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MAY 3

HYP SLAM FINALS

HYP SLAM FINALS

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

 DOORS: 6 PM 
 OPEN MIC: 6:30 PM 
 SLAM: 6:45 PM - 9PM 

 

This event is the official launch of our annual festival Louder Than A Bomb Canada: Poetic License. A week-long event bringing you poetry from Hamilton’s very own middle and high school students, as well as celebrated artists from across Turtle Island. This is part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Free Friday, which means this event is coming at you for FREE!! If that’s not enough, we’re featuring the incredible and unbelievably fierce LADY VANESSA!!

JUDGES

COREY GRANT

Corey Grant

"Corey Grant was born in Hamilton and grew up in Stoney Creek and now resides in Mount Hope. Corey has been married for the past 11 years to his wife Jennifer and they have lovely 2 children a girl and a boy named Qiawna (Key-aw-na) and Devonn Grant.

He is the (oldest?) son to Hermine and Lynford Grant. He is the oldest of 4 boys Anthony, Maurice and Nicholas Grant along with being the foster brother of 2 sisters Angela and Shay Lovell and 1 brother James Lovell. He attended Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek and went on to graduate with a BA in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also received his Masters of Science in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo NY. Corey went onto have an 11-year playing career in the CFL being name 1999 Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Eastern Division Rookie of the Year. He has also won 2 Grey Cups, one with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999 and the other with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007. Since retiring from the CFL Corey has been a teacher with the Niagara District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth District School where he was last teaching grade 4/5 at Mary Hopkins Public School in Waterdown in 2018. Corey has also been able to stay connected to football by coaching at McMaster University immediately after his retirement and for the past 6 years has been on the coaching staff for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Corey was appointed to the role of Co-Chair of the Hamilton Black History Committee in the fall of 2018. The Hamilton Black History Committee is the proud organizers of the Reverend John C Holland Awards and City Hall Launch of Black History Month."

SARAH MOYAL

Sarah Moyal

Sarah is a former theatre actor. She worked as a showroom manager at DSQUARED2 in Milan, Italy and as a translator at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands. She now owns Hawk & Sparrow on James Street North which is a vintage clothing store with new and designer items.

AMANDA

Amanda Cordero

Born and raised in Hamilton, Amanda has always celebrated the arts. Coming from a creative family where it was always encouraged to be your most artistic self, Amanda explored all her options. Through music, dance, theatre, she found her voice in the visual arts and more specifically design. As a 3-Dimensional Designer, Amanda received her Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University and began her path designing and creating window displays for Holt Renfrew. After years of developing her craft in a variety of jobs, Amanda moved back to Hamilton where she compiled all her experiences and opened up Pretty Grit on James North. Now almost 4 years in business she is thrilled to see the arts community growing and thriving in our little

 

CHUKKY IBE (Choo-key E-bay)

Chukky on Wall

Chukky Ibe is an award-winning person. When he was 12 he won an award for being punctual at school, and at 16, he won an award for being amiable. Chukky is actively working towards a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer Prize and sleeps with his finger crossed. On a good day, he is 6 ft 5 inches tall and is reaching for happiness. In the morning Chukky advises the minister of Seniors in Ottawa. And in the evening he sleeps. On the weekends and holidays, he writes plays, poetry and creative non-fiction. Chukky has travelled with HYP reaching the finals of the Canadian festival of spoken word and placing second at the Ontario poetry slam finals. He currently practices his craft in Ottawa and is happy to be home.

FEATURE

 

LADY VANESSA

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Lady Vanessa is a Caleña, Colombia, first-generation immigrant artist and community builder. She started her artistic career in Windhoek, Namibia and currently lives in AMISKWACIWȂSKAHIKAN, (Edmonton), Treaty 6 territory.

She is the 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion as a proud member of the Breath in Poetry Collective. She features in the chapbook, Water, Published by Glass Buffalo and is currently working on her upcoming book," La Sangre Llama".


Lady believes in the healing powers art provides for our community. Healing is not polite, art allows us to be the frankest versions of ourselves so that we may strengthen our souls, minds and community around us. Art is where we come together through unity of purpose.

