Moving forward with Verses Festival 2018 line-up with more to come …

Last day of winter has us looking forward to spring … #VSfestival18 is just a month away and have we got a line-up for you! Check out below some of the artists who will be bringing their work to Verses Festival of Words stages this year.  We had help this year from Programming Consultants Patrick Nang K‘uulas Shannon and Nyla Carpentier. Immense gratitude to them for their work and input.

UPDATE from original blogpost: The entire festival line-up, including Hullabaloo, is now available at , on Facebook event pages, and on Brown Paper Tickets for events with advance tickets available.
And more information about 2018 festival artists here.


The first three days are Hullabaloo! Molly Billows will feature at the Jamboree Thursday, April 19, then be part of the two All Star Slams the next day along with Erin Dingle and Zoey Pricelys Roy, with Johnny Trinh reprising his role as host. Molly, Erin, and Zoey will also be offering workshops to youth poets on Saturday morning, April 21 for Adventures in Poetryland. Friday night and Saturday morning, the Hullabaloo high school poetry slam competition takes place with the Finals Saturday night. Moe Clark will present a feature set as part of the night. All this takes place at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.
Get your Hullabaloo details here:

Sunday, April 22 is Jangle & Shout: the Hullaverses Remixer at the Wise Hall where you have a chance to see the winners of Hullabaloo along with a little taste of work from the artists who will be performing at events throughout the week to come.
Sunday night is our big showcase with Buffy Sainte-Marie headlining with opening sets from local favourites, an̓usáyum̓, Mitcholos Touchie, and Ronnie Dean Harris, at the Wise Hall.

Monday and Tuesday bring two workshops during each day: Looping Landscapes with Moe Clark, Writing in Community with Thursdays Writing Collective Discussion and Performance on Monday; on Tuesday a Community Poetry Workshop with JB the First Lady, and another, Ableism 101 Workshop with Q. All will take place at the Wise Hall.

Monday night is the first of our community stages, Van Slam Finals, with feature Christopher Micheal from Austin, Texas.

Tuesday early evening is The Witching Hour, a triple poetry book launch with Alessandra Naccarato, Ellie Sawatzky, and Joelle Barron, and special guests.

This will be followed later by the showcase Sounds Like Fire with Edzi’u, Joshua Whitehead, and Janet Rogers.

Wednesday night, two community stages one early, one late: Story Slam Invitational at 6:30, and Mashed Poetics at 9:30 with the album Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughan and a line-up of poets sharing work in response to the songs on the album. Tuesday and Wednesday are also at the Wise Hall.

Thursday, we move to Havana Theatre during the day for the first of our Talk the Talks, our open community conversations. This one is on Consent Culture. The second on Friday is about Harm Reduction.
On Thursday afternoon, there is a Reframing Relations workshop from the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, and Friday afternoon, Kitty Stryker leads a workshop on Consent Culture.

Both Thursday and Friday nights, are the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships (CIPS) preliminary bouts — two bouts per night running simultaneously at Havana Theatre and Cafe Deux Soleils.

Thursday night, after the CIPS bouts, join us at the Wise Hall for a concert by The Fugitives (Brendan McLeod and Adrian Glynn), and a new event this year, the Little Death Match (a 17 Syllable Slam) with former Haiku Death Match champions Fernando Raguero, Erin Kirsh, RC Weslowski, and Andre Prefontaine.

Friday night, after the CIPS bouts, there is a late night cabaret show, Interrobang?! at Cafe Deux Soleils including poet Billy-Ray Belcourt, performances by members of the local award-winning burlesque troupe, Virago Nation, and hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

Saturday afternoon, Word Circus at Havana Theatre includes Chimwemwe Undi, Deirdre Lee, Philip Kevin Paul, and Andre Prefontaine in a whirlwind showcase.

Saturday night, the top 12 poets from the CIPS competition move to the Annex Theatre downtown for Finals.

Sunday afternoon is a community stage from the Talking Stick Festival at Native Education College Fireside Lounge. This is the festival closer, and there will be extra time to mix and mingle, talk and reflect.

UPDATE from original post: The entire festival line-up, including Hullabaloo, is now available at , on FB pages, and on Brown Paper Tickets for advance ticketed events.
And more information about 2018 festival artists here.

There are still a few more details left to be confirmed for the festival line-up, but we couldn’t wait to share what we had!
Look for the events in the schedule on, Facebook event pages, and ticket listings on Brown Paper Tickets. Links will be posted as they are available.

If you want to go to everything, and save money doing so, get your Early Bird Festival Pass here on Brown Paper Tickets now. Only $60.
After April 10, Festival Passes will be $75.