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April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

| $20 – $25

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals

The top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing gala includes a feature presentation by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose.

Poets in the Finals will be performing three-minute poems. The first round will consist of twelve poets. The top seven highest-scoring poets will move on to the second round. Then, the top four highest-scoring poets from the second round move on to the third (and final) round. The highest-scoring poet in the third round becomes the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion. It’s a blank slate each round, not cumulative score. The order in each round is determined by random draw.

In 2015, The Rio was completely sold out for this event. Buy your tickets early if you want to see this showcase of the very best poetry slammers from across Canada.

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam
is produced in association with Spoken Word Canada, the official governing body of poetry slam in Canada. The past four winners of this event have gone on to represent English-Speaking Canada at the World Cup of Poetry in Paris.

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Doors at 7pm. Show starts 8pm.

This show is All Ages (the balcony will be reserved for audience members 18 and younger while alcohol will be allowed on the ground level). It may contain strong language, controversial issues, and words that make you re-evaluate your life. General seating. Advance tickets are NOT mailed out they can be picked up at the Will Call station at the venue. Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 7pm. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


Accessibility Info:

Read the updated overview of The Rio Theatre (completed in February 2015) or the complete updated audit for detailed accessibility information. These documents are available thanks to the important work of the Radical Access Mapping Project​.


April 30, 2016
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20 – $25
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