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April 2016
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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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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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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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$20 - $25

There Be Monsters

April 24, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

These are no campfire stories told as a warning to be careful at night. These stories wildly call out to monsters, beckon from their hiding spots, invite them to come closer. Kai Cheng Thom, Ivan Coyote and Amber Dawn invite you to journey with them through music and word, myth and magic, gritty fables and queer lore. We’re going on a monster hunt! Set to original music by composer and trombonist Ellen Marple, cellist Peggy Lee, percussionist Sally Zori, with…

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$8 - $10

Point of Inflection Cinemagraph Project

April 24, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 25, 2016 @ 1:00 am

Point of Inflection: (Real Vancouver Writer’s Series/SAD MAG) Point of Inflection is a collection of short pieces of writing (150 words or less each by approximately 12 writers) around the idea of the focal moment of change (a “point of inflection”), expressed in any way the writer chooses. Local artists Christoph Prevost, David Phu, and Michael Champion will then create a cinemagraph and accompanying musical composition that interprets that piece. We will showcase the collaboration in a final gallery exhibition…

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$40 - $60

Ivan Coyote Masterclass

April 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ivan Coyote’s Masterclass is a live performance workshop for writers, poets and storytellers. Ivan Coyote is the author of 9 collections of short stories, one novel, the editor of an anthology, and the producer of four short films and three audio CDs. Still, Ivan makes most of their living as a full time writer and storyteller from live performances. Join Ivan in this workshop designed to help you transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading. With tips on selecting material, preparing your…

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$8 - $10

We Believe You Showcase and Open Mic

April 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Witness a spoken word offering by brilliant performers who have transformed trauma using the power of their art with a hope of bringing us out whole on the other side. This show, centering survivor stories, is a celebration of the strength and bravery within our community, and an honouring of performer and audience alike. A portion of seats for this event will be reserved for guests from various assault support services across Vancouver, and a small number of seats will…

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$12 - $15

Van Slam Finals Night 2016

April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Help us celebrate the 20th annual Van Slam Finals Night! Join us at The Wise Hall to hear the top 8 poets of Vancouver’s 2015/2016 season drop their most killer poems as they vie for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team! Poets have been gaining points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. The Van Slam team will represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across…

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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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$5

Teen Angst Poetry

April 26, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Angst Poetry Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst. Sara Bynoe’s Teen Angst Night is an open mic…

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$15 - $20

Sounds Like Fire

April 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

A journey through poetic language and experience, story and song, with a powerhouse line-up of spoken word titans including Anis Mojgani, a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam; Ian Keteku, a two-time national slam champion and the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion; Mary Pinkoski, Edmonton’s 5th Poet Laureate; and Winona Wilde, winner of the 2015 BC Musician Songwriting Award. Tickets are now available: http://thecultch.com/events/sounds-like-fire/ This show is all ages. General seating.…

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$8 - $10

Poetry Is Dead Launch (Secret Identities Issue)

April 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Poetry Is Dead Launch (Secret Identities) Poetry Is Dead’s “Secret Identities” issue explores hybrids like the comic book, the prose-poem and the super-hero. Fallen Kryptonians, mad scientists, Sith Lords, teenaged sidekicks, cyborgs, dinosaurs, screaming-pink glam Hologram bands — we’re peeling off the mask, stripping down the tights, slipping inside the Fortress of Solitude. For the launch of our “Secret Identities” issue, we have contributors from the issue along with special guests for performances and readings. Plus a free 1-year subscription…

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$5

All Lit Up!

