Robert Priest


Robert Priest also known as Dr Poetry on CBC’s Wordbeat has performed his exciting mix of poems and songs all over the world. His words have been debated in the legislature (see the video at youtube/greatbigfaced), turned into a hit song, posted in the Transit system, broadcast on MuchMusic, released on numerous CDs, quoted by politicians and widely published in text books and anthologies.

A people's poet in the tradition of Neruda and Mayakovsky, a composer of lush love poems, and a widely quoted aphorist Robert Priest is a mainstay of both the spoken word and literary circuits in Canada and abroad.

His Aphorisms have found their way into The Farmer’s Almanac and Colombo’s Canadian Quotations.

“There will always be plenty of space on the pages of my ‘quote books’ for the brilliant aphorisms of Robert Priest.” -John Robert Colombo

His ‘spoken word’ video/single Congo Toronto received nation-wide airplay on MuchMusic for over three months in l986 and established for Priest a unique place in the poetry/music canon. Rotweiller Pacifist, l988, continued the tradition with a collection of twenty spoken word pieces, many of them accompanied by tracks and beats.

Robert’s 3rd spoken word CD, Tongue’n’Groove, was released on EMI's prestigious Artisan label in l998. This collection which 'straddles the crossroads of folk, funk and the word' establishes Priest once and for all as a major artist in the field.

Ultimately it should be noted that Robert Priest is a great live performer. This can be seen in the numerous videos of his performances available on the web at These videos are also being shown as ‘flow’ on BookTelevision.

Robert lives in Toronto where he is a freelance cultural journalist for Now magazine.  He continues to write his “Passionate, cocky alternately adoring and insulting verse.” (The Toronto Star).  A new book: Reading the Bible Backwards is in stores now.