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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!

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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!

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)

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.

April Wrap-Up

For the April fools who didn’t make it out this month let me bring you up to speed…

We had a great night with lots of energy.  First I’d like to thank Dave “Big Deal” Silverberg for guest hosting.  As always, he did a great job of keeping things moving and the energy up.  However, considering our feature, it would have been hard NOT to.

The Open Mic was a little bit different as our good friend and open mic anchor, Rick Harret, was not there.  But we had some fresh faces on stage.  Things got off to a great start with an ode to slam.  Angela took the stage as our sacrificial poet to share her thoughts and experience as a hyphened Canadian.

Matthew Dryden made good use of the stage and timing while Matt again wowed us with so many quotable lines I can’t seem to remember a single one.  Being my usual helpful self, I finished in last place with Tomy taking home 1st place & some cash, despite a time penalty.

C.R. Avery rocked the house.  Even without a mic his beatbox/harmonica skills were mind blowing.  And he had all of us singing and clapping along as he took us on a trip from town to town on the Greyhound.  Not only did you miss out on a great show, with awesome poetry, and a mind blowing feature, but you also missed a chance to pick up some tunes that C.R. Avery only sells at his live shows.

I’ll be posting the details on next months slam on the Upcoming Slams page the next day or so.  But mark May 20th on your calendar and “Save The Day” because this is the last chance qualifier for the BSP team going to CFSW in Ottawa this fall.