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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!!

June 17th – FINALS !!!

Thursday June 17th

*Featuring… The BSP Team Finals*

Where: Black Bull Tavern’s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line – 905 332 4922 –
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
Nikki Germany
Matt Miller
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.


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 –
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.

November 19th

Mark it down now !!!  Thursday November 19th 8pm @ The Black Bull Tavern‘s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line).

The Burlington Slam Project will be hosting another event.  Show & sign-up early for the poetry slam or open mic if you’re interested.  Once the sign-up is done we kick things off with our open mic followed by the slam proper.

This month’s feature is Ntare Ali Gault.  He is a slam poet, actor, playwright, and author of the book “The Sun Will Rise: A Memoir of an Urban family”.  He is one of Buffalo’s best and we are privileged to have him.

As usual, we will be asking for $5 donation to cover the costs of our feature and the cash prize for the winner of the poetry slam.

Are Ewe Ready?

For October’s slam we are going to be at the Black Bull Fireside Lounge !!

For directions click here for Google Maps or copy the address into your GPS. 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington, On (just North of the 403/QEW).

Sign-up is at 7:45 and the Open Mic starts @ 8.

This month our feature is Seven Dollar Bill. Seven Dollar Bill is Chris Gilpin and Sean McGarragle.

Sean McGarragle is the national slammaster of the Vancouver Poetry Slam, the current chair of SpoCan, and was a member of the 2006 Vancouver Poetry Slam Team. Sean has toured festivals, series and schools in Canada and the United States as a spoken word artist and storyteller and has shared stages with such spoken word stalwarts as Lillian Allen, Shane Koyczan, Dwayne Morgan, Andrea Thompson and Sheri-D Wilson.

Chris Gilpin (aka Faust McKenzie) is a two-time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team (2008 & 2009), the runner-up in the 2008 Vancouver Individual Poetry Slam competition, the champion of Vancouver’s 2008 Haiku Death Match, and winner of the Vancouver’s 2009 CBC Poetry Face-off. Chris always encourages the audience to stick their finger in the wonder socket.

You’ll need 2 great poems to take home the title of October Burlington Poetry Slam Champion. So remains…

Are Ewe Ready?

Tonite Iz Tha Nite

Do you have what it takes to throw it down in front of a crowd? Do you want to try getting in front of people to share but don’t want to get booed off stage? Do you just want some awesome spoken word & poetry without having to go to Toronto?

Regardless of who you are… the Burlington Slam @ the Queen’s Head Pub is where you should BE!

Tonight @ 7:45 we’ll be meeting in the games room of the Queen’s Head (just north of Lakeshore on Brant St in Burlington). Each month we start off with the Open Mic. People from all walks of life and talent are given the stage. For 5 minutes we give them our attention and then our appreciation because let’s face it… just getting up on stage is frightening enough.

For those with a thicker skin & desire for competition we have the SLAM !! Each poet gets 3 minutes & 10 seconds to WOW the audience judges. Five judges score each poem Olympic style. The top & bottom scores are dropped to give each poem/poet a score out of 30. The poet with the most points wins! Be careful though! You can lose points for going over time, performing someone else’s poetry, or using props or costumes.

Between the 1st & 2nd round of the slam we have a feature poet. This month we have “The Split“. I’ve been told she has this almost magical ability to pull you into her stories and poems like you yourself are there. Don’t miss this!

We kindly ask for a $5 donation. ALL money pays for our feature poet and a cash prize for the winner of the slam.

Good luck and C U there !

Happy Birthday To Us !!!

Tonight we are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Burlington Slam Project.

No doubt there have been growing pains. Just like a new baby we are still finding our feet. Bumps and bruises won’t keep us down though. We are determined to bring amazing poetry to the people of the Golden Horseshoe.

To celebrate our first birthday with our we have a 3 for 1 feature: The Dream Chasers. They are Tomy Bewick, Dwayne Morgan and Leviathan Grant. Catch them the night before they launch the “I Hate Poetry” show at the Hamilton Fringe Festival until next Sunday. Through satire, humour, and the tackling of tough subject matter, “I Hate Poetry” breaks away from the poetry we hated as students, and offers a glimpse into the world of spoken word, offering something for everyone, no matter how they feel about poetry!

