Category Archives: Monthly Slam

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!

Happy Birthday to BSP!!!

Just like we said in the last post, on Thursday July 21st the Burlington Slam Project turns 3 yrs old.

The first reveal was that this slam is going to be our first “Anything Goes” themed slam.  That means you can use props, costumes, musical instruments, and do covers!  The only rules still in effect are scoring and the time limit of 3 min and 10 sec.  Because as much as we all LOVE poetry the bar does close eventually!

You may recall a few months back that Jogindra ‘Yogi’ Siewrattan won our logo contest.  Well Yogi has been busy working on a whole new branding for BSP (logo, blog header, & flyer design).  At the same time, yours truly has been working on a new blog layout to match this new vision.  All the behind the scenes work is done.

 

Creative Concepts

So we are proud to announce that the new blog layout and header have officially been launched!  So take a tour of the blog and leave a comment on this post (under the News section) to let us know what you think!

Until next time…
                               …keep spreading the word!

The Official Burlington Slam Project Team

Yes, yes, y’all!  This past Thursday the finals went down and it was one dope night!

We had a jam packed house (in fact we had to get extra chairs 3 times!), we found out who won the new logo contest (congrats to Jogindra Siewrattan for winning the contest and the $80 prize), and thanks to Dave ‘Big Deal’ Silverberg for hosting a night of down-right fantabulous poetry!

We had 8 competitors (Tomy ‘Bam-Bam’ Bewick, Jogindra Siewrattan, The P.O.E., Dan ‘AKA Dan Murray’, Henrick ‘Shoolie’ Sales, Ryan ‘Duffman’ Duffy, Kay’la Fraser, and Oskar Niburski).  Both Tomy Bewick & Shoolie stepped down because they are both going to be on the Roots Lounge team.

We HAVE received confirmations from all team members. So your official Burlington Slam Project Team 2011-2012 is: Kay’la Fraser, Jogindra Siewrattan, The P.O.E., Oskar Niburski, and Dan Murray as the alternate.

Next slam is Thursday June 16th featuring Steve Miller from Vancouver.  Until then…

…Spread The Word!

Finals

Come on out to the Black Bull Tavern on Thursday May 19th.

For the 2nd year in a row you will help us select the Burlington Slam Project team to represent us on the regional & national stage.  Although last year’s team was Burlington’s first, they placed 4th in a field of 18 and made to the finals stage.  So this year’s team has big shoes to fill.

Curious to know who qualified?  Yogi, P.O.E., Shoolie, Kay’la Fraser, Curtis Meyer, Tasha Fortunate, Tomy Bewick, Truth Is…, Brandon Williamson, Dan Murray, Erika Haygood, Duffman, Kevin Sutton, Lip Balm, Oskar Niburski.

As usual, there will be a $5 cover charge and festivities will kick off @ 8pm with sign-up for the open mic.  Seeing as this is the finals it is a closed slam.  Our guest hosted will be, Toronto Poetry Slam’s, Dave “BIG DEAL” Silverberg.  In BSP tradition, we will forgo a feature so we can cram in more awesome local poets with a 3 round slam!  As usual, the money that would normally go toward the feature will help the team cover the cost of attending the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

Also, this month we will be revealing the winner of our Logo contest.  The winner’s submission will be the new BSP logo and will get $75 CASH!!

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

June 17th – FINALS !!!

Thursday June 17th

*Featuring… The BSP Team Finals*

Where: Black Bull Tavern’s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line – 905 332 4922 – blackbull.ca)
When: Thursday June 17th. Sign-up @ 8pm with Open Mic and then a closed Slam to follow

Why: After 4 months of qualifying, tonight we decide who is on the 2010/2011 (FIRST EVER!) Burlington Slam Project team. The team we will be sending to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in Ottawa this October.

Cost: Tonight the $5 donation to cover the cost of the team getting to, staying in, and coming back from Ottawa.

We’ll have a special guest host – the incredible and inspirational ELYSE MALTIN of the London Poetry Slam crew and May’s feature the Real Pile

And 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 showtunes – it’s all about getting it out there!

There will not be a feature for June, as the FINALS SLAM is the feature – a 3 round slam to pick the top 4 and an alternate. All funds will go towards the Team’s expenses for later in the year when they travel to Ottawa to compete against 17 other teams from across Canada.