MAY 4

FOR THE CULTURE

HIP HOP DAY

Begins at Art Gallery of Hamilton
Continues to The Spice Factory

 GRAFFITI TOUR REGISTRATION @ AGH: 2:30 PM 
 FULL DAY: 3 PM - 9 PM 

A full day dedicated to rap and Hip Hop culture. Join us for activities celebrating the elements of Hip Hop! Starting at 3 pm, we will celebrate with an graffiti tour, workshop by Lady Vanessa, and BBQ. Starting at 6:30 pm, we dive in to a showcase of up-and-coming emcees who have prepared for weeks to compete in a multi-round cypher with local hip hop celebrity judges determining the city's best young emcee.

Are you an Emcee looking to perform? Email us at coordinator.hamiltonyouthpoets@gmail.com

**please be sure to check here and on our Facebook event page in case of rain!**

FULL DAY SCHEDULE

 

GRAFFITI TOUR 3 PM - 4 PM

Beginning at the Art Gallery of Hamilton(AGH) at 3 PM.  There will be a walking tour of Hamilton's Downtown Graffiti scene. This tour will end at The Spice Factory (121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7)

Locations: 

AGH 123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8)
The Spice Factory 121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7

Time: 3 PM - 4 PM

WORK SHOP FT LADY VANESSA 4 PM - 5:30 PM

After a brisk walk on the graffiti tour, we will continue our day learning from Lady Vanessa in a workshop.

Location: The Spice Factory 121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7
Time: 4 PM - 5:30 PM

BBQ 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: The Spice Factory 121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 PM

EMCEE OLYMPICS 7 PM - 9 PM

We will go through a multi-round friendly competition with some of Hamilton's rising Emcees. Stay tooned for more!

Location: The Spice Factory 121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7
TIme: 7 PM - 9 PM

MAY 5

BLACK POET RESIDENCY

BLACK POETS RESIDENCY

Art Gallery Of Hamilton

 DOORS: 6 PM 
 SCREENING: 6:30 pm - 8 PM 

Creative short films, products of BPR, will be debuted. The residency provided the opportunity to learn from and work with award-winning, critically acclaimed artist and educator, Ian Keteku. Through his guidance, the participants learned to hone their skills, connect with the greater community, and create a strong, impressive professional portfolio; leaving a legacy for future generations of black youth to be inspired by.

 

MAY 6

CROSSING THE STREET  

 

CROSSING THE STREET

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

 STUDENTS ARRIVE: 9 AM - 9:30 AM 
 EVENT: 10 AM - 3:30 PM 

FEATURED ARTISTS

BRAD MORDEN

Brad-Morden

Brad Morden is a ukulele playing, poetry speaking folk artists from Norfolk, Ontario. He's is one half of the folk/hop sensation 'Atomic Wednesday' and the founder of Write Bloody North. Using a mix of uplifting verse and ragged floor stomping ukulele uproariousness, Brad seeks to connect with audiences across the vastness, on their own terms, with a little something for everyone. Brad has performed his work on five continents from dive bars to classrooms, from festivals to grand theatre stages.

TRUTH IS...

Truth-Is...

Truth is ... is a multiple time individual slam champion, a 6x national & 7x regional spoken word team member; participating in well over 200 slams. She has graced the stage of the Annual 'When Sisters Speak' spoken word concerts 3x. A poet, a writer, a motivational speaker & an arts educator with a long list of feature performances across Canada and the U.S., Truth Is … has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equity, youth motivation and labour. She has also opened up for Canadian Hip-Hop idol K-OS & legendary activist Angela Davis. Truth Is… is also a member of the Guelph Spoken Word non-profit board, and the 2018 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) festival organizing committee.

 

LADY VANESSA

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Lady Vanessa is a Caleña, Colombia, first generation immigrant artist and community builder. She started her artistic career in Windhoek, Namibia and currently lives in AMISKWACIWȂSKAHIKAN, (Edmonton), Treaty 6 territory.

She is the 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion as proud member of the Breath in Poetry Collective. She features in the chapbook, Water, Published by Glass Buffalo and is currently working on her upcoming book," La Sangre Llama".

