Hullabaloo Artist Profile: Johnny D. Trinh

Back again to host the spectacular word circus that is the Hullabaloo All Star Slam is Johnny D. Trinh.  Johnny will also be part of our Adventures in Poetry-land series on Saturday April 18th helping youth poets find new ways to express and explore identity with authenticity and empathy.  The All Star Slam will be happening on Thursday April 16th at 10 AM and 12:30 PM.  tickets can be bought at

These events will be taking place on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Johnny David Trinh is an award winning, community-engaged, multi-disciplinary artist. Johnny’s primary practice is in spoken word poetry and storytelling. Trained as a theatre maker, writer, and musician, Johnny’s work explores culture, resistance, and seeks compassion despite conflict. Johnny has little interest in small talk, but a penchant for salty banter. Johnny is most interested in the work that happens after the poetry, the listening after the storytelling, the change after the catalyst. Johnny acknowledges that we live, work, and play on the unceded traditional and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Highlights include:

Fever Rising (Headliner) – Shadbolt Centre, (Burnaby, BC)

Vancouver Queer Arts Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)

Saskatchewan Festival of Words (2017,2016,2015)

Victorious Voices, Tongues of Fire (Victoria, BC)

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2016, 2015)

Pride Toronto (2016)

Seattle Poetry Slam (Seattle, WA)

Rain City Poetry Slam (Seattle, WA)

Toronto Poetry Slam (Toronto, ON)

shab-e she’r w/ Ayesha Chatterjee (Toronto, ON)

Tonight It’s Poetry (Saskatoon, SK)

Toronto Art Bar Poetry Series

Verses Festival- Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) Tournament Director 2019 & 2017, CIPS Finalist 2018 & 2016

Regina Slam Champion 2016

Finalist- Capturing Fire 2016 & 2015 (Washington, DC)



Banff Centre for the Arts – Spoken Word Program

MFA: Interdisciplinary Studies: Theatre & Creative Technology- University of Regina

Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre: Summer Intensive,

Musical Theatre Performance: Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts,

Hon. BA- Drama- University of Waterloo.