Monday Night Scribes
on CHUO 89.1 FM
at 10:00 pm
'Where the Mic is Mightier than the Pen'
Hosted by John Akpata
Check Here to find out about John Akpata's upcoming shows.
July 7 2007
John and friends at the Bluesfest. (Flyer 320kb)
March 31 2006
Kerheb CD release party at the Mercury Lounge.
January 23 2006
John Akpata ran in the federal election as a candidate for the Marijuana Party in the Ottawa Centre riding. John received 386 votes.
November 17 2005
The Ottawa Xpress annual readers poll named John the best local Writer/Poet of 2005.
October 7 2005
John released "Kerheb" his first full length CD of spoken word poetry and original music.
October 10 2004
John finished 2nd in the Canadian Spoken Wordlympics, World Indie Finals.
September 16 2004
John launched his weekly column "House of Trouble" in the Ottawa Xpress.
June 28 2004
John Akpata received 495 votes in the 2004 Federal Election and placed 5th in his riding. John ran for the Marijuana Party in Ottawa South.
June 5 2004
John released his debut EP "Phoure Twennie" on Parliament Hill.
March 8 2004
John became Ottawa’s CBC Poetry Face Off Champion
John Akpata is a writer and poet who lives in Ottawa. He first learned to read and write at the age of three. He has written poetry his whole life. After graduating from Carleton University with a degree in English Literature, John Akpata began to live the life of a true poet. He focused all of his energy into writing and performing, and vowed to make a living off of his art.
In 2003 John Akpata was a member of Ottawa's first ever Slam Poetry team, and travelled to Chicago to compete in the National Poetry Slam. He became the Ottawa CBC Poetry Face Off Champion in 2004. Also in 2004, John Akpata placed second in the World Indie Finals at the Canadian Spokenwordlympics - Canada's inaugural international poetry competition. John Akpata is Ottawa's Capital Slam Poetry Champion for 2005, and competed with Ottawa's team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2005 in Vancouver.
John Akpata is the host of 'Monday Night Scribes' on CHUO 89.1 FM. Since January of 2004, John has hosted writers, reciters, MCs, poets and storytellers, to perform their work live on the air. John mixes Hip hop, Reggae, Spoken Word and politics with his live guest. John was nominated for Ottawa's Golden Cherry Award for 'Best Radio Show' in 2005.
John Akpata is also a member of the Marijuana Party of Canada. He ran in the June 2004 election for the riding of Ottawa South, and received 495 votes. John has accepted the party's nomination for the high profile riding of Ottawa Centre in the January 2006 election.
KERHEB, John Akpata's full length CD of spoken word, poetry and music was completed with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts. It was released in October 2005. It contains John's most popular poetry and rhyming. There are wicked Hip hop beats by DJ Geronimo, DJ Pho Rilla, DJ D-Mass, and Rob Pelletier accompanies with didgeridoo. The CD is topped off by a speech by Malcolm X, and amazing poster size photography by Jamie Johnston. After several years of dedicated work, John Akpata's debut CD has already had a massive impact for Spoken Word in Canada. "I guarantee you that this CD will blow your mind, because it blew my mind when it came out of me." >Full Bio<
Available online at vanörange records
blackgirlfriend.mp3 (6.5 MB) Recorded Dec 2003 by Chris Ikonomopolous, House Sitter Studio
GWB.MP3 (2.85 MB) Live recording Oct 2004
CD Release Party Flyer (pdf 92 kb)
CD Release Party Back (pdf 78 kb)
Ottawa Citizen CD Review (pdf 67.8 kb)
Ottawa Citizen (hardcopy partial scan)
Bluesfest Flyer (jpg 320kb)
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