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April 2019

Verses Festival Pass

April 25 - May 4

Access to 30+ Events of Spoken, Storytelling and Music, April 25 – May 4 Join us for the 2019 Verses Festival of Words, Canada’s largest alternative literary festival. Verses brings you 10 days of spoken featuring Vivek Shraya, Regie Cabico, Christie Lee Charles, Ian Keteku & more!! A festival pass gives you full access to all Verses Festival of Words events. Buying a festival pass is a great way to save money if you’re seeing 3 or more shows. After…

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Spoken Word Jamboree

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Spoken Word Jamboree leads off Hullabaloo and Verses! Hullabaloo teams present short poems to introduce themselves! Feature performance by Halifax’s 5th Poet Laureate, spoken word poet El Jones. 6PM-8PM / VPL Central Branch / Alice MacKay Room / Free   HULLABALOO A one of a kind youth poetry event that kicks off Verses Festival of Words! Hullabaloo is BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival. Teams of youth poets aged 13 to 18 from across British Columbia come together to compete…

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$4

All Star Slam

April 26 @ 11:45 am - 2:30 pm

The All Star Slam is an all-out battle of poetic verve and wit, pitting El Jones, Francis Arevalo and Ann-Bernice Thomas against each other in a fun-filled showcase of slam at its finest! This showcase demonstrates the power and possibilities of spoken word poetry at its highest level. Hosted by Johnny Trinh. Doors: 11:45 AM / Show: 12:30 PM RIO Theatre / Sold Out   Rio Theatre Accessibility information Please read the Radical Accessibility Mapping Projects Rio Theatre overview. This…

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Free

Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 1!

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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All Hullabaloo teams in Hullabaloo perform a mix of individual and group performances in poetry slam competitions! Poetry presented with gusto and the enthusiastic support of all attending teams! Early Bouts: 6 PM Late Bouts: 8 PM VPL Central Branch: Alice MacKay & Peter Kaye-Alma VanDusen Rooms / Free   This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes,…

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Free

Adventures in Poetryland

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Youth poets take up to two workshops designed to help expand their poetic horizons and learn about the breadth of spoken word from professional poets. Participants select workshops on offer by Ruby Singh, El Jones, Francis Arevalo and Ann-Bernice Thomas. Full workshop descriptions below – or just REGISTER NOW! 10 AM / VPL Central Branch: Alice MacKay & Peter Kaye-Alma VanDusen Rooms / Free What are we offering? Here’s a description! WRITING FOR JUSTICE with EL JONES What does it…

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Free

Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 2!

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

All Hullabaloo teams in Hullabaloo perform a mix of individual and group performances in poetry slam competitions! Poetry presented with gusto and the enthusiastic support of all attending teams! Early Bouts: 1 PM Late Bouts: 3 PM VPL Central Branch: Alice MacKay & Peter Kaye-Alma VanDusen Rooms / Free   This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes,…

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Free

Hullabaloo Team Finals featuring Ruby Singh

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

Four Hullabaloo Finalists compete for the Billy Sharkespeare Trophy! Feature performance by multidisciplinary artist Ruby Singh. Doors: 7:30 PM / Start: 8:00 PM / VPL Central Branch: Alice MacKay Room / Free   This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes, scented oils, etc) in our festival spaces.

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$10

Cultivate: A Showcase of 2 Spirit, Queer and Trans Artists

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“Cultivate: Artist Support Circles for Indigi- and other Queers” springs from Shane Sable’s attempt to disrupt art-in-isolation mythologies. The talking circles meet monthly at the Queer Art Festival’s SUM Gallery to connect, collaborate, and offer support to queer artists across disciplines. This showcase spotlights Cultivate artists Shane Sable, Tawahum, Raven John & Laura Fukumoto. Doors: 2:30 PM / Start: 3:00 PM / WISE Hall / $10 Adv / $12 Door (or PWYC) purchase tickets Accessibility information for the WISE Hall…

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$18

Sounds Like Fire: Vivek Shraya’s Death Threat Book Launch

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Artists: Vivek Shraya, Christie Lee Charles, Tawahum & Youth All Stars A showcase of resistance, resilience and empowerment – and the Vancouver launch of Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee’s new book! Death Threat perfectly expresses the feeling of being exposed to the hurtful and threatening presumptions of strangers, transforming a hideous and constrictive mindset into beauty and love. Features performances from Vancouver Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles and local favorite Tawahum, as well as highlighting the emerging power of local…

