LTAB 2017 FINALS!

It all comes down to tomorrow night, four teams compete for their chance to be crowned LTABC 2017 City Champions! The highest scoring teams from the each high school will take the stage at Theater Aquarius to duke it out for the number one spot. The event will feature notary guest judges, musical performances and…

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Queerosity Showcase

By Brianna York Queeriosity is a performance showcase dedicated to LGBTQ stories and voices in the community. The 2017 Queeriosity event was hosted by Andre Prefontaine, a Canadian triple crown slam poetry champion who is headed to Paris, France this May to rep Canada in the poetry slam World Cup. LGBTQ youth were invited an…

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Emcee Olympics

By Emily Upper If you weren’t at Emcee Olympics, then you really missed out. Sorry, but that’s the plain truth! The AGH Design Annex was lit last night with five of Hamilton’s hottest young emcees — Tamara, AK, FRIXTION, Shark Jones and Shanice — spitting rhymes to impress our judges. This year’s celebrity panel was made…

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“Slam is a Just a Sham”: Coaches Slam at LTABC 2017

By Emily Upper”Slam is just a sham,” admitted Coaches Slam host (and HYP Artistic Director) Nea Reid at the end of the night. Because you really can’t call it a competition when everyone’s a winner and the poets are bursting with love for each other. Coaches Slam was all about the coaches (obviously) — the…

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It’s A-Bout Time!

“Masculinity is a padlock on every door exit” “Thank you for the empty chair at the dinner table, We never could have done it without you” May 10 marked another round of bouts in the 2017 Louder Than A Bomb Festival. Four schools – Ancaster High, Sir John A. Macdonald, Waterdown, and Westmount – competed…

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First Day of Team Bouts is a Slamming Success

By Brianna BrownThe competition to determine the city youth poetry champions at Louder Than A Bomb Canada 2017 began today as 12 teams took the stage and performed individual and team pieces. St. Benedict, Bishop Ryan, Sir. John A. McDonald and Cardinal Newman competed at the Hamilton Art Gallery Pavilion.The runners up of the first…

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB CANADA LAUNCHES

By Brianna BrownWith nine high schools participating in the first day of Louder than a Bomb Canada 2017, Crossing the Street kicked off the Hamilton youth poetry festival on Monday, May 8. Youth poets from each of schools worked to improve their craft, collaborate, and learn from experienced artists.The day began by introducing the special…

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The Hamilton Spectator: Louder bombs away! At spoken word fest

This article was originally published in The Hamilton Spectator, and written by Jeff Mahoney. Photo credits go to Gary Yokoyama. Click here for the published article.  By: Jeff Mahoney At Hamilton Youth Poets, the loaf of the spoken word gets broken open. Or maybe the life of the broken world gets spoken open. Same thing.…

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41st Annual CommUNITY Prayer Breakfast

Hamilton Youth Poets attended the 41st Annual CommUNITY Prayer Breakfast this morning (May 3rd, 2016). It was absolutely incredible! Thank you to the committee for having us and their wonderful keynote speaker Lishai Peel, who shared her incredible story and inspired us to further our actions! She also shared the stage with HYP poet Eddie…

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WARD 3 COUNCILLOR MATTHEW GREEN WEARING HYP MERCH

  Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green was a judge at our Slam Finals on April 24th, 2016! The picture above shows him sporting HYP’s new snapback’s with this year’s theme “Be The Word”. Merch will be available throughout the whole festival from May 6th-14th! Take a picture with one of our posters and tweet us…

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LITTLESISTER TO JUDGE EMCEE OLYMPICS

  LittleSister joins us as a Women in Hip Hop panelist and judge at Emcee Olympics on Thursday, May 12th, 2016! Her production has been highlighted by the best Hip Hop outlets and platforms around the world. We can’t wait to hear her thoughts on today’s industry! LittleSister is a Canadian hip-hop, dance and R&B…

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KEYSHA FRESHH AS WOMEN IN HIP HOP PANELIST

  Keysha Freshh joins us as a Women in Hip Hop panelist and judge at Emcee Olympics on Thursday, May 12th, 2016! Hot off her TeamBackPack International Women’s Day Cypher, this women is a force in Toronto’s Hip Hop community! We are so excited to have her! In a historically male dominated industry, female MC’s…

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IF THE POET TO JUDGE AT FINALS

  IAN FRENCH aka IF THE POET joins us as a judge at our Finals Night on May 14th, 2016. IF’s poems channel the wisdom of Spirit, the rage of the wounded and the yearning that resides in every human heart. He says “every poem I write is a ‘shout out’ to the sacredness of…

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RECAP: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Event

The featured image in this article belongs to the Hamilton Steelworkers. To view more images from the event, please click here.   This article was originally published in The Hamilton Spectator, and is written by Joel OpHardt. Click here for the published article.    By: Joel OpHardt, The Hamilton Spectator Disappointed by community backlash of the refugee crisis,…

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The Sil: Hamilton Youth Poets

This article was originally published in The Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper. Click here for the published article.  By: Yara Farran I’m currently sitting in a near-empty classroom. Some students are participating in an impromptu calculus study session. I can hear the anxiety in their voices as they discuss inverse functions. But I can tell that…

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