The weather Gods smiled on Children’s Peace Theatre Saturday afternoon as 50 or so people came out to enjoy the first annual East End Poetry Festival. Blue skies and warm temperatures bathed the Peace Theatre’s outdoor amphitheatre as poets Ronna Bloom, Rocco de Giacomo, Katie Marshall Flaherty and Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke took turns reciting for the appreciative, intergenerational audience.
Young poet Randell Adjei gave an entertaining and inspiring spoken word workshop in a comfortable room of the old Arts & Crafts house, part of the former Massey Goulding Estate in Taylor Creek Park. Click through to see more pictures from the day.
George Elliott Clarke chats with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, above.
Poets Katie Marshall Flaherty, left, and Rocco de Giacomo talk with a poetry fan before the show.
Poet Ronna Bloom signs a book for an admirer.
Kids get creative while the grown-ups enjoy the poetry and jazz from Tom Upjohn Trio, below, featuring Luan Phung on guitar, George Chenery on bass and Tom Upjohn on trumpet / flugelhorn.
Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis gets ready to share a bite with Toronto’s Poet Laureate.
Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis, right, enjoys the poetry. Davis championed the establishment of Toronto’s newest Local Arts Service Organization, East End Arts, which helped organize and sponsor the day.
The Poet Laureate reads from his recent book Illicit Sonnets and also from his hot-off-the-press new children’s book Lasso the Wind.
Photos by Chris Jones