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TiP presents Buddy Wakefield w/ the Saskatoon Youth Slam Team
December 8, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Tonight it’s Poetry is proud to present one of the world’s most celebrated spoken word performers, Buddy Wakefield. In addition to this extraordinary feature, we will be treated to a performance by the 2013 Saskatoon Youth Slam Team., the first team to represent Saskatoon at Canadian youth slam nationals, YouthCanSlam. Tickets are available at the Broadway Theater, or at Tonight it’s Poetry on Sundays at the Bassment, from 7:30-11. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the world’s finest spoken word artists grace a stage in Saskatoon for the first time.
Buddy Wakefield is the three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.
In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship again and has gone on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in hundreds of venues internationally from The Great Lawn in Central Park and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and First Avenue.
In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He still tours full time.
Born in Shreveport, LA, mostly raised in Baytown, TX, now claiming Seattle, WA as home, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, a triathlete and a sucker for anything unfolding. He loves peanut butter, chopping wood, Vipassana and hygiene. Wakefield is a writer, the elated son of a guitar repair woman, wingman of Giant Saint Everything, and remembers Kirkwood, NY. Sanborn too.
Buddy, a Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, is honored to be published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. An author of Write Bloody Publishing, Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart baptizing failure into fireworks and this moment into all that matters.