Lady believes in the healing powers art provides for our community. Healing is not polite, art allows us to be the frankest versions of ourselves so that we may strengthen our souls, minds and community around us. Art is where we come together through unity of purpose

JANICE LEE

Janice-Jo-Lee
Janice Jo Lee (she/her), aka Sing Hey, is an award-winning spoken word poet, playwright, musician and educator from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. Lee is a hard femme queer radical and is passionate about building flourishing communities based in justice and joy through art. Her latest spoken word pieces explore the hypocrisies and dilemmas within social justice culture, feminism, queer desirability politics, and the crisis of men. Janice is a trickster on stage, disarmingly funny and off-the-cuff.

In Fall 2018 the Toronto debut of her one-woman musical satire Will You Be My Friend premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille to critical praise from The Toronto Star, Mooney on Theatre and an NNNN rating from Now Magazine. Currently she is organizing with Groundings, a movement led by Lillian Allen to raise up BIPOC poets. She is the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and created its first Spoken Word Residency program for emerging professionals. Lee is a professional arts educator who has facilitated workshops for youth and adults across Canada. She believes in the power of storytelling to build a bridge across difference and bring people together. Upcoming are the release of her music albums Ancestor Song and Lonely is the Lullabye.

FANNON HOLLAND

Fannon

Fannon comes to us from Pittsburgh, via Chicago, where he met his Canadian wife. That just proves he has great taste in women. He is also putting his BA in Theatre to good use as a proud member of multiple Guelph Poetry teams; one of which became the 2016 CFSW national champions. Among other ego stroking accolades, that he will not bore you with, Fannon is honoured to share his work with spoken word communities because it keeps him young... and good looking... and humble.

BRANDON WILLIAMSON

Brandon-Williamson

Brandon Williamson was born and raised in Buffalo NY. A proud Fredonia graduate, Brandon has made it his life goal to reach out to students in inner city neighbourhoods similar to the one he grew up in, painting a path for them to follow to their future. In this process, Brandon spent time as a high school teacher before creating the Pure Ink Poetry Slam. As the only monthly running poetry slam in Buffalo, the Pure Ink Poetry Slam caters to the community of poets in the area, as well as authors, musicians, dancers, and comedians. Brandon works hard to build a community of art that everyone can be a part of. He has facilitated writing and performance workshops for organizations like Planned Parenthood, Teen Reality Theatre, Buffalo Public Schools, Summer school of the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State University and more. He has performed, competed, and won poetry slams and been featured throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ontario, Michigan, and California, while featuring throughout Europe. His book, Critical Lens, is a presentation of the world through his eyes. Critical Lens is currently featured in the Fredonia State University of New York Library, and has sold internationally in three countries, and is on sale at Amazon and lulu.com. If you’re ready for a great time of storytelling, performance, and play with a purpose, then come and join the poetry experience that is Brandon Williamson.

Crossing the Street is the annual kickoff event for  Louder Than A Bomb Canada 2019. This event is mandatory for all competing youth during the entire festival. High school and university teams, having prepared during the year for the competition, gather to write alongside their peers for a day of poetry, art, performance, and community-building; tearing down our arbitrary borders and build together as one city that ripples across the province. The public is invited to attend this event, write alongside performers, and partake in a day of creation and performance. Guest performances and further programming to be announced.

MAY 8

HIGH SCHOOL PRELIMINARIES  

 

HIGH SCHOOL PRELIMINARIES

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

 STUDENTS ARRIVE: 9 AM 
 COMPETITION: 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM 

Come and witness young writers duke it out through competitive spoken word poetry in the format of an Olympic-style "poetry slam." Audiences have the opportunity to act as judges as we bear witness to the young voices and stories of our city. Each competing team competes in 2 preliminary bouts. Each bout consists of 3 individual rounds and one team round. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance in the competition.

 

Participating Schools: 

  • Waterdown
  • Sir John A Macdonald
  • Ancaster
  • Glendale
  • Bishop Ryan
  • Saltfleet
  • Cathedral
  • Sherwood
  • Sir Allan Macnab

MAY 8

QUEERIOSITY

QUEERIOSITY

The Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

 DOORS: 6:30 PM 
 SHOW: 7 PM - 9 PM 

 

Queeriosity is a performance showcase dedicated to voices who are reshaping the conversation about sexuality, identity, and community. The event is a safe space for LGBTQ artists to speak their truths to a supportive audience and allows emerging artists to collaborate with established artists in a cultural forum of stories and perspectives.

