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Stroll of Poets Festival (Calgary – September 8)

Stroll of Poets Festival (Calgary)

Sunday, September 8th, 2024
All day, various venues in Inglewood, Calgary

$35 for Burlesque Brunch event (includes food and non-alcoholic drinks.)

$15 for the After Party at the Ironwood (featuring poetic & musical collaborations between Calgary Poet Laureates past & present and a performance from live band The Fragments!)

All other events are free.

Stroll of Poets is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton founded in 1991. In its first 15 years of operation, the organization ran an annual one-day multi-venue performance poetry festival that took place in both Calgary and Edmonton. In recent years, the annual festival has been replaced by a monthly reading series in Edmonton.

Our Program Coordinator Ashley Frerichs saw an opportunity to revive the Stroll of Poets festival in its original format in Calgary. She applied for and received a small grant from The City of Calgary and with their help, she was able to invite a diverse slate of local curators to enhance the event.

This is a Writers’ Guild of Alberta event supported by funding from the City of Calgary with enthusiastic support from the Stroll of Poets Society. Additional sponsors include Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society and the Calgary Spoken Word Society.

On This Page: Our Curators | Open Mic Sign-Up | Brunch Kick-Off Tickets | Open Mic Host Applications | The Schedule | Volunteer Sign-Up | After Party Tickets

Our Curators

We’re so excited to have the following curators on board:
Adrienne Adams
Adetola Adedipe (aloT of Poetry)
Cobra Collins
Skylar Kay
Stuart Ian McKay
Tyler B. Perry

Open Mic Sign-Up Information

Non-members of affiliated organizations can now register to read at an open mic! In other words: anyone who wants to read at an open mic at the festival can now sign up.  

These are poetry open mics and will happen at various venues in Inglewood on Sunday, September 8th. Please prepare your reading to be no longer than 5 minutes.

Please only sign up for one slot. If all interested poets sign up and there are still slots left, we will notify you and you’ll be able to sign up for a second slot.

Apply to Host an Open Mic!

Hosting a poetry open mic is a great way to practice speaking in front of a crowd, and it’s even more fun for poets because hosts are encouraged to read a poem or two of their own. Apply to host an open mic at the Stroll of Poets by sending Ashley Frerichs an email at [email protected] with the subject line: Stroll of Poets Host Application, and say why you want to host an open mic and let her know about any experience you have public speaking and/or performing poetry. 

Volunteer Sign-Up

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Stroll of Poets festival on Sunday, September 8th at various venues in Inglewood. We need volunteers for the following roles throughout the day: 

Registration & Sales at the Kick-Off brunch event at the Attic  

Venue & Tech Liaisons at open mic events at various venues 

Please note, volunteers who work 3+ hours (2 shifts) will receive complimentary tickets to the After Party event at the Ironwood.

Click here for time slots, locations, and job descriptions:

The Schedule

Burlesque & Brunch Kick-Off Event

Kick the day off in style with a Burlesque Brunch at The Attic featuring spoken word poet and burlesque dancer, MelVee X aka Blaq Velvet!

MelVee X aka Blaq Velvet is a triple threat – she’s a spoken word poet, burlesque dancer and visual artist who’s shared her work across Turtle Island (Canada) for the last seven years. Smashing all your precious little notions about what Black women can do, you never know what side of Blaq Velvet you’re gonna get.

She’s also CEO of MVX STUDIOS – a hub for creativity and empowered artistic expression based in Calgary, Alberta.

It is her vision to create and cultivate spaces for those who have been silenced to unapologetically tell the richness and complexity of their own stories from their own perspectives. The struggle is real and the resistance has never looked so damn good.

This event is sponsored by the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society.


Stroll of Poets Festival Kick-Off: Burlesque Brunch with MelVee X

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After Party Tickets

Join us for the After Party at the Ironwood Stage & Grill at 7pm featuring a poetic and musical collaboration between Calgary Poet Laureates past and present, as well as a performance from live band The Fragments!


Stroll of Poets After Party at the Ironwood

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