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April 2013

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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Great Black North

April 13, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

sqbanner-150x150-BWThe Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Poets from the anthology reading at this event are: Kevan Cameron, Dr. Mason-John aka ‘Queenie’, Wayde Compton, Adelene da Soul Poet, and Lillian Allen.

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Speak Bloody!

April 13, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Write Bloody Write Bloody publishes the top poets in the slam movement. This showcase features Mindy Nettifee from Portland, Tara Hardy from Seattle, Mike McGee from Bellingham, and Beau Sia from L.A. in his first-ever Vancouver performance.

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April 2014

Shut the Front Door!

April 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

Blurring the line between stand up and spoken-word means high-octane fun with Cheryl Maddalena, Sara Bynoe, Fernando Raguero, Al Mader, and Graham Clark.

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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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Gender Failure

April 9, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

An acclaimed multimedia show featuring the powerful storytelling of Ivan Coyote and the ethereal voice of Rae Spoon. Official launch of the “Gender Failure” book published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

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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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$20 – $25

Tomboy Survival Guide

April 29, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Tomboy Survival Guide is part anthem, part campfire story, and part instructions for the dismantling of the gender stories we tell ourselves and each other. Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band perform with special guests.

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May 2015

$5

Take Back The Mic

May 2, 2015 @ 12:30 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, featuring Sheri-D Wilson, Lishai Peel, and others, is a celebration of the strength and bravery within our community, and an honouring of performer and audience alike.

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April 2016

FREE

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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$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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$15 – $20

Interrobang?!

April 27, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In the guts of writers everywhere is a driving force, a question that begs for answer, churning engine for the moving pen. Interrobang?! pays homage to that question with an all star line-up of writers who urgently embrace the unknown world and the strangers within. Filling the room with wonder and imagination, Richard Wagamese, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Leah Horlick offer us a bounty of new lenses and an opportunity to look closer. Buy tickets via The Cultch website: http://thecultch.com/events/interrobang/ This…

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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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$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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Spoken Word Jamboree featuring Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve

April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off not only Hullabaloo, but also Verses Festival of Words 2017!   All teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school, and Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve will rock the house as the night’s feature. Alice MacKay Room (downstairs from the main concourse). Doors at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting.…

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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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$17 – $22

Sounds Like Fire: Femme4Femme

April 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Amber Dawn, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Kama La Mackerel, and Kai Cheng Thom In this femme-focussed showcase, we are gifted the opportunity to the bear witness to brilliant magic born of community and coven, care and creativity among four radical, vulnerable, and fiercely capable femmes, building each other up in a world that pushes us to the verge of burning it all down. Femme4Femme is co-sponsored by Arsenal Pulp Press, publishers of work by Amber Dawn, Leah Lakshmi Peipzna-Samarashinha, and Kai…

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$17 – $22

The Body Is Not An Apology: Sonya Renee Taylor and Denise Jolly

April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An international movement cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment. Believing that discrimination, social inequality, and injustice are manifestations of our inability to make peace with the body, our own and others, The Body Is Not An Apology fosters global, radical, unapologetic self-love which translates to radical human love and action in service toward a more just, equitable and compassionate world. thebodyisnotanapology.com TBINAA Founder and poet Sonya Renee Taylor, along with celebrated performer, writer and activist, Denise Jolly, share…

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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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April 2018

$30 – $35

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Special Guests

April 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Call resistance an act of love, name activism as belief in restoration, trust as resilience, music as medicine; there is alchemy in the work of Buffy Sainte-Marie. Utilizing a generous body of work spanning half a century, Buffy Sainte-Marie reminds us that the truest wealth we can accumulate is in community, story, connection and truth. Through word and song she moves us to look our own reflections in the eye and raise our voices to meet this mission. Bending her…

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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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$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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$10 – $12

Word Circus: Chimwemwe Undi, Deirdre Lee, Andre Prefontaine, Philip Kevin Paul & Doug Koyama

April 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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A whirlwind of words from Chimwemwe Undi, Deirdre Lee, Andre Prefontaine, Doug Koyama, and Philip Kevin Paul who will perform feats of acrobatic wordsmithery before your very eyes. Doors 2:30 / Show 3 – 4:30 / Havana Theatre / $10 Advance /  $12 At Door $10 Advance tickets for Word Circus are available here on Brown Paper Tickets. $12 At Door. Cash only. Admission to this event is included in your Verses Festival Pass but get there early to get a…

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