April 26, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 27, 2016 @ 1:00 am

ALL LIT UP! If you’ve ever wanted to attend a sophisticated, stuffy literary event replete with monocles and golf-clapping, All Lit Up is not for you! A roster of incredible craftspeople deliver a literary poetry reading in night filled with whimsy and merriment. This event promises to have you making thoughtful “mmmm” noises in a playful atmosphere, and we can’t give too much away, but there will definitely be games and prizes. Bring your enthusiasm hats and your analytical brain…

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FREE

CIPS Orientation 2016

April 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

CIPS ORIENTATION Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam are required to attend this orientation. The focus will be on making sure everyone is aware of the rules and format of the tournament, the location of the venues, community resources available to them, and the Honour Code (hint: play nice and everything will be groovy.) You can expect to hear from the festival directors, Jillian Christmas and Erin Kirsh, and from our CIPS Tournament Director, Johnny MacRae, who will…

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$40 - $50

Richard Wagamese Masterclass

April 27, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Richard Wagamese’s Masterclass: A Workshop on the Power of Storytelling Using theatrical form Richard presents the necessity of returning to telling stories to each other to build community, foster understanding and build a better country. Dramatic, hilarious and touching, with a resonant message he will include a focus on the value of teaching readers to react emotionally and spiritually to the words they read and how three forms of literacy working together can change and alter lives. This event is…

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$40 - $60

RC Weslowski Masterclass

April 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free Silly: Practicing Presence and Play in Spoken Word In this workshop we will play with clown theory and clown games in an attempt to help us peel away the “performer’s mask” we often present to audiences when performing spoken word and we will practice and play being more present as humans in front of an audience.  We will explore our “body of delight” (everyone has one) and look at how this can infuse our poems and our performance with…

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$15 - $20

Interrobang?!

April 27, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Interrobang?! In the guts of writers everywhere is a driving force, a question that begs for answer, churning engine for the moving pen. Interobang?! pays homage to that question with an all star line-up of writers who urgently embrace the unknown world and the strangers within. Filling the room with wonder and imagination, Richard Wagamese, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Leah Horlick offer us a bounty of new lenses and an opportunity to look closer. Buy tickets via The Cultch website: http://thecultch.com/events/interrobang/…

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$7

oratorealis Launch Party

April 27, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 28, 2016 @ 1:00 am

oratorealis Launch Party oratorealis is a biannual literary journal committed to publishing Canadian spoken word and experimental poetry. Through poetry, essays and reviews, oratorealis aims to shine light on the sounds and ideas of this northern nation. Their goal is to bring poetry not frequently seen in print to the world-at-large; broadening the audience and connecting the artists. oratorealis is thrilled to be launching their first issue at this year’s Verses Festival of Words with a showcase of contributor performances…

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FREE

Talk the Talk: Mental Health Within Spoken Word

April 28, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Talk the Talk: Mental Health Within Spoken Word   Guided by two qualified facilitators, this talk is likely to touch on a variety of challenging issues. 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.   Accessibility Info: Havana Theatre is an accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through the restaurant to the gallery space. On the…

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$40 - $50

Ian Keteku Masterclass

April 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Your Poem is Lasagna, Layered. Join ‎2010 World Poetry Slam champion Ian Keteku as he explores the layers beneath a poem and performance. Many times performance poets unintentionally come across as preachy, ranting, angry. How do we get our “message” to be effectively communicated? How do we intentionally dig beneath the layers to find the truth of our story? Keteku has coached two championship teams ‎and assisted countless others in finding the deeper and layered truth behind the issues and topics…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #1 & #3

April 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This night will kick off the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, the event where 40 poets from across Canada compete for the title of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship, the reigning top ranked spoken word poet in the country. On the first night, 40 of the best poets from across Canada will be slamming with four-minute and one-minute poems. There will be ten poets in each bout, come and cheer for the representative from your home city! Doors at 6:30pm.…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Bouts #2 & #4

April 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This night will kick off the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, the event where 40 poets from across Canada compete for the title of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship, the reigning top ranked spoken word poet in the country. On the first night, 40 of the best poets from across Canada will be slamming with four-minute and one-minute poems. There will be ten poets in each bout, come and cheer for the representative from your home city! Doors at 6:30pm.…

