Voices of Today is a four day festival with workshops, open mics, and showcases run by youth for youth. It is the newest addition to the set of festivals run by Spoken Word Canada, and its goal is to bring together youth poets from all across this colonial nation to learn from community leaders and each other.

Voices of Today is scheduled to take place August 20th - 24th, 2019 in the Dish with One Spoon, or Many (Toronto). This festival takes place on the traditional territories of the original caretakers, who on this land are the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Petun, and Huron-Wendat. This land is governed by the Toronto Purchase between the Mississaugas of New Credit and the federal government. It is also governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Convenant between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee.

This year the festival will be held at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) at 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto.

Mandate (to read the full mandate, click here)

  • We seek consent first and always, and acknowledge that we are organising on stolen indigenous land.

  • We intentionally organize in ways that seek not to replicate existing state and social violence.

  • We strive to break down barriers to accessibility.

  • VoT brings together youth artists from across what is colonially-known-as Canada

  • Our festival is run by youth for youth.

  • We encourage all voices at our festival. Regardless of whether you vocalize; people are never ‘voiceless’.

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