Individually these poets are a force to be reckoned with in the world of spoken word. Combined they are dynamite. So come out tonight for an evening of explosive and mind blowing entertainment. You can even be part of the show! Bring something to share on the open mic or sign up to win a cash prize in the poetry slam. On or off the stage you will have a blast.

Queen’s Head Pub
400 Brant Street, Burlington, ON L7R 2G2

$5 covers the cost of our feature and prize money for the Slam

The madness starts at 8 pm.

No more excuses… B THERE !!!


“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement” – William Pollard

We are certainly not strangers to the concept of change. Last month we had a last minute Feature cancellation, this month we have a venue complication. This month our venue, Honey West, has double booked for Thursday night. Apparently they had the other group on the calendar longer so we’re SOL (Sadly Over Lubricated).

“For anything worth having one must pay the price” – John Burroughs

We STRONLY believe having a place to express ourselves through words, here in Burlington is very worthwhile. Our benfactor, Tomy Bewick, doesn’t understand the term “quit” and so I have sourced an alternative venue that is just around the corner… We have booked the “Empire Room” at the Queens Head Pub ( which is at 400 Brant Street.

They don’t really know we’re having a slam, but I told them that we would have 20 to 30 people eating and drinking so please don’t make a liar out of me…

Come on through, check out our KILLER FEATURE – “Shihan”, and when we pass the hat or ask for your $5 just remember we’re trying to bring you a show that you can’t get anywhere else in the suburbs!

If you need directions or have any questions check out our facebook event page (

Peace, blessing, and hope to see you there!

Guess who’s back?

June Slam

June Slam

If you haven’t come to one of our Slams yet then mark this one on your calendars because we have an extra special feature. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see a famous HBO poet in an intimate environment. So join us Thursday June 18th for our monthly Open Mic and Poetry Slam @ Honey West Restaurant & Lounge. Meet us in the back room at 7:45 to sign up for the Slam or Open Mic and we kick off the verbal antics at 8 pm.

We encourage all types of musicians, MC’s, singers, comedians etc to come share their talents and sign up for the open mic. For the more competitive at heart we have a monthly poetry slam where your best 3 minute poems, power rants, battle raps, tragic tales and inspirational speeches can win you a CA$H PRIZE…

Our feature this month is Shihan has appeared 7 times over 6 seasons on HBO’s Def Poetry. He is the 1st & ONLY poet named ‘download of the week’ on iTunes. Shihan has also appeared on CNN, NBC, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network and many others. You can always read up on him at

As usual the cover is always ONLY $5

For more details you can always check us out on YouTube or join or group on FaceBook so you can know when the next slam is happening.

See you there !
Burlington Slam Project team

April – I Pity The Fool… Who Misses This Month!

Thursday April 23rd @ 8pm SHARP !

Thursday April 23rd @ 8pm SHARP !

Come out on Thursday April 23rd to the Honey West Restaurant & Lounge (399 Elizabeth St, Burlington, ON) for another edition of the Burlington Slam Project. The only place in the burbs where you can find an open mic and competitive poetry in the same event!  Doors open @ 7:30, Sign-up @ 7:45, Start @ 8 SHARP !!! Your $5 cover charge pays for our feature poet and the CASH PRIZE !!!
If you have competition in your blood then sign-up for the poetry slam to win a cash prize.  Bring your 2 best poems, rants, or speeches, do it in under 3 minutes, and have it scored by random judges in the audience.
Not into having your soul scored from 1 to 10?  Sign up for the Open Mic.  Do your stuff or someone elses.  Whether you’re a poet, musician, emcee, beatboxer, singer, comedian or otherwise then have your shot at the limelight.
You’ll want to stick around after the Open Mic and the 1st round of the Slam for our feature poet: Alexandra Oliver.  Born in Vancouver, Alexandra is world renowned poet who has performed at venues as diverse as Lollapalooza, CBC Radio National Poetry Face-Off, and was featured in the documentary film SlamNation as a member of the original Vacounver Slam poetry team.  Not only has she conquered the stage but also the page as she’s been published in Orbis Rhyme International, Nexus, The Atlanta Review as well as her first book, Where the English Housewife Shines (Tin Press, London, UK) released in April, 2007.