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 @ 8pm, show @ 9pm
  • Where: Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive)
  • How much: Only $6 – $10
  • Who: YOU!

1st, 3rd & 5th Monday: Regular Slam
2nd & 4th Monday: Alternative Show

4th Monday: Youth Slam (ages 13 – 20) @ Havana Theater

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.

Program Director – Vancouver Poetry Slam

Hal Lackie is the current ‘Slammaster’ of Vancouver Poetry Slam. Hal is a queer settler, currently living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam people colonially known as Vancouver, BC.

Hal is an artist, art collector, plant parent, a dog and cat lover, has a coffee tattoo and is often thrifting. They are passionate about how art and community fit together to build, individual and community resilience. Hal tries to uphold space where marginalized folks feel safe to gather.
Hal has been on the coordinating team for verses festival of words 2018, organized a conference and a number of other projects. 

To contact Hal about being a featured poet or with other inquiries, email

Youth Slam Coordinator Mariah Lynne Dear

Mariah Lynne Dear is a majestic woman who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a poet, a nonfiction writer, a feminist, a nanny, and a writing workshop facilitator. Since her spoken word poetry debut at age seventeen, she has travelled across Canada competing both individually and as a team representing the city of Vancouver.
You can find out what Mariah is currently working on at!