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Poetry Saved Our Lives


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on recurring dates listed below
60 mins

Coach Patrick de Belen creates a virtual space for youth to be heard, to build community, and to explore the art of storytelling & spoken word poetry.

Patrick de Belen, PDB, is a rare breed of artist. This Toronto-based Filipino spoken word poet, performer, speaker, host and educator is an acclaimed performance artist and writer, as well as a committed community activist. He is the director of BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam and the facilitator of the Filipino storytelling workshop series, Poetry is Our Second Language.

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This program will be presented with live captioning.

Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks' notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email

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Upcoming Dates:

Wed May 19
Wed May 26
Wed Jun 02
Wed Jun 09
Wed Jun 16
Wed Jun 23
Wed Jun 30