The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off the festival officially with feature poet Truth Is… All teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school.
The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting. It’s also where all the teams will register. Poets and coaches will receive artist passes that allow them free access to all Hullabaloo events. There will be a brief orientation and then the poetry will begin. However, this is a public event. You don’t need to be on a participating team to attend. Don’t be shy. Come on down and help us start this festival right!
About Truth Is…
Over the past 6 years through poetry and effective communication Truth Is … has dedicated much of her time and all of herself to the betterment of community. She has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equality, labour safety and youth motivation.
In the past 2 years she has become a co-director of a not for profit arts organization by the name of Guelph Spoken Word and is now the artistic director of the Guelph Youth Poetry Slam also known as Sound Off.
A great leader and powerful public speaker of our time has been noted for using thunderclap rhythm with a distinctive voice, blending ecstasy and despair. That has also been used as a description of her style. Her passion is only surpassed by her desire to explore and express the truth itself. This becomes obvious when her poetry is spoken.
Truth is … is a multiple time individual slam champion, she is on the inaugural 2012 Slamtario championship team, a 6x national & 7x regional spoken word team member; participating in well over 200 slams. She has participated in several of the Tedx series and has graced the stage of the prestigious ‘When Sisters Speak’ spoken word concerts 4x. She is a poet, a writer, a motivational speaker & an arts educator. In addition to Slam and a long list of feature performances across Canada and the U.S., Truth Is … has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equality, youth motivation and the labour movement. She has also recently opened up for Canadian Hip-Hop idol K-OS & legendary activist Angela Davis.
This is an all-ages event. It may contain strong language, controversial issues, and words that make you re-evaluate your life. General seating. This event is free for all festival participants and volunteers.
Advance tickets will NOT be mailed to buyers. They can be picked up at the Will Call station in The Roundhouse’s Exhibition Hall up to one hour before the show begins.