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April 2019

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Adventures in Poetryland

April 27, 2019 @ 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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Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 2!

April 27, 2019 @ 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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Hullabaloo Team Finals featuring Ruby Singh

April 27, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 10:30 pm - May 2, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 10:30 pm - May 4, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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April 2020

Mashed Poetics

April 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At Mashed Poetics, poets are asked to write new poems based on songs from a featured music album.  This iteration of Mashed Poetics features Spillious on acoustic guitar, performing the songs on the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me. Doors: 6:50 PM / Start 7:00 / on Zoom / $10  PURCHASE TICKETS Side A LJ Weisberg–Transgender Dysphoria Blues Anotonette Rea-True Trans Soul Rebel Tawahum–Unconditional Love Marion J. Lefevre–Drinking with the Jocks Emory Oakley–Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ…

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Video Release | Jules Koostachin reads Nanan from her book Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths

April 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jules Koostachin reads Nanan from her book Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths published by Kegedonce Press. To unearth our secrets means we must face our past, and in doing so, we will find our voice. Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths delves into the life and the healing of an lnnininew woman from the ancestral lands of the Moshkekowok, now called Northern Ontario. It is through the process of writing broken poetry–visual poetry rooted in the haunting memories of her childhood–that she provides…

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May 2020

ApocaCIPS | 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship

May 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

The Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) is a national event to determine the best slammer in Canada.  Reserving your spot here will get you access to all four ApocaCIPS preliminary bouts and a seat at the finals. Reserve your spot ApocaCIPS Preliminary bouts 1 and 2, Thursday, May 21, 3-7pm PST Canada’s best slam poets show us their strongest 2- and 1-minute poems in the first stage of a competition destined to crown 2020’s national slam champion! ApocaCIPS Preliminary bouts…

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June 2020

Video Release | Isabella Wang

June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

view on Youtube Isabella was invited to Verses Festival of Words in 2020. After the festival was cancelled, Isabella agreed to do a reading on-line, producing a stunningly intimate performance of her work during this strange time of forced distance. Isabella reads from: prairie fire  Grain  and the recent publication of her work from Baseline Press, On Forgetting Language  At 19, Isabella Wang has been shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest, and she holds a pushcart…

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February 2021

$15

A Master Class with Lillian Allen

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this master class, we will explore the poetics of sound and utterance as we craft language and linguistic interventions to align politics and aesthetics. We will experiment with various strategies to texture voice as we become present to this particular moment that we find ourselves in. TICKETS Lillian Allen is a professor of creative writing at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). Two time JUNO Award winner and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub…

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March 2021

CIPS Regional Qualifiers

March 6 @ 10:00 am - March 7 @ 6:00 pm

VPH Regional Qualifiers: We recognize that with the global pandemic, many spoken word series have shuttered across the country. For folks whose local poetry slam is no longer active, we will be hosting 6 regional qualifiers: Pacific, Prairies, Northern, Central, Atlantic & French Speaking. Regional qualifiers will be held March 6 & 7, 2021.  The deadline for regional qualifier registration is March 1, 2021. Register for your regional qualifier by completing this form.  ***Unlike the main competition, regional qualifiers will not…

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Tips and Tools for Online Shows with Charlie Petch 

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this workshop, award-winning solo show performer, and lighting specialist for film and television, Charlie Petch, will take you through the principles of light, sound and script for online performance. Whether it is learning to light and sound better with what you have and dollar store solutions, or getting the gear you need to have an even more professional look, Charlie will show you tips and tricks and take you through the gear they use, and how you could set…

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April 2021

Hullabaloo

April 22 @ 8:00 am - April 24 @ 5:00 pm

Hullabaloo is BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival featuring workshops, showcase performances and some of BC’s finest high school aged poets all sharing work for peers and audiences alike. The 2021 Festival runs April 22-24th online via Zoom.  Registration for returning teams opens on February 1st and open registration for all other schools begins on February 15th.  Participating poets will be asked to take part in poetry workshops of their choice as well as create work to be presented for online…

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Free

Hullabaloo Spoken Word Jamboree and Alumni Showcase

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is originating from the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. For the 2021 edition of Hullabaloo we keep some of the past and forge ahead with something new.Once again we will be having our Spoken Word Jamboree to kick off the festival.  Our featured performer is Apollo the Child from Ottawa.  Apollo will be performing a 20-25 minute set of his electrifying spoken word poetry.“Khaleefa ‘Apollo the Child’ Hamdan is a spoken word poet,…

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Cotyledon Book Launch

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Cotyledon is filled with the poems that poets haven’t been able to share on slam stages, poems that are unconventional, poems that were crafted gently, and haven’t found a home for yet, poems that started out as a whisper, a brave thought, or an inkling. Poems that dream the world into a future poets want to be in. Funds raised from this book will go towards supporting the organization’s youth programming. The chapbook will be shared in youth-focused spaces. Many…

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Hullabaloo All Star Slam 2021 and Individual Videopoem Festival

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is originating from the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh Nations. The All Star Slam is back.  This year we have two of our festival features taking part along with a returning poet from 2020 plus our wonderful host Johnny D. Trinh.  This year we feature Apollo The Child, Nisha Patel and Ruthless in a 3 round head to head All Star Slam battle.  Johnny D. Trinh will once again be your ringmaster for this…

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Stage to Page

April 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Vancouver Poetry House is partnering with Stage to Page Performance Society to bring a special public masterclass for Verses 2021. Industry professionals from poetry, publishing, and theatre form an all star panel that come together to workshop new poems by spoken word artists. What happens when spoken word poets publish their work for other voices to read? In this workshop, professional performers will read new works by spoken word poets, and discuss the works. Come and learn more about the…

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Talk the Talk | What is your ritual?

