Spoken Word Youth Choir
The Spoken Word Youth Choir (SWYC) was born at YouthWrite 2007 and had its world premiere at Axis Cafe in Edmonton on September 21, 2007, as part of The Roar Spoken Word Festival and the Edmonton Poetry Festival.
SWYC is a professional spoken word troupe: part Greek chorus, part improvisers, part poets and hip hop artists. We are unique to Canada.
Training and rehearsals are rigorous prior to performances, and are focused on speech arts, choral speaking, singing and breathing techniques. To be a part of SWYC is to commit to practice, repetition, and scheduling around busy lives. But the rewards are plentiful!
In addition, SWYC members perform individually and as a group for numerous charitable and educational functions. SWYC Junior, Senior and Alumni are under the direction of creator, Gail Sidonie Sobat.
Katrusia Lahola, Lauren Seal, Pharran McKinnon, Étienne Fillion-Sauvé, Yemariam Abebayehu, Emilia Swartz, Uri McGilvery, Natalia Hatko, Mark Poelzer, Lyon Kutcher, Sahara Mittal, Thomas Mercer.
Dylan Thomas Evans, Jodi Butler, Elise Dextraze, Maren Elliott, Erika Luckert, Jade Morrison, Cindy Pereira, Charlotte Cranston, Peter Takach, Dakota Elliott, Sierra Elliott, Liam Dextraze, Mackenzie Trofimuk, Sophie McKinnon, Rianna Poelzer, Kenzie Horton, Alexandria Hansen-Yang, Elise Leske, Maddie Polak, Andraya Diogo, Morgan Henderson, Insha Khoo, Abigail Macbeth, Clara Mussone, Aaron Witherspoon, Keltie Monaghan.
Clockwise: Gail Sidonie Sobat (Creator/Director), Jade Morrison, Dakota Elliott, Ben Davies, Erika Luckert, Sierra Elliott, Kati Buhler, Lauren Seal, Katrusia Lahola; Centre (right to left): Maren Elliott and Peter Takach. (Photo by Geoff McMaster)