May 7, 2017 –  Hamilton Youth Poets  is launching its annual Louder Than A Bomb Canada (LTABC) hip hop poetry festival with a series of competitions and educational programming from May 8-20, 2017. The festival is designed to give Hamilton’s next generation of youth leaders the tools and space to allow their diverse voices to ring out across the city.

Bringing together secondary school youth slam poetry teams from across Hamilton to compete in Olympic-style tournaments, LTABC culminates in the exciting energy of team finals held at Theatre Aquarius on May 20, 2017.  The festival offers educational workshops and awe-inspiring performances by all-star artists, including recent Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour nominee Gary Barwin, visual and spoken word artist Komi Olaf, and Canadian slam poetry champion Andre Prefontaine.

“Hamilton Youth Poets encourages youth to tell their stories through spoken word.” says Hamilton Youth Poets’ Artistic Director Nea Reid. “Through Louder Than A Bomb Canada  we’re creating a new narrative for our city. Our organization is committed to creating community across racial and socio-economic lines, encouraging teens to express themselves in a supportive environment, and bringing social change through arts.”

Events include Queeriosity, a performance showcase dedicated to voices who are reshaping the conversation about sexuality, identity, and community; Emcee Olympics, a full evening dedicated to rap and hip hop; and Coaches Slam, at which all artists in residence and coaches that worked with competing school teams take to the stage.

Secondary school teams participating in LTABC  include Ancaster High, Saltfleet Secondary, Cardinal Newman, Bishop Ryan, Westmount, Waterdown District High School, Delta Secondary, Sir John A MacDonald, and Cathedral High School.

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About Hamilton Youth Poets

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was created in 2012 to give the Hamilton community’s youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown steadily and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in the act of telling their own stories through spoken word, verse, multimedia, poetry slam, and new age journalism. This year-round work is then celebrated every spring in an awe inspiring culmination of its annual festival, Louder Than A Bomb Canada