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April 2014

Some Birds Walk for the Hell of It

April 6, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

CR Avery’s launches his new book of poetry “Some Birds Walk for the Hell of It” published by Anvil Press in a wild cabaret of music, burlesque, and spoken word.

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Gender Failure

April 9, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

An acclaimed multimedia show featuring the powerful storytelling of Ivan Coyote and the ethereal voice of Rae Spoon. Official launch of the “Gender Failure” book published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

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April 2016

$8 – $10

Poetry Is Dead Launch (Secret Identities Issue)

April 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Poetry Is Dead Launch (Secret Identities) Poetry Is Dead’s “Secret Identities” issue explores hybrids like the comic book, the prose-poem and the super-hero. Fallen Kryptonians, mad scientists, Sith Lords, teenaged sidekicks, cyborgs, dinosaurs, screaming-pink glam Hologram bands — we’re peeling off the mask, stripping down the tights, slipping inside the Fortress of Solitude. For the launch of our “Secret Identities” issue, we have contributors from the issue along with special guests for performances and readings. Plus a free 1-year subscription…

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oratorealis Launch Party

April 27, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 28, 2016 @ 1:00 am

oratorealis Launch Party oratorealis is a biannual literary journal committed to publishing Canadian spoken word and experimental poetry. Through poetry, essays and reviews, oratorealis aims to shine light on the sounds and ideas of this northern nation. Their goal is to bring poetry not frequently seen in print to the world-at-large; broadening the audience and connecting the artists. oratorealis is thrilled to be launching their first issue at this year’s Verses Festival of Words with a showcase of contributor performances…

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April 2017


2017 Verses Festival of Words passes now only $30!

April 20, 2017 - April 30, 2017

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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$12 – $14

Geist 104 vs Oratorealis 3 Launch

April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:50 pm

Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture — fact + fiction, photography and comix, essays, reviews, and the weird and wonderful from the world of words. Issue 104 will be launched this night.  Oratorealis publishes biannually Canadian spoken word and experimental poetry. Oratorealis is thrilled to be launching their third issue at this year’s Verses Festival of Words with a showcase of contributor performances. Geist Host: Roni Simunovic Oratorealis Hosts: shayne avec i grec and Aaron Simm Geist Readers: Jill Mandrake…

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$17 – $22

Sounds Like Fire: Femme4Femme

April 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Amber Dawn, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Kama La Mackerel, and Kai Cheng Thom In this femme-focussed showcase, we are gifted the opportunity to the bear witness to brilliant magic born of community and coven, care and creativity among four radical, vulnerable, and fiercely capable femmes, building each other up in a world that pushes us to the verge of burning it all down. Femme4Femme is co-sponsored by Arsenal Pulp Press, publishers of work by Amber Dawn, Leah Lakshmi Peipzna-Samarashinha, and Kai…

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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, 2017 @ 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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April 2018

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Andrea Gibson Q + A with Molly Billows at Massy Books

April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Do you want to hear the best story you’ve ever heard in your life?” Andrea Gibson asks into the microphone. The audience leans forward in silent anticipation. “So I met this woman and I went home to her house with her.” They pause, “already a great story.” The audience erupts with laughter, a happy juxtaposition after being so quietly captivated. Smirking into the spotlight, Andrea continues, “…So we’re about to kiss for the very first time. And right before our…

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$10 – $12

The Witching Hour

April 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
[ID: Image of a partial moon face. The bottom of the moon is reflected at the bottom of the image. The moon is set against an off white background. The words "The Witching Hour" "Verses Festival of Words" " Joelle Barron // Ellie Sawatzky // Alessandra Naccarato" and " w/ special guests, tarot readings and ask baba yaga" overlaid on the moon image in black and blue font. /end ID]

Triple book launch with Joelle Barron, Ellie Sawatzky, Alessandra Naccarato & special guests. Join us for the launch of three new poetry collections that blur the line between the magic and the mundane: Highly Sensitive Femme by Alessandra Naccarato (Frog Hollow Press), Rhinocerotic by Ellie Sawatzky (Frog Hollow Press), and Ritual Lights by Joelle Barron (Ice House Press). Come for the poetry and stay for the tarot readings; rumour has it Baba Yaga will be in attendance.  6 pm Doors / 6:30…

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