Vancouver Poetry House presents: Van Slam with weekly feature poet, Floyd VB. If you’ve ever questioned the meaning of life in all it’s complexity and simplicity and how something could be both at the same time – come on down, you’ll be in good company. Using the definition of literary as both king and court jester, Floyd dazzles and delights turning even the unsightly parts of existence into something we can laugh about.
“I know what I’m saying is as nonsensical as the fact that nonsensical is a word and sensical is not. But I think the message is getting through. I hope you understand – It’s trekking through the streets of god, jizz, piss and poo, trying desperately just to grab the lobes of your ears to hold on to. What I’m trying to say is that I am a Weirdo, and this weirdo loves another this weirdo, loves you” – Weirdos
Floyd VB is a queer spoken word artist who enjoys long walks through their own imagination and the streets of their hometown of Vancouver BC. Their strolling has taken them far and wide, including into the company of the 2013 Vancouver Poetry Slam team and the 2012 and 2013 Vancouver Youth Slam teams. At National Poetry Slam in Boston, Floyd won the annual Nerd Slam. They also participated in the Victoria Spoken Word Festival this year. Floyd excitedly swan-dives into absurdity with flailing limbs as they tell you about the complexities of gender identity, love, and their eclectic, deepest, darkest obsessions. They leave you feeling like a sketchbook dripping ink. They will doodle obscenities on your inner eye. Floyd will rock your socks!
As always, there will be an open mic and two-round poetry slam, (3 min) where poets accumulate points to qualify for the Van Slam team.
Cafe Deux Soleils and the Van Slam strive to be a trans friendly place and a hate speech free zone. Help us with that. We also acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded First Nations Territory.
Also, be kind to our VOLUNTEER door staff. They have to follow BC Liquor Board Rules and once we are sold out we can’t let anyone in unless someone leaves. You cannot save seats for people in line. Let them know if you are leaving. Also no ATM at the door, it’s cash ONLY.
Get there early if you want a seat or want to slam. Doors at 7pm. Poet sign-up 7–7:30pm (no advance sign-up, random draw if there are more than 12 poets looking to slam). Show starts at 7:45pm.