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$10

Van Slam and Youth Slam Showcase

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A display of some of the best local veteran and emerging slam poets! Members of the newly minted 2019 Vancouver Poetry Slam and Youth Slam teams showcase the work that pushed them to the top. Doors 3:30 PM / Start 4:00 PM / WISE Hall / $5-$10 Suggested Donation purchase tickets Accessibility for the WISE Hall You’ll note on arrival a set of 10 railed stairs leading into the Hall. The wheelchair accessible entrance is around back. For this event…

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$15

Write Bloody North Launch

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Artists: Ian Keteku, Titilope Sonuga, Brandon Wint & Lucia Misch What do you do when you see a group of brilliant poets wandering in the northern wild? Publish their work, of course! Canada’s hottest, new publisher, Write Bloody North, launches its first wave of authors, including World Poetry Slam Champion Ian Keteku, international star Titilope Sonuga, 2-time national slam champion Brandon Wint and local darling Lucia Misch! Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / WISE Hall / $15 Adv…

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$18

Master Class: To the Bone with Titilope Sonuga

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

If “the poem does not start until you start to tell the truth,” then a poet’s work is to be relentless in the search for that truth. Globe-trotting poet Titilope Sonuga has you dig into the bone, creating poems from a deeply personal place, while striking a balance between maintaining the integrity of your truth and respecting your audience. Doors 12:30 PM / Start 1:00 PM / WISE Hall / $18 Adv / $20 Door / Limited Space! purchase tickets…

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$10

Word Circus

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A whirlwind of words occurs as Emily Crocker, Brandon Wint, Chelsea D.E. Johnson & a mystery guest perform acrobatic feats of wordsmithery and music. A round robin format allows the artists to respond to one another in a spontaneous way. See artists performing in a relaxed, informal, yet electric atmosphere where anything can happen! Doors 3:30 PM / Start 4:00 PM / WISE Hall / $10 Adv / $12 Door (or PWYC) purchase tickets Accessibility information for the WISE Hall…

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$18

Interrobang!?

April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Artists: Regie Cabico, Lady Vanessa Cardona, Ms.PANIK Description: 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. American slam legend Regie Cabico, reigning CIPS champion Lady Vanessa Cardona, and Haida loop poet Ms.PANIK fill the room with wonder – all the while offering us a…

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May 2019

$15

“Our Voice, Our Poems” with Lady Vanessa Cardona

May 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

People have been sharing stories on this land for thousands and thousands of years! Stories and myths ground us, provide perspective, lessons and hope. 2018 CIPS champion Lady Vanessa Cardona comes from a family of storytellers and uses storytelling in her poetry. Mixing writing games and theatre games inspired by Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal, explore the healing creative energy of story. Doors 1:00 PM / Start 1:30 PM / Havana Theatre / $15 Adv / $20 Door…

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$20

Master Class: Go In, Poet! with Regie Cabico

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Regie Cabico offers a master class in performing your original compositions, with an especial focus on performing work for youth audiences. Be prepared to move. vocalize and unleash your emotional chakras from the page and onto the spotlight. Doors 3:30 / Start 4:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $20 Adv / $25 Door / Limited Space! Havana Box Office Accessibility information for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through…

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship Round 1!

May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest 4- and 1-minute poems in the first stage of a competition destined to crown 2019’s national slam champion! Bout 1: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Cafe Deux Soleils / $10 Door (or PWYC) Bout 2: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $10 Door (or PWYC) Havana Box Office Accessibility information for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the…

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$5

Spoken Nerd feat. Julia Gaskill and Stephen Meads

May 1 @ 10:30 pm - May 2 @ 12:00 am

Time to proudly proclaim your love for whatever turns on your nerdy nature! Costumes are welcomed in the audience or for performers for this late night battle of the nerds Featuring supernerd poets Julia Gaskill and Stephen Meads. Doors 10:00 PM / Start 10:30 PM / Storm Crow Tavern / $5 Suggested Donation   Accessibility information for the Storm Crow Tavern Storm Crow Tavern has tables placed closely together and a very narrow hallway to the bathroom area. This event…