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

What is your Ritual that you do before you sit down and write a poem? For this Talk the Talk Vancouver Poetry House’s Artistic Director Joseph Dandurand will share what it is that he does before he drops the first word of a new poem. For Joseph Dandurand, his ritual is somewhat fluid in the sense that he may add to it. For example, he just bought his first plant ever, an ivy plant in a rustic holder and it…

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Free

Hullabaloo Finals Night Feature with Nisha Patel and our Inaugural Team Piece Showcase

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is originating on the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh Nations.   Once again we have something new and something traditional for you on our final night of Hullabaloo 2021. We kick off the night with a feature performance by 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion, Nisha Patel.  She is a dynamic and thought provoking performer that can make you laugh and break your heart often within the same poem.  We are excited to have…

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Write Bloody North | Life After the Slam Q and A

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

Join the Write Bloody North team in a discussion about some of the opportunities that exist for poets who have honed their craft at the poetry slam. Some of the topics we will discuss include publishing, editing, multimedia, film/television, touring and the future possibilities that exist for our artform. The panellists include Alessandra Naccarato, Brad Morden, Ian Keteku and Titilope Sonuga. Live on POETV

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Write Bloody North | Showcase

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Write Bloody North is the only Canadian publisher devoted to the work of spoken word artists. Join us in this celebration Canadian spoken word with some of our past, current and future authors Lucia Misch, Brandon Wint, RC Weslowski and Sheri-D Wilson! Live on POETV

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Free

Poets Forward: Isabella Wang Feature Performance and Workshop

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

This workshop encourages participants to consider issues of the dynamic world, and to discuss why poetry IS political; IS imaginative; IS activism. How can the vulnerability of writing in this difficult time be turned into a strength, generating powerful and necessary perspectives? The pandemic brings with it overwhelming changes; yet, for the poet, channels new creative possibilities of expression. How can we remain committed to the various social, artistic and interdisciplinary spaces we occupy as responsible community citizens? We will…

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Iron Poet Gauntlet

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Gauntlet has been thrown! Poet legends: RC Weslowski, Charlie C Petch, and Nisha Patel are the Verses 2021 Iron Poets. They have spent centuries training for this moment. They have opened the floor to face challengers to compete in zainy poetry games. Hosted by Johnny D Trinh and Brad Morden, surprise poet challengers will be invited to step into the ring and participate in whacky, funny, unexpected games, vying for a sweet $100 cash prize. Like the Pop song…

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Free

Translating Poetry into Song: The Northwest Kid Feature Performance and Workshop

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

If you’re a poet and you’re also into making music, here’s the101 on how to get started. This workshop will show you how poetry translates to song through rhythm. A stanza is 4 lines of poetry; each line is a bar of music. We’ll listen to some instrumentals together, break it down into four-bar chunks, and do some creative songwriting to capture our feelings and experiences through metaphor and sensory work. Learn about song structure through poetry and how other…

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Mashed Sabbath 50

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mashup.  Established in 2009 this will be the 50th edition of Mashed Poetics (a Verses Festival mainstay) and we’ll be featuring Black Sabbath’s album Paranoid.  9 different poets will create new works to perform at this event including the reunion of the 1996 Vancouver Poetry Slam Team.  It’s the 25th anniversary of their barrier breaking trip and performances at the National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon.  We’ll also have our…

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Free

El Jones Feature Performance and Workshop

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

El Jones will lead participants in a FREE writing workshop that will develop beginner, intermediate, and core skills in writing for page and stage. All skill levels, members of the public, and students welcome! There will be ASL interpreters at this workshop. FREE, REGISTER HERE El Jones is a poet, professor and activist living in Halifax. She was born in Wales and grew up in Winnipeg. She was Halifax’s Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. Her book, Live From the…

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Free

Collective and Individual Poetry Creation with Lee Maracle

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

We do not have to write alone. We can riff off one another as we immerse ourselves in poetry creation.  We will do both individual work and collective work in this workshop.  Poetry strengthens the body, sharpens the mind and engages the heart and spirit. There will be ASL interpreters at this workshop. FREE, REGISTER HERE Lee Maracle speaks out as a critic of the treatment of Indigenous people by the Canadian state, and she particularly highlights the issues relating…

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CIPS Preliminaries Day 1

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On each evening of prelim competition, 16 poets will be drawn at random to compete head-to-head on the first preliminary night of the festival. They will be paired up via random draw. The 8 winning poets from each night of prelims will move onto the semi-finals.  Live on POETV  

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CIPS Preliminaries Day 2

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 16 semi-finalists (8 from 1st preliminary night + 8 from 2nd preliminary night) will compete in the same head-to-head fashion, with random draws determining each of the pairings. The winning 8 poets will move onto the finals. Live on POETV

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May 2021

Per and Post Show CIPS Finals

May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pre and post show with Ian Keteku and special guests on POETV  

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CIPS Finals

May 1 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

To celebrate the close of Verses Festival of Words 2021, and National Poetry Month, the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam culminates in an amazing finale that is not to be missed. Come watch the final round of CIPS, where the top 10 competing spoken word poets will go head-to-head in 5 intense matches, followed by the top 5 poets in an all-out poetry melee to determine our champion this year. Hosted by: Johnny D Trinh, with guest judges: Nisha Patel, Andre…

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