JANICE LEE

Janice-Jo-Lee
Janice Jo Lee (she/her), aka Sing Hey, is an award-winning spoken word poet, playwright, musician and educator from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. Lee is a hard femme queer radical and is passionate about building flourishing communities based in justice and joy through art. Her latest spoken word pieces explore the hypocrisies and dilemmas within social justice culture, feminism, queer desirability politics, and the crisis of men. Janice is a trickster on stage, disarmingly funny and off-the-cuff.

In Fall 2018 the Toronto debut of her one-woman musical satire Will You Be My Friend premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille to critical praise from The Toronto Star, Mooney on Theatre and an NNNN rating from Now Magazine. Currently she is organizing with Groundings, a movement led by Lillian Allen to raise up BIPOC poets. She is the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and created its first Spoken Word Residency program for emerging professionals. Lee is a professional arts educator who has facilitated workshops for youth and adults across Canada. She believes in the power of storytelling to build a bridge across difference and bring people together. Upcoming are the release of her music albums Ancestor Song and Lonely is the Lullabye.

CHARLIE C PETCH

Charlie-C.-Petch

Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch has three shows they are currently touring, The Musical Saw Playlist, a musical act, their multimedia piece "Daughter Of Geppetto and their vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with WordPress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series.

TRUTH IS...

Truth-Is...

Truth is ... is a multiple time individual slam champion, a 6x national & 7x regional spoken word team member; participating in well over 200 slams. She has graced the stage of the Annual 'When Sisters Speak' spoken word concerts 3x. A poet, a writer, a motivational speaker & an arts educator with a long list of feature performances across Canada and the U.S., Truth Is … has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equity, youth motivation and labour. She has also opened up for Canadian Hip-Hop idol K-OS & legendary activist Angela Davis. Truth Is… is also a member of the Guelph Spoken Word non-profit board, and the 2018 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) festival organizing committee.

SOFIA FLY

Sofia-Fly

Sofia Fly is an award winning rapper/producer/dj/poet from Toronto and an active member of it's transgender community. She won the Canadian National Festival of Spoken Word along with the Toronto Poetry Slam Team in 2013. She has performed her music at Toronto Pride and DJ's frequently across the city. Her sets focus heavily on LGBTQ and Female artists and channels inspiration from her Latin roots and Toronto upbringing. Find her on Instagram @djsofiafly and on Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/xofiafly

MAY 9

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRELIMINARIES + FINALS

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRELIMINIARIES + FINALS

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8
&
Sir John A. Macdonald
130 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 1Y5

 STUDENTS ARRIVE: 9:00 AM 
 COMPETITON: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
 FINALS @ SIR JOHN A MACDONALD: 1 PM - 3:30 PM 

This year, 9 middle schools have engaged in the poetic craft of writing, performance and story-telling, better known as the poetry slam. The programming culminates to a friendly competition style event.

Each school team will compete in two preliminary bouts. Our Middle School champion will be decided based on cumulative scores from the two preliminary bouts.

FINALS
The final four top-scoring middle school teams compete for one last time to take home the city championship. A night featuring musical and guest performances, notary guest judges, and the most talented youth poets in the city. Which collective of young writers will take the title of LTABC 2019 Champions back to their community?

Participating Schools: 

  • Queen Victoria
  • Memorial City
  • Lawfield TEAM 1
  • Lawfield TEAM 2
  • Pauline Johnson
  • Mount Hope 
  • Billy Green
  • WH Ballard
  • Prince of Whales
  • Dr Davey

MAY 10

HIGHSCHOOL FINALS

HIGHSCHOOL FINALS

Sir John A. Macdonald
130 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 1Y5

 DOORS: 6 PM 
 FINALS: 7 PM - 10 PM 

 

The final four top-scoring high school teams compete for one last time to take home the city championship. A night featuring musical and guest performances, notary guest judges, and the most talented youth poets in the city. Which collective of young writers will take the title of LTABC 2019 Champions back to their community?

