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April 2017
$12 - $15

Van Slam Team Finals 2017

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Van Slam Team Finals  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 at 8. The Last Chance Slam is happening Monday, April…

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$10

Youth Poetry Slam featuring Justin Bige & Molly Billows

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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May 2017
$4 - $10

Youth Slam “Almost Anything Goes Anarchy Slam” featuring Britta B.!

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

Every year we like to set aside one poetry slam where we invite poets to break the poetry slam rules to see what sort of creative mischief they can come up with. Poets are encouraged to use props and costumes or to perform group pieces and cover poems to use the cafe space in wild and imaginative ways. It’s our annual “almost anything goes anarchy slam” for poets 13-20 years of age. We’ll also be featuring the return of Britta…

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$6 - $10

Vancouver Poetry Slam featuring Brian “Koyote” McCracken

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Summer slam season is here which means an altered format from the rest of the year. During the Summer season poets are asked to perform up to 2 minute, 1 minute and 4 minute long poems. 12 poets in the first round 6 in the second and the top 3 scoring poets in the third round…barring any ties. Poets who make the third round earn points towards making the Vancouver Individual World Poetry Slam Playoffs and a chance to…

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June 2017

Vancouver Queer Slam featuring Jillian Christmas

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It’s that time of year again! We need to crown our 2017 Queer Slam Champion. Without putting too many definitions on what a Queer Slam is, this competition will showcase, express, and celebrate the work of Van Slam’s writers of queer poetry. Featuring Jillian Christmas, the winner of 2016’s Capturing Fire Queer Summit. This slam will determine which poet will have the chance for the FIRST TIME EVER to officially represent Vancouver Poetry Slam in Washington, DC at this year’s…

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$6 - $10

Vancouver Poetry Slam featuring Electric Jon

June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Summer slam season is here which means an altered format from the rest of the year. During the Summer season poets are asked to perform up to 2 minute, 1 minute and 4 minute long poems. 12 poets in the first round 6 in the second and the top 3 scoring poets in the third round…barring any ties. Poets who make the third round earn points towards making the Vancouver Individual World Poetry Slam Playoffs and a chance to…

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$4 - $10

June Youth Poetry Slam featuring the Poetry Squaddd!

June 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This will be the final poetry slam before the start of the 2017/18 youth slam season so break out your new poems and test them in front of an attentive and appreciative audience. There will be two 3 minute rounds in the competition plus a poetry open mic and of course a feature performance. This month’s feature is the Poetry Squaddd aka the 2017 Vancouver Youth Slam Team. The team included Charity Ywaya, Nadia Alikashani, Ana Monfared, Andrew Warner and…

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July 2017
$6 - $10

J Mase III features at the Van Slam

July 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Summer slam season is here which means an altered format from the rest of the year. During the Summer season poets are asked to perform up to 2 minute, 1 minute and 4 minute long poems. 12 poets in the first round 6 in the second and the top 3 scoring poets in the third round…barring any ties. Poets who make the third round earn points towards making the Vancouver Individual World Poetry Slam Playoffs and a chance to…

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$4 - $10

Youth Poetry Slam featuring Valeen Jules

July 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Summer is in full swing AND it’s time to start up the BRAND NEW YOUTH SLAM SEASON. For the past few months we’ve been goofing around with “anarchy slams”, cash and the like but NOW we start up the brand new youth slam season. Now through February 2018 poets will have a chance to collect points to try and make it into the youth slam playoffs at the end of March 2018. Throughout the season we wil be playing with…

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$6 - $10

Francis Arevalo and Roya B at the Vancouver Poetry Slam

July 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Summer slam season is here which means an altered format from the rest of the year. During the Summer season poets are asked to perform up to 2 minute, 1 minute and 4 minute long poems. 12 poets in the first round 6 in the second and the top 3 scoring poets in the third round…barring any ties. Poets who make the third round earn points towards making the Vancouver Individual World Poetry Slam Playoffs and a chance to…

