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Happy Birthday to BSP!!!

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.

 

Creative Concepts

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!

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The Official Burlington Slam Project Team

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!

Finals

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!!

News, News, News !!!

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!

CFSW 2010 Ottawa – LAST CHANCE SLAM

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 info@cfsw.ca 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!

June Wrap-Up

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)

June 17th – FINALS !!!

Thursday June 17th

*Featuring… The BSP Team Finals*

Where: Black Bull Tavern’s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line – 905 332 4922 – blackbull.ca)
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
Yogi
Nikki Germany
Matt Miller
Braden
Lishai
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.

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May Wrap-Up

Hey Folks,

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.

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 – blackbull.ca)
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.

February 25th – ‘The Recipe’ for hot spoken word

  • $100 CA$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’

Where: Black Bull Tavern’s Fireside Lounge (1124 Guelph Line – 905 332 4922 – blackbull.ca)

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!