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April 2015

Free

Spoken Word Jamboree

April 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

The Jamboree kicks off Hullabaloo, the youth spoken word section of the festival with feature Morgan Purvis, Victoria’s former Youth Poet Laureate. All teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school. You don’t need to be on a participating team to attend. Don’t be shy. Come on down and help us start this festival right!

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$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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Adventures in Poetryland

April 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am

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 presentation of the text? Or the magical land of improvisation?

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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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$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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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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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

Adventures in Poetryland Workshop Series

April 23, 2016 @ 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 presentation of the text? Or the magical land of improvisation? There’s a lot to discover and if you’re a young, aspiring poet, this is your chance to travel through these lands…

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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

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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$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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April 2017

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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$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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$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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$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

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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April 2018

$75

See you April 19 – 29 for Verses Festival of Words 2018!

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - April 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
[ID: a blue- and green-hued poster, trees and water and sky in the background; across the top reads “spoken word / storeytelling / music”; below that reads “8th annual Verses Festival of Words / April 19-29, 2018”; below that are many deep reddish-brown salmon, most of which have names across their bodies - Molly Billows Deirdre Lee Edzi’u Ronnie Dean Harris JB The First Lady Mitcholos Touchie Moe Clark Janet Rogers Kitty Stryker Joshua Whitehead Chimwemwe Undi Andre Prefontaine Buffy Sainte-Marie Billy-Ray Belcourt Christopher Michael Virago Nation Zoe Pricelys Roy Q The Fugitives + more /end ID]

You can purchase your Verses Festival pass for $75 here. Pass-holders must arrive at events early. All events are general admission.  A portion of event capacity has been held specifically for passholders. 15 minutes before show time, spots unclaimed by passholders are released to be sold at the door. This means that if a show says “Sold Out” online, as a pass-holder, you can get in as long as you are there more than 30 minutes before the show starts. The audience…

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FREE

Spoken Word Jamboree feat. Molly Billows

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off not only Hullabaloo, but also Verses Festival of Words!   All teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school, and Molly Billows will rock the house as the night’s feature. Alice MacKay Room (downstairs from the main concourse). Doors at 6:00 PM. Show starts at 6:30 PM. The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting. It’s…

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$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
[ID: Johnny Trinh is holding a microphone in one hand and a clipboard in the other. He stands in front of The Rio’s red theatre curtain/end ID]

“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

Adventures in Poetryland Workshops

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am
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The land of poetry spreads far and wide: you could spend days traveling from Metaphor to Extended Metaphor. And that’s before you even reach Rhyme and Alliteration! Poets have spent years investigating the nooks and crannies of these regions and beyond. Have you been to the magical land of improvisation? Or explored the dark arts of banter? Have you crafted spellbinding chapbooks? Or trained in the martial discipline of mic technique?  There’s a lot to discover and if you’re a young, aspiring poet,…

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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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$12 – $15

Jangle & Shout: HullaVerses Remixer

April 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A literary afternoon delight! Music and words from many of the artists performing throughout the festival, including a selection of Hullabaloo performers featured from our youth events. Bear witness to festival highlights as we celebrate their creative minds in one shared space, where participating artists and organizers, established and up-and-coming, meet, mingle and make merry. This is an All Ages Event. Featured performers (in no particular order) include: Moe Clark Ronnie Dean Harris Jillian Christmas Fernando Raguero Pamela Bentley Johnny…

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$30 – $35

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Special Guests

April 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
[ID: Buffy Sainte-Marie sings into a microphone on a stand in front of her. Her eyes are closed. Her right hand is raised. She is wearing a breastplate with an unbuttoned black vintage brass-buttoned jacket. She has a turquoise ring on each finger of her left hand. /endID]

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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April 2019

$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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