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Khaleefa Apollothechild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Poets and Pancakes unite

By Amanda Armstrong on April 6, 2016



Khaleefa Apollo the Child is a man of many hats. He is a spoken word artist, motivational speaker, youth worker, and events coordinator. He is also one half of hip hop duo Poetic Elements, radio show host on CKCUFM’s The Home Invasion Show, and current co-director of Urban Legends Poetry Collective (ULPC).

When Khaleefa became the co-director of ULPC, he looked to take the event which allowed him to sprout roots and give it wings. For Khaleefa, words aside, it was the community surrounding them that really inspired him. He wanted ULPC to play a bigger role, by becoming a collective and hosting a wide range of events in the community.

With this goal in mind, a fortuitous encounter ensued in the Twitterverse, that allowed ULPC the opportunity to do exactly that. Near the end of last year, Khaleefa was contacted on Twitter by the owner of Flapjacks Pancake Shack, Corey Sauve, to see if he would be interested in hosting a spoken word night at the restaurant. A fan of alliteration (as most poets are), he could think of nothing better than poets and pancakes and, from there, it was full speed ahead.

Poets and Pancakes is a new series, put together by the ULPC. Each event showcases 4-5 spoken word artists whose styles fit well on a bill together and who have not performed in the city for a while. They held their first showcase to a packed house at Flapjacks in January, bringing performances by 2012 Urban Legends’ team captain King Kimbit, Ottawa’s heavy hitters Just Jamaal and John Akpata, as well a performance by Apollo himself.

This edition of Poets and Pancakes promises to be no less a success than the first. It will be headlined by local spoken word legend Sarah Musa, who is coming out of retirement for the event. It will also be an opportunity for folks to come out and wish Radiyah well, at her last Ottawa performance before moving to Toronto. The showcase will also feature Freedom Writer, a young poet who represented Ottawa in the Nationals, as well as Nasim Asgari, a rising star coming in from Toronto for the event.

You don’t have to be a poet to appreciate the pairing of poets and pancakes and, if you don’t believe me, come out and see for yourself just what a beautiful thing it is!

Poets and Pancakes is happening on April 7 at 8pm at Flapjack’s Pancake Shack (354 A Preston St). $10 at the door.