With support from the BC Arts Council, the first ever Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive will take place from July 3rd to 7th, 2018, in Vancouver, BC.  Don’t need to read any further?  APPLY NOW!

What is Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive?

Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive is a one of a kind program available to youth aged 15 to 19 from across British Columbia.  Over the course of four days (and one night), the intensive ensemble take 20 hours of workshops from a world-class lineup of teaching artists at the beautiful Jim Green House Studio in East Vancouver. Ensemble members also perform in two showcases: an open mic-style event at legendary Van Slam venue Cafe Deux Soleils on the evening of Thursday, July 5th, and a final showcase at the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

Word Camp promises to be a tonne of fun, but you better be ready to grind those pencils down to stubs, because it’s going to be INTENSE!!!!

Who are our fantastic teaching artists?

Tanya Evanson (Montreal, QC)
Mary Pinkoski (Edmonton, AB)
Jamaal Jackson Rogers aka. Just Jamaal the Poet (Ottawa, ON)
Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve (Vancouver, BC)
Kai Cheng Thom (Toronto, ON)
Brad Gibson (Vancouver, BC)

Find out more about them on our Artists page!  Word Camp schedule below.  Or… APPLY NOW!

The Cultch’s Jim Green House Studio will play home to Word Camp workshop events!

Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive Schedule
(subject to change)

Tuesday, July 3rd

Meet’n’Greet: 7 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
A chance for participants to meet each other, Word Camp staff and teachers. Food will be provided.

Wednesday, July 4th

Workshop #1: 10 AM to 1 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Workshop #2: 2 PM to 5 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Faculty & Staff Performance: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM @ Roundhouse Performance Centre
Mary Pinkoski, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Ronnie Dean Harris, Kai Cheng Thom and Brad Gibson (as well as assistant facilitators from WordPlay Poets) show the ensemble how it’s done!  Attendance mandatory for ensemble members.

Thursday, July 5th

Workshop #3: 10 AM to 1 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Workshop #4: 2 PM to 5 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Ensemble Open Mic feat. Van Slam Youth Team: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM @ Cafe Deux Soleils
A chance for members of the ensemble to show off their own work in an open mic-style event at the legendary Van Slam venue, featuring a performance from the 2018 Vancouver Youth Slam team.

Friday, July 6th

Workshop #5: 10 AM to 1 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Workshop #6: 2 PM to 5 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
More information coming soon!

Ensemble Dinner: TBA @ Storm Crow Tavern
Join Camp staff and some facilitators for an evening meal and board games at Van Slam poets’ favourite hang out: Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive. Attendance optional.

Saturday, July 7th

Final Show Prep Session w/ Tanya Evanson: 12 PM to 4 PM @ Jim Green House Studio
A chance to work on new materials and collaborative performances for the final performance at the Roundhouse Performance Centre. Ensemble members work with Tanya Evanson, as well as members of the Word Camp staff and assistant facilitators to get ready for the final show!

Word Camp Finale feat. Tanya Evanson: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM @ Roundhouse Performance Centre
A final showcase of the ensemble!  Following a performance from the evening’s feature, Tanya Evanson, ensemble members perform works created during or informed by their time at the intensive on the big stage at the Roundhouse Performance Centre!

Don’t think! Just APPLY NOW!

Word Camp Director: Johnny MacRae
Word Camp Assistant Director: Lucia Misch
Word Camp Artwork: Leya Tess.