September 20-21 | 9:30pm | $12-$14
The Sonic Temple (1674 Hollis Street)

Halifax's third Poet Laureate, Shauntay Grant brings some of Canada's most talented culturally diverse and Aboriginal spoken word artists together for two nights of performances, accompanied by Silvio Pupo on piano.

  Shauntay Grant (Halifax)
  Award winning writer, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist and musician Shauntay has curated and is performing in a fusion of spoken word and music featuring culturally diverse artists from across Canada. Shauntay regularly conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults at festivals, schools and community centres around the country. She coordinates the Halifax-based arts-for-social-change series CommUNITY, and she organizes Wordrhythm, a performance showcase that encourages collaboration between poets and musicians. She serves on the board of Youth Voices of Nova Scotia, and she is the host of CBC Radio's regional music program All The Best.
  Eddy "Da Original One" (aka Eddy David) (Ottawa)
  Eddy Da Original One is a exceptionally entertaining and extraordinary LIVE performer, as he combines his various talents from poetry and storytelling to beat-boxing. (He virtually can sound like a vocal one man Band!). Born in Ottawa and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, he proudly represents his dual heritage. As a poet, performer and producer, over the years he's been featured at numerous literary and music events around the country, and well as at the '2011 Canadian Beat-boxer Championship' as a VIP judge. Today Eddy Da Original One facilitates Spoken Word and Beat Boxing Workshops for Art Education projects and continues to be a constant explorer of words & Sound and finding interesting ways to create and tell stories.
  Zaccheus Jackson (Vancouver)
  Raised by wolves since birth, Zaccheus Jackson came of age on the streets of Western Canada. Having battled through addiction, apathy and a nasty case of 'Virgo'—Zaccheus has twice been honoured to represent Vancouver and Western Canada at the Individual World Poetry Slam, as well as tying for third at the innaugural Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2011. Usually infusing rapid-fire delivery, gritty street tales, intricate rhyme patterns and social criticism, this 'East Van ghetto poet' will leave you counting syllables in your sleep.
  Dominique Oliver-Dares (Halifax)
  Dominique Oliver-Dares has always prided herself as being an individual thinker. From a young age her parents always instilled the value of educating oneself, a virtue that has come to greatly define Dominique. She has always resided in Nova Scotia, with Hammonds Plains and Cole Harbour leaving the biggest impressions on her. She began writing poetry which she deemed "paper & pen therapy" at the age of twelve and has been adding to her blue binder of rhymes for almost a decade now. Her biggest passions in life continues to be her unconditional love for God and family. She is currently studying at Dalhousie University and although undecided she hopes to fall in love with a career that involves helping people as well as traveling.
  Silvio Pupo (Halifax)
  Born in Cuba, now residing in Canada. Silvio Pupo studied classical piano for more than 12 years at the Professional School of Music in Holguin Cuba. Currently living in Atlantic Canada, he has been sharing the stage with personalities of the music world like Arturo Sandoval, Yellowjackets, Jane Bunnett, Alfie Zappacosta, Michael Kaeshammer, Jully Black and Dutch Robinson.

Simply put, Silvio plays beautifully. His technical finesse on the piano and his compositions where borders have no meaning are inspiring. He is truly an international musician.

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