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April 2014

Pan American Slam

April 9, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

This slam showcase explores the theme of heroes, featuring El Jones, John Akpata, Adelene da Soul Poet, and Scruffmouth Scribe. Curated by Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective.

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April 2015

$4 – $19

Youth Anarchy Slam featuring Zaccheus Legacy Project

April 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Youth poets (aged 12–20) are asked to break one of the classic poetry slam rules. Includes a feature performance by youth presenting work inspired by Zaccheus Jackson.

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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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May 2015

Free

Spoken Nerd

May 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

Calling all poets of the nerd-like persuasion. This is your time to explain to the world your love of isotopes or Star Trek or comic books or grammar or anything you feel nerdy and obsessive about.

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April 2016

$8 – $10

We Believe You Showcase and Open Mic

April 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Witness a spoken word offering by brilliant performers who have transformed trauma using the power of their art with a hope of bringing us out whole on the other side. This show, centering survivor stories, is a celebration of the strength and bravery within our community, and an honouring of performer and audience alike. A portion of seats for this event will be reserved for guests from various assault support services across Vancouver, and a small number of seats will…

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$4 – $10

Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam

April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Youth Slam The monthly Monday night youth slams at Cafe Deux Soleils continue with an awe-inspiring feature from JB the First Lady. Help kick off the new season of Vancouver’s Youth Poetry Slam by coming to watch this display of electric energy from the hottest new young talent Vancouver has to offer. About The Feature: Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a  member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based female hip hop/spoken word artist, beat-boxer,…

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By Donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Spoken Nerd

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

Calling all writers of a nerdy persuasion! This is your night to proclaim to the world your love of isotopes or Harry Potter or Star Trek or Dr. Who or Star Wars or Nintendo or Werewolves/Vampires/Ducks or Sudoku or Quantum Physics or Comic Books or Grammar or anything you feel nerdy and enthusiastic about. Costumes are welcomed whether you are in the audience or performing. COSPLAY IS WELCOME. Go on, dress up, you will be in good company! This event…

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May 2016

Chicken Sessions

May 1, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Come unwind over brunch at Chicken Sessions! Inspired by Mike McGee’s Kitchen Sessions, and the local Under the Bed series run by RC Weslowski and Wilhelmina Salmi, Chicken Sessions is a house concert, a poetry and story performance space, a potluck, a party, a salon with some Louisiana hospitality tossed together and served up by host and instigator Pamela Bentley in a big, beautiful East Van heritage house. A poet and musician invited in advance cap the event, with debut…

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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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$4 – $10

Youth Poetry Slam featuring Indigenuity Poet Justin Bige

April 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Our monthly youth poetry slam series continues in April but with an extra special bit of spice and hot sauce as we are also part of the Verses Festival of Words. Now that our playoffs are complete we’re going to have a fun slam for cash and prizes.  We’ll also have an extended open mic for those who are thinking about getting up on stage for the first time.  The youth slam is open to poets 13-20 years of age.…

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By Donation

Spoken Nerd

April 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What better place to proclaim your love for whatever turns on your nerdy nature than at the Storm Crow Tavern, the geekiest gathering place in Vancouver? Costumes are welcomed in the audience or for performers. Go on, dress up, and step up to the mic. You will be in raucous good company! Featuring a set by shayne avec i grec.  By donation.   Storm Crow Accessibility Info: Storm Crow Tavern has tables placed closely together and a very narrow hallway to…

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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

$8 – $10

Thursdays Writing Collective Discussion and Workshop

April 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Thursdays Writing Collective has been writing together at the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings for 10 years. Over that last decade, TWC members have met to share the acts and products of writing, improve their writing skills and make connections within Vancouver’s literary community. “TWC includes writers identifying as Indigenous, People of Colour, mixed race and white, trans and queer folks, survivors, and many other intersectional identities from different backgrounds. Our youngest writer is 18, our oldest is 87. “Collectively,…

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By Donation

Spoken Nerd featuring Kitty Stryker

April 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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What better place to proclaim your love for whatever turns on your nerdy nature than at the Storm Crow Tavern, the geekiest gathering place in Vancouver? Costumes are welcomed in the audience or for performers. Go on, dress up, and step up to the mic. You will be in raucous good company! Hosted by the inimitable Erin Dingle. Featuring a set by self-described nerd Kitty Stryker.   2:30 Doors / 3:00 Show / By Donation https://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ The Storm Crow remains…

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