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British Columbia
Tanya Evanson British Columbia

Tanya Evanson is a poet and performer. She has self-published six books of poetry, recorded three spoken word albums and has been performing around the world for more than a decade. Her work is featured internationally in audio, video and print, most recently in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. She is the director of Mother Tongue Media arts productions and the Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. Read more

Corin Raymond Ontario

Corin Raymond is a singer-songwriter and performer of his one- man show, Bookworm. Raymond’s most recent release, Paper Nickels, is a live double album featuring his all-star band, the Sundowners (Treasa Levasseur, David Baxter and Brian Kobayakawa), that comes housed in a 144- page hardcover book. Raymond lives with his books in Toronto. @CorinRaymond Read more

Alison Wearing Ontario

Alison Wearing’s first book was the bestselling, internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey. Since then, she has dedicated herself to music, dance and theatre. Her original one-woman shows, including a stage adaptation of her memoir Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, have won awards across Canada. @alisonwearing Read more

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Granville Island Stage
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

Tanya Evanson is an award-winning spoken word artist who combines language, rhythm and sound to lift poetry off the page. She appears this morning with Alison Wearing, who performs excerpts from her one-woman show Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, a multimedia monologue balancing intimacy with truth and humour. Canadian folksinger Corin Raymond also performs excerpts from his one-man show Bookworm, an engaging meditation on reading, childhood, his father’s love of books and The Twilight Zone. An ode to books and everyone who loves them, Bookworm was a smash hit at fringe festivals across Canada last year. Word! is always a popular event at the Festival, so spread the word, but make sure you get your tickets first, as this event sells out fast!

 Dede Akolo, a grade 12 student at Little Flower Academy in Vancouver, will open the event with a recitation. Last year, she placed 2nd at the Poetry In Voice National Finals.

(This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon)

Suitable for grades 8–12 and adults

Warning: Content in this event may not be suitable for all classes.

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Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts: poetry and spoken word
  • Fine Arts: drama and music


  • Pass out a section of the current day’s newspaper to each of your students. Give your students about 20-25 minutes to skim through the pages and highlight any phrases that catch their eye. They should have about 5-7 phrases each.
  • Once they have their phrases, give them long sections of adding machine tape and a marker. Have them copy their phrases onto strips of adding machine tape.
  • Next, put them into groups of 4 or 5. Together they lay their strips on the floor. As a group they work together to come up with a poem working only with the strips they have chosen. The strips cannot be altered in any way.
  • When they are finished, they can tape or glue their poem onto a large piece of construction paper and present the poem.
  • Hold a spoken word cabaret, challenging other classes to a slam, based on this lesson.