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, July 17, 2014
Burlington Slam Project 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Featuring Tomy Bewick

 Tomy Bewick

6 Years baby!

This month, the Burlington Slam Project turns 6 Years Old! 6 years of spoken word in the suburbs, 6 years of new voices tucked away in the deepest pockets of residential housing.

And, well, 6 years seems a good time to have as a feature poet, our founder and fearless leader – Tomy Bewick!

With a full time career as an Accredited Professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (with a Specialty in Building Design and Construction), Tomy dedicates all other hours to family, friends and sharing his art-as-therapy. Heavily influenced by diverse communities and determined to provide a platform for any voice that needs it, Tomy founded “The Burlington Slam Project” in July of 2008. Tomy is the acting host, artistic director and talent booking agent in Burlington, but has represented Toronto on the Canadian National stage multiple times and is a 4 time finalist at the National level. Having featured and competed at poetry slams/spoken word events across Canada (and the US Midwest) since 2005; Tomy focuses on community building, youth outreach and artist mentoring. In 2012, The Burlington Slam Project team became the first ever Ontario Provincial Champions, and were also finalists at the US National Poetry Slam for their group work (which ranked in the top 10 out of 72 teams).


We’d like to thank everybody who has -ever- supported this slam, features, open mic’ers, slammers, audience, judges, volunteers, -everyone-. We love all of you dearly, and hope to continue seeing you for the next 6 years.

Please, bring a fiver, bring a friend, bring a truckload of alpacas if you’re feeling dangerous, and let’s make this slam a night to remember.

Open mic is there for everyone not wanting numeric judgement, and the slam is there for everyone hunting down a bit of cash money to line their pockets.

Congratulations guys! Let’s do this!

  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.

  10. If you want to perform a poem can you just show up and sign up the night of the event? Are there any requirements to be met?

    • Yup, just show up the night of the slam and when the host calls for sign up go put your name (or an alias) down on the list.

      There are no requirements. But if you want to compete in the slam there are some rules. If you find a little daunting then you might want to consider the open mic

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