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$10

Femcees

April 28, 2016 @ 10:30 pm - April 29, 2016 @ 12:30 am

Femcees Do you turn down for nothing? Must it be the money? Still eating Mom’s spaghetti? Or maybe you’re just tired of the patriarchy. Never fear, we’ve got your antidote right here! Four fierce female emcees firing on all cylinders to take you to your poetic high ground. For flows that roll like 24s get to Cafe Deux Soleils at 10:30 PM to see how many mics these incredible rappers rip on the daily. Femcees features the undeniable flyness that…

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$8 - $10

Vancouver Storytelling Society Showcase

April 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Storytelling is unique within narrative arts. Come experience the power of Story to unfold meaning within the space of the teller and audience. Sink into a world that awakens the senses for engagement, deep listening, attunement with embodied language and a stirring of deep inner ecology. Stories bridge the language of the heart in the reciprocity of the listening event. Enjoy an afternoon of Stories that address cultural understanding and the wisdom of reconciliation. Tickets are available now on brown…

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$40 - $50

Dave Morris Masterclass

April 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Improvisers have a lot to learn from poets, and poets have a lot to learn from improvisers. Former Victoria Slam Champion and world renowned improviser Dave Morris will show you how to infuse your poetry with some spontaneity! Let the audiences reaction influence your performance, be present in the moment, and let yourself discover new meaning in your poetry… And maybe, just maybe, try improvising an entire poem. This event is all ages. Tickets must be purchased at Brown Paper…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Day Two: Bouts #5 & #7

April 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Day two will see some poets throwing caution aside as they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their positions. Poets will be performing two and three minute poems. At the end of Day Two, we will announce which 12 of the 40 competing poets will advance to CIPS Finals Night. Doors at 6:30pm. Bout #5 starts at 7pm. Bout #7 starts at 8:30pm. Mashed Poetics starts at 10:30pm. Tickets are available…

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$8 - $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two: Bouts #6 & #8

April 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Day two will see some poets throwing caution aside as they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their position. Poets will be performing two and three minute poems. At the end of Day Two, we will announce which 12 of the 40 competing poets will advance to CIPS Finals Night. Doors at 6:30pm. Bout #6 starts at 7pm. Bout #8 starts at 8:30pm. Mashed Poetics starts at 10:30pm. Ticket are available…

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$8 - $10

Mashed Poetics: Jagged Little Pill

April 29, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am

Mashed Poetics: Jagged Little Pill Mashed Poetics is a  spoken word and music mash-up. Picture this: a band is formed for the sole purpose of learning a classic music album. Poets from across the country are wrangled and assigned songs from said album.  Poets will present new works inspired by the song they are assigned. In this edition of Mashed Poetics, the band and poets take on the 1995 smash hit album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette. I’m here to…

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FREE

Talk the Talk: Allyship & Community Building

April 30, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Talk the Talk: Allyship & Community Building   Guided by two qualified facilitators, this talk is likely to touch on a variety of challenging issues. 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.   Accessibility Info: Havana Theatre is an accessible venue. To reach the theatre, you must pass through the restaurant to the gallery space. On the right,…

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By Donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Spoken Nerd

April 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Calling all writers of a nerdy persuasion! This is your night to proclaim to the world your love of isotopes or Harry Potter or Star Trek or Dr. Who or Star Wars or Nintendo or Werewolves/Vampires/Ducks or Sudoku or Quantum Physics or Comic Books or Grammar or anything you feel nerdy and enthusiastic about. Costumes are welcomed whether you are in the audience or performing. COSPLAY IS WELCOME. Go on, dress up, you will be in good company! This event…

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$10 - $12

Word Circus

April 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Word Circus A whirlwind of words occurs as Brendan McLeod, Lexi Marie, Rup Sidhu, and Billeh Nickerson perform feats of acrobatic wordsmithery before your very eyes. The round robin format allows the artists to respond to one another and build the energy in a spontaneous way. If you’ve ever seen a ‘workshop stage’ at a folk festival, you’ll know how exciting it is to see artists perform in this more relaxed and informal atmosphere where anything can happen. Buy Tickets…

