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April 24, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

[ID: Many people in audience of Sounds Like Fire 2017, smiling and laughing. /endID]

Rich with voices of the past, present, and future, a powerhouse lineup of literary and lyrical titans guide us on a  journey through poetic language, experience, story, and song including songwriter and composer Edzi’u, storyteller, poet, and academic Joshua Whitehead, and innovative multimedia artist Janet Rogers.

Doors 8:15 pm / Showcase 8:30 – 10 pm / $15 Advance / $20 At Door

General Seating with some standing room at back of Hall.

Tickets may be purchased ahead of time on Brown Paper Tickets.
Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 7 pm. Box office is CASH ONLY.

Get your tickets for Sounds Like Fire: Edzi’u, Joshua Whitehead, and Janet Rogers here.

Get your Early Bird Festival Pass before April 10 at https://versesearlybirdpass2018.brownpapertickets.com

This Pass gets you access to all Verses Festival events, except for workshops.


This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes, scented oils, etc) in our festival spaces.

Accessibility Information for the Wise Hall:

You’ll note on arrival a set of railed stairs leading into the Hall. The wheelchair accessible entrance is around back. For certain events there will be someone posted at the door throughout the event and/or a bell system will be rigged up to ensure no one has to wait out there to be let in. If this has not been clarified by organizers already, please consider contacting them for details.

Once inside, you’ll find a spacious wood-floored hall, open concept, tables and chairs set up throughout. The stage (accessible only via stairs) is to your left, and the washrooms towards the back of the hall. The washrooms are currently gendered, but sometimes will be marked “gender neutral”. There are two sets of washrooms. The one to the left of the bar is currently marked “men” is on the same level and is now wheelchair accessible, with 2 urinals and one wheelchair access stall and one non-wheelchair access stall. The one to the right of the bar, currently marked “women”, is wheelchair accessible with no urinals and one additional stall. *update as of June
Read the Radical Accessibility Mapping Project’s WISE Hall overview or complete audit.
2013: please note that a new, wheelchair accessible men’s bathroom has been created. The finishing touches are still being added, and the door has been adjusted to more easily fit wheelchair/scooter users, but overall the space is great.


April 24, 2018
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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