Competing in the Finals will be:

Truth Is…
Kayla “Kiki” Fraser
Tomy Bewick
Made Wade
Livingston Lacroix
Yogi
Nikki Germany
Matt Miller
Braden
Lishai
Ryan “Duffman” Duffy

Please spread the word; we really want to see our regulars, see some new faces and some old friends… Let’s make it a special night to remember.

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May Wrap-Up

Hey Folks,

Sorry for the delay in posting this months wrap-up but life is crazy sometimes.

Well let’s jump right into it:  It was another banner night for the Burlington Slam Project.  I walked in at 10 to 8 and we were already 3/4 full!  There were lots of new faces as well as some old faces we hadn’t seen in a while (Great to see you again Michelle!).  Surprisingly, our resident Robert Service enthusiast, Rick Harret, wasn’t there to fulfill his honour as the first person to the open mic.  So instead Tomy shared a new piece.  We were all wowed by Dan who gave an outstanding performance of an “Ode to my voice”.

The slam was full of BSP regulars, as well as some visitors.  Jillian Christmas once again entralled us with her smooth and sultry voice weaving tales of love.  Kiki gave us a new piece from the prospective of a protective mother wanting nothing more than to keep her child safe.  Badass (AKA Beth Anne Fischer from the Guelph Spoken Word troup) made her first appearance at Burlington a memorable one.  So did Brendan with a piece about sexual ambiguity.

The Real Pile was the real deal.  They blended folk music with poetry.  And while each woman on the team had their own style and flavour, they were still very much a team.  There were only 2 or 3 awkward pauses.  But that’s just because this was their first time performing together as an ensemble.

In the end, Truth Is… took home the cash winnings and almost fell for the trappings of using a microphone (oh no!).  All the slammers did a great job despite MANY large time penalties.   Damn that rat bastard time keeper for spoiling all our fun.  But alas, it was worth it!

Don’t forget that next month is finals night where we select the Burlington Slam Project Team we will be sending to CFSW in Ottawa in October.

April Wrap-Up

For the April fools who didn’t make it out this month let me bring you up to speed…

We had a great night with lots of energy.  First I’d like to thank Dave “Big Deal” Silverberg for guest hosting.  As always, he did a great job of keeping things moving and the energy up.  However, considering our feature, it would have been hard NOT to.

The Open Mic was a little bit different as our good friend and open mic anchor, Rick Harret, was not there.  But we had some fresh faces on stage.  Things got off to a great start with an ode to slam.  Angela took the stage as our sacrificial poet to share her thoughts and experience as a hyphened Canadian.

Matthew Dryden made good use of the stage and timing while Matt again wowed us with so many quotable lines I can’t seem to remember a single one.  Being my usual helpful self, I finished in last place with Tomy taking home 1st place & some cash, despite a time penalty.

C.R. Avery rocked the house.  Even without a mic his beatbox/harmonica skills were mind blowing.  And he had all of us singing and clapping along as he took us on a trip from town to town on the Greyhound.  Not only did you miss out on a great show, with awesome poetry, and a mind blowing feature, but you also missed a chance to pick up some tunes that C.R. Avery only sells at his live shows.

I’ll be posting the details on next months slam on the Upcoming Slams page the next day or so.  But mark May 20th on your calendar and “Save The Day” because this is the last chance qualifier for the BSP team going to CFSW in Ottawa this fall.

Don’t Be A Fool – Crave Poetry!

Thursday April 15th

*Featuring C.R. Avery*

Where: Black Bull Tavern’s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line – 905 332 4922 – blackbull.ca)
When: Thursday Apr. 15th.  Sign-up @ 8pm with Open Mic and then Poetry Slam to follow

Why: Aside from winning a cash prize, February through May are the months to qualify for the team we will be sending to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in Ottawa this October.

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

Beatbox poet, harmonica madman, C.R. Avery has lived in Vancouver. He is a unique performer, simultaneously singing, beatboxing, playing harmonica and playing guitar. He performs solo or with his band and has played onstage with Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco, The Be Good Tanyas, and Utah Phillips, among others. A top performer in the slam poetry scene, C.R. is in the poetry super group known as “Tons Of Fun University” (TOFU) with the Mighty Mike McGee and the incomparable Shane Koyczan (The guy who did the opening at the 2010 Winter Olympics).

You can keep up-to-date on C.R. Avery on his website, or keep track of him on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.  You can preview his talent on Youtube or buy tracks on iTunes.

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!