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March 2021

CIPS Regional Qualifiers

March 6 @ 10:00 am - March 7 @ 6:00 pm

VPH Regional Qualifiers: We recognize that with the global pandemic, many spoken word series have shuttered across the country. For folks whose local poetry slam is no longer active, we will be hosting 6 regional qualifiers: Pacific, Prairies, Northern, Central, Atlantic & French Speaking. Regional qualifiers will be held March 6 & 7, 2021.  The deadline for regional qualifier registration is March 1, 2021. Register for your regional qualifier by completing this form.  ***Unlike the main competition, regional qualifiers will not…

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Tips and Tools for Online Shows with Charlie Petch 

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this workshop, award-winning solo show performer, and lighting specialist for film and television, Charlie Petch, will take you through the principles of light, sound and script for online performance. Whether it is learning to light and sound better with what you have and dollar store solutions, or getting the gear you need to have an even more professional look, Charlie will show you tips and tricks and take you through the gear they use, and how you could set…

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April 2021

Hullabaloo

April 22 @ 8:00 am - April 24 @ 5:00 pm

Hullabaloo is BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival featuring workshops, showcase performances and some of BC’s finest high school aged poets all sharing work for peers and audiences alike. The 2021 Festival runs April 22-24th online via Zoom.  Registration for returning teams opens on February 1st and open registration for all other schools begins on February 15th.  Participating poets will be asked to take part in poetry workshops of their choice as well as create work to be presented for online…

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Hullabaloo Spoken Word Jamboree and Alumni Showcase

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is originating from the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. For the 2021 edition of Hullabaloo we keep some of the past and forge ahead with something new.Once again we will be having our Spoken Word Jamboree to kick off the festival.  Our featured performer is Apollo the Child from Ottawa.  Apollo will be performing a 20-25 minute set of his electrifying spoken word poetry.“Khaleefa ‘Apollo the Child’ Hamdan is a spoken word poet,…

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Hullabaloo All Star Slam 2021 and Individual Videopoem Festival

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is originating from the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh Nations. The All Star Slam is back.  This year we have two of our festival features taking part along with a returning poet from 2020 plus our wonderful host Johnny D. Trinh.  This year we feature Apollo The Child, Nisha Patel and Ruthless in a 3 round head to head All Star Slam battle.  Johnny D. Trinh will once again be your ringmaster for this…

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Stage to Page

April 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Vancouver Poetry House is partnering with Stage to Page Performance Society to bring a special public masterclass for Verses 2021. Industry professionals from poetry, publishing, and theatre form an all star panel that come together to workshop new poems by spoken word artists. What happens when spoken word poets publish their work for other voices to read? In this workshop, professional performers will read new works by spoken word poets, and discuss the works. Come and learn more about the…

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Talk the Talk | What is your ritual?

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What is your Ritual that you do before you sit down and write a poem? For this Talk the Talk Vancouver Poetry House’s Artistic Director Joseph Dandurand will share what it is that he does before he drops the first word of a new poem. For Joseph Dandurand, his ritual is somewhat fluid in the sense that he may add to it. For example, he just bought his first plant ever, an ivy plant in a rustic holder and it…

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Hullabaloo Finals Night Feature with Nisha Patel and our Inaugural Team Piece Showcase

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is originating on the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh Nations.   Once again we have something new and something traditional for you on our final night of Hullabaloo 2021. We kick off the night with a feature performance by 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion, Nisha Patel.  She is a dynamic and thought provoking performer that can make you laugh and break your heart often within the same poem.  We are excited to have…

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Write Bloody North | Life After the Slam Q and A

April 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Write Bloody North team in a discussion about some of the opportunities that exist for poets who have honed their craft at the poetry slam. Some of the topics we will discuss include publishing, editing, multimedia, film/television, touring and the future possibilities that exist for our artform. The panellists include Alessandra Nacaratto, Brad Morden, Ian Keteku and Titilope Sonuga.

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Write Bloody North | Showcase

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Write Bloody North is the only Canadian publisher devoted to the work of spoken word artists. Join us in this celebration Canadian spoken word with some of our past, current and future authors Lucia Misch, Brandon Wint, RC Weslowski and Sheri-D Wilson!

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Poets Forward: Isabella Wang Feature Performance and Workshop

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop encourages participants to consider issues of the dynamic world, and to discuss why poetry IS political; IS imaginative; IS activism. How can the vulnerability of writing in this difficult time be turned into a strength, generating powerful and necessary perspectives? The pandemic brings with it overwhelming changes; yet, for the poet, channels new creative possibilities of expression. How can we remain committed to the various social, artistic and interdisciplinary spaces we occupy as responsible community citizens? We will…

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Iron Poet Gauntlet

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Gauntlet has been thrown! Poet legends: RC Weslowski, Charlie C Petch, and Nisha Patel are the Verses 2021 Iron Poets. They have spent centuries training for this moment. They have opened the floor to face challengers from the audience to compete in zainy poetry games. Hosted by Johnny D Trinh and Brad Morden, attendees will be invited to step into the ring and participate in whacky, funny, unexpected games, vying for a sweet $100 cash prize. Like the Pop…

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Translating Poetry into Song: The Northwest Kid Feature Performance and Workshop

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

If you’re a poet and you’re also into making music, here’s the101 on how to get started. This workshop will show you how poetry translates to song through rhythm. A stanza is 4 lines of poetry; each line is a bar of music. We’ll listen to some instrumentals together, break it down into four-bar chunks, and do some creative songwriting to capture our feelings and experiences through metaphor and sensory work. Learn about song structure through poetry and how other…

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Mashed Sabbath

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mashup.  Established in 2009 this will be the 50th edition of Mashed Poetics (a Verses Festival mainstay) and we’ll be featuring Black Sabbath’s album Paranoid.  9 different poets will create new works to perform at this event including the reunion of the 1996 Vancouver Poetry Slam Team.  It’s the 25th anniversary of their barrier breaking trip and performances at the National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon.  We’ll also have our…

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Free

First Preliminary Night

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

16 poets will be drawn at random to compete head-to-head on the first preliminary night of the festival. They will be paired up via random draw. The 8 winning poets will move onto the semi-finals.

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Second Preliminary Night

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On each evening of prelim competition, 16 poets will be drawn at random to compete head-to-head on the first preliminary night of the festival. They will be paired up via random draw. The 8 winning poets from each night of prelims will move onto the semi-finals.   

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CIPS Semi Finals

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 16 semi-finalists (8 from 1st preliminary night + 8 from 2nd preliminary night) will compete in the same head-to-head fashion, with random draws determining each of the pairings. The winning 8 poets will move onto the finals.

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May 2021

CIPS Finals

May 1 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The top 8 poets will not be going head-to-head at finals. Instead, they will be individually scored by the judges to determine the final rankings. 1st place poet will receive $500, and a confirmed performance opportunity at a future Verses Festival or equivalent within Vancouver Poetry House programs.

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