(NOTICE: Information on the QEW REGIONAL POETRY SLAM can be found a little down this page.)
- Unless otherwise stated! Be sure to check events for alternate venues.
3rd Thursday of every month. Sign-up is @ 8pm with Open Mic and then Slam to follow
For smoking hot poetry!
A cover charge $5 (Only $5???) goes towards paying for the feature performer and prize money for the winner of the slam.
As always we’ll have an Open Mic for any and all types of performance; bring your guitar, your songs, your stand-up, your rants and ragtime show tunes – it’s all about getting it out there! Or you can always sign up for the slam, see if you have what it takes to reign supreme, and take home the cash prize.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
INFERNO Youth Festival
If you find yourself in Toronto around Valentine’s weekend – you may be able to stumble upon the Inferno Youth Festival! 12 youth teams will be competing all day for some cash money, and some serious bragging rights. This event will be hosted by Burlington’s own Tomy Bewick, and proves to be an engaging and seriously entertaining event.
Location: University of Toronto Hart House East Common Room
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Burlington Slam Project CIPS QUALIFIER feat. Titilope Sonuga
Our February show is dedicated to the celebration of Black History Month, as events all over the city of Burlington join in honouring the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians. Also, the winner of this month’s slam will be chosen as Burlington’s representative at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver. Big show, right? Guess we’d better have a big talent to come in as our feature, so welcome Titilope Sonuga to our stage!
When Titilope first stepped to the microphone at a local open mic, to gracing stages from Lagos to Cape Town, New York to California, Edmonton to Toronto and places in between, her goal has been to remind people that the ties that bind us transcend all of the borders we have created. She will tell you that no poem is brand new. In the telling and re-telling we are reminded that someone has walked this path before. Titilope is a Nigerian born spoken word poet and winner of the 2011 Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Author Award for her first collection of poems, Down To Earth. In 2013 Titilope released her first spoken word album Mother Tongue and is set to release her second collection of poetry, Abscess in 2014. She has featured on stages across Canada and internationally, performing with Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Obiora Odechukwu, Bassey Ikpi, Twin Poets and Offiong Bassey, at the 2011 Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown University. She is the founding member of the Breath In Poetry Collective, home of the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) championship winning Edmonton Slam Team. Even with the soil of continents beneath her feet, the stories that are surer with each passing year, she has not forgotten where it all began. She will tell you it is simple; when your heart is cracked open and a multitude of words begin to leak from your chest, before you stain everything you dare to touch, put it in a poem.
Come on out and see what the buzz is all about, make some noise, bring some friends, build some community, and try to win some cash! We can’t do it without you, so why not come see what you can do?
Hope to see y’all out!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Not long after the slam, why not pop up to Toronto to check out THE HUNGER – a new, innovative spoken word showcase by Dwayne Morgan that circulates around poets showing us all, on the stage, just how hungry for success they are! Performers include a couple of your own Burlington Slammers – Tomy Bewick and Bassam! 8 Poets altogether, it looks to be a HOT night of poetry. Give it a look!
Location: Lula Lounge – 1585 Dundas st. W., Toronto