The next slam poetry open mic season will occur on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook Street). 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 14, 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.
March 21, 2018 — featuring Gavin Russell
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 18, 2018 — featuring Panos Argyrop
Panos Argyropoulos (aka Playto) is a spoken word poet slash science geek that tripped on poetry when his heart got broken four years ago. He’s still here (somehow) performing his musing poetry to anyone that wants to hear it in hopes that he will open audiences’ minds and hearts to something they’ve never seen before. He represented Ottawa in 2015 at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, a finalist in both Ottawa slams and co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective.
May 26, 2018 — featuring Andre Fenton
Andre Fenton is an award-winning spoken word artist & filmmaker who has performed all across Canada while representing Halifax at national poetry slams in cities like Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Victoria and Vancouver. He is currently on the board of directors of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada. He has published his first book of poetry called Ode to Teen Angst which contains 13 poems.
Finals on June TBA — featuring Tiny Tricycle Poets
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 a 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.