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Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Day Two

What’s Happening at Vancouver Poetry House

By the second day of prelims, the tournament will be in full swing. Some teams will be flying high, others will be working hard to improve their ranking.

Free

Hullabaloo Team Finals featuring Lucia Misch

What’s Happening at Vancouver Poetry House

The 5th annual Hullabaloo Finals Night will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of BC. Lucia Misch will be the feature poet.

Free

Poetry Masterclass with Amber Dawn

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Through a series of writing prompts and peer-to-peer reflection, workshop participants will explore the potent pairing of poetry + social justice values and personal identities.

$40 – $50

Seeding the Poem: Masterclass with Robert Priest

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Robert Priest, aka Dr. Poetry, brings you techniques for writing micro or ‘seed’ poems — aphorisms, slogans, hook lines, jokes, maxims – with a view to also using them as centering points.

$40 – $50

Jangle & Shout: The Hulla-Verses Remixer

Agendas & Minutes

A literary soirée with a wild side, this is your chance to see a sampling of many of the artists in the festival. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words!

$12 – $15

Jangle & Shout: The Hulla-Verses Remixer

The 10 Best Poem of 2015

A literary soirée with a wild side! Get a sneak peek sampling of the music and words of many of the artists yet to come in the festival, with the best of Hullabaloo thrown into the mix. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words at the York Theatre, a venue new for this year's Verses.

$12 – $15

Van Slam Finals Night

The 19th annual Van Slam Finals Night features Vancouver's top eight slam poets competing for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team.

$12 – $15

Youth Anarchy Slam featuring Zaccheus Legacy Project

Alessandra Naccarato

Youth poets (aged 12–20) are asked to break one of the classic poetry slam rules. Wear a costume, use props, perform a cover poem, perform a group piece, play a musical instrument or combine all those together. Whatever you do though you must break one of the slam rules. Open sign-up. Be creative, have fun! In addition to the slam, this show will feature youth performing original work inspired by, in response to, and in honour of Zaccheus Jackson Nyce.

$4 – $19

Spoken Word Masterclass with Sister Outsider

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

This workshop will explore intersectionality and the realities we experience living multiple identities at the same time. Inspired by Gloria Anzaldua’s La Fronteras/Borderlands, we will discuss the relationships various races, genders, sexualities, and languages have with each other and how we find a space to define ourselves within a world that often asks us to choose.

$40 – $50

Word Circus

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

A whirlwind of words occurs as Robert Priest, Tanya Evanson, David McGimpsey, Barbara Adler, and Ian Ferrier blur the line between stage and page.

$8 – $10

Thursdays Writing Collective

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Thursdays Writing Collective is comprised of 150 activists, academics, slam poets, novelists and storytellers who explore issues of self-determination through creative writing. The Collective holds free, drop-in writing sessions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside at Carnegie Community Centre. Founded in 2008 by Elee Kraljii Gardiner, the Collective has published six chapbooks.

$5

Sounds Like Fire

A journey through poetic language and experience, story and song, with a powerhouse line-up of all-star performers; including Kinnie Starr, Mutya Macatumpag, and Women of the World Poetry Slam champions, Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina.

$12 – $15

CIPS Orientation

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam are required to attend this orientation.

Hello My Name Is…

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Poets participating in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam perform in a sneak preview of what is to come in the following days.

Free

Tomboy Survival Guide

Annual General Meeting on May 25th

Tomboy Survival Guide is part anthem, part campfire story, and part instructions for the dismantling of the gender stories we tell ourselves and each other. Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band perform with special guests.

$20 – $25

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

What Is Real Vancouver Writers' Series, Alex? Four fantastic poets reading new work. But after the poetry comes Jeopardy. CanLit Jeopardy, featuring silly and serious answers about our national literature, to be put into questions by these very same poets.

$8 – $10

Talk the Talk: Community Organizing & Power Dynamics

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

This facilitator-guided conversation engages artists and community members in anti-oppression dialogue. Solutions will be crowd sourced. Come, be challenged, and share your experiences.

Free

Bothism: Spoken Word Masterclass with Tanya Evanson

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

This workshop explores the importance of both silence and sound in the creation of spoken word – from meditation, to magical editing, to the many possibilities of the vocal body in performance.

$40 – $50

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day One (Bouts #2 & #4)

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

More of Canada's best slam poets sling metaphors and match wits in four minute and one minute rounds. Tickets for these bouts include admission to Haiku Deathmatch.

$10

Talk the Talk: Accessibility

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

This community-driven, facilitator-mediated conversation asks artists to participate in anti-oppression dialogue. Bring your ideas and your notepads!

Free

Spoken Nerd

Sheri-D

Calling all poets of the nerd-like persuasion. This is your time to explain to the world your love of isotopes or Star Trek or comic books or grammar or anything you feel nerdy and obsessive about.

Free

Live Performance Masterclass with Ivan Coyote

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Ivan Coyote leads a workshop designed to help you transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading. Learn how to select material, prepare your work for performance, memorize it (or not), and make your body language work for you.

$40 – $50

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two (Bouts #6 & #8)

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Day two will see some poets flinging caution aside as they try to move up in the rankings, while other poets will be under pressure to maintain their position.

$10

Take Back The Mic

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Witness a spoken word offering by brilliant performers who have transformed trauma using the power of their art, with a hope of bringing us out whole on the other side. This show, featuring Sheri-D Wilson, Lishai Peel, and others, is a celebration of the strength and bravery within our community, and an honouring of performer and audience alike.

$5

ASL Showcase

Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

A multi-genre presentation in American Sign Language, showcasing performative verse through complex perspectives. This event will be hosted by Alex Lu and Maggie Harkins, and will feature the support of ASL/English language interpreters.

$5

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Final

Annual General Meeting on May 25th

The top 12 poets from prelims advance to this bout. Who will claim the title of 2015 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion?

This closing gala includes a feature presentation by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose.

In 2014, The Rio was completely sold out for this event. Buy your tickets early if you want to see this showcase of the very best poetry slammers from across Canada.

$20 – $25

Chicken Sessions

Agendas & Minutes

Chicken Session: a house concert, poetry and story performance , potluck, party, and some Louisiana hospitality. Chicken Session #14 is a Sunday afternoon backyard brunch with poet Robert Lashley, and musicians Chicken-like Birds, as well as debut work by others in 12 open mic spots beforehand. Bring food to share!

$5