This past Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Urban Legends Poetry Slam featuring The Messengers at Carleton University. This bi-monthly event, hosted by Ottawa spoken word artist JustJamaal, allows local poets to express themselves and share their work and usually features a particular poet, writer, or collective. This past week, it featured The Messengers Slam Poetry Collective. Hailing from Toronto, The Messengers is a talented group of youth spoken word artists who have won numerous titles and slam competitions.
For the occasion, The Messengers sent members Brian Millado, Patrick De Belen, Marcus Lomboy and Sheila “Jubilee” Brewster to feature some of their best work. All four poets offered up solid and inspiring poetry both with solo and group pieces. After the first poem, it was clear that the audience loved them and that they wanted to hear more from all four. The Messengers delivered several strong pieces and proudly represented their collective with professionalism and great energy. It was refreshing to hear such great poetry from such young individuals. It was The Messengers first performance in Ottawa and based on the audience’s response, it sure won’t be their last! I’m already looking forward to hearing them slam again.
For those of you who are interested in slam and spoken word, Urban Legends hosts an evening of poetry every second Friday of the month at Carleton University in the Architecture Building. You can stay in the loop by liking their Facebook page here.