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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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April 2014

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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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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$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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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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$40 – $60

Ivan Coyote Masterclass

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

Ivan Coyote’s Masterclass is a live performance workshop for writers, poets and storytellers. Ivan Coyote is the author of 9 collections of short stories, one novel, the editor of an anthology, and the producer of four short films and three audio CDs. Still, Ivan makes most of their living as a full time writer and storyteller from live performances. Join Ivan in this workshop designed to help you transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading. With tips on selecting material, preparing your…

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$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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$5

Teen Angst Poetry

April 26, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Angst Poetry Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst. Sara Bynoe’s Teen Angst Night is an open mic…

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$40 – $50

Richard Wagamese Masterclass

April 27, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Richard Wagamese’s Masterclass: A Workshop on the Power of Storytelling Using theatrical form Richard presents the necessity of returning to telling stories to each other to build community, foster understanding and build a better country. Dramatic, hilarious and touching, with a resonant message he will include a focus on the value of teaching readers to react emotionally and spiritually to the words they read and how three forms of literacy working together can change and alter lives. This event is…

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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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$8 – $10

Vancouver Storytelling Society Showcase

April 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Storytelling is unique within narrative arts. Come experience the power of Story to unfold meaning within the space of the teller and audience. Sink into a world that awakens the senses for engagement, deep listening, attunement with embodied language and a stirring of deep inner ecology. Stories bridge the language of the heart in the reciprocity of the listening event. Enjoy an afternoon of Stories that address cultural understanding and the wisdom of reconciliation. Tickets are available now on brown…

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$40 – $50

Dave Morris Masterclass

April 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Improvisers have a lot to learn from poets, and poets have a lot to learn from improvisers. Former Victoria Slam Champion and world renowned improviser Dave Morris will show you how to infuse your poetry with some spontaneity! Let the audiences reaction influence your performance, be present in the moment, and let yourself discover new meaning in your poetry… And maybe, just maybe, try improvising an entire poem. This event is all ages. Tickets must be purchased at Brown Paper…

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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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$10 – $12

Black Lives Matter Showcase

April 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Black Lives Matter Vancouver is the local chapter of the international group of activists calling for an end to police brutality, and aiming to lift up Black voices. Curated by Cicely-Belle Blain and hosted by Holly Bishu, this showcase gives space to the artists within the movement, paying respect to the tireless intersectional work they have been doing here in Vancouver and giving audiences a chance to participate in the language of resistance. Together we celebrate and give thanks for…

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$12 – $14

Geist 104 vs Oratorealis 3 Launch

April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:50 pm

Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture — fact + fiction, photography and comix, essays, reviews, and the weird and wonderful from the world of words. Issue 104 will be launched this night.  Oratorealis publishes biannually Canadian spoken word and experimental poetry. Oratorealis is thrilled to be launching their third issue at this year’s Verses Festival of Words with a showcase of contributor performances. Geist Host: Roni Simunovic Oratorealis Hosts: shayne avec i grec and Aaron Simm Geist Readers: Jill Mandrake…

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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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$8 – $10

Radical (Re)Imaginings: Visions of a Queer Future Showcase

April 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A showcase featuring recently created work by youth, and a set by each of poets Amal Rana, Molly Billows, and jaye simpson. Some of the performances will have been created the day before at the Radical (Re)Imaginings workshop with facilitators/youth mentors Rana and Billows, and some of it will be from the Tomorrow is Ours: IBPOC Futurisms workshop series that Billows and Rana have facilitated over the last few months. $8 In Advance Available here on Brown Paper Tickets. http://radicalshowcase.bpt.me.…

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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

$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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$12 – $15

Talking Stick Festival Community Stage

April 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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UPDATE on line-up below! The Talking Stick Festival has been calling community together for over 17 years. With a desire to appeal to Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees alike, the multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival comes to us as a community stage presentation, closing out Verses Festival of Words 2018 with a showcase of artists who have performed on TSF stages throughout the years. Hosted by Molly Billows.  Featuring: Hosted by Molly Billows Featuring: Valeen Jules jaye simpson Tawahum Justin Peter Bige Christie…

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