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August 2017
$6 - $10

Kelsey Savage features at the Vancouver Poetry Slam

August 7, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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February 2018
$4 - $10

Last Chance Youth Slam featuring Relevant

February 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

We acknowledge this event will be taking place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. This will be our “last chance slam” for poets who have not yet qualified for the youth slam playoffs in March. Poets still needing to slam twice or earn more points to qualify will be given priority to sign up. Also anyone who has not slammed yet but want to make playoffs can compete and if they win then they’re in.…

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March 2018
$6 - $10

Christine Bissonnette features at the Vancouver Poetry Slam

March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents this week’s feature, Christine Bissonnette!! About our feature: Christine Bissonnette is an acadian poet, writer, teacher, and children’s entertainer originally from Nova Scotia, the unceded traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Since 2011, she’s lived in Vancouver, on the unceded traditional ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. From 2008-2016, she studied and performed as a stage actor — notably as part of the ensemble cast for ‘Last of the Red Hot…

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$6 - $10

Rob Mitchel Features at the Vancouver Poetry Slam

March 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents this week’s feature, Rob Mitchell!! A bit about our feature: “Rob Mitchell is a poet born and raised in the south, originally heralding from Atlanta, GA. Growing up a quintessential, middle-class blerd (black nerd), writing has always been a form of catharsis. Recently, Rob has evolved that writing into a vehicle for activism as well.” We are now in the Winter Season, the season that decides Vancouver Poetry Slam team for April 2018. During the…

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Award winning poet, Adele Barclay features at the Vancouver Poetry Slam

March 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents this week’s feature, Adèle Barclay!! A bit about our feature: Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, PRISM, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry. Her debut poetry collection If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Nightwood, 2016) won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is the Interviews Editor…

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$6 - $10

Youth Slam Finals featuring Rachel Taylor

March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

We acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Well this is it, our youth slam finals where we find out who will be on the 2018 youth slam team and which poet will be crowned our youth slam grand slam champion. There will be 3 rounds of poetry including two 3 minute rounds and one 1 minute round. Competing poets include, Aly Brook, Victoria Rozon, Benedict Mendes, Nicola Durrant and…

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September 2018

VPH Board Meeting

September 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

All Vancouver Poetry House members are welcome to attend board meetings. As poets you know you have a voice. You can use it to help make VPH sustainable and a vibrant reflection of our shared values. All you need to do is give one of the board members some notice (a couple of days would be good) of your intent to be in attendance. Because the VPH office is in a locked building, one of us will meet you at…

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Board Meeting

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The next board meeting is coming up on the 30th of September. So far on the agenda – money, grants and Hullabaloo. Want to come? Let one of us know. Thinking about becoming a board member? Let us know. We’ll send you some info. Contact us at admin@vancouverpoetryhouse.com. Agenda VPH Board Meeting September 30, 2018

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October 2018
$6 - $10

Vanslam Featuring Lip Balm

October 8 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 pm

This event is taking place on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations. *Vancouver Poetry House strives to be a trans-friendly space. *We encourage a scent-reduced environment, we ask the folks planning to attend, to be aware of the scented products (lotions, hairspray, laundry soaps, etc.) that they are bringing to Slam and how having a scent-reduced space allows people with related health conditions and sensitivities to attend. *We have a wheelchair ramp…

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$6 - $10

VanSlam featuring Savannah

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This event is taking place on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations. *Vancouver Poetry House strives to be a trans-friendly space. *We encourage a scent-reduced environment, we ask the folks planning to attend, to be aware of the scented products (lotions, hairspray, laundry soaps, etc.) that they are bringing to Slam and how having a scent-reduced space allows people with related health conditions and sensitivities to attend. *We have a wheelchair ramp…

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$6 - $10

VanSlam Featuring Ann-Bernice Thomas

October 29 @ 7:00 pm

This event is taking place on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations. *Vancouver Poetry House strives to be a trans-friendly space. *We encourage a scent-reduced environment, we ask the folks planning to attend, to be aware of the scented products (lotions, hairspray, laundry soaps, etc.) that they are bringing to Slam and how having a scent-reduced space allows people with related health conditions and sensitivities to attend. *We have a wheelchair ramp…

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