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Feb. 25th – How It Went Down

Well last night was truly madness. Early indications suggested that we could possibly have a good sized crowd. But the last minute snow storm that rolled in put a cloud of doubt over numbers. Then on the way to the slam I waited for some friends at the wrong spot to give them a ride to the slam. Next time I’ll give you door-to-door service. How does that sound?

So when I finally arrived I was greeted by the sight of some faithful BSP attendees. It was also nice to see that some of the people who made it out to last months slam (taped by TV Cogeco & featured by Brendan McLeod). It seemed every time I turned around chairs and tables were being moved around to accommodate more people. And even though they were running a little bit late, a whole crew of poets from Buffalo arrived with Ntare.

Needless to say the night was jam packed with poets! 14 people signed up for the Slam! As with BSP tradition Rick kicked off the Open Mic in grand fashion and is sure to make a Robert Service fan of even the strongest doubter. Rolling Zen also showed up to share a new piece written in response to his visit to a WWII concentration camp.

Some memorable pieces from the 1st round were Nikki sharing her desire to be “That B*tch” you can’t get off your mind, Made Wade the superhero warned us of his arch nemesis “Ignorance” and how he planned to school him, and who couldn’t forget our sacrifical poet, Ms. Christmas, and her poem about how a special poet makes her feel.

Right after the first round, The Recipe served up a fresh course of poetry and showed exactly why they are the 2009 national champions. Ian shared his love for his laptops “backspace” even though she has some “viruses”. With the Canadian olympic hockey being displayed on the TV The Recipe explained how “The Good Ole Hockey Game” is really black. For me, their most amazing piece went form A to Z and back again.

After the break everyone came back ready to see who reigned supreme. Since we had so many poets sign up and a 3-way tie for 6th, only the top 5 poets went into the final round: Ten Thousand, Nikki, Made Wade, Franchise, and Kiki (aka Killah). 10-K’s passion was apparent as his voice rose and fell in turn with the emotion of his poem ebbing & flowing. IMHO, Nikki really connected with an inspiring piece encouraging big women to ignore the pressure to be the “ideal woman”. Made Wade continued to school us on stereotypes with his signature smooth flow. The Franchise gave us his version of “the love poem”. Kiki finished the night off with a very personal piece.

It was tight night, with Kiki going into the 2nd round leading Made Wade by .1. I got an eerie feeling when 2nd round Made Wade got 9.5’s across the board. Kiki finished her 2nd round with a 9.4, 9.6 and three 9.5’s. So in the end Kiki won with a 57.1 beating Made Wade by just .1 and Nikki coming in 3rd.

Since this was the first night of qualifying for the finals, that means 1st, 2nd, & 3rd get points to help them place better in the finals to make the 2010 BSP Slam Team.

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!