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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

$6 – $10

All-Star Slam

April 24, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

SoldOut Are your students finding poetry boring? Unexciting? An archaic form practiced by old people obsessed with nature? Try All-Star Slam. It brings the poignancy, hilarity, and immediacy of slam poetry competitions to the stage. The All-Star Slam pits three former poetry slam champions head to head to head in an all-out battle of poetic verve and wit.

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Free

Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Day One

April 24, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

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 are encouraged to attend the entire evening.

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Free

Hullabaloo Underground Indies

April 24, 2015 @ 10:30 pm

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.

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Free

Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Day Two

April 25, 2015 @ 1:00 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.

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Free

Hullabaloo Team Finals featuring Lucia Misch

April 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

The 5th annual Hullabaloo Finals Night will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of BC. Lucia Misch will be the feature poet.

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$12 – $15

Van Slam Finals Night

April 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

The 19th annual Van Slam Finals Night features Vancouver’s top eight slam poets competing for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team.

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$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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$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

$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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FREE

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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FREE

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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FREE

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

Van Slam Finals Night 2016

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

Help us celebrate the 20th annual Van Slam Finals Night! Join us at The Wise Hall to hear the top 8 poets of Vancouver’s 2015/2016 season drop their most killer poems as they vie for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team! Poets have been gaining points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. The Van Slam team will represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across…

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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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$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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All Star Slam #1 & #2

April 21, 2017

“The poets were total professionals and brought hot topics to life with their passion and energy.  The students were mesmerized and totally engaged.” – Tracy Sullivan, Hugh Boyd Secondary The always popular Hullabaloo All Star Slam at the Rio Theatre returns for two shows this year, featuring a battle between heavyweights of the Canadian slam scene! Hosted by Regina’s Johnny Trinh, the 2017 edition of the All Star Slam sees Charlie C Petch from Toronto, Dana I.D. Matthews from Vancouver, and Rabbit Richards from Montreal compete in a…

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 1 & 2 + Bouts 3 & 4

April 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The preliminary rounds erupt, with eight teams competing in two simultaneous slams! Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse). Bouts 1 & 2: Doors 6:00 PM; Start: 6:30 PM; End: 8:00 PM Bouts 3 & 4: Start: 8:00 PM; End: 9:30 PM Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this evening, 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 audience…

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 5 & 6 + 7 & 8

April 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The second slate of prelims kicks off, with eight teams competing in their second slams! Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse). Bouts 5 & 6 – Doors: 1:00 PM; Start: 1:30 PM; End: 3:00 PM Bouts 7 & 8 – Doors: 3:00 PM; Start: 3:30 PM; End 5:00 PM Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this afternoon, either the first or second slate of prelims. The bout draw, determining the time for each school’s bout, will be…

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Free

Hullabaloo Finals featuring Jeremy Loveday

April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The 7th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of British Columbia. Jeremy Loveday 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: 7:00 PM; Start: 8:00 PM; End: 10:30 PM Show followed by after party with…

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$12 – $15

Jangle & Shout HullaVerses Remixer

April 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A literary afternoon delight! Music and words from many of the artists performing throughout the 2017 Verses Festival of Words, with the best of performers from Hullabaloo youth spoken word competition thrown into the mix. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words. Get a taste of the festival events in a space for the participating artists, established and up-and-coming, to meet and mingle. Performers include: Saul Williams Khari McClelland Amber Dawn RC Weslowski Molly Billows Amal Rana Jillian…

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$12 – $15

2017 Van Slam Team Finals

April 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2017 Van SlamTeam Finals is part of Verses Festival of Words again! #VS17 #VersesFestival Celebrate the 21st annual Van Slam Finals Night with visiting feature Desireé Dallagiacomo. Vancouver’s top nine slam poets of the season compete for a spot on this year’s team to represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across North America. Poets gain points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. Doors at 7; Slam…

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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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$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
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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  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

$6

Hullabaloo All Star Slam Showcase #1

April 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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“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
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“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
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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

Hullabaloo Slams: Round 2!

April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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
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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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$12 – $15

Van Slam Team Finals featuring Christopher Michael

April 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Celebrate the 22nd annual Van Slam Finals Night with visiting feature Christopher Michael. Vancouver’s top nine slam poets of the season compete for a spot on this years team to represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across North America. Poets gain points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. This is an All Ages show. General seating. Doors at 7; Slam at 8. Box office and Will…

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$10 – $12

Vancouver Story Slam Invitational Verses 2018 Edition

April 25, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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A special invitational edition of the Vancouver Story Slam storytelling show just for Verses Festival of Words! Ten storytellers share original short stories in a competition for cash and prizes. 50 audience members will receive voting ballots to select the night’s winning storytellers. Vancouver Story Slam is Canada’s longest-running live monthly storytelling competition. New participants are always welcome; profits from the monthly show go to the VSS annual writing scholarship. Produced by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross. This…

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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
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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
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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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$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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$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
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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 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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