Just Jamaal the Poet

Jamaal Jackson Rogers; stage name Just Jamaal ThePoet, is an award winning poet, arts educator, creative entrepreneur, songwriter and recording/performance artist. He has brought his work to audiences nationally and abroad, and served as Ottawa's poet laureate from 2017-2019 as well as Carleton University's Music Program Artist in Residence for the 2019-2020 school year. His defining moments occur when he makes intimate connections with his participants during workshops and performance sets. His topics range from emotional maturity to world issues, from parenting to the human condition. He resides in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and six children, using the capital and his performance studio, The Origin Arts & Community Centre as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts. 

Curriculum Links

Explores thematic use of language as a portal to public speaking; supports literacy by exploring language devices such as pattern, rhyme, figurative speech and syllabic metre; explores traditional and contemporary functions of melodic language.


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New Artist
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Program Type
Residency
Residency
Indigenous
Indigenous
Performance
Performance
Workshop
Workshop
Senior
Seniors
Language
English
French
French Immersion

School Performances: Polyphonic Poetry

Residency Performance English

Using theatre, song, rhyme, free verse and storytelling, Jamaal’s presentations will weave fantasy and reality into a poetry experience that will leave students questioning worldviews while inspiring them to explore the urban art of spoken word poetry.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
500
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One performance: 1 hour (incl Q&A): $395 + HST
Two performances: same school in one half day: $650 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day: $720 + HST
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School Performance: The Songwriter's Sauce

Residency Performance English

In this  interactive performance, participants are treated to an engaging presentation where Jamaal shares his secrets to writing a song while creating a live song in collaboration with the audience. Students will learn the basics of song writing structure, language selection and melody production while discovering what makes the lyrics of a song memorable and infectious!

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
90
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One hour  session $220
Half day:  Two 1 hour sessions $320
Full day: Three 1 hour sessions $470
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School Workshop: 3, 2, 1, SPEAK!

Residency Workshop English

Jamaal will challenge students to channel their inner poet by engaging them in activities that require individual and collaborative efforts. He will demonstrate how the world is a vast poem and by understanding simple poetic devices, students can find their own voice and appreciate the value of literary and oral expression.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In Person and Online:
1 hour session, or one 75 minute session $220
Half day: two 1 hour sessions, or Two 75 minute sessions $320 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions, or Three 75 minute sessions $470 + HST

In Person only:
Three full day residency: $1,410 + HST
Each Additional Day: $470 + HST
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School Workshop: Songwriters Unite!

Residency Workshop English

Participants will learn the framework that songwriters use to create lyrics for a song. Students will explore song themes, melody composition, song writing structures and language selection that they will use to create songs of their own. From exploration to development to presentation, this workshop invites students to find their muse, write it out in a song and share their lyrics!

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and Online:
90 minute session $250 + HST
Half day: two 90 minute sessions $400 + HST
Full day: three 90 minute sessions $650 + HST

In person only:
Three full day residency: $1,950 + HST
Each additional day: $650 + HST
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Senior Workshop: Poetry and the Art of Spoken Word

New Program Residency Workshop English Seniors

An introduction to writing personal narratives using the techniques of storytelling and free verse poetic expression. Through short captivating performances, Jamaal will demonstrate the power of spoken word. Participants will have a chance to discover the natural cadence of writing using standard and forced rhymes that would be similar to the speakeasy era of the 60's, while understanding the relevance of performing constructed pieces for an audience that affects emotional responses and critical thought.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
15
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and online:
Workshop:  90 minutes $250 + HST
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Senior Workshop: Poetry Reading & Writing

New Program Residency Workshop English Seniors

Participants will be invited to engage in shared recitations of selected writers. Discussions will follow each reading with the intention of sharing personal interpretations. Upon reflection, participants will be asked to create poems of their own, using effective poetic devices as tools for their writing. Pieces will be shared and discussed.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
15
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and online:
Workshop:  90 minutes $250 + HST
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