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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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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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Adventures in Poetryland Workshops

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The land of poetry spreads out far and vast. There’s a lot of territory to cover. You could spend a whole day just traveling from metaphor to extended metaphor. Then there’s rhyme and alliteration. Poets have spent years investigating the nooks and crannies of those areas. What about the magical land of improvisation? Or the dark arts of banter? What about the crafting of chapbooks? Or the martial discipline of mic technique? There’s a lot to discover and if you’re…

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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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$40 - $50

Saul Williams Masterclass

April 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001.  After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world.”  His most…

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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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$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

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 - $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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$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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$20 - $25

Sound Out Loud Workshop with Johnny Trinh

April 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Shhh… Before you speak a single word in the festival, trained stage actor and performance poet, Johnny Trinh, nourishes our understanding of breath and body, expanding our skills of projection and protecting what is for vocal performers, our most valuable instrument. Lengthen the lifespan and strengthen the health of your voice.   You can register for this workshop here at Brown Paper Tickets. $20 Advance. $25 At Door. Registration fee for this workshop is not included in Festival Passes. This workshop…

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Free

CIPS Poets Orientation

April 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam are required to attend this orientation.The focus of CIPS Tournament Director Johnny Trinh will be on making sure everyone is aware of the rules and format of the tournament, the location of the venues, community resources available to them, and the Honour Code (hint: play nice and everything will be groovy). Poets can also pick up their Festival Passes here, if they have not already done so by checking in with…

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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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$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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$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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Free

Talk the Talk: Activism and the Arts

April 27, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Guided by two qualified facilitators, Deirdre Lee and Melanie Matining, this talk is likely to engage with a number of topics that challenge and re-form our collective ideas of activism in the arts. “Deirdre Lee is a poet & performer, a writer & a survivor. An artist who works in words & rhythms, Deirdre Lee is as comfortable on stage as she is inside her own head.  Each of her performances are unique interactions with audiences, energy & herself, a…

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$40 - $50

Spoken Word as Theatre Masterclass with Charlie Petch

April 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

On the heels of their groundbreaking, tender, illuminating show Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum Rush, Charlie Petch breathes new life into old vaudevillian form. Learn the versatility and depth of long form cabaret-style storytelling, as Petch teaches us how to transform performance poetry into mesmerizing theatre that gives both audience and performer alike the opportunity to grow. $40 Advance Available here on Brown Paper Tickets. http://charliepetchmasterclass.bpt.me. $50 At Door. Cash only. Workshops are not included in Verses Festival Passes. All…

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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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$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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$20 - $25

Radical (Re)Imaginings: Visions of a Queer Future: workshop with Amal Rana and Molly Billows

April 28, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Moving beyond reacting to the systems that oppress us, and into future-building for the world/s we want to manifest, we will create work in our voices and perspectives that the universe urgently needs to hear. Youth can sign up to work with two deeply thoughtful and experienced mentors/community activists and artists to create writing that will be shared as part of Saturday afternoon’s showcase. $20 in advance here from Brown Paper Tickets. http://reimaginings.bpt.me. $25 door, cash only.   Financial access…

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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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Free

Talk the Talk: Intersectionality and Arts Communities

April 29, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Guided by two qualified facilitators, Sonmin Bong and Jen Sung, this talk asks participants to explore Kiberlé Crenshaw’s model of intersectionality in relation to artistic communities. “Sonmin Bong is a first-generation Korean immigrant feminist who works, plays and, most importantly, loves on unceded Coast Salish territories.She is a host and producer of Vancouver’s explicitly feminist radio show, The F Word Media Collective, on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO.  Her passion and interests include intersectionality, racial justice, food politics, cultural exchange, and interdependence. She…

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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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$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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$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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