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Known for his energetic and imaginative poetry, Johnny MacRae has established himself as one of Canada’s most exciting spoken word artists.

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Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet. He has represented Vancouver Poetry Slam in competition four times, Vic Slam once, and took a spin on the CFSW Wild Card team in 2012. In 2013, he was named Poet of Honour for the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. He attended
Spoken Word residencies at the Banff Centre twice, and was a three-time ensemble member at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, including the 2015 All Star Ensemble.

Since 2010, MacRae has offered hundreds of performances at slams and readings, as well as poetry, music, and theatre festivals across Canada and the United States, solo or as a member of outfits 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, with shayne avec i grec, or The Dambassadors, with avec i grec, “Mighty” Mike McGee, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson. MacRae has produced a number of medium-to long-form spoken word works, including cowriting 2013’s, “The Anthropocalypse, a psychedelic talk opera,” with avec i grec, writing two pieces for Victoria’s SKAMpede, “Maimyards of the Pacific” and “Banning Butterflies from Poetry,” and a 25-minute poetic monologue, “Love Your Weird.” In 2017, he produced an album, “Mouth Music,” with members of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac’s musical iteration, Cadillac Mountain Orchestra.

In addition to writing and touring, MacRae can usually be found teaching. Over the last decade, he has given over 300 workshops around British Columbia and Canada. While primarily offering workshops and residencies in schools, MacRae has also offered dozens of public workshops on subjects ranging from animistic poetry to collaborative composition to grant writing. He is a regular teacher at the Albert Writers Guild’s WordsWorth summer youth residency, a member of both WordPlay Poets (Vancouver Poetry House) and Raising Voices (Victoria Poetry Project), and a facilitator with Reframing Relations (Community Arts Council Vancouver). 

MacRae has been as active in community organizing as he has in poetry. In 2009, he co-founded UBC Poetry Slam with Lucia Misch, which he directed until 2011. From 2013 to 2018, he directed WordPlay Poets. He also founded the Raising Voices program in 2013, seeing a need to connect Island-based poets with schools across the Vancouver Island region. Alongside RC Weslowski, MacRae also co-directed the Hullabaloo youth festival from 2015 to 2019. Additionally, he co-directed CFSW 2014 in Victoria, and acted as Tournament Director for the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2016 and 2018. In July 2018, MacRae launched Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive in Vancouver, BC, a spoken word professional development program for youth aged 18 to 24. During the first half of 2019, he served as the interim Artistic Director for Vancouver Poetry House, directing the 9th annual Verses Festival of Words.

Whether performing, teaching, or organizing, MacRae continues to prove that he is one of the most versatile, innovative, and dedicated spoken word artists in the country.

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Need a poet? Or maybe you didn’t know you need one?

Put Johnny’s incredible versatility to work for you! He offers dynamic spoken word performances, a broad range of workshop facilitations, and numerous related services. Whether you’re a community organizer, a school teacher, a business owner, or an artist, Johnny has something to offer that’ll meet your needs.

Contact him to ask about rates, to make a booking, or to find out more!


A spoken word performance can be a great way to engage and excite people attending your events.  Commissioning a poem specific to the event will blow them away!

Johnny has a proven ability to create work that speaks to the purpose of your event, whether exploring an idea, a political issue, or celebrating a person or group of people.

Rates for commission are dependent upon the nature of the project.

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Contact me about booking a workshop at your school or business, commissioning a poem for your event, grant writing or just to say hi.

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Vancouver, BC

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Victoria, BC

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