Our mission at Word Up is to bring pro and amateur writers in Simcoe County together in an encouraging environment to perform their original work. Writers can learn from pros to further their vocation.

Poets, spoken word performers, rappers, comedians, song writers, motivational speakers and anyone who loves the magic of language is welcome to join us. We meet monthly at Unity Market in Barrie to read, to perform and to share our art.

Each month we bring in a little extra inspiration in the form of published authors of all genres. Check out our Calendar to see who’ll be here next!

Our volunteer Organizers

Introducing our newest volunteer, Dorothy Sjöholm!


Dorothy Sjöholm is the author of a collection of poems and short stories entitled Holding the Mirror and a poetry chapbook called Wait for the Final Explosion. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Antigonish Review, Cede, The Adirondack Review, lichen literary journal, and Jones Ave. She holds an MFA in Creative writing from UBC where she studied under Susan Musgrave and Gary Geddes.




artist and author Linda LaforgeFounding Member Linda Laforge


Linda is a visual artist and writer, inspired by her crazy family and her mystical dreams of them. She has one published science fiction novel and is working on her next. Visitors to Unity Market are apt to find one or two of her paintings as well.

See her art here: LindaLaforge.com
Get a few chapters of her novel here: LindaLaforge-author.com


Writer and editor Aaron ReynoldsFounding Member Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds won the 2011 Dennie Prize for Prose Fiction while obtaining his Bachelor of Arts English degree at Laurentian University. He was a contributing writer, copy editor, and proofreader for luxury lifestyle publication PIE Magazine. While working for PIE he interviewed leaders in the fields of business, science, and art, like Chris Hadfield, Christine Magee, David Allen, and Mr. Brainwash. As a freelancer, Aaron wrote stories for The Barrie Examiner on local issues and individuals, and produced copy for blogs, websites, and social media.




Past Volunteer Bruce Meyer

Canadian Poet Bruce Meyer

Mr. Meyer has MC’d most of our Word Up events and occassionaly still attends to read from some of his newest publications.

Past and first Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie, Bruce is a prolific Canadian poet as well as an educator, currently at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. His broadcasts on “The Great Books” for CBC‘s This Morning are the network’s best-selling audiocassette series. He has published over 45 books, mostly of poetry.

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