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

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Since first emerging onto the Vancouver Poetry Slam stage, MacRae has carved out a reputation as an innovative writer and performer, a passionate arts educator, and a dedicated community organizer.  He’s been a regional and national level slam champion, in addition to which he was the 2013 Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour.

In the slam community, MacRae has been a three-time regional champion (2010, Vancouver team champion; 2013/2016 Vancouver individual champion), as well as having won the inaugural Canadian Festival of Spoken Word underground indies title in 2011.  All told, he has represented Vancouver at national poetry slam tournaments four times, and Victoria once.

Following their time together at the Banff Centre’s Spoken Word program in 2010, MacRae and fellow poet shayne avec i grec entered into one of the country’s only sustained spoken word collaborations – talk rock spoken weird act, 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac – which they launched with a tour across Canada and the northeast United States in late 2010.  Since that time, both solo and with 2 Dope Boys, MacRae has toured regularly, logging thousands and thousands of kilometres on the road, while appearing on stage at slams, readings, and various poetry, music, and theatre festivals.

In 2012 and 2013, 2 Dope Boys developed a 45 minute spoken word show, The Anthropocalypse, a psychedelic talk opera.  Also in 2013, 2 Dope Boys created the first of three ten-minute pieces, “The Book of Gamp,” for a Under the Gun, a 48-hour playwriting event in Victoria.  Following a run of The Anthropocalypse at the 2014 Victoria Fringe Festival, 2 Dope Boys have remained engaged in the Victoria theatre community, participating in local outdoor theatre festival SKAMpede in 2015 and 2016.  For this event, MacRae penned two more ten-minute pieces that have become routine parts of the Dope Boys’ performances: “Maimyards of the Pacific” and “Banning Butterflies from Poetry.”  Building on these experiences, he spent January and February 2015 touring across Canada with a 25-minute monologue, Love Your Weird.

Being dedicated to the possibilities of multi-voiced poetry in spoken word, MacRae has long been a dedicated collaborator: in addition to helping lead Van Slam’s 2010 team to the National Poetry Slam Team Piece finals, he’s been a three-time member of the Victoria Spoken Word Festival ensemble, and toured western Canada as a member of The Dambassadors (2 Dope Boys, “Mighty” Mike McGee, Chelsea D.E. Johnson).

Off-stage, MacRae has been highly active as a community organizer almost as long as he’s been performing at poetry slams.  In 2009, he founded the UBC Poetry Slam, which he coordinated until 2011.  In 2013, he took over as the Youth Education Coordinator at Vancouver Poetry House.  That same year, he founded the Victoria Poetry Project’s youth education program, Raising Voices.  In 2014, MacRae was one of the co-directors for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria.  Since 2015, he has been co-directing Hullabaloo: BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival, in Vancouver, and in 2016, he played the role of Tournament Director for the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.

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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Do your students hate poetry? Do they think it’s boring? stupid? irrelevant?

Johnny MacRae brings almost a decade of experience to arts education for youth.  His spoken word workshops and performances will help students connect with poetry as something fun, exciting, and relevant to their lives.  His school visits will leave your students recognizing that, aside from a useful tool, writing and performing poetry can be a source of pleasure.

Not a school?  If you are interested in writing and performance workshops for a private group or professional organization, contact Johnny for more information or to make inquiries.


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.

Start An Evolution - UBC Commission

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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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