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  • Performance Poet, Musician, Film Maker, Husband, Father, Friend.

    IF's poems channel the wisdom of Spirit, the rage of the wounded and the yearning that resides in every human heart. He says “every poem I write is a ‘shout out’ to the sacredness of our days, a three chord party jam, and a tribute to the triumph of love over fear.”

    IF is the 2014 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion, a member of the 2013 National Champion Toronto Poetry Slam Team, and winner of 2013 Buffalo International Slam. He has performed at various festivals including the prestigious Word On The Street and Words Aloud. IF writes his best poetry while walking and can often be seen wandering the streets, gesticulating wildly and muttering to himself.

    • “A boundless amount of love.”

      Anton Chan
    • “Honesty, humility, vulnerability.”

      Dwayne Morgan
    • “He’s the real deal.”

      Lillian Allen
    • “The first time I saw him, I forgot to breathe.”

      Cael Zorn
    • “Hits you like a flame thrower.”

      Charles Roach
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    • IF THE POET is available for performances and other wonderment.

      (IF especially enjoys helping others ignite their poetic fire and facilitating workshops.)

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    • IF THE MOVIE

      The CBC produced documentary IF THE POET,  is the moving, irreverent and inspiring story of Ian French, aka “IF THE POET“, beginning with his ‘terrifying’ slam debut at age of 50 and culminating in his obsessive quest to become the oldest poet to win the World Cup of Slam Poetry in Paris, France.

      It is also the touching story of the unlikely relationship between 54 year-old IF and his coach and mentor, the 29 year-old poet and musician Ian Keteku, who IF calls “Canada’s greatest living poet”.

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      IF Movie poster 25092015