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Toronto: Finalists announced for the Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

After weeks of work and competition, our finalists have been announced and ready to compete in the LTAB finals this Saturday, May 11 at Trinity-St Pauls! Youth violence prevention organization LOVE (Leave Out Violence) brings back the globally recognized Youth Poetry Slam Festival for the third year - 'Louder Than A Bomb’ (LTAB). This highly anticipated festival takes place at Trinity St Paul’s on May 11, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m and after a night of serious competition, results in a Slam Team winner and cash prizes.

Congratulations to:

East York Collegiate

Father Henry Carr CSS

West End Alternative

Weston CI 

Sixteen youth finalists take the stage. The audience and judges will experience compelling performances before determining the winning Slam Team for Louder Than A Bomb Toronto 2019. Finals feature the top 4 youth teams, each having earned their place during preliminary slam competitions between 12 schools and slam groups across the city. All 12teams have been coached by LTAB’s spoken word teaching artists: Britta B., Cassandra Myers, David Delisca, Mahikah Awe:ri, Patrick De Belen and Testament. LTAB guests will also enjoy host Britta B, Foreign City Deejay t-jr and youth performances.

How LTAB Works
 - Spoken word artist-facilitators lead a 6-12 week curriculum in school and community settings. Approximately 400 youth engaged in poetry-writing. The youth self-select (12) teams to represent their school/community group.
 - LTAB teams rehearse with artist-facilitators and perform at preliminary poetry slams that take place city-wide.
 - The final 4 teams (16-20 youth) perform and compete at Finals. All LTAB schools and community groups are invited to attend and support the performing youth.
 - LTAB youth develop incredible literacy skills, confidence through public performance, mutual respect and empathy. Audience members come to have a deep, poetic and authentic understanding of Toronto youth’s lived experiences.

All proceeds of ticket sales will support LOVE programs, helping to grow and empower youth to become agents of change in their own lives and their communities. For more information visit the-love-project-leave-out-violence 

May 11, 2019, doors 6:30 pm show  7:00 - 9:30 pm
Trinity St Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts
427 Bloor Street West
Tickets $10 - $20 through Eventbrite

T-shirts, LTAB Anthologies, programs, and other items will be available for purchase

Louder Than A Bomb is presented by leading youth violence prevention organization, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Ontario and is supported by the TD The Ready Commitment, Ontario Arts Council, the McLean Foundation, and the Slaight Foundation.