Dwayne Morgan Pioneering Spoken Word Artist’s Latest Achievements

The Spoken Word

Dwayne Morgan is a name that has been garnering attention recently. The Scarborough spoken word poet delivered a performance on the first day of Black History Month at the Power Plant art gallery at Harbourfront. Next month, he is set to present “When Sisters Speak” at the St Lawrence Centre as part of Black Mental Health Week.

Dwayne Morgan

On January 1st of last month, to be precise, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario. Since 1993, Dwayne Morgan has been a prominent figure and an integral part of Canada’s spoken word and live arts scene. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Godfather’ of Canadian spoken word poetry, Morgan has been providing a platform for women of color to share their stories and experiences through spoken word poetry for the past 24 years. “When Sisters Speak” is the largest and longest-running spoken word showcase featuring Black women in North America.

This year’s event will be held on March 9 as part of Black Mental Health Week, which runs from March 4-10. The annual event aims to raise awareness about the effects of systemic anti-Black racism on mental health and wellness. “When Sisters Speak” will feature performances from the 2024 Grammy nominee, Queen Sheba (Atlanta), 5-time Grammy nominee and one half of the group Floetry, The Floacist (UK), Ayanna Albertson-Gay (Orlando), Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion Shelly Grace (Toronto), Hannah Flores (Toronto), and Shahaddah Jack (Toronto).

Dwayne Morgan

The event will take place at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East) on March 9 at 8 pm.