This annual award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. The Golden Beret Award was first presented at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival in 2007 and is now presented by the League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Sociey..
VIEW THE 2017 SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD SHORTLIST HERE!
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2018 AWARD WILL BE ACCEPTED STARTING IN AUGUST 2017
The Calgary Spoken Word Society is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to showcase local, national & international artists; to present culturally diverse works; to offer innovative and progressive approaches to literacy; and to give voice to under-represented communities.
Sheri-D Wilson, Spoken Word Poet
La Directrice Artistique
The School of Thought: Languages Lost & Found (2016)
Founder & Director | Calgary Spoken Word Festival (2003-2014)
Spoken Word Program | The Banff Centre (2005-2012)
2016 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award Winner:
The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Society are thrilled to announce that the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award is RC Weslowski!
We are pleased to honor RC Weslowski of Vancouver, BC for his influence and impact on spoken word in Canada. He is a multi- talented performer who loves to walk between worlds to see what the ghost dragged in. RC wears many masks including poet, clown, storyteller, playwright, broadcaster, voice actor, coach and educator. Over the past 15 years he has toured North America, the United Kingdom and parts of Europe including many spoken word, poetry and music festivals.
2016 Jurors: Penn Kemp, Ian Ferrier, Sheri-D Wilson
2015 – Penn Kemp (London, ON)
2014 – bill bissett (Toronto, ON)
2013 – Tanya Evanson (Vancouver, BC)
2012 – Kirk Miles (Calgary, AB)
2011 – Ian Ferrier (Montréal, QC)
2010 – Wendy Morton (Victoria,BC)
2009 – Lillian Allen (Toronto, ON)
2008 – Sarah Murphy (Calgary, AB)
2007 – Murdoch Burnett (Comox, BC)