19. The Spoken Word Showcase - School Group Event - The FOLD

19. The Spoken Word Showcase – School Group Event

Virtual Event

Description

In our annual teen showcase of incredible spoken word artists, three poets take the mic to present incredible poetry, followed by a live Q and A with the performers.

This event is geared towards high school students.

Date: May 5, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

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How to Register

Guests can choose from three types of passes for FOLD 2022:

  • Virtual Events Only Passes ($35)
  • Virtual Plus In-Person Events Passes ($45)
  • In-Person Only Passes ($15)

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Secondary school educators can choose a special Educator pass (with the same virtual and in-person options), which allow them to create a Student Access Login which their students can use to log on to individual devices.

Bundle passes are available for groups of five educators who wish to reduce the price of their pass by buying in bulk.

School discounts and board discounts are available by request until early April.

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On a Budget? Check out our Patron Pass program.

Featured Speaker(s)

A black and white photo of a Black man with a short beard, wearing a baseball cap. He holds his left hand against his chin and looks off to his right.
David Delisca
Bio
A young Indian-Canadian woman wearing a bright yellow jacket, standing next to an ivory brick wall.
Nisha Patel
Bio
A young mixed-race woman with long brown-blonde dreads caught up in a white scarf. She stands against a dark background and faces the camera with her hands on her hips.
Shelly Grace
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A black and white photo of a Black man with a short beard, wearing a baseball cap. He holds his left hand against his chin and looks off to his right.

David Delisca

David Delisca is a writer, poet, actor and humorist. Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida residing in Scarborough. David Delisca is a writer, poet, actor and humorist. A versatile artist, he uses stories about the immigrant and diasporic experience, as well as other various human realities, to bridge realms of communication. His works and performances have been featured in the Toronto Star, CBC, and Netflix.

A young Indian-Canadian woman wearing a bright yellow jacket, standing next to an ivory brick wall.

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer and disabled spoken word artist. She was the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate, and is a Canadian Individual Slam Champion. Her debut collection Coconut is available at Glass Bookshop.

A young mixed-race woman with long brown-blonde dreads caught up in a white scarf. She stands against a dark background and faces the camera with her hands on her hips.

Shelly Grace

Shelly Grace is a Toronto-based spoken word poet. She uses her art for community building and healing and focuses on the experiences of women and the Black community. She previously released a chapbook, Sisters in Stanzas, with fellow poet Desiree McKenzie in 2020, which sold out very quickly. In 2019 she won the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word while on the Up From The Roots slam team, becoming a National Spoken Word Champion. In 2020 her piece “Atlantic” was shared with CBC Arts. She has worked with TTC, Toronto District School Board, and more.

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