WORD: Writings on Race and Diversity

Ever feel a little miffed that Gazeebo Unit is the popular face of Newfoundland hip-hop? Ever feel that just maybe, with a stage and the right tutelage, you could channel Saul Williams and change all that, using your words to send out a wakeup call and fight for social justice?

Well, here’s your opportunity. Kevin Hehir’s All-Ages Open Mic has combined forces with the United Nations Association of Canada to put on WORD: Writings on Race and Diversity, an open mic event for writers, poets, singers and spoken word artists of all stripes to take the stage and share their experiences.

And if you want to develop your own skills, there will be a workshop on conscious hip-hop that afternoon, with Ottawa spoken word artist Ritallin. It’s free, but spaces are limited.

WORD takes place Wednesday, August 23 the Youth Services Centre, 12-16 Carter’s Hill Place. Workshop 2-4, open mic 7.30-10 (sign up at 7). Contact Anu 579-1273 or masrao@gmail.com) or Kevin (kevin.hehir@gmail.com) for more info or to sign up.                                     

– Tomasz Mrozewski