This 21-year-old spoken word performer and stand-up poet loves to tell you you’re weirder than you think you are.
Andrew’s experience in the poetry slam community spans seven+ years and includes a provincial title as individual champion @ Hullabaloo (2014), a national team win @ YouthCanSlam (2014), and a national team silver @ Voices of Today after completing a seven-city tour to Courtenay-Comox, Quadra (Island), Bellingham, Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, and Portland with the Tiny Tricycle Poets (2017), a poetry group comprised of three best friends who originally met at festivals like Hullabaloo. The following year Emma Field, Angelica Poversky, and Andrew Warner toured ten cities during pride month and performed at many season finals events for poetry slams across Canada. Highlights from this 2018 tour include Toronto and Regina pride, Windsor poetry slam finals, a house show in Montreal with the now-famous James Clayton (see The Launch) and Andrew’s first solo feature at the Vancouver Poetry Slam to round out the year.
In the middle of these tours, Andrew also went to college and graduated from Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program (2017). It was there they met Sofia Auza, a queer Mexican writer-director with whom Andrew collaborated on the short poetry film Mangoes OR A Love Letter To My Best Friend which was included in over a dozen film festivals, most notably New York Mental Health Film Festival, Button Poetry’s Video Contest, and the National Screen Institute of Canada’s short film festival. Sofia and Andrew’s latest video #progress is available on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook @AndrewWarnerPoetry
2018 is the year that Andrew became the current-reigning Emerging Artist of Vancouver’s North Shore (after applying for the grant and receiving the award in late 2018). The long title is the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore‘s Ruth Payne Emerging Artist Award given with thanks to the former Friends of the Ferry Building Gallery.
In 2019 Andrew also had the honour of performing with the person who first inspired them to become an artist: Shane Koyczan. The Tiny Tricycle Poets opened the Vogue Theatre in May 2019 for the internationally-known spoken word virtuoso’s book launch (The Basement In My Attic).
By day you can find Andrew working at an office in drag and by night you can meet the real deal in person at any upcoming shows. Subscribe to Andrew’s social media if you don’t have the funds to buy books!
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