August 16 - 7:00 to 10:00
Only $5 at the door
Innovation Works
201 King St

Temps are hot and so is our stage all summer long! Hit the open mic, compete in the slam, or show the love from the audience at our brand new venue, Innovation Works!
Performer sign up is at 7:30pm, so don't be late!


Time: Friday August 16th, doors open 7pm, performer sign up 7:30pm, show starts 8pm


What is a Poetry Slam?

  • The slam consists of two rounds (1st round up to 12 poets, 2nd round half the number of poets will perform, or half minus one) and a feature performer.
  • There is also an open mic at the beginning for up to 3 performers who would not like to be part of the competition.
  • Five judges randomly selected from the audience will give scores out of 10 for each poem. The highest and lowest scores are dropped, and the remaining three scores are added together.
  • At the end of the night, scores for each poet will be tallied from both rounds to decide our winners - the top three poets win prizes!
  • Audience members are encouraged to be vocal, enthusiastic, and engaged. They’re also encouraged to try to influence the judges (who will remain consistent, we hope!) with applause or heckling, but all audience members are always required to show the love!
  • The London Poetry Slam is an all ages event
  • If you'd like to perform, just show up! No pre-registration necessary.

Slam rules:

  • Sign up call at 7:30pm,
  • 3 minute time limit,
  • team pieces welcome,
  • no props, no costumes, no nudity,
  • no hate speech,
  • original work only,
  • memorization is optional.


This month our feature poet is David Silverberg!

David is a poet, theatre artist, journalist, editor, event organizer and producer. He is the artistic director and founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, and was the director of two Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word in Toronto. His new book of poetry As Close to the Edge Without Going Over (ChiZine) is now available. He edited the Canadian spoken word anthology Mic Check (Quattro Books) and has performed his spoken word poetry across the world, including Vancouver, Montreal, London (UK) and Paris. His first solo theatre show Jewnique debuted in May 2018. His non-fiction work has appeared in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Vice, Broken Pencil, Quill & Quire, NOW Magazine and many more.


Connect with us!

Check out our Facebook Group ‘London Poetry Slam - Canada’ for the event invite and other news.
You can also follow us on Twitter @LDNPoetrySlam, our NEW instagram @londonpoetryslam and learn more about us at