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April 2013

Ivan Coyote & Veda Hille

April 9, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ivan-Veda-BWEast Van favourites and long-time collaborators, Ivan Coyote and Veda Hille team up for a magical night of music and storytelling.

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Mashed Poetics – Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits

April 9, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

418715_10151099802949888_1122004031_nAretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits will be sung by Chelsea ‘The Voice’ Johnson backed by a live band. Between songs, poets will perform new works inspired by the music.

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C.R. Avery, Regie Cabico & Sheri-D Wilson

April 10, 2013 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

CR_Avery_web_Headshot-BWThis cabaret will disregard acceptable taste in favour of the exceptionally tasty. Through the realms of raunch, these artists will invert normalized concepts of sex and sexuality, inviting us into a new land of kink and freedom.

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Lillian Allen

April 11, 2013 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Erich-BWTwo-time Juno Award winning dub poet, Lillian Allen performs her politically-infused style of poetry. Allen’s political themes and depth of vision are woven in an enchanting and unique blend of orality and the written word.

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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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Jangle & Shout

April 6, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

A literary soirée with a wild side, featuring Amber Dawn, Zaccheus Jackson, Christie Rose, Brendan McLeod, and Geoff Berner.

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Mashed Poetics – Rage Against the Machine

April 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

A spoken word / music mash-up featuring Rage Against the Machine’s first album performed by a live band with poems inspired by the songs read between each track.

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Word Circus

April 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

A whirlwind of words strikes as Sheri-D Wilson, James Lamb, Ikenna ‘OpenSecret’ Onyegbula, and Billeh Nickerson blur the line between stage and page.

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April 2015

$12 – $15

Jangle & Shout: The Hulla-Verses Remixer

April 26, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

A literary soirée with a wild side, this is your chance to see a sampling of many of the artists in the festival. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words!

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$8 – $10

Word Circus

April 28, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

A whirlwind of words occurs as Robert Priest, Tanya Evanson, David McGimpsey, Barbara Adler, and Ian Ferrier blur the line between stage and page.

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$12 – $15

Sounds Like Fire

April 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

A journey through poetic language and experience, story and song, with a powerhouse line-up of all-star performers; including Kinnie Starr, Mutya Macatumpag, and Women of the World Poetry Slam champions, Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina.

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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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$5

Chicken Sessions

May 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

Chicken Session: a house concert, poetry and story performance , potluck, party, and some Louisiana hospitality. Chicken Session #14 is a Sunday afternoon backyard brunch with poet Robert Lashley, and musicians Chicken-like Birds, as well as debut work by others in 12 open mic spots beforehand. Bring food to share!

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April 2016

$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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$20 – $25

There Be Monsters

April 24, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

These are no campfire stories told as a warning to be careful at night. These stories wildly call out to monsters, beckon from their hiding spots, invite them to come closer. Kai Cheng Thom, Ivan Coyote and Amber Dawn invite you to journey with them through music and word, myth and magic, gritty fables and queer lore. We’re going on a monster hunt! Set to original music by composer and trombonist Ellen Marple, cellist Peggy Lee, percussionist Sally Zori, with…

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$15 – $20

Sounds Like Fire

April 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

A journey through poetic language and experience, story and song, with a powerhouse line-up of spoken word titans including Anis Mojgani, a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam; Ian Keteku, a two-time national slam champion and the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion; Mary Pinkoski, Edmonton’s 5th Poet Laureate; and Winona Wilde, winner of the 2015 BC Musician Songwriting Award. Tickets are now available: http://thecultch.com/events/sounds-like-fire/ This show is all ages. General seating.…

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$10

Femcees

April 28, 2016 @ 10:30 pm - April 29, 2016 @ 12:30 am

Femcees Do you turn down for nothing? Must it be the money? Still eating Mom’s spaghetti? Or maybe you’re just tired of the patriarchy. Never fear, we’ve got your antidote right here! Four fierce female emcees firing on all cylinders to take you to your poetic high ground. For flows that roll like 24s get to Cafe Deux Soleils at 10:30 PM to see how many mics these incredible rappers rip on the daily. Femcees features the undeniable flyness that…

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$8 – $10

Mashed Poetics: Jagged Little Pill

April 29, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am

Mashed Poetics: Jagged Little Pill Mashed Poetics is a  spoken word and music mash-up. Picture this: a band is formed for the sole purpose of learning a classic music album. Poets from across the country are wrangled and assigned songs from said album.  Poets will present new works inspired by the song they are assigned. In this edition of Mashed Poetics, the band and poets take on the 1995 smash hit album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette. I’m here to…

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$10 – $12

Word Circus

April 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Word Circus A whirlwind of words occurs as Brendan McLeod, Lexi Marie, Rup Sidhu, and Billeh Nickerson perform feats of acrobatic wordsmithery before your very eyes. The round robin format allows the artists to respond to one another and build the energy in a spontaneous way. If you’ve ever seen a ‘workshop stage’ at a folk festival, you’ll know how exciting it is to see artists perform in this more relaxed and informal atmosphere where anything can happen. Buy Tickets…