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Free

Talk the Talk: Decolonizing the Arts

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Guided by two qualified facilitators, this community dialogue asks artists, organizers and audiences to participate in anti-oppression dialogue around the topic of “Decolonizing the Arts.” Come prepared with questions, thoughts and a respectful voice. Doors 12:30 PM / Start 1:00 PM / Havana Theatre / FREE   Accessibility for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through the restaurant to the gallery space. On the right, is a black door…

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$20

Master Class: Spoken Word for a Living with Miles Merrill

May 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Word Travels founder Miles Merrill invites you to the business-side of being an artist. This workshop looks at the website, contacts, contracts, grants, collaboration, newsletters, international touring, impact and the whole apparatus required for you to take the next, big step. Doors 3:30 PM / Start 4:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $20 Adv / $25 Door / Limited Space! Havana Box Office Accessibility for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you…

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$12

Word Travels Showcase and Mashed Poetics Double-header!

May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A spoken word double-header!! Miles Merrill, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, and Emily Crocker join us from Australia to perform a showcase of words from down under. Then it’s Mashed Poetics: Come On Over by Shania Twain, with poets from across Canada performing new works responding to Shania Twain classics, with a live band covering the songs. Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / WISE Hall / $12 Adv / $15 Door (or PWYC) purchase tickets Accessibility information for the WISE Hall…

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$15

Live Loops 101 with Ms.PANIK

May 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join loop poet Ms.PANIK and her Boss-300 loop station for a crash course in the basics of vocal work, improvised sounds and looping for live performance, composition & songwriting. Doors 12:30 PM / Start 1:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $15 Adv / $20 Door / Limited Space! Havana Box Office Accessibility information for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through the restaurant to the gallery space. On the…

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$10

Surrey Muse Showcase and Open Mic

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Surrey Muse Arts Society presents a showcase, discussion and open mic event. Following performances from multi-talented featured artists Sana Janjua, Fauzia Rafique, and Mariam Zohra, an open stage gives you the opportunity to share work of your own with the Verses audience! Doors 3:30 PM / Start 4:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $10 Adv / $12 Door (or PWYC) Havana Box Office Accessibility information for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre,…

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship Round 2!

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest 2- and 3-minute poems in the second stage of a competition destined to crown 2019’s national slam champion! Bout 1: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Cafe Deux Soleils / $10 Door (or PWYC) Bout 2: Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $10 Door (or PWYC) Havana Box Office Accessibility information for Café Deux Soleils Café Deux Soleils is a semi-accessible venue to wheelchairs and…

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$10

Wouldn’t Be Nothing

May 3 @ 10:30 pm - May 4 @ 12:00 am

Artists: Old Soul Rebel & Christie Lee Charles Old Soul Rebel and Vancouver Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles get you moving to the midnight hour! A rock, hip hop and soul jam featuring some of the most dynamic songwriting talents around. Doors 10:00 PM / Start 10:30 PM / Cafe Deux Soleils / $10 Door (or PWYC) / $5 w/ CIPS Entry   Accessibility information for Café Deux Soleils Café Deux Soleils is a semi-accessible venue to wheelchairs and scooters.…

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Free

Talk the Talk: Climate Crisis

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Guided by two qualified facilitators, this community dialogue engages a topic that challenges, advances and re-forms our collective ideas the role of the arts in addressing the climate crisis. Come prepared with questions, thoughts and a respectful voice. Doors 11:30 AM / Start 12:00 PM / Havana Theatre / FREE   Accessibility information for the Havana Theatre Havana Theatre is a mostly accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through the restaurant to the gallery space. On the…

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$10

Vines Arts Festival Showcase

May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meet the incredible artists of Vines Art Festival, Vancouver’s interdisciplinary environmentalist art festival. Vines features fearless cutting-edge and discipline-bending artists on the forefront of their fields. Come out and enjoy the dazzling multi-sensory experience the Vines artists have to offer! Doors 2:30 PM / Start 3:00 PM / Havana Theatre / $10 Adv / $12 Door (or PWYC) Havana Box Office Accessibility Information for the Havana Theatre This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of…

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$12

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship FINALS

May 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The top 12 poets from preliminaries advance to a final competition! Who will claim the title of 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? Doors 7:00 PM / Start 8:00 / York Theatre / $12 Adv / $15 Door purchase tickets Accessibility information for the York Theatre coming soon.

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