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April 2017
$75

2017 Verses Festival of Words passes now only $30!

April 20 - April 30

Your 2017 Verses Festival of Words Pass gives you full access to all #VS17 events: Hullabaloo Youth Poetry Slam Competition – free at VPL Central Three Showcases: “Oceans to Sail” Showcase with Saul Williams and Guests Sounds Like Fire: Femme4Femme The Body Is Not An Apology Five Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships bouts: Day One Preliminary Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils Day One Preliminary Bouts at Havana Theatre Day Two Preliminary Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils Day Two Preliminary Bouts at Havana…

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Free

Talk the Talk: Activism and the Arts

April 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Guided by two qualified facilitators, Deirdre Lee and Melanie Matining, this talk is likely to engage with a number of topics that challenge and re-form our collective ideas of activism in the arts. “Deirdre Lee is a poet & performer, a writer & a survivor. An artist who works in words & rhythms, Deirdre Lee is as comfortable on stage as she is inside her own head.  Each of her performances are unique interactions with audiences, energy & herself, a…

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$40 - $50

Spoken Word as Theatre Masterclass with Charlie Petch

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

On the heels of their groundbreaking, tender, illuminating show Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum Rush, Charlie Petch breathes new life into old vaudevillian form. Learn the versatility and depth of long form cabaret-style storytelling, as Petch teaches us how to transform performance poetry into mesmerizing theatre that gives both audience and performer alike the opportunity to grow. $40 Advance Available here on Brown Paper Tickets. http://charliepetchmasterclass.bpt.me. $50 At Door. Cash only. Workshops are not included in Verses Festival Passes. All…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Forty of 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…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One Bouts at Havana Theatre

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Forty of Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four-minute and one-minute rounds.  These Day One bouts at  Havana Theatre are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Cafe Deux Soleils 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…

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$12 - $15

Mighty Mike McGee & Friends with Sheri-D Wilson’s Dragon Rouge Album Launch feat. The Orbiting Ouroboros

April 27 @ 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Mike McGee knows how to throw a good party. Join in the latest edition of this epic bash, where Mike introduces us to talented and charming pals he has gathered along his journeys. The night begins with Sheri-D Wilson launching her new collection of poetry, ‘The Book of Sensations,’ and new CD ‘Dragon Rouge’ (co-produced with Steve Berlin). She’ll be joined by ‘The Orbiting Ouroboros’ (mega-musicians Barry Reynolds, Liam McDonald, Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima & Mark Williams). Advance tickets can…

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$20 - $25

Radical (Re)Imaginings: Visions of a Queer Future: workshop with Amal Rana and Molly Billows

April 28 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Moving beyond reacting to the systems that oppress us, and into future-building for the world/s we want to manifest, we will create work in our voices and perspectives that the universe urgently needs to hear. Youth can sign up to work with two deeply thoughtful and experienced mentors/community activists and artists to create writing that will be shared as part of Saturday afternoon’s showcase. $20 in advance here from Brown Paper Tickets. http://reimaginings.bpt.me. $25 door, cash only.   Financial access…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The tension builds as Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest two and three minute poems to decide who will advance to finals. These Day Two 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 and rankings from these eight matches will be tallied after the bouts Friday night to determine the twelve poets who move on to compete…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two Bouts at Havana Theatre

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Canada’s best performance poets show us their strongest two and three minute poems to decide who will advance to finals. These Day Two bouts at  Havana Theatre are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Cafe Deux Soleils 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…

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Free

Talk the Talk: Intersectionality and Arts Communities

April 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Guided by two qualified facilitators, Sonmin Bong and Jen Sung, this talk asks participants to explore Kiberlé Crenshaw’s model of intersectionality in relation to artistic communities. “Sonmin Bong is a first-generation Korean immigrant feminist who works, plays and, most importantly, loves on unceded Coast Salish territories.She is a host and producer of Vancouver’s explicitly feminist radio show, The F Word Media Collective, on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO.  Her passion and interests include intersectionality, racial justice, food politics, cultural exchange, and interdependence. She…

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$8 - $10

Radical (Re)Imaginings: Visions of a Queer Future Showcase

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A showcase featuring recently created work by youth, and a set by each of poets Amal Rana, Molly Billows, and jaye simpson. Some of the performances will have been created the day before at the Radical (Re)Imaginings workshop with facilitators/youth mentors Rana and Billows, and some of it will be from the Tomorrow is Ours: IBPOC Futurisms workshop series that Billows and Rana have facilitated over the last few months. $8 In Advance Available here on Brown Paper Tickets. http://radicalshowcase.bpt.me.…

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$20 - $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing match includes a feature presentation by the one and only Sheri-D Wilson. Poets in the Finals will be performing three-minute poems. The first round will consist of twelve poets. The top seven highest-scoring poets will move on to the second round. Then, the top four highest-scoring poets from the second round move on to the third…

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$5

Chicken Session #26 Community Backyard Stage

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

House concert, poetry and story performance, potluck, party, and some Louisiana hospitality. Chicken Session #26 is a Sunday afternoon backyard brunch with Poet Al Mader and Musician Lexi Marie, as well as debut work by others in 12 open mic spots beforehand. Bring food to share! Noon — Food and Socializing 1:00 pm Performances Begin including: 10 Open Mic spots for one piece (will be listed as they are signed up): Frankie McGee Kelsey Savage; Francis Arevalo; Deirdre Lee; Fernando…

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