Category Archives: Burlington Slam Project

October – 3 for 1 feature and CFSW

This is CrAzY with massive amounts of awesome spoken word:

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Once again Burlington is sending a team to the national stage.  And with the festival just a quick jaunt down the QEW in Toronto you can easily catch every minute of the action!  The action kicks off Tuesday Oct. 11th @ the Drake Hotel Underground and culminates with the finals at Metro United Church on Saturday Oct 15th.  You for details on event of festival passes check out the festival website (CFSW.ca).  The latest info will likely be on the Spoken Word Canada Facebook group page.

Thursday October 20th – 3 Features For 1 Price – ONLY $5 !!!

3 amazing features for the price of 1 at a special location: Upstairs at Philthy McNasty’s (250 Brant Street, Burlington) @ 7:30.

McGee, Misch and Weslowski are a mélange of might mouthed performance poets who have won and done some things that would make their grandmothers proud in the world of poetry. Mike McGee is the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the 2003 National Poetry Slam Indie Champ. Lucia Misch has been the 2007 and 2008 South Bay Area Youth Speaks Champion. RC Weslowski was a Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Team Champion in 2006 along with being named the festival’s poet of honour in 2008.

The three of them are banding together to show the world how much fun three talking muffins can have while traveling together. They want to be your friends and give your faces a good ear job.

But we can’t tell everyone ourselves.  So in the meantime…

Spread The WORD!

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BSP featuring at TPS

This Saturday (February 26th) the Burlington Slam Project Team (Tomy Bewick, Truth Is…, Yogi and Made Wade) will be featuring the Toronto Poetry Slam at the Drake Hotels Underground.

They made the Finals at the recent Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and on the 26th you’ll find out why! They don’t feature often, so this is a show you don’t want to miss!

The doors open at 7.  I hope to see you there!

Updates & Contests

Hey there slammers, poets, fans, and supporters,

Thank you for sticking with the BSP through the past 2.5 years and helping us to grow a solid foundation for local prformers and travelling feature artists.

There are a few big things coming down the tube this year for slam in Ontario:

CFSW 2011:

Of note is the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word, which will take place this year in Toronto! that’s right – you’ll be able to see our BSP team at the national festival without booking a plane ticket. We’re still competing to see who that team will be and hope to see out January 20th for our first show of the year with our very special guest: the godfather of Toronto Spoken Word – Mr. Dwayne Morgan.

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST:

In light of the fact that Mr. Morgan is not only an incredible spoken word artist, but also an increasingly popular and accomplished photographer – we are going to have a PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST.

Here’s the deal – ONE PICTURE will be selected for use in the upcoming promotions for 201 – We’d like that picture to represent the Burlington Slam Project and we’re willing to pay for it.

The RULES: come out to the january show and snap photos. Submit your best photo before February’s slam (via email) and we will announce the winner at February’s show and award the CASH PRIZE ($50) for your winning shot in person.

You don’t need to be a pro. Just point & click and send your best angle of what you think captures the vibe and energy of the Burlington Slam Project. 1 photo per person please. Any questions? Let me know, but we’ll go over the rules on January 20th.

LOGO CONTEST:

We like out BSP logo but we think that it would be great to see it freshened up as we approach our 3rd anniversary. This contest will run from now until April 2011 and a final winner will be selected through a panel of judges and announced at our Finals in May. The PRIZE for this will be $75 and the new logo will be used on our blog (burlingtonslam.wordpress.com) and flyers going forward. If you are interested or know someone who is; please let me know. If you have any questions, check the new “Discussion” threads on the Facebook group page to keep updated on all rules and questions

GET IN FREE:

Starting this month and the remaining months of competition before finals (May 2011) we are starting a new promotion. If you bring in 2 NEW friends who have not attended the Burlington Slam Project before and you will get in for FREE. Please note that this only counts for 2 new guests per person and are subject to verification by the host.

YOUR VOICE:

We are busy lining up our features for the remainder of the year and would love to hear back any feedback on past features or potential Canadian Spoken Word artists that you would like to see come through BSP. Check the Discussion Board on Facebook and let us know your faves.

That being said, any & all feedback is encouraged. We do this for you: the audience, the artists, the supporters & fans. So let us know what you want to see/hear and we will do our damnedest to give you the best open mic & poetry slam we can.

Happy New year’s folks,
Hope to see you out soon!

Nuff love,
Tomy

News, News, News !!!

