(NOTICE: Information on the QEW REGIONAL POETRY SLAM can be found a little down this page.)


The Black Bull: Located at 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington

- 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.


Thursday, April 17, 2014
Burlington Slam Project feat. Vanessa McGowan


It’s April! Spring is here! Flowers are blooming! And who am I kidding, we live in Canada.

It’s still snowing. But what better way to forget this blasted weather than to warm up with us in front of a roaring hot microphone at the Black Bull? This month’s slam is going to be the LAST CHANCE for poets to earn points towards qualifying for Burlington’s team finals! So if you want to represent our suburban gem of a slam this year at CFSW in Victoria, BC – you’d better sign up! But that’s not all! We’ve also got a truly dope feature this month in Vanessa McGowan!

Vanessa McGowan is a Toronto based Spoken Word Artist and Singer/Songwriter steeped in social justice, advocacy, counselling and workshop facilitation with 13 years experience in social services. She was the 2012 Grand Champion and 2013 member of Toronto’s Bill Brown 1 2 3 Poetry Slam team. She is one of the founders of “Wordspell” Toronto’s only on-going female spoken word series @ The Free Times Cafe. Her first chapbook “Divine Cockeyed Genius” was released in October 2012. “Raw power wrapped in polished performance; Vanessa caresses your heart and knocks you in the guts. Makes you feel and makes you feel like feeling.Confrontational, comforting – a consummate poet and performer” – Ian Hanna (Poet/Author)

So bring a friend, bring an enemy, bring the uncle of a remote controlled car you once animated with dark magics – so long as you all bring five bucks, we’re not complaining!

Hit the open mic, or try your hand at the slam if you’re feeling gutsy! What else are you gonna do on a Thursday evening?

Hope to see y’all out!


  1. Freddie Krueger

    thank you SO much for useing that picture for your wedsite :) it means alot to me and i will be sure to atend the next slam :)

  2. I’m excited to see David Perez on July 21st!

  3. where is the October slam and who is featuring?

  4. KATALOG Issue 4: DIALOG
    Submission Deadline: November 11, 2011

    Language consists heavily of body, sound and text. We are looking for performance which uses the spoken voice and which pushes our understanding of language and communication. KATALOG is a performance based online publication that has the ability to include both video and sound. We are looking for submissions for an upcoming issue called DIALOG. In this issue of KATALOG we are seeking both traditional and loose ideas of the performance of spoken word.

    You can send your documentation / creations / writings / questions to submission@cccponline.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    To view past issues of KATALOG please visit http://katalog.cccponline.net

  5. Great Article. You do a good job. I appreciate it.

  6. I would strenuously urge people to catch Christian Drake. He is truly remarkable.

  7. If someone could shoot me an email, I would greatly appreciate it because I have a few questions about The Burlington Slam Project
    Thanks so much! :)

  8. Had an amazing time last night… was my and my friend’s first time out and we really enjoyed ourselves! So much talent in southwest Ontario!

    I especially enjoyed P.O.E. (winner) and Bawsome (not sure if I got his name right – 3rd place). In his 1st performance, a couple lines of Bawsome’s slam LITERALLY gave me chills and made the hair on my arms stand up!!! Visceral!

    • thanks for coming out Esther – glad to hear that you had a good time!
      please help us spread the word – we’ll do it again on the 3rd Thursday of November with a different feature artist and a new line-up of slammers vying for that top spot and $100 cash prize.

  9. Hi there,
    I was wondering.. Are your poetry slams available to audiences of all-ages?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Yes, Katie, they are! We like to advice a bit of discretion – as there is no censorship on our stage, so poets can be found discussing topics of a sensitive or more mature nature, as well as using foul language, but we put no restrictions on age at our shows, or on our stage.

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