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November 2016
$6 - $10

Bassam features at the Van Slam

November 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Bassam. Bassam is a queer, Jewish-Arab spoken word poet from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. He is the 2016 grand slam champion of the Guelph Poetry Slam and current member of the 2016 GPS national team. Bassam has participated at national and international poetry slam competitions all across Turtle Island (“North America”, and most recently the 2016 Ontario International Poetry Slam where he placed in 3rd. Bassam’s chapbook and spoken word album, ‘mouth:/poem.smile’…

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Brendan McLeod features at the Van Slam

November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Brendan McLeod. Brendan McLeod is a Toronto based writer and musician. He is the author of one novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, a one woman play, The Big Oops, and two monologues, the most recent of which is his award winning piece on consciousness, Brain. His music group The Fugitives have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music and Western Canada Music Awards, and have toured to ten countries. He is a…

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Mona Mousa features at the Van Slam

November 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Mona Mousa. Mona Mousa is a spoken word poet and motivational speaker living in Toronto Ontario. Having toured actively her whole poetry career, this year alone Mona has booked over 200 shows all over North America. In April Mona took the stage at the the birth place of slam, the legendary Green Mill, Uptown Poetry Slam, hosted by Marc Smith. When she is at home Mona is heavily active in all facets of…

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November Youth Poetry Slam featuring Deej from Saskatoon

November 28, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

We’re rolling along with our youth slam season including another event in November. Remember to be on the 2017 youth slam team you need to slam/compete AT LEAST TWICE during the year AND you CANNOT be turning 21 BEFORE Sept 1st, 2017. Each month we have a competiion, a poetry open mic and a featured performer. This month it’s a treat to welcom D’j from Saskatoon. “D’j is a spoken-word story-poet from Saskatchewan. She has been performing on the national…

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December 2016
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Shayne avec i grec features at the Van Slam

December 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry House presents feature poet, Shayne avec i grec shayne avec i grec has a proclivity for the absurd, promotes the opposite of beige, is one of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac and has been Poet Laureate of the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival in Manitoba since 2013. He has been a member of two Vic Slam Teams (2005 & 2013), been twice-nominated for M Awards as Victoria’s “Favourite Spoken Word Performer” and been touring throughout…

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KazMega features at the Van Slam

December 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature artist, KazMega. KazMega is not a rapper, nor is he a poet, nor is he a producer or composer, or beatmaker. He is a journeyman welder of artistic expression, trained to apply hot fiyah to seemingly inflexible topics and forge completely new yet sturdy observations. While artistic expression welding pays significantly less than say– welding metal, it has provided the opportunity for building communities, safe spaces, international bridges, and potentially schools. Expect sparks to…

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Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve features at the Van Slam

December 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam presents feature artist, Ronnie Dean Harris. Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve is a multi-disciplined media artist based out of the Fraser Valley in what is known as British Columbia in occupied Coast Salish territories. “I have been creating art and music for the last 18 years professionally. I got my start in the early Vancouver hip-hop scene and have continued to remain a professional creator since. I’ve acted in television shows, I’ve traveled to South Africa,…

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January 2017
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Sabrina Benaim features at Van Slam

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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