Follow GPS at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word!

This week is so exciting!!! The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) is happening in Winnipeg from October 23-30, 2016! 22 teams from Halifax to Vancouver are coming together to perform in the biggest poetry competition in Canada.

The 2016 Guelph Poetry Slam Team – Bassam, Erratic, Fannon, Eitan, and Elise – and members of the Guelph Spoken Word board are attending this exciting event and will be giving you updates throughout the week!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @guelphpoetry for instant updates! Also check out the CFSW website for details about bouts, scores and which teams are moving forward to semi-finals and finals.

It’s going to be a great week, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!!

Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam! Comes to Guelph

In November we celebrate 8 years of shaking shit up… So of course you can expect nothing but a great line up during the upcoming month and beyond!

Details are still in the works, but in partnership with super cool cat Charlie Petch we’re gonna present the only LGBTQ+ Open Mic & Slam circuit in the WORLD, Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam!


The winners of its slams will be qualify to compete in the championship slam happening in April. The winner of that slam wins entry to Capturing Fire, an international queer summit and slam in Washington, D.C.. Yep, that’s right!

Their 3rd season is already on the way, lets’s make their next stop the best stop! STAY TUNED!

November Off the Page Open Mic – 1st Tuesday & Homecoming Editions


As part of The Red Brick Cafe’s Community Night series Guelph Spoken Word presents Off The Page, a writer’s open mic. 

We have two open mics coming up in November! Our regular open mic will be the 1st Tuesday Edition on November 1st. 


  • The Red Brick Cafe, 8 Douglas St. Cover is by donation.
  • Bring your short stories, poems, monologues, stand up etc. This event is for writers and listeners alike. All ages, all genres, all welcome!

Our second open mic is a special Homecoming Edition on Tuesday, November 15! 

  • This edition will be a little different. We have asked the Guelph Poetry Slam team to come and regale us with the stories of the glory, the struggle, the ha’s the love and shenanigans from their Canadian Festival of Spoken Word journey in Winnipeg
  • Of course you can and should bring your short stories, poems, monologues, stand up etc too – Sign up is limited.