Sunday May 29 at 7 pm. Pay-what-you-can. I’m Just Sayin’: An Evening of Spoken Word, organized by Samantha Siva, featuring two poets on tour from Edmonton — Arlo Maverick from Politic Live and Ahmed Knowmadic, as well as Spokken Musiq, and Hamilton’s own Neisha New-Era .
Arlo Maverick from Politic Live: Arlo Maverick is an Edmonton-based spoken word poet and hip-hop MC. As an MC, Maverick is one fourth of the 3X WCMA nominated hip-hop group Politic Live – known for their honest and thoughtful lyrics that explore topics not often covered in popular music. As a poet, Maverick is a wordsmith who pens vivid poems in the attempts of providing thought provoking narratives for social justice and racial equality. Delivered with the cadence of a hip-hop MC, Maverick’s poems pleasantly dance their way to his listener’s ears only to hit them like a tonne of bricks once the intended sentiment resonates. In October, Arlo Maverick will represent Edmonton on the national stage as a member of Edmonton’s National Slam Poetry Team that will be competing at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto, ON. www.politiclive.com www.Sonicbids.com/PoliticLive
Spokken Musiq: The evolution of ones negative self into a positive one… is a humans greatest power. GENRE-LESS…. spokken music is just good music…universal words that every human, with whatever genre preferance, will definatly enjoy. THANKS TO EACH OF YOU MY NEO-SPOKEN WORD REVOLUTION IS INTERNATIONAL & GROWS DAILY. www.reverbnation.com/spokken
Neisha New-Era: One of the most eloquently articulant word smiths in Hamilton, Neisha paints vivid pictures of emotions through her playful use of the linguistic arts. A passionate, visionary and revolutionary spoken word artist, not to be missed!
Ahmed Knowmadic: Ahmed Knowmadic a Somali-born, Canadian raised spoken word poet who has been writing and performing poetry for three years. Ahmed Knowmadic’s poems talk about issues facing Somali’s at home and abroad, in addition to other topics like education, poverty, love, equality, peace, and self-esteem. In 2009, Ahmed Knowmadic advanced to the Slam finals of Edmonton’s first ever Canadian Festival of Spoken Word national’s qualification rounds. From there he won one of five coveted slots for Edmonton’s inaugural spoken word poetry slam team. At the nationals in Ottawa for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word his team finished in fifth place out of eighteen Slam Teams from across Canada. In October, Ahmed Knowmadic will represent Edmonton again as he secured a spot on this year’s national team. In Edmonton Ahmed Knowmadic is one fourth of Edmonton’s Breath In Poetry collective aka BIP. BIP runs a weekly Tuesday night at Rouge Lounge for avid poetry fans and poets themselves. The night is to assure poets who wish to express themselves that they have a place they can call home and look forward to weekly without any conditions. The night has gone from a few poets reading amongst themselves, to many poets reading to a large audience. For the last year through the Breath In Poetry Ahmed Knowmadic has facilitated spoken word poetry workshops in schools throughout the greater Edmonton area. www.facebook.com/aknowmadic