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April 2013

Orientation for C.I.P.S. Poets

April 10, 2013 @ 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

We’ll go over the fine print of the rules, have the bout draw, talk about safe space, meet one another, and get psyched for a week of amazing camaraderie.

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Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #1 & #2

April 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This night will kick off the 2013 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship.

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Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #3 & #4

April 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On the first night, 40 of the best poets from across Canada will be slamming with four-minute and one-minute poems.

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Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #5 & #6

April 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Erich-BW Day two will see some poets flinging caution aside at they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their position.

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Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #7 & #8

April 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

JC-Petes-BWOn Day Two, poets will be slamming with two minute and three minute poems.

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Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals

April 11, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rio-Poet-BW-iconThe top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2013 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion?

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April 2014

Last Chance Slam

April 7, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

One final spot in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam goes to the winner of this open sign-up competition.

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April 2015

CIPS Orientation

April 29, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam are required to attend this orientation.

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Free

Hello My Name Is…

April 29, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam perform in a sneak preview of what is to come in the following days.

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One (Bouts #1 & #3) Plus Haiku Deathmatch

April 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four minute and one minute rounds.

Plus, late night show Haiku Deathmatch with 16 poets – or haikusters – will battle it out in a head-to-head competition judged by the audience.

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One (Bouts #2 & #4)

April 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

More of Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four minute and one minute rounds. Tickets for these bouts include admission to Haiku Deathmatch.

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May 2015

$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two (Bouts #5 & #7) Plus Mashed Poetics

May 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Canada’s best slam poets show us their two and three minute poems.

Plus, in this edition of Mashed Poetics, the 1983 self-titled album by Violent Femmes will be performed live with poets presented new works inspired by the music between each song.

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two (Bouts #6 & #8)

May 1, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Day two will see some poets flinging caution aside as they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their position.

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$20 – $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Final

May 2, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

The top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2015 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion?

This closing gala includes a feature presentation by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose.

In 2014, The Rio was completely sold out for this event. Buy your tickets early if you want to see this showcase of the very best poetry slammers from across Canada.

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April 2016

FREE

CIPS Orientation 2016

April 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

CIPS ORIENTATION Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam are required to attend this orientation. The focus will be on making sure everyone is aware of the rules and format of the tournament, the location of the venues, community resources available to them, and the Honour Code (hint: play nice and everything will be groovy.) You can expect to hear from the festival directors, Jillian Christmas and Erin Kirsh, and from our CIPS Tournament Director, Johnny MacRae, who will…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #1 & #3

April 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This night will kick off the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, the event where 40 poets from across Canada compete for the title of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship, the reigning top ranked spoken word poet in the country. On the first night, 40 of the best poets from across Canada will be slamming with four-minute and one-minute poems. There will be ten poets in each bout, come and cheer for the representative from your home city! Doors at 6:30pm.…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #2 & #4

April 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This night will kick off the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, the event where 40 poets from across Canada compete for the title of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship, the reigning top ranked spoken word poet in the country. On the first night, 40 of the best poets from across Canada will be slamming with four-minute and one-minute poems. There will be ten poets in each bout, come and cheer for the representative from your home city! Doors at 6:30pm.…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Day Two: Bouts #5 & #7

April 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Day two will see some poets throwing caution aside as they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their positions. Poets will be performing two and three minute poems. At the end of Day Two, we will announce which 12 of the 40 competing poets will advance to CIPS Finals Night. Doors at 6:30pm. Bout #5 starts at 7pm. Bout #7 starts at 8:30pm. Mashed Poetics starts at 10:30pm. Tickets are available…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two: Bouts #6 & #8

April 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Day two will see some poets throwing caution aside as they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their position. Poets will be performing two and three minute poems. At the end of Day Two, we will announce which 12 of the 40 competing poets will advance to CIPS Finals Night. Doors at 6:30pm. Bout #6 starts at 7pm. Bout #8 starts at 8:30pm. Mashed Poetics starts at 10:30pm. Ticket are available…

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$20 – $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals Night

April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals The top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing gala includes a feature presentation by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose. 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…

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April 2017

$75

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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Free

