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April 2018

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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Free

CIPS 2018 Poet Orientation

April 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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CIPS Orientation will take place on Wednesday, April 25th, from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Wise Hall. (Bouts will run on Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th at Cafe Deux Soleils and Havana Theatre.) THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE AND COMPETING CIPS POETS ONLY ATTENDANCE AT ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY! If you do not attend orientation you will receive a 2-point deduction on your score in the 1-minute round. Exceptions will only be made in…

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By Donation

Spoken Nerd featuring Kitty Stryker

April 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
[ID: Kitty Stryker sits on a round orange and yellow ottoman chair. Her feet are tucked to one side. The image is at a tilt and is washed in yellow. Kitty wears a dark plaid skirt, black stockings, Mary-Jane shoes, and a yellow v-necked button up cardigan over a flowered shirt. Her hair is orange. She wears glasses. Her mouth is pursed. Her head is tilted and her eyes are looking to one side. To her right there is an orange gumball machine. Above her on a shelf on the yellow wall behind her, there is a bag of gumballs. /endID]

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! Hosted by the inimitable Erin Dingle. Featuring a set by self-described nerd Kitty Stryker.   2:30 Doors / 3:00 Show / By Donation https://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ The Storm Crow remains…

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$10 – $12

Vancouver Story Slam Invitational Verses 2018 Edition

April 25, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
[ID: Photograph of Vancouver Story Slam organizer and host Susan Cormier standing on stage behind a microphone. She holds a clipboard in her right hand with a Vancouver Story Slam label while gesturing with her left hand. She has bright blue and red nail polish. She is wearing a red dress. Her long hair is clipped back at the top. An insert of the Verses Festival of Words poster is at the bottom left with an array of stylized red salmon, arrows and dots moving from right to left across a blue background. It includes the words Eighth Annual Verses Festival of Words April 19 - 29, 2018. /end ID]

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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$10 – $12

Mashed Poetics: Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble

April 25, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - April 26, 2018 @ 12:00 am
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Mashed Poetics is a night of Spoken Word and Music mash up. Mashed Poetics has been a part of the Verses Festival of Words since its inception and is happy to be a part of the 2018 edition. This year, Mashed Poetics is bringing the blues-rock storm of Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. Eight poets write new work based on the songs from the album performed by “The Cold Shots.”  Poets will perform in…

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Free

Talk the Talk: Consent Culture

April 26, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Guided by two qualified facilitators, Kitty Stryker and Rabbit Richards, this talk is likely to engage with a number of topics that challenge, advance and re-form our collective ideas of consent culture within the arts. Come prepared with questions, thoughts and a respectful voice. Active listeners will be present for community care. Come prepared with questions, suggestions and a respectful voice. This discussion is a free event. Seating cannot be reserved in advance. Doors Noon  / 12:30 – 2:30 pm…

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Suggested Donation $10

Reframing Relations Workshop

April 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Reframing Relations brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together … to facilitate dialogue about reconciliation in Canada. Participants work together on collaborative, arts-based ‘Statements of Understanding’ to discover where their awareness of Indigenous issues is located today, where they have gaps in their knowledge, and what concrete actions can be taken to support meaningful reconciliation. Presented by Community Arts Council of Vancouver facilitators Ronnie Dean Harris and Johnny MacRae. This Workshop is offered in partnership with Community Arts Council of Vancouver. …

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 1: Bouts at Havana Theatre

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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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 by volunteer…

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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 1: Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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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 judged by…

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$12 – $15

The Fugitives presented by the Wise Hall & Verses, introducing the “Little Death Match”

April 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Live at the WISE and Verses Festival of Words is proud to present The Fugitives album release Show for “The Promise of Strangers” . PLUS Introducing the Verses Festival of Words “Little Death Match” (a 17 syllable slam)  During intermission we dip our toes into a tantalizing tiny pool of words, revisiting the 17 syllable slam format with four skilled champions of the sharpened tongue and keenly wielded wit: past Haiku Death Match champions Erin Kirsh, Fernando Raguero, RC Weslowski,…

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$20 – $25

“It Takes a Village: Community Care for Survivors” Q&A with Kitty Stryker

April 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Please note the update to this event that it is now by donation or pay what you can. Kitty Stryker, consultant to Juggalos and Sex Educators alike, presents a talk on how to have thoughtful conversations about sexual assault when it impacts someone you love, mixed with Q&A for attendees to ask questions about their own experiences and allyship. This event will focus on fostering a supportive environment for survivors and a learning environment for their allies, as well as…

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$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2: Bouts at Havana Theatre

April 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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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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$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2: Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

April 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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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 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. (Bouts 6…

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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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Free

Talk the Talk: Harm Reduction

April 28, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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This community-driven, facilitator-mediated conversation asks artists to participate in anti-oppression dialogue around the topic of “Harm Reduction” within the Spoken Word Community and the many intersecting communities in which we engage. Active listeners will be present for community care. Come prepared with questions, suggestions and a respectful voice. This discussion is a free event. Seating cannot be reserved in advance.  Doors Noon  / 12:30 – 2:30 pm / Havana Theatre / Free   This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist…

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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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$19.50 – $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals at ANNEX Theatre

April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[ID: Ifrah Hussein, 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion stands at a microphone on a stand in front of a red curtain illuminated by a spotlight. Her mouth is open speaking. She is looking to her right. She is wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket with a yellow t-shirt under it. She wears a black hijab. Her hands are clasped behind her back. /endID]

The top 12 poets from preliminaries advance to this final match. Who will claim the title of 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing match includes a feature presentation by the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion Ifrah Hussein. 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…

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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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February 2019

$75

CIPS STORM POETS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - April 6 @ 11:59 pm

Your chance to register to compete in the 9th Annual Canadian Individual Poetry Slam!

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March 2019

Extraordinary General Meeting | Sunday April 7, 2pm | 111 W Hastings, Fifth floor board room

March 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, April 7 2019 VPH is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting of the membership (EGM) to discuss changes to the by-laws made, and passed by, the board of directors. The reasons we have re-written the by-laws are: To make it possible for people  who earn money on VPH stages to take part in the larger decision-making by being on the board of directors To make it easier for the organization to keep up with the community’s needs In order…

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April 2019

Extraordinary General Meeting | Sunday April 7, 2pm | 111 W Hastings, Fifth floor board room

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Sunday, April 7 2019 VPH is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting of the membership (EGM) to discuss changes to the by-laws made, and passed by, the board of directors. The reasons we have re-written the by-laws are: To make it possible for people  who earn money on VPH stages to take part in the larger decision-making by being on the board of directors To make it easier for the organization to keep up with the community’s needs In order…

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Extraordinary General Meeting | Sunday April 7, 2pm | 111 W Hastings, Fifth floor board room

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Sunday, April 7 2019 VPH is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting of the membership (EGM) to discuss changes to the by-laws made, and passed by, the board of directors. The reasons we have re-written the by-laws are: To make it possible for people  who earn money on VPH stages to take part in the larger decision-making by being on the board of directors To make it easier for the organization to keep up with the community’s needs In order…

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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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