Sunday, August 14 @ 7:00pm
The Toff in Town
Level 2, 252 Swanston Street
Has an Open Mic?
Tickets from $15 and cheaper in advance http://bit.ly/1tlEsBe
It’s finally happening! Candy Royalle + The Freed Radicals are coming to The Toff in Town in Melbourne.
Fresh from debuting this show at the National Folk Festival’s 50th Anniversary to three packed-out venues and two sold out shows in Sydney, Candy Royalle + The Freed Radicals are bringing their genre bending, poetry pushing, high energy, rabble rousing show to Melbourne to challenge and entertain in equal amounts.
Inimitable and confrontational front woman Candy Royalle delivers explosive poetry and song whilst The Freed Radicals move through rock, hip hop, funk and expiremntal sound scapes like only some of the best musicians in Australia can.
They are joined onstage by special guest vaudeville showgirl Miss Friby just to heat things up that little bit more.
DJ LAPKAT will be bringing the tunes to start the night and opening acts are the inimitable Janelle Da Silva, Ebony MonCrief and Sea.
Punters be warned – this show is not for the faint-hearted: it is high energy and deeply moving. There will be sweat, tears, blood and the sound of many hearts breaking wide open.
Candy Royalle is a performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist and educator who shares confronting, political, human and heart wrenching narratives delivered in her own inimitable style to audiences all over Australia and the world, hoping to break open closed hearts. She seeks to take poetry into non-traditional spaces by collaborating with musicians, dancers, film makers, photographers and visual artists. She has published two collections of poetry “Love Spectacular” and “Heartbeats” as well as two albums “Stories by Starlight” and “Frida People”. Candy Royalle is a festival veteran and has performed both solo and with her band at innumerable folk, music, arts and writers festivals both nationally and internationally having toured parts of the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. She has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Performance Poetry Cup, a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship in Poetry and the Austin International Poetry Festival award in Excellence in Poetry plus nominated for many more. She has also been selected for a number of residencies including with Bundanon Trust and Performance Space. Candy has been published in multiple journals, anthologies and literary magazines and has appeared alongside many of Australia’s and world’s greatest poetic voices.
POSTY Poetry & Spoken Word Special Delivery is a new fortnightly open mic event hosted by Hamish Danks Brown a.k.a. Danksta Downunder. All welcome to distribute and sort their poetry on stage and to deliver it in any language. The Post is well located on the corner of Brighton Road and Inkerman Street. If you’re coming from North of the Yarra catch the number 3 or 67 trams from Swanston Street and get out at Stop 34 right outside the pub. It’s a very warm and welcoming venue with good food and drinks.
Thabani Tshuma performing ‘Newton’s Apple,’ which received an honourable mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Thabani Tshuma was born and raised in Zimbabwe but has been globe-hopping for the greater part of the last decade and as such, considers himself somewhat of a cultural nomad. Whilst writing for as long as he can remember, he’s only actively engaged in the Melbourne Spoken word scene this past year. Thabani’s poetry is an aperture through which he views his world and the way he interacts in relation to others. Thabani studies journalism with the aspiration of immortalizing himself by leaving a dent in the literary world.
Rhiann Isaacs performing ‘Black on Both Sides,’ which received an honourable mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Rhiann Isaacs is an outspoken Afro-Guyanese poet that has nurtured a love for words and storytelling from a young age. Rhiann’s pieces are explorative narratives that mainly centre around identity, Pan-African issues and mental health. As a rising artist, she brings energy and passion to the stage as she treats each poem as living art pieces that deserve to take up space. Expect transparency and straight forward expression from beginning to end.