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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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$25 – $30

“Oceans to Sail” Showcase with Saul Williams and Guests

April 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

“Oceans to Sail” Showcase Featuring Saul Williams and Guests Saul Williams is no stranger to conversations that permeate the collective minds of the diaspora. Reparations are within reach and he has a list of demands waiting to unravel from the tip of his revolutionary tongue. Bolstered by the work of local activists and artists Kimmortal, Eugene Bae, Khari Wendell McClelland and Dawn Pemberton, Williams takes to the stage to gather workers for the resistance that is at our doorsteps. “come,…

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$10 – $12

Mashed Poetics featuring Spice by the Spice Girls

April 26, 2017 @ 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mash up.  We pick a music album, find a cover band and ask poets to write new poems based on the songs.  Then we do it all up live with the poets performing in between songs. Mashed Poetics has been a part of the Verses festival and its earlier incarnation, the VIP Festival, since the beginning.  We’ve done it up big with an 11 piece band tribute to Aretha Franklin.…

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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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$5

Chicken Session #26 Community Backyard Stage

April 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

House concert, poetry and story performance, potluck, party, and some Louisiana hospitality. Chicken Session #26 is a Sunday afternoon backyard brunch with Poet Al Mader and Musician Lexi Marie, as well as debut work by others in 12 open mic spots beforehand. Bring food to share! Noon — Food and Socializing 1:00 pm Performances Begin including: 10 Open Mic spots for one piece (will be listed as they are signed up): Frankie McGee Kelsey Savage; Francis Arevalo; Deirdre Lee; Fernando…

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April 2018

FREE

Hullabaloo Finals feat. Moe Clark

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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$25 – $30

Moe Clark – Masterclass: “Looping Landscapes”

April 23, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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“Spoken word performance and looping pedal workshop exploring body and voice as landscape. Add new dimension to your spoken word poetry and written works. Combine your poetry with sounds, songs, and performance tools to create works that are stage-worthy and audience approved. Moe Clark will take you on a journey through her process of transforming a simple page poem into a full-spectrum spoken word performance poem with layers, loops, and creative vocal dimensions. Everyone is invited to bring a poem…

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$20 – $25

Community Poetry Workshop with JB the First Lady

April 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Utilizing a unique creative writing process developed by the writer, hip hop artist,  activist, and performer, JB leads workshop participants through activity and writing, exploring themes of remembering and  belonging. Working together over an hour and a half long session, participants will create a community poem and in creating a poem together, hopefully, tap into the rich community surrounding them. Doors 10 a.m. / Workshop 10:30-12:00  / Wise Hall / $20 Advance / $25 At Door / Financial access options…

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Sounds Like Fire: Edzi’u, Joshua Whitehead, and Janet Rogers

April 24, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Rich with voices of the past, present, and future, a powerhouse lineup of literary and lyrical titans guide us on a  journey through poetic language, experience, story, and song including songwriter and composer Edzi’u, storyteller, poet, and academic Joshua Whitehead, and innovative multimedia artist Janet Rogers. Doors 8:15 pm / Showcase 8:30 – 10 pm / $15 Advance / $20 At Door General Seating with some standing room at back of Hall. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time on Brown…

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$10 – $12

Mashed Poetics: Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble

April 25, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - April 26, 2018 @ 12:00 am
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Mashed Poetics is a night of Spoken Word and Music mash up. Mashed Poetics has been a part of the Verses Festival of Words since its inception and is happy to be a part of the 2018 edition. This year, Mashed Poetics is bringing the blues-rock storm of Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. Eight poets write new work based on the songs from the album performed by “The Cold Shots.”  Poets will perform in…

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$12 – $15

The Fugitives presented by the Wise Hall & Verses, introducing the “Little Death Match”

April 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Live at the WISE and Verses Festival of Words is proud to present The Fugitives album release Show for “The Promise of Strangers” . PLUS Introducing the Verses Festival of Words “Little Death Match” (a 17 syllable slam)  During intermission we dip our toes into a tantalizing tiny pool of words, revisiting the 17 syllable slam format with four skilled champions of the sharpened tongue and keenly wielded wit: past Haiku Death Match champions Erin Kirsh, Fernando Raguero, RC Weslowski,…

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$12 – $15

Interrobang?! Billy-Ray Belcourt, Virago Nation, Snotty Nose Rez Kids

April 27, 2018 @ 10:40 pm - April 28, 2018 @ 12:30 am
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In the guts of artists everywhere is a driving force, a question that begs for answer, churning engine of the inquisitive mind. Interrobang?! pays homage to those making their statements known, loud and clear, while asking the complicated, nuanced, and too often unasked-questions. Join us as this all star line-up of curious creators, including Billy-Ray Belcourt, Virago Nation, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids, fill the room with wonder and imagination – all the while offering us a bounty of new…

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