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!
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!
Hey poetry afficionados,
As part of the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW 2010 Ottawa), we will be holding a Last Chance Slam (LCS) on Tuesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Please disseminate this information in your local networks to any poet who is potentially interested in travelling to Ottawa to compete in the LCS.
We are going to have an advanced registration process for the LCS that looks like this:
On Tuesday, August 31 we will accept submissions for entrance in the LCS. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Last Chance Slam Registrant” between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 31. Entries improperly submitted will not be accepted. A draw will then be held on September 1 for the 12 slots in the LCS, with a public announcement of the results to follow.
If you have any questions about the LCS or about the slam tournament in general, please contact CFSW 2010 Ottawa National Slammaster Rusty Priske (rustypriske at rogers dot com).
The festival begins seven weeks from today – check out http://www.cfsw.ca/ for updates, information and more!
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.
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.
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).
- $100 CA$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’
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!