Robert Priest

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 Robert Priest has performed his exciting mix of poems and songs all over the world. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the Transit system, quoted by politicians and widely published in text books and anthologies.


 In recent years Robert has entertained at numerous music & poetry festivals. In Budapest Robert was a featured performer at the Kacat Kabaret and at the Free the Word Festival in Stockholm Sweden. He has also delivered the word at The Cambridge Festival, The Vancouver Writer's Festival, The Winnipeg Writer's Festival, The Acorn Festival, the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Hillside Festival, The Ottawa Literary Festival, Eden Mills Festival, the Leacock Festival the Couchiching Think Tank and Toronto's North by North East. In October of 2001 Robert was chosen to be a cultural ambassador for Canada in the Middle East where he performed in both Israel and Jordan. This year he performed all over Australia and on his return released a new book: How to Swallow a Pig, at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

 His spoken word video/single Congo Toronto received nation-wide airplay on MuchMusic for over three months in l986 and established for Priest a unique place in the poetry/music canon. Rotweiller Pacifist, l988, continued the tradition with a collection of twenty spoken word pieces, many of them accompanied by tracks and beats.

Robert's 3rd spoken word CD, Tongue-n-Groove, was released on EMI's prestigious Artisan label in l998. This collection which 'straddles the crossroads of folk, funk and the word' establishes Priest once and for all as a major artist in the field.

 "Consistently One Of The Most Entertaining Acts In Town!"

- Now Magazine



 You can see Robert performing on YouTube. Some of these videos have also been shown as 'flow' on Book Television.

View a performance of "Rights Left" filmed at the Gabriola Festival

The Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, 1989
Special Choice Award, Children's Book Centre, 1993
Socan Airplay Award, 1994
Chalmer's Award, Theatre for Young Audiences, 1998

416 466-0047

197 1/2 Jones Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4M 3A2 If you want to book Robert as a singer/songwriter call 416 466-0047 or email

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