November 3rd to 5th, 2017

It Begins: 2017 Artists Posted

An initial list of the stellar artists for this year's festival (subject to change) has been posted! Visit the Artists page for details.

Until Then: Our YouTube Channel

Performances from our previous festivals, including 2016, are available on our YouTube channel.

2017 Performances

The schedule for our upcoming Words Aloud 2017 weekend is not final yet. You can keep up to date on the schedule and other announcements by subscribing to our newsletter.


One of the wonderful things about Words Aloud is its flexibility - its capacity to adapt through shifting groups of dedicated administrators, artistic directors, and volunteers. This year, we say farewell and offer heartfelt thanks to Ann Hagedorn and Hazel Lyder, who have put so many hours into Words Aloud in the last few years, as they move on to pursue other career goals.

At the same time, we welcome Laura Blaney to the Words Aloud administrative helm. Laura, along with artistic director Terry Burns, key advisor Ilse Gassinger, core committee members Kathryn Edgecombe, Jenny Parsons, and Sandra Howe, and many other staunch volunteers, will be working hard to deliver the high quality festival you’ve come to expect at Words Aloud.


Support Words Aloud with a donation on our CanadaHelps page for the Durham Art Gallery.


Learn more about the history of our fascinating festival.


Check out this brilliant classroom learning resource featuring video performances by 14 of Canada’s best poets and storytellers.

Imagine a Scholarship

If you're in secondary or post-secondary school, you could spend the festival weekend meeting, working and socializing with festival volunteers and festival stars. Find out how.

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