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April 2013

Fernando Raguero vs. The World

April 12, 2013 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

fernando-BWAn open mic where poets match wits with the legendary Fernando Raguero.

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April 2014

Shut the Front Door!

April 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

Blurring the line between stand up and spoken-word means high-octane fun with Cheryl Maddalena, Sara Bynoe, Fernando Raguero, Al Mader, and Graham Clark.

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What Rhymes with LOL?

April 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Whether reading their own humorous poems, discussing their funny inspirations or presenting the work of those who’ve made jokes in verse before them, these poets will make you reconsider the serious poet stereotype.

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May 2015


Spoken Nerd

May 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

Calling all poets of the nerd-like persuasion. This is your time to explain to the world your love of isotopes or Star Trek or comic books or grammar or anything you feel nerdy and obsessive about.

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April 2016


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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$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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April 2017


2017 Verses Festival of Words passes now only $30!

April 20, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Your 2017 Verses Festival of Words Pass gives you full access to all #VS17 events: Hullabaloo Youth Poetry Slam Competition – free at VPL Central Three Showcases: “Oceans to Sail” Showcase with Saul Williams and Guests Sounds Like Fire: Femme4Femme The Body Is Not An Apology Five Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships bouts: Day One Preliminary Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils Day One Preliminary Bouts at Havana Theatre Day Two Preliminary Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils Day Two Preliminary Bouts at Havana…

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$10 – $12

Mashed Poetics featuring Spice by the Spice Girls

April 26, 2017 @ 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mash up.  We pick a music album, find a cover band and ask poets to write new poems based on the songs.  Then we do it all up live with the poets performing in between songs. Mashed Poetics has been a part of the Verses festival and its earlier incarnation, the VIP Festival, since the beginning.  We’ve done it up big with an 11 piece band tribute to Aretha Franklin.…

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$12 – $15

Mighty Mike McGee & Friends with Sheri-D Wilson’s Dragon Rouge Album Launch feat. The Orbiting Ouroboros

April 27, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Mike McGee knows how to throw a good party. Join in the latest edition of this epic bash, where Mike introduces us to talented and charming pals he has gathered along his journeys. The night begins with Sheri-D Wilson launching her new collection of poetry, ‘The Book of Sensations,’ and new CD ‘Dragon Rouge’ (co-produced with Steve Berlin). She’ll be joined by ‘The Orbiting Ouroboros’ (mega-musicians Barry Reynolds, Liam McDonald, Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima & Mark Williams). Advance tickets can…

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April 2018

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Andrea Gibson Q + A with Molly Billows at Massy Books

April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Do you want to hear the best story you’ve ever heard in your life?” Andrea Gibson asks into the microphone. The audience leans forward in silent anticipation. “So I met this woman and I went home to her house with her.” They pause, “already a great story.” The audience erupts with laughter, a happy juxtaposition after being so quietly captivated. Smirking into the spotlight, Andrea continues, “…So we’re about to kiss for the very first time. And right before our…

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