Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four-minute and one-minute rounds. These Day One bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Havana Theatre during Verses Festival. The scores from these eight bouts determine the twelve poets who move on to compete in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship (CIPS) final match on Saturday night. All poetry performances on the stage are judged by volunteer audience members. That’s what make this poetry game so great.
(Bouts 2 and 4 take place at Havana Theatre down the street at the same time as these bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils.)
BOUT 1 / Doors 6 pm / Show 6:30 pm / Cafe Deux Soleils
BOUT 3 / Doors 8 pm / Show 8:30 pm / Cafe Deux Soleils
Tickets for this night (both bouts included) are $10 at the door, cash only.
No advance tickets for this event.
Admission to this event is included in your Verses Festival Pass but get there early to get in and get a seat.
Verses Festival of Words 2018 Early Bird Passes are available at Brown Paper Tickets here.
Note the 6:30 start. Doors at 6. Arrive early!
Café Deux Soleils has been the main venue for the Vancouver Poetry Slam since 1999. It is sold out every Monday by fans of spoken word poetry. It is an iconic venue run by a staff that are friendly and promote progressive values.
Café Deux Soleils is a semi-accessible venue to wheelchairs and scooters. They have recently completely renovated the bathrooms, installing three ungendered stalls. However there is no wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Please read the full report from the Radical Accessibility Mapping Project for more details.
BOUT 1: (order of draw only; order on stage drawn before bout on Thursday, April 26)
BOUT 3: (order of draw only; order on stage drawn before bout on Thursday, April 26)
Yanni van der Pant
Lady Vanessa Cardano