Category Archives: Word

MOTION TALKS BALDWIN & EALEY-RICHARDSON ON CBC’S THE NEXT CHAPTER w/ SHELAGH ROGERS

Motion talks about the similarities between James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain and Jael Ealey Richardson’s The Stone Thrower. (photo\Zahra Siddiqui) The layers of Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (exerpt) “What I love about this … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING THE DEBUT CLASS OF ‘GRIOTS TO EMCEES’ AT YORK U!

Dept. of Humanities Culture & Expression presents GRIOTS TO EMCEES Spoken Word, Culture & Performance Showcase Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 Place: Senior Commons Room Address: 010 Vanier College Showtime: 7PM – 9:30PM Hosted by Motion Join the debut class … Continue reading

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NORTHERN GRIOTS NETWORK HEADS TO GHANA!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VOCAL Canadian Spoken Word Poets Visit Ghana for Arts Festivals in August 2016 The Northern Griots Network (NGN) and Inkfluent are proud to announce the visit by the VOCAL team of Canadian spoken word poets to Accra, … Continue reading

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MOTION JOINS PAN AFRICAN POETS ON BADILISHA POETRY X-CHANGE

Badilisha Poetry X-Change is the largest online collective of African poets on the planet! Both an online audio archive & Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan-African poets from 24 different countries. It reflects … Continue reading

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Saada Branker Writes on ‘Anticipating a Movement in the Art of Spoken Word’

South North Griots Summit Team: Dwayne Morgan, Motion, Nth Dgri, Eddy DaOriginalone. Saada STYLO reflects on a personal journey into the art and heart of  Spoken Word in this exclusive blog post for the Canada Council of the Arts.  More than … Continue reading

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THE OFFICIAL SOUTH NORTH GRIOTS MIX by L’OQENZ!

01. SUN RA – CALLING PLANET EARTH 02. GUINESS – SPOKEN WORD 03. KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT 04. ESPERANZA SPALDING – REALLY VERY SMALL 05. KAT FRANCOIS – DOES MY ANGER SCARE YOU 06. MAD ZACK – NIGHT ANIMALS 07. … Continue reading

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THE POWER OF SPOKEN WORD! #griotsSUMMIT Twitter Fete!

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Welcoming the Spoken World at #griotssummit2015

South x North Griots Summit, May 28th – 31st, Toronto I’m so excited about working with an amazing team of artists, curators and cultural presenters to bring to you the South x North Griots Summit, taking place in Toronto this … Continue reading

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MOTION’S “A RIFF ON SAMO” INSPIRED by NON’s “DOWNTOWN 81”

The debut of a new work of words by MOTION – BOOM for REAL : A riff on SAMO – accompanies a significant, just-dropped, musical release. Inspired by L’OQENZ aka NiteOwlNaps’ new sonic mix “DOWNTOWN 81” – premiered by OKAYPLAYER – and Motion’s own … Continue reading

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OKAYPLAYER PREMIERS the BASQUIAT MIX by L’OQENZ aka NiteOWLNaps

27 years after his passing, JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT‘s aura continues to rise. Infamous artist, actor, DJ  who came of age with the earliest of the New York Hip Hop and punk scenes, Basquiat has left an indelible cultural mark. From the millennial … Continue reading

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