This slam is the first of two Semi-Finals bouts which will select 8 poets who will compete (alongside the Last Chance Slam winner) in the VanSlam Team final on April 24th during Verses Festival of Words. Poets competing in this slam have qualified by collecting points throughout the regular season. THIS IS NOT AN OPEN SLAM, however there will be 3 spots available for signup on the open mic.
Competing poets include (in no particular order):
Johnny MacRae is a spoken word artist from Vancouver, BC. MacRae established himself as a dynamic performer and innovative writer on the poetry slam stage. A three-time Vancouver Poetry Slam champion (2010 team champion; 2013/2016 individual champion), he has represented Vancouver on twice and Victoria once, competing in the national team championship at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2013, MacRae was named the Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour. He has toured widely across Canada and the United States performing at poetry series, and music, theatre, and folk arts festivals, both solo, and as a member of collaborative acts 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac (with shayne avec i grec) and The Dambassadors (with avec i grec, “Mighty” Mike McGee, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson). In addition to his writing and performance, MacRae has been a dedicated arts educator, offering over 250 workshops and performances in schools across Canada since 2010. A passionate organizer, MacRae founded the UBC Poetry Slam in 2009, and created the Victoria Poetry Project’s youth education program, Raising Voices, in 2013.
Cafe Deux Soleils and the Van Slam strive to be a trans friendly place and a hate speech free zone. Help us with that. We also acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded First Nations Territory.
Also, be kind to our VOLUNTEER door staff. They have to follow BC Liquor Board Rules and once we are sold out we can’t let anyone in unless someone leaves. You cannot save seats for people in line. Let them know if you are leaving. Also no ATM at the door, it’s cash ONLY.
Get there early if you want a seat. Before 7pm.