words(on)stages is the reading series started by words(on)pages. We started the series to make a safe space for new readers, or for established readers wanting to do something unusual. We are open to sound poetry, spoken word, page poetry, fiction, comedy, undefinable genres of reading, and so on. We pride ourselves on having a supportive audience who’s just out to have a good time and hear some good lit, no labels.

Each show, the series will feature two or three poets and a 5- or 6-slot open mic segment to open the show. If you are an emerging artist waiting to have your voice acknowledged, come out and sign up for the open mic–it’s where we’ll be soliciting features for future shows, and it’s great practice leading up to the moment you finally do get booked for a feature set.

These shows are pay-what-you-can events, with no minimum donation; all donations will go towards paying our featured readers so that we can continue to support emerging artists both morally AND financially. We’re really not into taking art for free.


You can always find information about our upcoming shows on Facebook, or on our events page. words(on)stages wants to bring back the community closeness of literature and poetry: we encourage snaps, claps, and discussion throughout the evening. We also understand that sometimes poetry is a silent-appreciation type of art. Really, we just want you to appreciate poetry on your own terms, so come as you are, and don’t be afraid. It’s just words into a microphone.

From top left: Spencer Gordon (May 2014), Dagmar Morgan (May 2014), Matt Miller (June 2014), Julie Joosten (June 2014), Aisha Sasha John (June 2014), Tanya Neumeyer (July 2014), Jim Johnstone (July 2014), JC Bouchard (August 2014), Myna Wallin (August 2014), Barbara Erochina (August 2014), Dave Silverberg (September 2014), Jay MillAr (September 2014), Saredo Mohammed (November 2014), Claire Caldwell (November 2014), Ralph Kolewe (November 2014), Sandra Huber (November 2014), Dalton Derkson (January 2015), Jess Taylor (January 2015), Nikki Saltz (February 2015), Amanda Childs (February 2015), Suzanna Derewicz (Feburary 2015), Mat Laporte (March 2015), Philip Miletic (March 2015), Suzanna Derewicz (May 2015), Eric Schmaltz (May 2015), Rick Meier (July 2015), Eleni Gouliaras (July 2015), Ailsa Bristow (September 2015), Trevor Abes (September 2015), Spencer Butt (November 2015), Mark Cotoia (November 2015).


TAC_Presentation2c_pg7For our 2015-2016 season (November 2015 to September 2016) we are thrilled to have received support from the Toronto Arts Council.


We are often booked a year in advance, but sometimes have openings available sooner than that! If you are interested in performing as a featured reader at our show, we first suggest you come out to a show and introduce yourself–it’s the best way to set yourself apart and make yourself memorable. If that’s impossible, you can email words@wordsonpagespress.com with words(on)stages in the subject line. Include a bit about yourself, your history in performing or reading, links to any videos you may have of yourself reading, or a sample of what you would like to read (i.e. an .doc or .PDF attachment).