The Winnipeg slam poetry open mic season occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook Street), unless otherwise specified. Sign up is at 7:00 p.m., open mic starts at 7:30 p.m. and the slam competition begins at 8:00 p.m.
Remember that this competition qualifies 4 poets to compete in The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2018. Participating poets must understand and abide by the CFSW rules and regulations.
A queer francophone writer living and working in Montreal. Alasdair is a former Saskatoon individual poetry slam champion and two-time CFSW performer and workshop facilitator. Alasdair has taught cultural studies at the University of Saskatchewan and has served a term as artist in residence for the Regina Public Interest Research Group’s Generating Momentum program. Alasdair has been published in both French and English at Oratorealis, Micro//Macro, Urbania, ÖMËGÄ (Metatron Press), and Revue Moebius.
February 28, 2018 — featuring Are You Listening? Winnipeg
Are You Listening aims to shine a light on diverse Indigenous perspectives and experiences by providing an engaging storytelling platform. Its vision is to engage with Manitobans to create dialogue around Indigenous perspectives in order to encourage reconciliation and break down stereotypes. We will have a screening from the series at intermission.
Gavin Russell is an Ottawa based poet who grew up in Whitby Ontario. In high school he was a part of the Spoken Word and Poetry club at the school which allowed students an opportunity to express themselves through spoken word. Upon arriving in Ottawa, Gavin dove into the scene participating at Capital Slam, Urban Legends and Ottawa Youth Poetry slam becoming the 2012 OYPS Co-Champion. Going to CFSW 2012 for the youth showcase, he finished 2nd at the national level. A member of the 2013 Capital Slam team, Gavin looks to spread the beauty that is spoken word and believes that Cinderella Story is a wonderful way to do so.
April 7, 2018 — Anything Goes Slam!
Where — Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub
Time — 7:30 p.m. sign up, 8 p.m. slam
Bring your musical instruments, props, costumes and dancing shoes because this poetry open mic is open to experimentation. Sign up before the show, and try out something new. All proceeds from the event go toward sending Victoria Inglis, our chosen representative, to the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam competition in Vancouver, B.C.
April 18, 2018
Regular competitive slam.
Regular competitive slam.
June 13th — FINALS @ The Park Theatre featuring Tiny Tricycle Poets
Cheer on your favourite poets because we’re announcing the winners of the season, and the 4 poets that have the chance to represent Winnipeg in The Canadian Festival of Spoken Work in October 2018.
The Tiny Tricycle Poets are three wheels eager for playfulness, brought to life in Vancouver, BC. They are made up of a National Slam Champion, a Provincial Slam Champion and a Bacon Slam Champion. They’ve shared the stage with clowns, musicians and politicians. As a spoken word trio, they have had an 8 city tour through the Pacific Northwest this past summer and performed at the Sunset Beach Festival and the Davie Street Block Party among many other festivals and events. The Tiny Tricycle Poets have a residency at the Roundhouse Community Centre where they engage youth in playful clown and poetry workshops and showcases for performance. They have a wacky YouTube channel where you can follow them on their journey through poetry and play.