrival times to follow.
All in all, we're shaping up for an exceptionally dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking festival – and one that provides, as always, the most electrifying poetry around.
TICKETS may be purchased as of October 1st at:
Georgian Bay Symphony in Owen Sound, 994 3rd Avenue East,
The Garafraxa in Durham, 131 Garafraxa St S
(Wed 3-5pm & Sat 12-2pm)
Or ONLINE at wordsaloud.ca
Notes on Tickets:
Spaces for free events are limited and registration is required. This may be done online, or where tickets are sold.
Tickets to the main stage event at Coffin Ride include a glass of wine.
Childcare will be available on Friday for all events in Owen Sound. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.