The 19th annual Van Slam Finals Night features Vancouver’s top eight slam poets competing for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team. Poets have been gaining points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. The Van Slam team will represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across North America.
If you want to find out which Vancouver slam poets will be performing, follow our winter season standings updated every week after Monday’s weekly poetry slam. The top 16 poets from the regular season make the playoffs. Half are eliminated at two semi-final slams, and the remaining eight slam off at this event.
Hosted by Brendan McLeod.
This show is 19+. General seating. Cash bar. Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 7pm. Box office is CASH ONLY. There is an ATM located inside the building.
This show may contain strong language, controversial issues, and words that make you re-evaluate your life. Advance tickets are NOT mailed out they can be picked up at the Will Call station at the venue. Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 7pm. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
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You’ll note on arrival a set of railed stairs leading into the Hall. The wheelchair accessible entrance is around back. For certain events there will be someone posted at the door throughout the event and/or a bell system will be rigged up to ensure no one has to wait out there to be let in. If this has not been clarified by organizers already, please consider contacting them for details.
Once inside, you’ll find a spacious wood-floored hall, open concept, tables and chairs set up throughout. The stage (accessible only via stairs) is to your left, and the washrooms towards the back of the hall. The washrooms are currently gendered, but sometimes will be marked “gender neutral”. There are two sets of washrooms. The one to the left of the bar is currently marked “men” is on the same level and is now wheelchair accessible, with 2 urinals and one wheelchair access stall and one non-wheelchair access stall. The one to the right of the bar, currently marked “women”, is wheelchair accessible with no urinals and one additional stall. *update as of June 2013: please note that a new, wheelchair accessible men’s bathroom has been created. The finishing touches are still being added, and the door has been adjusted to more easily fit wheelchair/scooter users, but overall the space is great.