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$20 - $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals Night

April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals The top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing gala includes a feature presentation by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose. 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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May 2016

Chicken Sessions

May 1, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Come unwind over brunch at Chicken Sessions! Inspired by Mike McGee’s Kitchen Sessions, and the local Under the Bed series run by RC Weslowski and Wilhelmina Salmi, Chicken Sessions is a house concert, a poetry and story performance space, a potluck, a party, a salon with some Louisiana hospitality tossed together and served up by host and instigator Pamela Bentley in a big, beautiful East Van heritage house. A poet and musician invited in advance cap the event, with debut…

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April 2017

Spoken Word Jamboree featuring Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve

April 20 @ 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

“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 @ 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 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 5 & 6 + 7 & 8

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The second slate of prelims kicks off, with eight teams competing in their second slams! Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (downstairs from the main concourse). Bouts 5 & 6 – Doors: 1:00 PM; Start: 1:30 PM; End: 3:00 PM Bouts 7 & 8 – Doors: 3:00 PM; Start: 3:30 PM; End 5:00 PM Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this afternoon, either the first or second slate of prelims. The bout draw, determining the time for each school’s bout, will be…

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Free

Hullabaloo Finals featuring Jeremy Loveday

April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The 7th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of British Columbia. Jeremy Loveday will start the evening with a feature set of her award-winning spoken word poetry. Then the top four teams from the preliminary bouts will face off against each other with the 2016 Hullabaloo team championship (and the Billy Sharkspeare Trophy) at stake! Alice MacKay Room. Doors: 7:00 PM; Start: 8:00 PM; End: 10:30 PM Show followed by after party with…

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$40 - $50

Saul Williams Masterclass

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

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

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$12 - $15

Jangle & Shout HullaVerses Remixer

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A literary afternoon delight! Music and words from many of the artists performing throughout the 2017 Verses Festival of Words, with the best of performers from Hullabaloo youth spoken word competition thrown into the mix. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words. Get a taste of the festival events in a space for the participating artists, established and up-and-coming, to meet and mingle. Performers include: Saul Williams Khari McClelland Amber Dawn RC Weslowski Molly Billows Amal Rana Jillian…

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$25 - $30

“Oceans to Sail” Showcase with Saul Williams and Guests

April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

“Oceans to Sail” Showcase Featuring Saul Williams and Guests Saul Williams is no stranger to conversations that permeate the collective minds of the diaspora. Reparations are within reach and he has a list of demands waiting to unravel from the tip of his revolutionary tongue. Bolstered by the work of local activists and artists Kimmortal, Eugene Bae, Khari Wendell McClelland and Dawn Pemberton, Williams takes to the stage to gather workers for the resistance that is at our doorsteps. “come,…

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$10 - $12

Black Lives Matter Showcase

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

Black Lives Matter Vancouver is the local chapter of the international group of activists calling for an end to police brutality, and aiming to lift up Black voices. Curated by Cicely-Belle Blain and hosted by Holly Bishu, this showcase gives space to the artists within the movement, paying respect to the tireless intersectional work they have been doing here in Vancouver and giving audiences a chance to participate in the language of resistance. Together we celebrate and give thanks for…

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$12 - $15

2017 Van Slam Team Finals

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2017 Van SlamTeam Finals is part of Verses Festival of Words again! #VS17 #VersesFestival Celebrate the 21st annual Van Slam Finals Night with visiting feature Desireé Dallagiacomo. Vancouver’s top nine slam poets of the season compete for a spot on this year’s team to represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across North America. Poets gain points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. Doors at 7; Slam…

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$4 - $10

Youth Poetry Slam featuring Indigenuity Poet Justin Bige

April 24 @ 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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