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Dead Poet

Blank Canvas keeps your energy charged with Dead Poet, our spoken word and open mic monthly inside May Cafe ( 876 Dundas St. W).

Submerge yourself into a vibrant space of poets, musicians, DJs, artists, curators, stylists, dancers and more vibes.

*Jazz inspired music performances or with Jazz elements.
* Poets will have the ability to perform anything from their catalogue and will have the opportunity to incorporate sounds from our Live Jazz Band if they wish! It's going to be a vibe.

Get ready for an uplifting atmosphere for the 33rd edition of Dead Poet. 

Sounds by:
- Evan Porter on Sax
- David Maclean on Up-right Bass
- + more special Jazz Guests 
- Abscvnd
- Dom Dias 

10 Early Bird Slots available (Read all submission details below)
10 Open Mic Performance Slots available at the door!

Curated by: Just John / @justjohnforreal 

Hosted by: Cheffy / @itscheffy 

Videography: @energyproducer  

Flyer: Maia Boakye / @maiaboakye 

*Early Bird Dead Poet Submission:
with the track you're looking to perform + 1 sentence about the message behind your work and how it relates to the theme. 
Note: Attaching a video of you performing live strengthens your submission. 

*NOTE Any MUSIC submissions will need to be sent to this email prior for review! | DEADLINE is OCT. 15TH at 11:59 pm to get your submissions in. 

*NOTE for Musicians, Only submit if you know you will be available on Dead Poet's Event Day. Every spot counts!


* Poets have the option to perform any poem from their catalogue for this Dead Poet. But they do have the option to incorporate our live band if they feel compelled too. 

You can submit through our Early Bird Process or wait until the door opens to get on the list.

*NOTE: Not all Early Bird Submissions will be accepted but will be until we fill our short list.
*Dead Poet Door List is first come, first serve so arrive right at doors to secure a general spot on the Dead Poet List

* If you're not within the theme guidelines you will not be able to perform. 

Doors: 9:00pm
Admission: $10 at the door | 19+
* We don't turn away people due to lack of funds. We'll figure something out at . 
May Cafe 876 Dundas St. W

Blank Canvas does not tolerate any racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, or transphobic behaviour at our events, and those who do so will be removed.

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