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April 2016

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Spoken Word Jamboree

April 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off Verses Festival of Words’ youth stream, Hullabaloo: BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival. 16 school teams present short poems as an introduction to their team, their work, and themselves. The Spoken Word Jamboree features the truly remarkable work of Lishai Peel. Alice MacKay Room (downstairs from the main concourse.) Doors at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:00pm. The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting. It’s also…

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$6 – $10

Hullabaloo’s 2016 All-Star Slam

April 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Are your students finding poetry boring? Unexciting? An archaic form practiced by old people obsessed with nature imagery? Try the All-Star Slam. It brings the poignancy, hilarity, and immediacy of slam poetry competitions to the stage. The All-Star Slam pits three poetic champions head to head to head in an all-out battle of poetic verve and wit. 2016’s All Stars will be Hullabaloo Poet of Honour Janet Rogers, Toronto’s Lishai Peel, and Kingston’s Winona Linn.  Hosted by 2010 Vancouver Poetry…

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Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Round One

April 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This night will kick off the poetry slam section of Hullabaloo. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse). Doors at 6pm. 6:30pm–8pm – First slate of preliminary team bouts. 8:30pm-10pm – Second slate of preliminary team bouts. Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this night, either the first or second slate of prelims. The bout draw, determining the time for each school’s bout, will be conducted before the tournament begins. All teams and…

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Hullabaloo Underground Indies 2016

April 22, 2016 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Underground Indies is the chance for individual slammers to show the breadth and depth of their poetic skills. After day one of prelims on Friday April 22nd, we’ll take the poetry off the stage and put it into a different format. The audience will be arranged in a circle around the performance area. There will be no stage and no microphone. Instead 16 poets will compete in a head-to-head format to determine the best slam poet at Hullabaloo. Alice MacKay…

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Adventures in Poetryland Workshop Series

April 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The land of poetry spreads out far and vast. There’s a lot of territory to cover. You could spend a whole day just traveling from metaphor to extended metaphor. Then there’s rhyme and alliteration. Poets have spent years investigating the nooks and crannies of those areas. What about the presentation of the text? Or the magical land of improvisation? There’s a lot to discover and if you’re a young, aspiring poet, this is your chance to travel through these lands…

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Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Round Two

April 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

By the second day of prelims, the tournament will be in full swing. Some teams will be flying high, others will be working hard to improve their ranking. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse.) Doors at 12:30pm. 1pm–2:30pm – First slate of preliminary team bouts. 3pm-4:30pm – Second slate of preliminary team bouts. Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this night, either the first or second slate of prelims. The bout draw,…

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Hullabaloo Team Finals Featuring Janet Rogers

April 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The 6th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of British Columbia. Janet Rogers 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 2016 Hullabaloo team championship (and the Billy Sharkspeare Trophy) at stake! Alice MacKay Room. Doors at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Show followed by after party with pizza…

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$12 – $15

Jangle & Shout: The 2016 Verses-Hullabaloo Remixer

April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jangle & Shout: The 2016 Verses-Hullabaloo Remixer A literary soirée with a feisty kick! Get a sneak peek of the music and words of several artists yet to come in the festival, with the best of Hullabaloo thrown into the mix. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words at SPACE, a gallery venue new for this year’s Verses. Come mingle with firecracker word-slingers in an event guaranteed to show off what the festival is all about. Feature performers…

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