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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
So it’s a been more than a few days since it all went down. I’m going to blame it on the G20.
First off, as predicted the talent off the hook, chain, and scales. It was a great treat to have Elyse Maltin, London Poetry Slam, as our guest host. She did a killer job of trying to keep the judges from falling victim to score creep. Or at the very least of giving us all good case of the WiLlEs from the way she described it.
In keeping with the momentum we’ve been having since February we had many new faces out, including a writers group from Brantford and a new BSP fan celebrating his birthday with us, and old faithful ones too. After a brief hiatus where we treated to another well memorized poem by Rick Harrett, the resident BSP Open Mic anchor and HUGE fan of Robert Service. Though she qualified for the team, Livingston returns to what she knows, loves, and does best, and that’s rock out the open mic with some hot acapella.
Now I don’t remember the exact order everyone went in for the slam proper, but I do know that it was bangin’. Lip Balm (AKA Matt Miller) hit us with usual ferocity of words. Though he didn’t make it to the 2nd round don’t sleep on him. I predict you will see much more love for him on the score front in the months and years to come.
Next to be eliminated was yours truly. Even though I didn’t make the team this was the first time I did both pieces off-page and continue to grow in my ability to perform. Especially with my Peace & Love Affair poems which I dropped that night.
Lishai continues to inspire with the love story of herstory so far and her passion for community. LOL Not to mention her contempt for Descarte.
Without barely even glancing at the mic Truth Is… took control of the room and our hearts with a strong delivery of a piece about trying to call her mother. She took a chance with a new poem in the last round but still finished well.
Whether you like Hip Hop or not you can’t deny the talent that lay on the lips of Made Wade. In his confident bravado flow he had the crowd hipnotized with an introduction to Mista Ignorance.
Our very own Tomy Bewick always comes correct and finals night was no different. He challenges a would-be attacker to go ahead and stab him but to beware of the fight that waits for him. Then for 3 minutes he shares the longest 2 minutes of his own life: the day his daughter was born! Afterwards, it’s hard to find a dry eye in the room.
Yogi the always proud father has always been a natural storyteller. He weaves rhymes and stories through the air to your ears with his words and hands working in unison. And even though he stumbled over his words a few times, unforced passion in his words won the hearts of our judges and earned him the title of BSP’s first EVER Grand Slam Champion.
So allow me to introduce to you the 2010/2011 (1st EVER) Burlington Slam Project team:
Yogi, Tomy Bewick, Made Wade, Truth Is.., & Lishai (alt)
Thursday June 17th
*Featuring… The BSP Team Finals*
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:
Kayla “Kiki” Fraser
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.
Thursday April 15th
*Featuring C.R. Avery*
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).
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.
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.