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)