We have lots of great thing brewing for fans of performance poetry in the Burlington area.  So let’s get down to it:

1. Straight To The Streets 2010 – It was the 5 year anniversary of this event this past weekend and it keeps getting bigger & better each year.  The goal is give warmth to anyone willing to accept it.  You can read an article about it by KJ Mullins on Newz4U.net and catch the man-on-the-street video of George Stroumbooulopoulos (CBC’s The Hour) encourgaing us or find the Open Minds Respect Events group on Facebook.

2. Blog Layout – In case you haven’t noticed, there have been some changes to the layout of the blog lately.  I’ve updated the Upcoming Slams page for the next 3 months,  the WTF is a Poetry Slam page now explains a slam as well as the rules.  I’ve created a new page called Making The Team that leads to a page of this years team or a listing of the cumulative monthly standings for the current season.  I’ve also expanded the About Us page with a link to Tomy’s Bio.  very soon I’ll be adding my own bio.

3. Scores & Standings – In an effort to meet new SpoCan regulations and to be as transparent as possible with our scoring we have posted the scores from November and each month moving forward.  It will be on the facebook group page, part of my Monthly Wrap-up, and from the Making The Team page.

… spread the WORD!

CFSW 2010 FINALS !!

You heard me FINALS !!! The Burlington Slam Project team of 2010 made it to the finals.  Of the 18 teams across the nation, we took the final stage against Capital Slam (Ottawa), Urban Legends (Ottawa), and Throw Collective (Montreal).  In the end, the Capital Slam team took home top honours for the 2nd year in a row.  From what I’ve heard so far it what well deserved.

No results from the festival have been posted on the website.  However, you can always check out the CFSW 2010 Facebook group and results for many of the bouts have been posted there.  Until the ‘official’ full results are posted for each and every score of every bout you’ll have to troll the group and people who’ve joined it for the lastest, news, pictures, & videos.

As far as videos go, it’s seems more are being uploaded to YouTube every day.  I know that ALL the poems perfromed by Cap Slam in the finals have been posted.  I’ll be sure to post links to BSP poems as I come across them.

If you have a moment, take them time on Facebook to befriend a BSP team poet (if you haven’t already) and congratulate them for a job well done!

Burlington @ CFSW 2010

Hey there poetry fans!

I know it’s been a while since we’ve sent out an update.  But that doesn’t mean things haven’t been happening.  The Burlington Slam Project 2010 team has been out there hussling.  They’ve done shows at Guelph, Burlington, and then a last minute send-off before going after the holy grail of Canadian slam poetry: Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

I thought I would bring you up-to-speed on what I know so far:

The team was in the 2nd bout of the festival against teams from Edmonton, Toronto’s Up From The Roots, and the Wild Card team.  Judging from the final scores, it was a fairly tight round with just 3.9 points seperating 1st place from 4th.  Here’s how we did:

  1. Edmonton (114.7)
  2. Wild Card (112.7)
  3. Burlington (111.1)
  4. Up From The Roots (110.8)

Even though we placed 3rd in the bout we were 11th in overall standings after Wednesday.  A VERY solid performance for BSP’s first showing at CFSW.  Each team member having previous CFSW experience, I’m they are thirsty for a win rather than just ‘placing well’.

That being said, Burlington’s final bout of the prelims (#6) was against some strong competition: Winipeg, Halifax, and Capital Slam.  I don’t know the actual scores and/or placements (yet).  But they must have done well to finish in 5th place overall!  So we moved up in the rankings AND made it to the semi-finals (top 8).

The semi-finals start @ 7 pm tonight at the Ottawa Technical HS Auditorium (440 Albert St).  Get there if you can.  But if you’re like me then send out a prayer, positive vibes, cross your fingers, or whatever!

U Down With BSP? Yeah U Know Me!

Feb. 25th – How It Went Down

Well last night was truly madness. Early indications suggested that we could possibly have a good sized crowd. But the last minute snow storm that rolled in put a cloud of doubt over numbers. Then on the way to the slam I waited for some friends at the wrong spot to give them a ride to the slam. Next time I’ll give you door-to-door service. How does that sound?

So when I finally arrived I was greeted by the sight of some faithful BSP attendees. It was also nice to see that some of the people who made it out to last months slam (taped by TV Cogeco & featured by Brendan McLeod). It seemed every time I turned around chairs and tables were being moved around to accommodate more people. And even though they were running a little bit late, a whole crew of poets from Buffalo arrived with Ntare.

Needless to say the night was jam packed with poets! 14 people signed up for the Slam! As with BSP tradition Rick kicked off the Open Mic in grand fashion and is sure to make a Robert Service fan of even the strongest doubter. Rolling Zen also showed up to share a new piece written in response to his visit to a WWII concentration camp.

