Wakefield Brewster and Lizzy Munson

TEDxYYC 2021 : Performers


Wakefield Brewster

About Wakefield Brewster:

Since January 1999, Wakefield Brewster has been known as one of Canada’s most popular and prolific Performance Poets.

He is a Black man born and raised in Toronto by parents hailing from the island of beautiful Barbados, and has resided in Calgary since 2006. He has spoken across Canada, several states, and made countless appearances on a regular basis in a variety of ways, for a myriad of reasons each year.




  • T-Dot Griots, Trafford on Demand Publishing, 2004
  • The Great Black North, Frontenac House, 2013
  • The Calgary Project, 2006
  • The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2019


  • Wakefield Brewster
  • da lyrical pitbull
  • Kill Whitey Records 2007
  • east2west
  • Spanish Fly Music 2008

In a point-and-shoot fashion, he is also currently wearing these hats:

  • Spoken Word Artist
  • 3-Time Calgary Poetry Slam Champion & Team Captain; 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Calgary Poet Laureate Shortlist/Finalist 2012, 2020
  • Reading Series Founder of Poésie à la Pâtisserie & Pitbull Poetry Reading Series
  • Resident Poet & Spoken Word Artist of The Grand Theatre
  • Poetry Coach/Mentor
  • Poet-In-Residence 
  • Classical Pianist
  • Percussionist 
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • 1st Dan, Black Belt, World TaeKwonDo Federation
  • Advocate for The Humanities, Addictions & Recovery, Healing Arts, and Mental Wellness

Most recently, he has been appointed the very first Resident Poet & Spoken Word Artist of The Grand Theatre House in Calgary, Alberta. 

He finds that underneath these many, many hats and the many, many hoodies he wears, resides a wonderful life. He would like to thank-you all sincerely for being a part of it.

Wakefield Brewster is accessible through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, radio, online, in pictures, in video, in print and many other platforms and streams. 


Lizzy Munson

About Lizzy Munson :

Lizzy Munson is a vocalist, cellist, and composer from Calgary, Alberta. Munson combines classical training in cello with vocal, musical theatre and dance skills which allows her to adapt her performances for a wide variety of venues and styles. 

She has spent the last three years performing for Cirque Du Soleil Kà in Las Vegas, after being named the grand prize winner in the 2016 Stampede Talent Search, where she performed a vocal and cello combination of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box and Smells Like Teen Spirit. Munson is a teacher, performer, as well as a session vocalist and cellist. She has had the honour of performing with artists such as Shawn Mendes, Michael Bublé, and Jann Arden, among many others. 




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