In Lillian Allen's 2009 piece, "pOetic gEsture," the Jamaica-born dub poet writes heart-swelling verse about her adopted hometown:
"A three million sided heart is this land
We are Toronto
an experiment gone grand."
Working since the late-Seventies, Allen hasn't just been an advocate for the validity of her form – performance poetry with deliberately conscious leanings, set to a riddim track – but for female musicians of color across Canada. Her first dub poetry collection Revolutionary Tea Party won the 1986 Juno Award for Best Reggae/Calypso performance and features more pointed commentary on that Toronto experiment in a track called "Rub A Dub Style Inna Regent Park." A.M.