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Hullabaloo Slams: Round 2!

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

The second slate of prelims kicks off, with all 16 teams competing for the second time in less than 24 hours!  Following Round 1 of preliminary competitions on Friday night, some teams are still in it to win it and some teams are going out with a bang, so Round 2 is bound to be mind-blowing! … Continued

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Hullabaloo Finals feat. Moe Clark

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

The 8th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of British Columbia. Moe Clark will start the evening with a feature set of her award-winning spoken word poetry. Then the top four teams from the preliminary bouts will face off against each other … Continued

FREE

Jangle & Shout: HullaVerses Remixer

A literary afternoon delight! Music and words from many of the artists performing throughout the festival, including a selection of Hullabaloo performers featured from our youth events. Bear witness to festival highlights as we celebrate their creative minds in one shared space, where participating artists and organizers, established and up-and-coming, … Continued

$12 – $15

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Special Guests

Call resistance an act of love, name activism as belief in restoration, trust as resilience, music as medicine; there is alchemy in the work of Buffy Sainte-Marie. Utilizing a generous body of work spanning half a century, Buffy Sainte-Marie reminds us that the truest wealth we can accumulate is in … Continued

$30 – $35

Moe Clark – Masterclass: “Looping Landscapes”

"Spoken word performance and looping pedal workshop exploring body and voice as landscape. Add new dimension to your spoken word poetry and written works. Combine your poetry with sounds, songs, and performance tools to create works that are stage-worthy and audience approved. Moe Clark will take you on a journey … Continued

$25 – $30

Thursdays Writing Collective Discussion and Workshop

Thursdays Writing Collective has been writing together at the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings for 10 years. Over that last decade, TWC members have met to share the acts and products of writing, improve their writing skills and make connections within Vancouver’s literary community. "TWC includes writers identifying as Indigenous, … Continued

$8 – $10

Community Poetry Workshop with JB the First Lady

Utilizing a unique creative writing process developed by the writer, hip hop artist,  activist, and performer, JB leads workshop participants through activity and writing, exploring themes of remembering and  belonging. Working together over an hour and a half long session, participants will create a community poem and in creating a … Continued

$20 – $25

The Witching Hour

Triple book launch with Joelle Barron, Ellie Sawatzky, Alessandra Naccarato & special guests. Join us for the launch of three new poetry collections that blur the line between the magic and the mundane: Highly Sensitive Femme by Alessandra Naccarato (Frog Hollow Press), Rhinocerotic by Ellie Sawatzky (Frog Hollow Press), and Ritual Lights … Continued

$10 – $12

Sounds Like Fire: Edzi’u, Joshua Whitehead, and Janet Rogers

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 … Continued

Spoken Nerd featuring Kitty Stryker

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What better place to proclaim your love for whatever turns on your nerdy nature than at the Storm Crow Tavern, the geekiest gathering place in Vancouver? Costumes are welcomed in the audience or for performers. Go on, dress up, and step up to the mic. You will be in raucous … Continued

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Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 1: Bouts at Havana Theatre

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four-minute and one-minute rounds.  These Day One bouts at  Havana Theatre are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Cafe Deux Soleils during Verses Festival. The scores from these eight bouts determine the … Continued

$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 1: Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

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Canada’s best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four-minute and one-minute rounds.  These Day One bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Havana Theatre during Verses Festival. The scores from these eight bouts determine … Continued

$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2: Bouts at Havana Theatre

Canada’s best performance poets show us their strongest two and three minute poems to decide who will advance to finals. These Day Two bouts at  Havana Theatre are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Cafe Deux Soleils during Verses Festival. The … Continued

$8 – $10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2: Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils

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Canada’s best performance poets show us their strongest two and three minute poems to decide who will advance to finals. These Day Two bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils are two of eight preliminary competitions that take place on Thursday and Friday nights here and at Havana Theatre during Verses Festival. … Continued

$10

Interrobang?! Billy-Ray Belcourt, Virago Nation, Snotty Nose Rez Kids

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In the guts of artists everywhere is a driving force, a question that begs for answer, churning engine of the inquisitive mind. Interrobang?! pays homage to those making their statements known, loud and clear, while asking the complicated, nuanced, and too often unasked-questions. Join us as this all star line-up … Continued

$12 – $15

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals at ANNEX Theatre

ANNEX Theatre 823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor, Vancouver, British Columbia

The top 12 poets from preliminaries advance to this final match. Who will claim the title of 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion? This closing match includes a feature presentation by the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion Ifrah Hussein. Poets in the Finals will be performing three-minute poems. The … Continued

$19.50 – $25

Talking Stick Festival Community Stage

Native Education College Fireside Lounge 237 5th Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia

UPDATE on line-up below! The Talking Stick Festival has been calling community together for over 17 years. With a desire to appeal to Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees alike, the multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival comes to us as a community stage presentation, closing out Verses Festival of Words 2018 with a … Continued

$12 – $15

Spokenword Jamboree featuring Chris Tse

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

A night for all 16 High School Teams to perform introductory poems showcasing their talent and style.  Plus a feature performance by Canadian Spoken Word Champion, Chris Tse. 6PM-8PM / VPL Central Branch / Alice MacKay Room / Free We fully acknowledge that all Hullabaloo and Verses Festival of Words … Continued

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 1 and 2

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   The competition kicks off with our fist two bouts pitting 4 different teams against each other in each bout. Bout 1 will be in the Alice MacKay Room.  Bout … Continued

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 3 and 4

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   The competition continues with our last batch of bouts on day 1.  4 teams in each bout.  It should be on fire! (metaphorically) Bout 3 will be in the … Continued

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Adventures in Poetryland Workshops with Janice Jo Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick de Belen and Johnny D. Trinh

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

This event will be taking place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples.   4 different workshops presented by World Class poets, Janice Joe Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick de belen and Johnny Trinh lead students through Adventures in Poetryland.  Each workshop offers a unique perspective … Continued

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 5 and 6

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   Day 2 begins with the first two afternoon bouts for our competing teams.  Each team has had a chance to perform and now things get even more intense! Bout … Continued

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 7 and 8

Sonya Littlejohn features at the Van Slam

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   These will be the last 2 bouts of preliminary competition.  These bouts could very well determine which teams make it in to Finals! Each team has had a chance … Continued

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Hullabaloo Spoken Word Jamboree with Apollo the Child and Alumni Showcase

EGM Update

This event is originating from the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.   For the 2021 edition of Hullabaloo we keep some of the past and forge ahead with something new. Once again we will be having our Spoken Word Jamboree to kick off the festival.  … Continued

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EGM Update

Hullabaloo is BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival featuring workshops, showcase performances and some of BC’s finest high school aged poets all sharing work for peers and audiences alike. The 2021 Festival runs April 22-24th online via Zoom.  Registration is open for all schools to take part in Hullabaloo 2021.  Participating … Continued

Adventures in Poetryland

EGM Update

This event will be originating from the Unceded Ancestral Lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.   Adventures in Poetryland is our annual workshop series led by our Festival Feature Performers.  This year they are Apollo the Child and Nisha Patel.  These workshop are open to all students participating … Continued

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