Vancouver Poetry Slam

The Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996, making it the longest-running poetry slam in Canada.

  • When: Every Monday, doors & poet sign-up @ 7pm, show @ 8pm
  • Where: Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive)
  • How much: Only $6 – $10
  • Who: YOU!

1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Monday: Open Slam

4th Monday: Youth Slam (ages 13 – 20)

photo by Lindsay Alley

What is a Poetry Slam?

The poet must perform a poem of their own creation, in any style, within the time limit without the aid of props or music.

5 randomly selected audience members will become judges and are given score cards to score the poet from zero to 10.

Slammaster Duncan Shields

duncanDuncan Shields is a two-time Vancouver Haiku Champion, a two-time Vancouver Nerd Slam Champion, a two-time Van Slam team member, and the winner of the 2010 IWPS Haiku Championship held in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the co-slam master for Van Slam from 2010-2012, returning to the role of sole slammaster in December 2013. He also runs Van Slam’s YouTube channel.

To contact Duncan about being a feature poet or with other inquiries, email


Youth Slam Coordinator R.C. Weslowski

rcRC Weslowski is a former president of Vancouver Poetry House (06-08) and a former Vancouver Poetry Slam Slammaster (06-08). RC was the Artistic Director for the 2005 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the Publicity Coordinator for the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam. As a poet, RC has been the 2008 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Poet of Honour, a member of seven Van Slam poetry teams, and 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion. RC is the founder and lead organizer of the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam as well as the Co-Director of Hullabaloo: BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival.

To contact RC about being a feature poet at the Youth Slam or with other questions about that show, email