Monthly Archives: December 2009

***Major Announcement ***

So it has been confirmed; BSP is part of SpoCan and WILL be sending a team to the CANADIAN FESTIVAL OF SPOKEN WORD in Ottawa, in late 2010.

The slam-off for the team will begin at February’s slam, when we feature the national slam champs of 2009 – the Ottawa Slam Team.

Points will be accumulated for the top 3 scores of the night for 4 months, with a Finals slam in June.

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place – 5 points
  • 2nd place – 3 points
  • 3rd place – 1 point

Points will then determine who participates in the Finals and there will be an advantage given based on point gradation. (IE: 0-5 points will be -2 to start finals, 5-10 will be -1 to start finals and so on…. ***this is an example and exact deductions and gradation will be based on how many competitors and range of point spread are actually involved come May).

The team will be determined based on cumulative scores at the night of Finals, with a 4 member team and one alternate being appointed.

Typical PSI slam rules apply; 3mins10secs time limit (0.5 deduction for each 10 secs over), no props or costumes (2 point deduction), original work only, no musical accompaniments (2 point deduction).

There will be obligations of the Team to work together to create group performances, perform at fundraisers to pay for their trip to Ottawa and generally put their best foot forward to represent as well as possible, while having fun and maintaining respect for others.

If you think you’re up for competing on a National stage in the nations capital and meeting some incredible people/ artists from across the country; then this might just be the opportunity for you.

QEW Slam Series

What hopefully becomes an annual event, the first EVER QEW Poetry Slam, was a series represented by the slams in the cities connected by Queen Elizabeth Way highway (Toronto, Burlington, Niagara Falls & Buffalo). Bout 1 was in Toronto on December 4th and the 2nd (final) bout was in Buffalo on December 12th.

We are proud to announce that Burlington took home gold and some US cash as prize money.