Come Rhyme With Me

Canada, meet 'Come Rhyme With Me', the UK's most delicious spoken word event!

A celebration of poetry, food, and multiculturalism in Vancouver and Toronto!


VANCOUVER: Thursday, October 19th – Calabash restaurant

TORONTO: Saturday, October 21st – Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre

Scroll down for more information on location and tickets!

History of Come Rhyme With Me

Founded in 2012, Come Rhyme With Me combines two loves of Dean and Deanna's: Caribbean food and performance poetry. Both Dean and Deanna have Jamaican heritage and recognize the positive effect 'breaking bread' has between strangers. Known as the most delicious spoken word event, not only for the food, but also its friendly atmosphere, Come Rhyme With Me is proud to welcome a diverse audience of all races, ages and ability.

The team behind Come Rhyme With Me

Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. An ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards, he lives in London and teaches writing workshops across the UK.

Deanna Rodger is an international writer, performer and facilitator. Commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul's Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Undivided Britain (Viceland). She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University and is a tutor at School of Communication Arts ('The most successful ad school in the world'). Accolades include: ELLE UK’s '30 inspirational women under 30', The Female Lead’s '20intheir20s', Cosmopolitan’s 'No.1 trailblazing woman'.

Dean and Deanna have been friends for a decade. They first met when Deanna was participating in her first spoken word workshop and Dean was facilitating. Dean felt there was something special about her, and Deanna respected Dean and his work immensely. They began to co-facilitate the project and set up an event (Lyric Lounge) to run alongside it as a public performance opportunity for their students. They are members of Keats House Poetry Forum, Point Blank Poets and co-curate Come Rhyme With Me in London and Brighton, UK.

The performers


Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali is an award winning Somali-born spoken word poet, entertainer and educator. He is known to engage social issues in a humorous, but compelling perspective. In 2011, Ahmed Ali was part of the triumphant team that won the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word championship. He is the co-founder and current artistic director of the Breath In Poetry Collective. Ahmed sat on several boards in the community, including the Edmonton Arts council, where he chaired the equity Committee. You can follow Ahmed’s journey and support him by engaging with his social media accounts. Both twitter and Facebook are @Aknowmadic.

!Kona is a professional actor, artist and writer, She has worked with a range of cultural non-profits, is a community events organizer, has a background in governmental social justice work, and currently earns her lucre as a municipal cultural facilitator. In addition to contemplating the next iteration of The Queeriodic Table, Kona is researching and writing her first novel, working on the manuscript for #SometimesMyVancouverLooksLikeThis, and planning more art projects.

Jillian Christmas was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC., where she serves as co-director of Versəs Festival of Words. She has won Grand Poetry-Slam Championship titles at both the Vancouver BedRocc poetry-slam (2011), as well as the Vancouver Poetry Slam (2012). An enthusiastic organizer within the Canadian poetry community, Jillian has developed and executed programs in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, Wordplay, Brendan McLeod’s Travelling Slam and the CULTCH Mentorship, and facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country.


Ayla Lefkowitz is a health educator, program developer, and performer who is dedicated to making society a safer and more accepting place for youth of all genders, sexualities, and body types. Ayla’s passion for theatre, spoken word poetry, and photography has inspired her to integrate art into health education to enable youth to create social change.

Luke Reece is a storyteller, arts administrator, and artist-educator from Mississauga. He loves engaging with artists that are as diverse as the community he lives in. Luke is the Producer at Obsidian Theatre Company, the Artistic Director of Little Black Afro Theatre, co-creator of Dark Nights, and captain of the 2017 Toronto Poetry Slam Team.

SPIN EL Poeta To date SPIN has performed in 7 countries and over 20 cities including sovereign indigenous territories in the north. SPIN has delivered arts education workshops to young offenders and is part of the first ever Canadian Hip Hop curriculum. He has delivered arts education workshops to over 1 000 youth. He has also been the only slam poet to perform at Hip Hop festivals in Cuba,Guatemala and Venezuela.

Andre Prefontaine A member of the Toronto Poetry Slam 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word championship team, two time Underground Slam Champion of Canada and runner up at the 2015 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, Andre's work can be as hilarious as it is heart-breaking. His poetry explores identity with a sense of bitter truth that can be provocative and sexy.

Vancouver Come Rhyme With Me



Thu, 19 October 2017 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

Calabash Bistro 

428 Carrall Street 

Vancouver V6A 0A7 

For tickets in Vancouver, click here!



Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

IFOA Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West 

Toronto M5J 2G8