With support from the BC Arts Council and the Telus Foundation, the 2020 Word Camp: Meet, Make, Speak, Dream will take place from Aug 17 to 21, in Kwantlen First Nation Reserve #6, Fort Langley, BC.
What is Word Camp?
Word Camp is a one of a kind poetry intensive program available to youth age 15 to 19 from across British Columbia. Over the course of five days, the group will meet with Kwantlen Elders and artists, and work with spoken word poets at the beautiful Kwantlen First Nation Cultural Center in Kwantlen Reserve #6. There will also be a closing performance at the Cultural Center.
Who should come to Word Camp?
Any youth interested in honing their poetic/lyrical/storytelling craft! Although Word Camp focuses on spoken word and written poetry, we’re open to any young artists interested in an intense week of creative arts practice. You will also learn about Kwantlen Culture. And it will be an intense week: Word Camp promises to be a TON of fun, but be ready to grind those pencils down to stubs and sleep when it’s all done!
How to register?
Please fill in the google form to register. Please send us some examples of your work through the form too! We would like to know a bit about our students before we start the camp. You can send us your writing, a video of a spoken word performance or pictures. Knowing about your work will help us get ready to welcome you to the camp.
How much does it cost?
Camp fees are $200. The fees include all of the supplies students will need, a terrific lunch prepared by Chef Scott Gabriel and transportation by chartered bus from a central location in Vancouver to the Kwantlen Cultural Centre. Registration and/or travel costs a barrier to your participation? We have bursaries. If you have any questions about our bursaries, or if you would like to know more about our program and teachers please contact wordcampATancouverpoetryhouse.com.
Meet four of the outstanding artists who will be teaching at Word Camp
Moe Clark (Montreal, QB) Multidisciplinary Métis artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Mistress of the looping pedal, she creates sonic landscapes of layered voice that invite audiences into a trance-like space. Her poetic songs soar through these landscapes, with tonal and lyrical resonance. In music collaborations, Moe’s intuitive and sensual approach to vocal improvisation pulls from soul, gospel, folk and spoken word genres. She’s trained with the likes of Rhiannon (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra), Pura Fé (Ulali) and David Smukler (Linklater approach).
Andre Fenton (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Andre Fenton is an award-winning spoken word artist & filmmaker who has represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada. He is currently on the board of directors of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada. He is an author of two books. Ode to Teen Angst and his new YA novel, Worthy of Love which was published by Formac. He is based in the Halifax area.
Hazel Gludo – qoqwalem oles (Kwantlen First Nation Reserve #6) Hazel is a respected elder of Kwantlen First Nation. She was born and lived most of her life in Kwantlen and Fort Langley. She is an amazing cedar worker and has been one since 1964, and works as a basket weaver at the Fort Langley Historic Site. As a child, Hazel enjoyed ice fishing and skating on the Fraser River, also known as the Sto:lo River.
Dennis Leon – TsaTsomTun (Kwantlen First Nation Reserve #6) The name TsaTsomTun means Thunder and was passed down from Dennis’ father. Thunder is a suitable name for this musically talented, creative man. Dennis is a well-respected member in the Kwantlen community. He is a cultural teacher and also the Keeper of Songs. He grew up singing; a library of music constantly play in his head, from his traditional drum beats to Metallica. Dennis cherishes time and music most greatly among other things. He is a proud father to three boys and two girls, and recently a grandfather! With the ambition to construct a better community around him, Dennis lives a full and loving life in the Kwantlen community.