Past Events – Vancouver Poetry House

ApocaCIPS | 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship

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The Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) is a national event to determine the best slammer in Canada.  Reserving your spot here will get you access to all four ApocaCIPS preliminary bouts and a seat at the finals. Reserve your spot ApocaCIPS Preliminary bouts 1 and 2, Thursday, May 21, 3-7pm … Continued

Video Release | Isabella Wang

view on Youtube Isabella was invited to Verses Festival of Words in 2020. After the festival was cancelled, Isabella agreed to do a reading on-line, producing a stunningly intimate performance of her work during this strange time of forced distance. Isabella reads from: prairie fire  Grain  and the recent publication … Continued

A Master Class with Lillian Allen

Zoom

In this master class, we will explore the poetics of sound and utterance as we craft language and linguistic interventions to align politics and aesthetics. We will experiment with various strategies to texture voice as we become present to this particular moment that we find ourselves in. TICKETS Lillian Allen … Continued

$15

CIPS Regional Qualifiers

Zoom

VPH Regional Qualifiers: We recognize that with the global pandemic, many spoken word series have shuttered across the country. For folks whose local poetry slam is no longer active, we will be hosting 6 regional qualifiers: Pacific, Prairies, Northern, Central, Atlantic & French Speaking. Regional qualifiers will be held March … Continued

Tips and Tools for Online Shows with Charlie Petch 

Zoom

In this workshop, award-winning solo show performer, and lighting specialist for film and television, Charlie Petch, will take you through the principles of light, sound and script for online performance. Whether it is learning to light and sound better with what you have and dollar store solutions, or getting the … Continued

Hullabaloo

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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 for returning teams opens on February 1st and open registration for all … Continued

Hullabaloo Spoken Word Jamboree with Apollo the Child and Alumni Showcase

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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

Hullabaloo Spoken Word Jamboree and Alumni Showcase

Zoom

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.  Our featured … Continued

Free

Hullabaloo

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

Cotyledon Book Launch

Zoom

Cotyledon is filled with the poems that poets haven’t been able to share on slam stages, poems that are unconventional, poems that were crafted gently, and haven’t found a home for yet, poems that started out as a whisper, a brave thought, or an inkling. Poems that dream the world … Continued

Hullabaloo All Star Slam 2021 and Individual Videopoem Festival

Zoom

This event is originating from the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh Nations. The All Star Slam is back.  This year we have two of our festival features taking part along with a returning poet from 2020 plus our wonderful host Johnny D. Trinh.  This year we … Continued

Free

Adventures in Poetryland

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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

Free

Stage to Page

Zoom

Vancouver Poetry House is partnering with Stage to Page Performance Society to bring a special public masterclass for Verses 2021. Industry professionals from poetry, publishing, and theatre form an all star panel that come together to workshop new poems by spoken word artists. What happens when spoken word poets publish … Continued

Talk the Talk | What is your ritual?

Zoom

What is your Ritual that you do before you sit down and write a poem? For this Talk the Talk Vancouver Poetry House’s Artistic Director Joseph Dandurand will share what it is that he does before he drops the first word of a new poem. For Joseph Dandurand, his ritual … Continued

Finals Night Feature with Nisha Patel and our Inaugural Team Piece Showcase

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This event is originating on the Unceded Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh Nations.   Once again we have something new and something traditional for you on our final night of Hullabaloo 2021. We kick off the night with a feature performance by 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam … Continued

Write Bloody North | Life After the Slam Q and A

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Join the Write Bloody North team in a discussion about some of the opportunities that exist for poets who have honed their craft at the poetry slam. Some of the topics we will discuss include publishing, editing, multimedia, film/television, touring and the future possibilities that exist for our artform. The … Continued

Write Bloody North | Showcase

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Write Bloody North is the only Canadian publisher devoted to the work of spoken word artists. Join us in this celebration Canadian spoken word with some of our past, current and future authors Lucia Misch, Brandon Wint, RC Weslowski and Sheri-D Wilson! Live on POETV

Poets Forward: Isabella Wang Feature Performance and Workshop

This workshop encourages participants to consider issues of the dynamic world, and to discuss why poetry IS political; IS imaginative; IS activism. How can the vulnerability of writing in this difficult time be turned into a strength, generating powerful and necessary perspectives? The pandemic brings with it overwhelming changes; yet, … Continued

Free

Iron Poet Gauntlet

Zoom

The Gauntlet has been thrown! Poet legends: RC Weslowski, Charlie C Petch, and Nisha Patel are the Verses 2021 Iron Poets. They have spent centuries training for this moment. They have opened the floor to face challengers to compete in zainy poetry games. Hosted by Johnny D Trinh and Brad … Continued

Mashed Sabbath 50

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Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mashup.  Established in 2009 this will be the 50th edition of Mashed Poetics (a Verses Festival mainstay) and we’ll be featuring Black Sabbath’s album Paranoid.  9 different poets will create new works to perform at this event including the reunion … Continued

El Jones Feature Performance and Workshop

Zoom

El Jones will lead participants in a FREE writing workshop that will develop beginner, intermediate, and core skills in writing for page and stage. All skill levels, members of the public, and students welcome! There will be ASL interpreters at this workshop. FREE, REGISTER HERE El Jones is a poet, … Continued

Free

Collective and Individual Poetry Creation with Lee Maracle

Zoom

We do not have to write alone. We can riff off one another as we immerse ourselves in poetry creation.  We will do both individual work and collective work in this workshop.  Poetry strengthens the body, sharpens the mind and engages the heart and spirit. There will be ASL interpreters … Continued

Free

CIPS Preliminaries Day 1

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On each evening of prelim competition, 16 poets will be drawn at random to compete head-to-head on the first preliminary night of the festival. They will be paired up via random draw. The 8 winning poets from each night of prelims will move onto the semi-finals.  Live on POETV  

CIPS Preliminaries Day 2

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The 16 semi-finalists (8 from 1st preliminary night + 8 from 2nd preliminary night) will compete in the same head-to-head fashion, with random draws determining each of the pairings. The winning 8 poets will move onto the finals. Live on POETV

CIPS Finals

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To celebrate the close of Verses Festival of Words 2021, and National Poetry Month, the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam culminates in an amazing finale that is not to be missed. Come watch the final round of CIPS, where the top 10 competing spoken word poets will go head-to-head in 5 … Continued

Legends Slam

The Cultch C-Lab 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Poetry Slam is back Live! On November 18th come to C-lab at The Cultch to see the Live Legends Slam! Our 4 legendary slam icons: RC Weslowski, Magpie Ulysses, Johnny MacRae & Johnny Trinh will take on 4 challengers in a head to head slam battle. Along with … Continued

$10 – $15