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March 2017
$6 - $10

Erin Cotton features at the Van Slam

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Erin Cotton. Erin Cotton is an ocean of gay. She is slowly eroding the rock of patriarchy through her performances at shows like the Big Gay Cabaret, Siren’s Echo and Victoria Pride in the Word. She’s a two timing slam champion and there’s no going back for her now. All the way to the webpage, give it up for Erin! Cafe Deux Soleils and the Van Slam strive to be a trans friendly…

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$6 - $10

Ian Martinez features at the Van Slam

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Ian Martinez. Ian Martinez is a longtime resident of Seattle, though he grew up in New York. Ian is the current co-slammaster and reigning Grand Slam champion of Rain City Poetry Slam, Seattle’s only all-ages, PSi-certified slam. He has competed in, coached for, and staffed various National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, and Women of the World poetry slams nationwide. Ian was formerly a Writing Center Fellow at Georgetown University, and has…

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$6 - $10

Lisa Baird features at the VanSlam

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Lisa Baird. Lisa Baird is a queer performance poet based on Attawandaron/ Attawandaronk territory (Guelph Ontario). She has toured nationally and internationally, performing at national and international festivals, basement shows, demos, kitchens, conferences, and classrooms. She’s done a lot of slam stuff too. You can find her online at www.lisabaird.ca. She’s really happy about featuring at Van Slam. She lived in Vancouver for awhile and it broke her heart to leave. She’s as…

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Youth Poetry Slam Finals featuring Spillious the Ridiculous One

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Our top 8 scoring poets from the 2016/2017 youth slam season compete head to head in 3 rounds of poetry slam to determine who will be a part of this year’s team and who will be our 2017 Youth Slam Grand Slam Champion. We have some returning youth slam vets plus a number of new faces/voices from the year. It should be an exciting night. This will be an all ages event at the WISE Hall on 1882 Adanac Street.…

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April 2017
$6 - $10

Van Slam Semi Final #1 featuring Johnny MacRae

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

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): Julia Pileggi Molly Billows…

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$6 - $10

Van Slam Semi Final #2 featuring Rabbit Richards

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

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Rabbit Richards! This slam is the second 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…

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$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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