Artworld Fine Art will host our next monthly SPOKEN WORD night on
Wednesday July 8th from 7PM – 8:30PM
Spoken Word is free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience or identity.
Please direct all inquiries as they relate to performing or feedback to
Donna Child – firstname.lastname@example.org
Spoken Word Artists
Wednesday July 8th – 7pm – 8:30pm
As an emerging spoken word artist, Melyssa constantly pulls herself out of life’s wreckage through her poetry. For the past 3 years, she has stretched heart through vocal cords, giving voice to words previously silenced by fear, on as many stages as possible. She seeks healing through her art, for herself and others by telling the story shared by many broken souls. She is trying to connect to the world outside her head, with realization she isn’t alone in this madness called life.
Melyssa is a 3-time finalist at the Burlington Slam Project, and a regular competitor at The Brant Rant. She has opened the pages of her “Dear Diary” style of work at “An Evening Of Giving Back” for Addiction Awareness Week; Strive Awards Ceremony with Mental Health Awareness Week; as well as for Brantford Cares: A Sandy Hook Fundraiser. When she is not on stage she is working on her other passion, Crespin Miniature Pinschers showing her dogs in CKC conformation shows.
Caprice Duncan aka “Caprice Understood” is a Toronto-based artist. Her start on the stage began at a young age through church as well as through community dance and music showcases. From the start, Caprice showed a knack for getting and holding the attention of the audience with an ease beyond her years. In 2001, Caprice became one of the founding members of TC3 – The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Co. and through the years became the award-winning Performing Arts Company’s first Grad/Alumnus to be formally welcomed on to TC3 Artistic Staff. As well, Caprice is one of their most sought after workshop leaders. She has performed worldwide as both a member of TC3, solo music artist and workshop facilitator. Her original workshops, “Dance Matters” and “Women in Hip Hop” are popular.
Anuj Rastogi represents a new generation of composers, balancing many nuances at once in his music. Anuj’s musical curiousity has taken him on a journey of several years through world, classical, jazz, rock, folk, urban, and electronic music. Anuj brings a forward a musical sensitivity that is a unique product of his intuition and his environment.
Spoken Word – “While You Were Sleeping” (2015), “India’s Daughter” (2012), “I Wanna Know” (2009) “Breaking News” (2007)
Feature Film Scores – “Surkhaab” (2014), “Under The Same Sun” (2012), – Anuj composed the background score & releases soundtrack for award-winning feature length films.
Small World Music Festival (2009, 2010) – Anuj’s ensemble “Omnesia” performed a dynamic set opening for legendary artist, Talvin Singh, setting a new standard for live sonic exploration. Anuj also produced and lead a milestone ensemble music experience at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Center feature artists of several spiritual and musical backgrounds.
Studio Releases: “Dark Matter” (2009), “Omnesia” (2007) as well as singles and remixes featured across international compilations on labels including Omnesia Records, High Chai Recordings, Universal Music India, Murda Mudra and Indian Electronica.
Omnesian Travels (2003) – composed innovative arrangements for an unparalleled world music event that showcased a 15 person Taiko drum team, Tabla, Sitar, Electronica, Spoken Word, European Dulcimer, North & South Indian Dance and visuals.
“When he needed to choose between the red and blue pills, Bassam got greedy and took both. Simultaneously.
The result: a heavy metal-maniacal, bubble gum dance machine from the future who has been catapulting his own brand of game show poetry and lyrics for over ten years.
As satanic rapper ‘Rare Form’, he released his “All Will Suffer!!” EP in 2004, and as dark warlord word wizard Samuel H. Kelly, released his poetic anthology “49” in 2010.
Bassam is a three-time member and current 2015 Grand Slam Champion of the Burlington Slam Project, and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word semifinalist in 2013. His poem, ‘Gastric Gehenna’, was published in English and French in the 2013 CFSW anthology “34 Poems in Translation”. He has hosted and featured at various poetry slams, events, festivals and fundraisers in Southern Ontario.
A Jewish-Arab feminist, Bassam writes poetry on a variety of topics, including body image and bullying, gender equality, patriarchy, privilege, Middle Eastern politics, family issues, technology, addiction, cubicle life, and, the ever-clichéd failed love.”
Eva Tihanyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1956 and came to Canada at the age of six. She grew up in Windsor, spent the 1980s in Toronto, and has called the Niagara Region home since 1989. Currenty, she divides her time between Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) and Toronto.
Tihanyi teaches English at Niagara College and has published eight books, the most recent of which is Flying Underwater: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2012). She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.