CIPS Poets Orientation

April 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam are required to attend this orientation.The focus of CIPS Tournament Director Johnny Trinh will be on making sure everyone is aware of the rules and format of the tournament, the location of the venues, community resources available to them, and the Honour Code (hint: play nice and everything will be groovy). Poets can also pick up their Festival Passes here, if they have not already done so by checking in with…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
[ID: Two people in the audience are shown. Both are wearing grey and black Verses t-shirts and glasses. The expression of the person on the right is surprise. Their arms are crossed in front of them. The person on the left has their right arm outstretched and is smiling. They are wearing a red baseball cap backwards. The legs and clapping hands of other audience members are visible behind these two people. /end ID]

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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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 28, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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$20 – $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals

April 29, 2017 @ 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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April 2018

Free

CIPS 2018 Poet Orientation

April 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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CIPS Orientation will take place on Wednesday, April 25th, from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Wise Hall. (Bouts will run on Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th at Cafe Deux Soleils and Havana Theatre.) THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE AND COMPETING CIPS POETS ONLY ATTENDANCE AT ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY! If you do not attend orientation you will receive a 2-point deduction on your score in the 1-minute round. Exceptions will only be made in…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 1: Bouts at Havana Theatre

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
[ID: Two people in the audience are shown. Both are wearing grey and black Verses t-shirts and glasses. The expression of the person on the right is surprise. Their arms are crossed in front of them. The person on the left has their right arm outstretched and is smiling. They are wearing a red baseball cap backwards. The legs and clapping hands of other audience members are visible behind these two people. /end ID]

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 by volunteer…

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 1: Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
[ID: A score card with the number 9.4 is in the bottom right corner. There are many people in the audience at Cafe Deux Soleils. /endID]

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…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2: Bouts at Havana Theatre

April 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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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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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2: Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
[ID: A person wearing a purple shirt holds up a scorecard with the number 8.1 on it. In the background are other audience members and the menu chalkboard at Cafe Deux Soleils. /endID]

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 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. (Bouts 6…

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$19.50 – $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals at ANNEX Theatre

April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[ID: Ifrah Hussein, 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion stands at a microphone on a stand in front of a red curtain illuminated by a spotlight. Her mouth is open speaking. She is looking to her right. She is wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket with a yellow t-shirt under it. She wears a black hijab. Her hands are clasped behind her back. /endID]

The top 12 poets from preliminaries advance to this final match. Who will claim the title of 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing match includes a feature presentation by the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion Ifrah Hussein. 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…

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February 2019

$75

CIPS STORM POETS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!

February 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - April 6, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

Your chance to register to compete in the 9th Annual Canadian Individual Poetry Slam!

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May 2019

$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship Round 1!

May 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest 4- and 1-minute poems in the first stage of a competition destined to crown 2019’s national slam champion! Bout 1: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Cafe Deux Soleils / $10 Door (or PWYC) Bout 2: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $10 Door (or PWYC) Havana Box Office Accessibility information for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the…

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship Round 2!

May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest 2- and 3-minute poems in the second stage of a competition destined to crown 2019’s national slam champion! Bout 1: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Cafe Deux Soleils / $10 Door (or PWYC) Bout 2: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $10 Door (or PWYC) Havana Box Office Accessibility information for Café Deux Soleils Café Deux Soleils is a semi-accessible venue to wheelchairs and…

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$12

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship FINALS

May 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
[ID: Many people in audience clapping and cheering. Two people are in the forefront of the photo. /endID]

The top 12 poets from preliminaries advance to a final competition! Who will claim the title of 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 / York Theatre / $12 Adv / $15 Door purchase tickets Accessibility information for the York Theatre coming soon.

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May 2020

ApocaCIPS | 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship

May 21 @ 3:00 pm - May 23 @ 12:00 pm

The Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) is a national event to determine the best slammer in Canada.  Reserving your spot here will get you access to all four ApocaCIPS preliminary bouts and a seat at the finals. Reserve your spot ApocaCIPS Preliminary bouts 1 and 2, Thursday, May 21, 3-7pm PST Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest 2- and 1-minute poems in the first stage of a competition destined to crown 2020’s national slam champion! ApocaCIPS Preliminary bouts…

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