CFSW Peterborough 2017
October 23-28th, 2017

Each year The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) showcases some of the best spoken word performers from across Canada. Between 20–28 poetry slam collectives, from seven different Provinces, send teams of 4 or 5 poets to represent their communities at the Team Poetry Slam Event. In addition to the poetry slam component of the festival, CFSW’s core programming is the Main Stage Series, which brings diverse spoken word artists and storytellers to perform in marquee events at professional arts venues. There are also free events held at smaller venues, as part of the Collision Café Series, to bring spoken word into the community and create unexpected encounters with new audiences. The festival culminates at the closing gala event to audiences of between 300 and 500 people.

We are seeking expressions of interest from diverse poets, spoken word artists, storytellers and performance artists interested in performing as part of the Main Stage, Master Class, Discussion Panel and Collision Café Series.

Spoken Word Canada/CFSW follows the Canadian League of Poets guidelines for determining professional fees for performance and other artistic services. We are grant dependant and will program according to our funding as it becomes available.


Email address
Applicant's Legal Name
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Artist/Stage Name
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What is your Pronoun?
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Phone number
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Mailing Address
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Do you have any accessibility or accommodation needs to be able to participate?
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Please describe the work and/or event you would like to bring to CFSW 2017. How do you see it fitting into the festival and what would it entail? (ie: would there be other performers, technical implements, etc).
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Would you be interested in doing a workshop?
If so, what would your workshop entail?
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Would you be willing to participate in a panel?
Is there a topic you would be interested in speaking about? (ie: "The Politics of Writing a Love Poem", "Decolonizing Our Art", "Unpacking Safe Spaces", "Your Audience", "Protecting Yourself", "Art as Community Building", "Combating Tokenism", etc.)
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Is there anything else extra you would like to do or provide for the festival this year?
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Is any of your work not suitable for multimedia recording? If so, please tell us why?
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Work Samples
We ask that you submit a minimum of 3 samples of your work. You may also include an artist CV (optional).

Acceptable formats for sample work include: attached pdf, doc, word files, as well as links to online multimedia such as video & audio (Youtube, Soundcloud, etc).

Please submit your work and optional CV to:
Subject: CFSW2017 Artist Application

**Be sure to include YOUR NAME in the body of the email. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of your application.**

Do you have any questions for the CFSW 2017 at this time? If so, please ask below.
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Application Deadline: April 14th 2017 11:59EST
Thank you so much for you submission! We look forward to you joining us for CFSW 2017 in Peterborough, Ontario!!
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