Johnny MacRae


Death has been known by many names:  Grim Reaper, Fourth Horseman, Poet without shoes. No matter what form he takes, he is to be disrespected, indulged and never feared. Think little of him.

The role of Death for each Famous Last Words show varies but know that he is not Johnny MacRae.

Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet of Gaelic ancestry who lives on the the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations.

Since arriving on the Van Slam stage in 2009, Johnny has won regional and national slam titles. He has toured widely and tirelessly, both solo and as a member of psychedelic talk rock duo 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac. Although best known for his high energy and humorous poems, Johnny is a versatile artist whose work ranges from absurdist fantasy and irreverent satire, to quiet self-reflection and profane mysticism, and from poetry slam, to site-specific storytelling, to spoken word theatre.

Whether sharing his work at poetry readings, in schools, for academic conferences, or with haggard festival crowds, Johnny always brings something delightfully unexpected!

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