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June 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$25 - $30

Queen of Spoken Word Poetry returns to Toronto

TORONTO – As part of the 2018 LULAWORLD festival, Caliban Arts Theatre and Lula Music and Arts Centre present ground-breaking spoken word artist Ursula Rucker in performance on Thursday, June 7th at the Lula Lounge.

She’ll perform with Toronto stalwarts Rich Brown, Hugh Marsh, Thompson Egbo Egbo and Don Pham. Version Studio Music Project, featuring Lee Castle and Amai Kuda, will contribute to the opening set, fusing Afro-soul, trip-hop, down tempo, roots and poetic blues.

Born in Philadelphia, Rucker has a global following and is considered the vanguard of today’s spoken word movement. described her art as …”words tight with poignancy, wisdom, fury, pain and female strength.”

Inspired by the social commentary of black women writers Zora Neale Hurston and Sonia Sanchez, Ms Rucker’s mission is to elevate hip hop and purify the art form. Her goal is to inspire hip hop to become more original and responsible.

This track – Loveless – produced by 4Hero, beautifully illustrates Rucker’s power and poise.

Rucker’s art confronts issues of racism, sexuality, technology, women’s rights, politics, education, evolution and spirituality. She is dedicated to art as/for social change and committed to freedom fighting, truth-telling and peace-making… (and a little trouble-making), through her chosen art form.

A recipient of both the Leeway Foundation’s Art for Change & Transformation Awards, Ursula is also the feature of a documentary short called POET.

Please join Caliban Arts Theatre in welcoming back to Toronto acclaimed American activist poet, Ursula Rucker, for what promises to be a truly provocative show.

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June 7, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$25 - $30


Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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