Some memorable pieces from the 1st round were Nikki sharing her desire to be “That B*tch” you can’t get off your mind, Made Wade the superhero warned us of his arch nemesis “Ignorance” and how he planned to school him, and who couldn’t forget our sacrifical poet, Ms. Christmas, and her poem about how a special poet makes her feel.

Right after the first round, The Recipe served up a fresh course of poetry and showed exactly why they are the 2009 national champions. Ian shared his love for his laptops “backspace” even though she has some “viruses”. With the Canadian olympic hockey being displayed on the TV The Recipe explained how “The Good Ole Hockey Game” is really black. For me, their most amazing piece went form A to Z and back again.

After the break everyone came back ready to see who reigned supreme. Since we had so many poets sign up and a 3-way tie for 6th, only the top 5 poets went into the final round: Ten Thousand, Nikki, Made Wade, Franchise, and Kiki (aka Killah). 10-K’s passion was apparent as his voice rose and fell in turn with the emotion of his poem ebbing & flowing. IMHO, Nikki really connected with an inspiring piece encouraging big women to ignore the pressure to be the “ideal woman”. Made Wade continued to school us on stereotypes with his signature smooth flow. The Franchise gave us his version of “the love poem”. Kiki finished the night off with a very personal piece.

It was tight night, with Kiki going into the 2nd round leading Made Wade by .1. I got an eerie feeling when 2nd round Made Wade got 9.5’s across the board. Kiki finished her 2nd round with a 9.4, 9.6 and three 9.5’s. So in the end Kiki won with a 57.1 beating Made Wade by just .1 and Nikki coming in 3rd.

Since this was the first night of qualifying for the finals, that means 1st, 2nd, & 3rd get points to help them place better in the finals to make the 2010 BSP Slam Team.

February 25th – ‘The Recipe’ for hot spoken word

  • $100 CA$H PRIZE for the winner of the slam
  • The first month to compete for the 2010 BSP CFSW Team
  • Our feature is the winng team of the 2009 CFSW, ‘The Recipe’

Where: Black Bull Tavern’s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line – 905 332 4922 – blackbull.ca)

When: Thursday Feb. 25th.  Sign-up @ 8pm with Open Mic and then Poetry Slam to follow

Cost: We ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of our feature performer and the prize money.

Our feature this month will be the 2009 Capital (Ottawa) Slam Team.  Comprised of Emcee E (Ian Keteku), OpenSecret,(Ikenna Onyegbula), Poetic Speed (Komi Olafimihan), Brandon Wint, and Rusty Priske the Capital Slam team went on to win the national championship of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in Victoria, BC this past fall.  CFSW 2010 will be held in Ottawa.  So we thought we’d bring the reigning champs to Burlington to show us how it’s done.  because this will the 1st month to qualify for the Burlington 2010 team we will sending to CFSW 2010! 

  

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 IS where you want to be once a month on Thursday night!

What’s Brewing in Burlington

Hello hungry readers. Some great and amazing things have been brewing in Burlington. This past month has meant a flurry of media attention to our slam. It all began with the Burlington Post A&E section doing a write-up about us. From there we were contacted by 2 different shows on TV Cogeco and a writer for the Sehirdan college weekly newspaper, the Sun. As clips and links from these other media sources become available we will most assuredly proudly post them here on the blog.

That being said, the slam last week was amazing. We had alot of veteran poets from across the GTA showup to slam. We also had some of our local slammers take up the open mic for a change. Last, but certainly not least, we got to enjoy some new faces on the stage and in the audience. It certainly seemed like everyone had a great time. Come out again next month on the 25th and I’m sure you will be amazed again!

In keeping with our goals to give the people of Burlington a chance to take the stage and improve their skills BSP is putting together a team to represent us on a stage, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word this fall in Ottawa. Over the next few months poets will be competeing for the monthly slam as well as for a spot on the team.

Good luck to all poets and performers. Those in the audience are already lucky to hopefully be seeing their local poets improve in their writing & stage presence as they step up their game to make the team.

Till next month… check the upcoming slams and leave your comments!

Straight To the Streets 2009

For the 4th year in a row Tomy Bewick, BSP’s co-founder, organized the Straight to the Streets event.  the premise is simple.  Collect warm clothes, jackets, and blankets then distribute them staright to the people living on the streets who need them.

This past Saturday, November 28th saw a couple dozen people meeting up at the corner of Queen & Bathurst in Toronto to do just that.  Digital Journalist, KJ Mullins, was there to cover the event (

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/282858

).

This year was my first time participating.  Let tell you, it was exciting.  I truly believe I came away with more than I gave out.  I plan to make this annual tradition and I’d encourage you to do the same.  Whether it’s collecting or being there to hand the items out.