JUDGES

MELANIE TELLEZ

Melanie Tellez
Melanie strives to bring an energetic and open-hearted approach to choral leadership as a conductor, vocal pedagogue and music educator. Originally from Nova Scotia, she now considers herself to be a proud Hamiltonian. As Assistant Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, Melanie develops original choral programming, oversees music theory and literacy programs, and directs the Esprimas and Komenci choirs. Melanie also teaches vocal music at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton.

A finalist in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Award in Choral Conducting (2012) and Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting (2015), Melanie is an emerging leader in Canada’s choral scene. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Dalhousie University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. She has been thrilled to adjudicate choral festivals across Southwestern Ontario, and proudly serves on the executive board of Choirs Ontario. Past conducting engagements include: Toronto Children’s Chorus, High Park Choirs of Toronto (now Young Voices Toronto), Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir, Sherwood Park Festival Singers (Alberta), and King’s University College Concert Choir (Alberta).
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RINA

 

Rina Fraticelli

Rina Fraticelli has a diversified background in cultural creation, research, programming, advocacy and policy-making. As an independent filmmaker, Fraticelli has written and produced
a number of important documentaries, including Celesta Found, The Lynching of Louie Sam and the Genie award-winning Jane Rule: Fiction and Other Truths. She headed the legendary NFB Studio D (Women’s Studio) in Montreal during one of the studio’s most productive periods and served as Executive Producer of Pacific and Yukon Studio from 2002-2007; and. Her tenure in each of these positions was marked by the creation of programs aimed at incorporating under-represented communities.

In 2010 Fraticelli co-founded the not-for-profit research and advocacy group, Women in View, and served as its Executive Director until 2018. She produced the five annual Women in View on Screen reports tracking the representation of women in key creative roles in publicly-funded Canadian film and TV. In 2015, Women in View launched a multi-tiered, multi-year initiative to shift the Canadian media landscape towards greater gender and racial equity; and to double the number of women directing screen-based media. She is currently Director of The Socrates Project at McMaster University.

CHUKKY IBE (Choo-key E-bay)

Chukky on Wall

Chukky Ibe is an award-winning person. When he was 12 he won an award for being punctual at school, and at 16, he won an award for being amiable. Chukky is actively working towards a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer Prize and sleeps with his finger crossed. On a good day, he is 6 ft 5 inches tall and is reaching for happiness. In the morning Chukky advises the minister of Seniors in Ottawa. And in the evening he sleeps. On the weekends and holidays, he writes plays, poetry and creative non-fiction. Chukky has travelled with HYP reaching the finals of the Canadian festival of spoken word and placing second at the Ontario poetry slam finals. He currently practices his craft in Ottawa and is happy to be home.

SHELLEY H. FALCONER

Shelley-Falconer-AGH-BoD - 2019 Photo

Shelley Falconer is President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
Her 25-year career includes national and international experience as a consultant, curator, educator and administrator. She has worked as a senior manager and consultant with a variety of important cultural/educational organizations including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, University of Toronto, Centennial College, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto District School Board, Department of Heritage, Government of Canada, Sotheby's London and Waddington Galleries, England.

Ms. Falconer has directed and managed numerous award winning projects including exhibitions and installations for Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada House in London, England and the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. She has also authored and produced numerous exhibition texts and catalogues including the publication Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling through Inuit Art. Her award winning Art2Life: the Canadian Century digital project won a prestigious United Nations World Summit award for best in e-content and creativity. Ms. Falconer was also awarded a York Region District School Board Applause Award for outstanding contributions to education and the community.

Her academic background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in ArtHistory, Museology and Arts Administration from York University, Sotheby’s England, Sorbonne, l’université de Paris and the University of Toronto. Ms.Falconer has a broad knowledge of Canadian and International art. She was amember of the University of Toronto's and Centennial College’s adjunctfaculty in Culture & Museum Studies and lectures widely on a variety of educational and art historical subjects.

FEATURE

SABRINA BENAIM

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Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performance & teaching artist, whose home base is Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team, & in 2015, she represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam.

Sabrina has written poems for ESPNW, The Government of Canada, & most recently, made her Canadian television debut with Sport Chek, writing & voicing the third instalment of their #WhatItTakes Olympic Manifesto video series. 

Sabrina enjoys breaking down stigma, women who help women, & the Toronto Blue Jays. She will accept any invitation to dance.

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