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August 2017
$6 - $10

Kelsey Savage features at the Vancouver Poetry Slam

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Summer slam season is here which means an altered format from the rest of the year. During the Summer season poets are asked to perform up to 2 minute, 1 minute and 4 minute long poems. 12 poets in the first round 6 in the second and the top 3 scoring poets in the third round…barring any ties. Poets who make the third round earn points towards making the Vancouver Individual World Poetry Slam Playoffs and a chance to…

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Van Slam’s Carnival of Words Team Fundraiser

August 13 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hey Folks, it’s back – Slamathon version 2.0, new & improved as The Van Slam Carnival of Words! The traditional opportunity to sign up to read poetry and support Van Slam’s efforts to send a team to compete at CFSW, The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, along with new features like the Head to Head Slam Championship & the chance to throw water balloons at Van Slam Team members!!! As well as fun decatholon slam style events, feature performer TBA,…

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$6 - $10

RC Weslowski features at the Vancouver Poetry Slam August 14th

August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

We acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded, occupied territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The Summer Slam continues to roll along as poets attempt to gain points to make it into the Vancouver IWPS playoff in September. There are 3 rounds of poetry. A 2 minute round, a 1 minute round and a 4 minute round. Be prepared to flex and stretch your poetry muscles. There is also a poetry open mic and a featured…

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$6 - $10

3rd Annual Cascadia Cup Team Poetry Slam

August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is taking place on the unceded, occupied, and stolen traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples. The Cascadia Cup is an annual team poetry slam featuring poetry slam teams from the region to compete for regional bragging rights and warm up for national poetry slam team competitions. This year’s squads include 2 time defending champions, The Vancouver Youth Slam plus the Vancouver Poetry Slam, Team Slamapalooza and UBC Slam. The show is also a fundraiser to…

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$4 - $10

Youth Poetry Slam featuring Amal Rana

August 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

We acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. It’s occupied territory. Be respectful of that notion please. August’s youth poetry slam is the second event in our new youth slam season where poets 13-20 years of age try to earn points towards making the youth slam playoffs next March. There will be 2 rounds of poetry 3 minutes or less in length of time with 12 poets in the first…

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September 2017
$6 - $10

CIPS/IWPS Last Chance Slam featuring Emilee Nimetz

September 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

We acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Please be respectful of that fact and its potential impacts when attending all VPH events. The Vancouver Poetry House presents Emilee Nimetz featuring at the CIPS/ IWPS Last Chance Slam. About our feature: EMILEE NIMETZ is a spoken word poet, performance artist, playwright, blogger, actor, singer, choreographer, dance instructor and has a ukulele named Maude. She was Vancouver’s Individual Poetry Slam Champion…

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$10

Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) Playoff and C.R. Avery

September 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents : The Individual Poetry Slam Playoffs Featuring C.R.Avery On Monday, September 11th at Cafe Deux Soleil, the top scoring poets of the summer season will compete to determine who will represent Vancouver in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA between Oct 11-14th 2017, as well as the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam between April 19-April 29th 2018. The poet who wins The Playoff slam will have their flight and accommodations covered by the Vancouver…

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$4 - $10

Youth Poetry Slam featuring Velveteen Queens

September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

We acknowledge our event and our daily lives are taking place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We also strive to have our events be trans friendly and hope you can help us achieve that goal. The new youth slam season is now in full swing and this will be our third event for poets aged 13-20 to earn points towards competing in the youth slam finals in March 2018. To make the team you…

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October 2017
$6 - $10

Vancouver Poetry Slam featuring Duncan Shields

October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

He is a two-time Vancouver Haiku Champion, a two-time Vancouver Nerd Slam Champion, two-time Ghost Story Slam and the winner of the 2010 IWPS Haiku Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is one of only three North American poets to complete the Century Challenge of slamming 100 poems in a row with no repeats and he is the only one to do it twice. He’s a two-time Vancouver Poetry Slam team member and he was a competitor in the final…

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Youth Poetry Slam featuring Q

October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We strive to have all of our shows be trans friendly events and we hope you can help us achieve that goal. Our 2017/18 youth slam season is in full swing. Poets have been competing to earn points towards making the youth slam playoffs in March of 2018. If you are between the ages of 13-20 you are welcome to get up…

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