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April 2018

Full Festival Program Page 1

April 14, 2018 - April 29, 2018

It’s here! Below is a web version of page 1 of our #VSFestival18 program. Click on  it so that you can move around in it.  Navigation ease may vary according to your device. Print versions of this program will be available as soon as Monday, April 16 at Van Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleils, and other locations following.

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Full Festival Program Page 2

April 15, 2018 - April 29, 2018

It’s here! Below is a web version of page 2 of our #VSFestival18 program. Click on  it so that you can move around in it.  Navigation ease may vary according to your device. Print versions of this program will be available as soon as Monday, April 16 at Van Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleils, and other locations following.

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$75

See you April 19 – 29 for Verses Festival of Words 2018!

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - April 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
[ID: a blue- and green-hued poster, trees and water and sky in the background; across the top reads “spoken word / storeytelling / music”; below that reads “8th annual Verses Festival of Words / April 19-29, 2018”; below that are many deep reddish-brown salmon, most of which have names across their bodies - Molly Billows Deirdre Lee Edzi’u Ronnie Dean Harris JB The First Lady Mitcholos Touchie Moe Clark Janet Rogers Kitty Stryker Joshua Whitehead Chimwemwe Undi Andre Prefontaine Buffy Sainte-Marie Billy-Ray Belcourt Christopher Michael Virago Nation Zoe Pricelys Roy Q The Fugitives + more /end ID]

You can purchase your Verses Festival pass for $75 here. Pass-holders must arrive at events early. All events are general admission.  A portion of event capacity has been held specifically for passholders. 15 minutes before show time, spots unclaimed by passholders are released to be sold at the door. This means that if a show says “Sold Out” online, as a pass-holder, you can get in as long as you are there more than 30 minutes before the show starts. The audience…

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FREE

Spoken Word Jamboree feat. Molly Billows

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
[ID: RC Weslowski and Johnny Macrae stand on stage wearing VS. shirts. Audience members are visible on either side of them. They are standing in front of the Hullabaloo banner/end ID]

The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off not only Hullabaloo, but also Verses Festival of Words!   All teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school, and Molly Billows will rock the house as the night’s feature. Alice MacKay Room (downstairs from the main concourse). Doors at 6:00 PM. Show starts at 6:30 PM. The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting. It’s…

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$6

Hullabaloo All Star Slam Showcase #1

April 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
[ID: Zoey Roy stands with one arm gesturing towards the camera, while looking directly at it with a slight smile/end ID]

“Awesome day! My students were so pumped and spoke about it for days afterwards.” – Lorisse Humphries, Chilliwack Middle School The always popular Hullabaloo All Star Slam at the Rio Theatre returns this year, featuring a battle between Canadian spoken word all stars! The 2018 edition of the All Star Slam sees Vancouver’s Molly Billows, Calgary’s Erin Dingle, and Saskatoon’s Zoey Pricelys Roy compete in a three-round poetry slam hosted by the inimitable Johnny Trinh – with students judging!  Once the dust has settled, and the winner has…

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$6

Hullabaloo All Star Slam Showcase #2 – SOLD OUT

April 20, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
[ID: Johnny Trinh is holding a microphone in one hand and a clipboard in the other. He stands in front of The Rio’s red theatre curtain/end ID]

“Awesome day! My students were so pumped and spoke about it for days afterwards.” – Lorisse Humphries, Chilliwack Middle School The always popular Hullabaloo All Star Slam at the Rio Theatre returns this year, featuring a battle between Canadian spoken word all stars! The 2018 edition of the All Star Slam sees Vancouver’s Molly Billows, Calgary’s Erin Dingle, and Saskatoon’s Zoey Pricelys Roy compete in a three-round poetry slam – with students judging!  Once the dust has settled, and the winner has been declared, there’s time for a Q&A…

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FREE

Hullabaloo Slams: Round 1!

April 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
[ID: A scoreboard reading 9.9 sits on the lap of a judge/ end ID]

The preliminary rounds erupt, with all 16 teams competing in four heats of four! Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse). Doors: 6:00 PM Start: Bouts 1 & 2 6:30 PM           Bouts 3 & 4 8:30 PM End: 10:00 PM Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this evening, either the first or second slate of prelims. All teams and audience members are encouraged to attend the entire evening. The poems will be judged by…

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FREE

Adventures in Poetryland Workshops

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am
[ID: Poets sit in a circle around Dana ID Mathews in the middle sitting with his legs stretched out. Some are on chairs, most are on the floor. They are either writing, reading, or listening. There are piles of coats on the floor and on the stacked chairs in the background/end ID]

The land of poetry spreads far and wide: you could spend days traveling from Metaphor to Extended Metaphor. And that’s before you even reach Rhyme and Alliteration! Poets have spent years investigating the nooks and crannies of these regions and beyond. Have you been to the magical land of improvisation? Or explored the dark arts of banter? Have you crafted spellbinding chapbooks? Or trained in the martial discipline of mic technique?  There’s a lot to discover and if you’re a young, aspiring poet,…

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FREE

Hullabaloo Slams: Round 2!

April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
[ID: A person raises a scorecard with an 8.4 score. In the background are other audience members and a person holding a 9.1/end ID]

The second slate of prelims kicks off, with all 16 teams competing for the second time in less than 24 hours!  Following Round 1 of preliminary competitions on Friday night, some teams are still in it to win it and some teams are going out with a bang, so Round 2 is bound to be mind-blowing! Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse). Doors: 1:00 PM Start Bouts 5 & 6: 1:30 PM          Bouts 7 & 8: 3:30 PM…

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FREE

Hullabaloo Finals feat. Moe Clark

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
[ID: Moe Clark sits laughing into the camera. She is wearing a camisole style top and a cameo necklace/end ID]

The 8th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of British Columbia. Moe Clark will start the evening with a feature set of her award-winning spoken word poetry. Then the top four teams from the preliminary bouts will face off against each other with the 2018 Hullabaloo team championship (and the Billy Sharkspeare Trophy) at stake! Alice MacKay Room. Doors: 7:00 PM Start: 8:00 PM End: 10:30 PM About the feature: Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe…

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$12 – $15

Jangle & Shout: HullaVerses Remixer

April 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A literary afternoon delight! Music and words from many of the artists performing throughout the festival, including a selection of Hullabaloo performers featured from our youth events. Bear witness to festival highlights as we celebrate their creative minds in one shared space, where participating artists and organizers, established and up-and-coming, meet, mingle and make merry. This is an All Ages Event. Featured performers (in no particular order) include: Moe Clark Ronnie Dean Harris Jillian Christmas Fernando Raguero Pamela Bentley Johnny…

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