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April 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

| $10

This night will kick off the 2015 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship.

On the first night, 40 of the best poets from across Canada will be slamming with four-minute and one-minute poems.

Doors at 6:30pm.
Bout #1 starts at 7pm.
Bout #3 starts at 8:30pm.
Haiku Deathmatch starts at 10:30pm.

Buy tickets for Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One (Bouts #1 & #3) Plus Haiku Deathmatch

Bout #1 Line-up

Kaz Mega (Breath In Poetry – Edmonton)
Brendan Flaherty (Tonight It’s Poetry – Saskatoon)
Emilee Nimetz (Vancouver Poetry Slam)
Gavin Russell (Capital Slam – Ottawa)
Jayme Archibald (London Poetry Slam)
Johnny MacRae (Storm)
Barb Day (The Brant Rant – Brantford)
Beth Murch (KW Poetry Slam – Kitchener-Waterloo)
Simon Massey (Storm)
Ziy von B (Peterborough Poetry Slam)

Bout #3 Line-up

Winona Linn (CanLip – poetry video contest)
Jaimie G (St. Catherine’s Poetry Slam)
Herie Sun (Throw – Montreal)
Liam Coady (Storm)
Jacq Brass (Word Up – Regina)
Ayda Niknami (Storm)
Jenni Madison (Storm)
Apollo the Child (Urban Legends – Ottawa)
Carolyn McGee (Storm)
Kortnee Stevens (Winnipeg Poetry Slam)

Special Late Night Show: Haiku Deathmatch

Using original haiku, 16 poets – or haikusters – will battle it out in a head-to-head competition judged by the audience.

Sign-up is open to all and will occur from 10:00pm-10:30pm. Each poet should come prepared to perform up to 29 haiku (depending on how far they make it in the competition). Advance sign-up is not available.

A haiku is a poem consisting of three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

Traditionally, haiku is a Japanese form, most often used to describe nature, but any subject matter is allowed in Haiku Death Match. The haiku can be funny, sad, sexy, bizarre, it doesn’t matter. Since the haiku is read aloud, the emphasis will be on the number of syllables (17) not the lines.


the worst time to have
a heart attack is during
a game of charades

This show is All Ages (but be prepared for Rabelaisian humour).

Come for dinner and stay late. Café Deux Soleils will offer kitchen and bar service throughout the show.

This show is All Ages. General seating. Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 6:30pm. Box office is CASH ONLY. There is an ATM located directly across the street.

This show may contain strong language, controversial issues, and words that make you re-evaluate your life. 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 6:30pm. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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Accessibility Info:

Café Deux Soleils has been the main venue for the Vancouver Poetry Slam since 1999. It is sold out every Monday by fans of spoken word poetry. It is an iconic venue run by a staff that are friendly and promote progressive values.

Café Deux Soleils is a semi-accessible venue to wheelchairs and scooters. They have recently completely renovated the bathrooms, installing three ungendered stalls. However there is no wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Please read the full report from the Radical Accessibility Mapping Project for more details.


April 30, 2015
7:00 pm
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