Contact Info

If you have any questions related to the Burlington Slam Project, please contact Tomy Bewick at

  1. Hi Tomy,

    You speak “pretty impressive” I guess I have been a homemaker / caretaker for so long, I never realize how much is out there in the world… jack says hello, hope the family is well… Hope we talk soon…

    • Hi Lorraine,

      Thank you… I hope you have had a good week with the family up there and hope we’ll see more of you guys this summer….

  2. Hello! Will there be any slam’s over the Christmas break? I would love to come out and see one!

  3. Hi there – I was just on Shane Koyczan’s website, and it says that he is performing on July 9th, and the “show details” linked me to this website. Can you provide me with anymore information about this show? Thanks!

    • Hi Heather,

      I think that might have been for last year’s show, but Shane is a friend of the slam and if he comes back around our way we’ll be sure to let you know. This Thursday our feature is another West Coast poet, Magpie Ulysses…. Come check us out!

  4. Is there a calendar of the specific days each slam is? and also do people have to sign up to slam prior to the event

    • Hey Ali,
      The slams are the 3rd Thursday of every month. If you want to get notifications of each slam ahead of time then join the Facebook group.

      Sign up for the slam or open mic is the night of the event any time up until 5 minutes before the open mic.

  5. Tomy – we were going to add to your prize money this week! Give me a shout if you’re still interested.

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hey Emily – I’ve forwarded this message to Tomy, and will make sure he gets in touch with you ASAP!


  6. Hello! Im 14 and I really love poetry…..I am really interested in participating!
    Can I participate? If I can then where do I go and what time will it start? Also is there Open mic so I can practice? Thanks

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Saurav
      Absolutely you can participate! We hold our slams on the 3rd Thursday of every month in the back room of the Black Bull tavern on Guelph Line. It’s a $5 entry, and yes, we have an open mic if you don’t feel ready to compete in the slam yet 🙂

      • Thank you Dan 🙂 Could you give me some rules for the poetry slam and open mic? (e.g Time limit e.t.c) And can I visit just to see how its like as well? Thanks 🙂

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      All of the rules can be found on the rules page of this site. And you are more than welcome to visit just to check it out!

      Sorry this isn’t on your 2nd message. For whatever reason, it won’t let me reply to that one.

  7. Hello! What are the rules for the open mic??? Can we visit and watch to see how its like? Thanks

  8. Chad Dirvinski

    Hello! How many rounds are there for the slam? what time does the slam end? I searched on your website and could not find anything about this, thanks 🙂

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Chad!

      Traditionally, we have a two round slam with a feature performer and break between the rounds, and it typically ends around 11pm, though slam be a fickle mistress, so the end time is not too easy to nail down. Between 10:30-11:30 is a pretty safe bet though!

      A heads up, however! This month is our finals, so the competition won’t be open to anyone but those who’ve qualified through our recent season. However, we still need spectators and volunteers! I’m not certain yet if we’ll be having an open mic on finals night or not.

  9. Ellie Vanakashia

    Hi 🙂
    How many people are at your open mics? How many people are at your slams?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Ellie!

      This changes on a month-month basis. The open mics usually see 1-4 people, while the slams tend to range from 5-12. The audience is on average between 40-70. None of these numbers are exact however, and the real answer? We could always use one more!

  10. chris boutouski

    How many poems do we make per night?? and is there a schedule of when the events take place? What age group participates? Thanks 🙂

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Chris!

      If you’re on open-mic, it’s whatever you can fit into 5 minutes. If slamming, it’s 2 rounds, each with a 3:10 time limit. So two poems are necessary for the slam.
      We are the third Thursday of every month, without fail. Signup happens around 8PM. I suggest being there for 7:30
      As for age group, all ages are welcome! Currently, our regular cast ranges from 19 to mid-30s, but there’s no age we’re going to turn away!

      Thanks for your questions!

  11. Hey 🙂 What topics are we allowed to talk about? What prizes do you offer? Thanks 🙂

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Nash!

      We allow any topics! Though hate speech will not be tolerated. As for prizes, they are donated by our venue, and are able to change at any time, however, for the last while, our prizes have been $10 for 3rd, $20 for 2nd, and $70 for 1st.

      Hope to see you out!

  12. Hello! I read a bit about your Poetry slam team, it sounds very interesting.
    When do you choose the team (November, december) and how? Would you need to make a speech for it or do you just count all the points and add them all up?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Saurav!

      We generally hold a finals for our team in the spring (April in past years, but that may be changing!) From September onward, participating in our slam and ranking in the top 5 earns you points towards finals. Those points determine handicaps going into finals, and the team is formed by the top ranking poets at the Finals slam.

  13. Hi, had to ask another question haha 😛
    Are you allowed to do the same topic but diffrent poem
    or does it have to be 2 diffrent topics? thanks!!!!

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hello Nash! Both poems can be the same topic if you like! So long as they’re different poems, that’s all that matters as far as the rules go. The judges may be a different story though!

  14. When will the next event take place?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Kimberly!

      Our next Burlington Slam will take place on February 16th. I don’t have information yet on our feature, so the site has not yet been updated! But if you run into this problem again – just remember – we’re always on the 3rd Thursday of every month!

      We should have an update on the site soon though!

  15. Hi! My friend and I are very interested in going to one of your poetry slams. We were wondering when your next one will be held, and if there is an age limit?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Hi Emma! No age limit, but we do like to let people know there is always a strong chance of pretty intense, personal content, and strong language, so use your own discretion!

      And our next slam will be held on Thursday, November 16th! Here’s a link to the facebook event!

      Hope to see you out!

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