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.