Tongues of Fire

Tongues of Fire is Victoria’s longest-running spoken word poetry open mic.


Conceived in August 2005, Tongues of Fire began as a monthly spoken word night at the Solstice Cafe in Victoria. The night began as an open mic and evolved to include feature performers. With the 2006/2007 season, Tongues of Fire went bi-weekly, with a heavier emphasis on feature performers, while retaining the poetic open mic portion of the show.

In 2006 Tongues of Fire also launched a quarterly literary publication called Sparks with the intention of promoting written local work and encouraging regular open micers and the general public to submit pieces of poetry and short prose for publication.

In 2007, ToF grew up and out, with a solid audience base, solid out shows and more amazing Canadian spoken word features. ToF also put on special events such as the award-winning Poetry in the Raw and Solomon Sparrow’s Electric Whale Revival.

In 2012, Tongues of Fire is going strong and still excited about promoting poetry of all forms in Victoria.


Tongues of Fire happens every second and fourth Thursday at the Solstice Café (529 Pandora Avenue).

Tongues of Fire is always looking for feature performers! If you are a performer planning on heading over this way, send us an email.