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Lillian Allen: Join the Revolutionary Tea Party - We are as Beautiful as our Poetry


Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm
Walker Court
Presented as part of AGO Friday Nights
Free with Gallery admission

Before spoken-word poetry, hip hop and rap emerged as dominant forces in Toronto’s cultural sphere, Lillian Allen was presenting her delicately fierce, rhythmic and roaring poetics. Bending boundaries, mixing and melding genres, Allen's flowing messages of personal and political transformation are as relevant as when she started out some decades ago.

Now into her sage years, the internationally acclaimed grassroots artist turns it up a notch with her band of seasoned Toronto players, led by the long-time Parachute Club guitarist Dave Gray. This is a revolutionary tea party of messages, subversives elements of "word sound powa", celebration and meditation, dancing and chanting, and everyone is invited.

Featuring special guest January Rogers, a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in Ontario, and former poet laureate of Victoria, BC.

Allen will also be guest curating programs of poetry, music and spoken word at AGO Friday Nights on October 7, 14 and 21.

About Lillian Allen

Call her Doctor Dub; she will resuscitate an ailing poem, rescue a dying metaphor. Two-time Juno award winner Lillian Allen is as a leading influential figure within the Canadian cultural landscape. She is an award-winning and internationally renowned poet, and as one of the originators of dub poetry, she continues to innovate the form and spread its wings through community engagement.

Allen has spent almost four decades writing, publishing, and performing her eclectic brand of politically charged poetry to local and international audiences. She is the recipient of The Toronto Cultural Champions Award, The Margo Bindhardt Award for significantly impacting the arts in Toronto through both creative work and activism, the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, most recently an honourary Doctors of Letters from Wilfred Laurier University.

Allen is currently a Creative Writing Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and working to launch a BFA program in Creative Writing in the Fall of 2018.

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