Amani aka Anne-Marie Woods performing for the Youth at Toronto Newcomer Day, May 29 at City Hall

The Toronto Public Library has asked me to perform the Spoken Word portion of the day for a group of 25 youth at Newcomer Day on May 29th at Toronto City Hall.

As an immigrant who came to Canada in the 70’s, performing and presenting to Newcomer Youth for Toronto Newcomer Day is an honour.

For the past few years I have been delivering Keynotes to various groups of new immigrants and refugees in the GTA, but there is always something very dear to my heart about presenting and performing for young people.

I remember my experiences when my family arrived in Canada from the sunny island of Trinidad into the throws of a Nova Scotia winter. Even though I was young I remember having to get used to new cultural norms and food and the children who didn’t have accents like me, and it wasn’t all easy. My message through poetry will be one of encouragement, motivation and inspiration.

Spoken Word – Sharing Newcomer Experiences (Youth Only)

Spoken Word artist Amani, aka Anne-Marie Woods, winner of the BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment, the Bob Marley Day Award and an East Coast Music Award, will present a creative version of her personal story while teaching participants some motivational chants and cheers to highlight their newcomer experiences. Amani has presented to youth of all ages for over 20 years.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square – 100 Queen St. W.-This activity is held in the City Hall Library and can accommodate a maximum of 25 youth.

Time: The Spoken Word program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Registration: To register your class or group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at and specify the number of participants and age ranges for planning purposes