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January 2017
$6 - $10

Crackerjack Lipsmacker Youth Slam #119 featuring Santiago Urena

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Poets 13-20 years of age are encouraged to particpate in this event. No props or costumes mor musical accompaniment is allowed in your performance. Just you and your poem with the words you wrote. 3 minute time limit. 2 rounds. This is the second to last youth slam of the current regular season. That means if you have not competed yet and you still want to go out for the 2017 team you need so slam this month AND Feb…

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Youth Poetry Slam featuring Santiago Urena

January 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

Poets 13-20 years of age are encouraged to particpate in this event. No props or costumes mor musical accompaniment is allowed in your performance. Just you and your poem with the words you wrote. 3 minute time limit. 2 rounds. This is the second to last youth slam of the current regular season. That means if you have not competed yet and you still want to go out for the 2017 team you need so slam this month AND Feb…

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$6 - $10

The WOWPS Playoffs featuring Mary Pinkoski

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Mary Pinkoski. Mary Pinkoski, 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton (2013-2015), is an internationally recognized poet. She has performed on stages across North American and at the 2015 Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies. She is the 2011 Canadian National Spoken Word Champion and a winner of the 2008 CBC National Poetry Face-off. In 2015, Mary was recognized as an Edmonton Top 40 Under…

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$6 - $10

Johnny D Trinh features at the Van Slam

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Johnny Trinh. Johnny D Trinh is an interdisciplinary and spoken word artist.”It takes a community to build an artist. In this form, and this scene- I found my voice.” So looking forward to his Van Slam Debut! Words full of love, sharp wit, and real questions- always looking for that #undeniable– let’s talk. Highlights: 2016 Regina Slam Champion, Finalist- CIPS 2016, Coach and member of Regina Word Up Slam Team, Finalist- Capturing Fire…

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February 2017
$6 - $10

Dana I.D Matthews features at the Van Slam

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

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Dana I.D Matthews. Dana, a Haitian born poet & MC, was adopted and raised in Canada. Now an independent Vancouver based artist, Dana has a voice that naturally commands the attention of anyone in the room. His diverse lyricism springs from his unique upbringing & extensive spoken word poetry background. Dana’s first memories of writing were in form of French short stories, as he was raised bi-lingual. He first got into Hip-Hop music…

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$6 - $10

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

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

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Sonya Littlejohn. Sonya Littlejohn is a Williams Lake based poet and language arts workshop facilitator with a passion for multiple forms of creative expression. Her first spoken word piece as a sacrifice for semi-finals at CFSW 2008 (Calgary) called “Sacrificial Poet”. Inanna Press published “Grey: a Biracial Poem” in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out (2010), an anthology of poetry about cultural identity edited by poet Andrea Thompson. Sonya went on to…

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$6 - $10

Vanessa McGowan features at the Van Slam

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature poet, Vanessa McGowan. Vanessa McGowan is a queer spoken word artist & singer/songwriter living with Cerebral Palsy. McGowan’s EP “Alive” was released by Factory Fast Records, NYC & her work can be heard as the only poetry, on musical compilations “Americana Retrofit” and “Smoking Gun” She opened for Buddy Wakefield during his 2014/15 world tour, was the highest ranking Canadian poet to perform in the Finals at The Capturing Fire Slam 2015 in Washington,…

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Last Chance Youth Slam featuring Fannon Holland

February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

This will be the last chance slam for youth poets trying to make the youth slam playoffs in March. Poets who have slammed only once during the season and those not in the top 8 already will be given preference. If you’ve already qualified you are encouraged to come out and cheer on those poets still trying to make the playoffs. Sign up starts at 7pm. Show begins at 8 with a poetry open mic followed by our featured poet,…

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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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