Doors at 7, show at 7:30
If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.
The top 4 poets from Preliminary Round 1, and the top 4 poets from Second Chance Night will go head to head. The knockout format is as follows: 4 groups of 2 performing 2 minute poems, 2 groups of 2 performing 3 minute poems, 1 group of 2 performing 4 minute poems – and then the last poet standing will be crowned the CIPS winner.
CIPS is a nationally recognized poetry slam. This year, the competition will take place online and in-person , as part of the Verses Festival of Words. 16 poets representing spoken word series and regions across Canada will compete in a head-to-head double knock out tournament, presenting poems that are 1,2,3 or 4 minutes in length. Winners of each head-to-head will be determined by 5 random judges from the in-person and/or online audiences. This judging system aligns with our vision of the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion being chosen by fellow community members – without hierarchy, without prioritizing expertise, cultivating a way of accessing poetry for all.
This event will be broadcast on POETV
If you have questions about accessibility at the Festival visit Access Verses
Vancouver Poetry House events take place on the ancestral territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh First Nations, whose lands were never sold, ceded, or relinquished,—lands that were taken. Vancouver Poetry House supports the resurgence of Indigenous culture and the work of Indigenous poets.