2017 Poetry month promo!


April is National Poetry Month, and Victoria Poetry Project is offering you two fantastic ways to celebrate: discounts on Raising Voices workshop bookings and the Victorious Voices Festival’s All Star Slams!


From April 1st to April 30th, book Raising Voice’s Half-day workshop bookings for $210 and Full-day workshop bookings for $375!!*

Raising Voices poetry workshops are interactive presentations that use the power of spoken word to transform even diehard poetry haters into poetry lovers.  Workshops include a performance from poets, a brief overview of slam/spoken word, and a series of fun-filled writing and performance exercises.  A Half-day booking includes up to two (2) workshops before or after lunch.  A Full-day booking includes up to four (4) workshops throughout the day.

And as a bonus: from April 17th to April 21st, you can book workshops with the Victorious Voices All Star festival artists!

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! The next day I had many students talk to me about how much the workshops meant to them.” – Barbara Stoochnoff, Chemainus Secondary

“The activities were a blast, and a gold mine for me as an educator.” – Paul Collis, Brentwood College

*Travel costs still apply outside the CRD.


Canada’s oldest youth spoken word arts festival is back, and better than ever!  Victorious Voices 2017 takes place April 18th to April 20th, and will feature performances, workshops, and a high school poetry slam tournament.  We’re pleased to offer a daytime showcase that’s perfect for getting your students excited about poetry: the All Star Slam.

The All Star Slam is a head-to-head-to-head battle between Victorious Voices Festival artists (see next page) from across Canada, who compete in a three-round poetry slam. Student judges pick the winner!  This year we’re offering two All Star Slams: one in Duncan, and one in Victoria.

Cowichan Valley All Star Slam

April 18th @ Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Duncan, BC

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

“The All Star Slam surprised many students who see poetry as a BAD thing…. I think we will have some future slam poets coming out of our school now!” – Christine Knight, Carihi Secondary School

Tickets: $5/student, FREE for teachers/chaperones

To book tickets for the Cowichan Valley show, buy through Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.  (Contact shayne at Poets.Raising.Voices@gmail.com to book comp tickets for teachers/chaperones.)


Isaac Bond has been touring, teaching, and organizing spoken word for five years. A two-time national finalist in slam, he grew up writing, performing, and loving communities. In 2013, he founded Write Out Loud, a collective of spoken word artists that partner with schools and other community based organizations.

Rabbit Richards is a Montreal-based performance poet who was the 2015 Canadian Underground Indies champion.  Their/her stories and poetry blend the politics of race, love and gender with the emotional grounding of lived experience.  Richards is a member of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective and a staple in the Montreal poetry scene.

Johnny Trinh is an established interdisciplinary and spoken word artist.  The 2016 Regina Slam champion, Trinh has over fifteen years experience teaching and performing in schools around Canada.  His work is rooted in the goal of instilling a sense of empowerment, compassion, agency, and fun in his audiences.

Maita Cienska was recently named Victoria’s latest Youth Poet Laureate.  At 19, she has shown herself to be a tremendous young talent: she has released one album, Fumble, commissioned work for the showcase Outspoken in Unison, won the title of Vic Slam champion (2015), and featured at events such as the Victoria Writer Society’s “Water Feature Night.”


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