New CapSlam Season – NEW LOCATION!

IMPORTANT: Due to a water problem at the Merc, CapSlam is temporarily located at Maxwell’s on Elgin!

IT IS TIME!

The ELEVENTH SEASON of Capital Slam is here and we are ready to rock the mic, rock your world, rock the casbah…. ROCK EVERYTHING!

The journey begins here…

Who will join the greats on the CapSlam championship belt?

Greats like John Andrew Akpata

Ikenna Onyegbula

Ian Keteku

Christopher Samuel Tse

Bruce Narbaitz

and reigning champ, Gavin Russell

Who will represent CapSlam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word?

Past poets have included:

Nathanaël Larochette

Komi Olafimihan

Brandon Wint

Danielle K.L. Grégoire

VNessa Ballerz

and current team members:

Candice Brr, Artemysia Fragiskatos, Rusty Priske and Avonlea Fotheringham!

More importantly, who will step up and blow your mind with deep thoughts and cutting insights?

And how better to launch our new season than with a feature by poetry/musical duo OpenSecret & Nicole Lefebvre!

Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula is a writer, arts educator and spoken word performance poet residing in Ottawa, Ontario. In the six years he has been performing, he has represented Ottawa 3 times at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, winning the National Slam Team Title back to back in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he became the inaugural Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion and in 2012, he placed 4th overall at the World Poetry Slam Championships in Paris, France. In 2013, Ikenna repeated his feat as Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion and then went on to win the World Poetry Slam Championships in 2014. Ikenna is also a member of the nationally acclaimed four member spoken word troupe, The Recipe, and has toured and performed extensively throughout Canada and the United States, opening for such acts as K-OS, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and alongside 2-time Grammy winning Hip-Hop recording group Arrested Development. He currently serves as the artistic director of Canada’s National Youth Poetry Festival, YouthCanSlam.

Nicole Lefebvre is a pianist/composer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and newcomer to the Ottawa music scene. As a self-taught pianist with 20 years of experience, her style is a mélange of various influences. Her debut solo piano album, “White Water”, was released in March 2014 and ranges from dreamy and ambient soundscapes to intense and aggressive breakdowns. Her music has been described by listeners as “hauntingly beautiful”, “enchanting”, and “emotionally captivating”. Nicole also plays piano and synthesizer in local experimental psych-rock band Destroy Clocks, who released their self-titled debut EP in February 2014.

Big thanks to the City of Ottawa for giving us the aid to bring in such amazing performers as these two.

Doors & sign-up are at 6:30. The shows run tight from 7:15 to 10pm. $8 and free if you sign up to perform. All ages welcome.

Summer is Over!

This is the recap of the FINAL CPC Summer Slam of 2014!

O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?

But lo, what rock through yonder window breaks?
It is the wackiness, and slamming is the sun!

We might be running out of Summer but we still had one last kick at the can as ten poets threw down in a three-round blow-out of epic proportions!

Tonight was all about the fun before things get serious again in the fall and Rusty Priske was performing triple-duty as host/DJ/sac. Jenica was working the door and Nina of the Strange was handling the math.

First came the open mic and what would a CapSlam open mic be without a little Mayhem?
Then we got a fresh voice to the mic… Ilana Belfer!
Then we got a return of a poet we hadn’t seen on our stage in a while, Adam Balsam!

Then it was time for the slam… and with everyone eager to throw down, it fell to Rusty to be the sac as he took us down memory lane, all the way back to 1968… 8.1 8.5 9.0 7.7 8.5 – 25.1

With blood spilled, we turned to the magic hat and the first name drawn was… Obnoxious! 8.5 8.2 8.0 8.4 8.5… and a 3:43 time for a 2 point penalty. 23.1

Next was Nina Vuleta, making her Merc stage debut! 8.0 9.5 8.8 8.1 8.7 – 25.6

Fresh off great showing at YouthCanSlam, D-Zaster went free style (all night)! 8.0 8.9 7.8 8.7 7.5…. and a 1.5 time penalty as he went 3:33. 23.0

He was followed by a newcomer…. who has only slammed before in DANISH! Carl Abrahamson! 8.2 8.0 8.5 8.9 8.8 – 25.5

From a new face to an established vet – Brad Morden! 8.1 8.7 8.7 8.2 8.9 – 25.6

Urban Legends team member, DMP was next up! 8.9 9.0 8.4 8.7 9.0 – 26.6 – A clear leader!

The ever inventive, Loose Change was next! 8.0 8.2 7.9 8.3 8.8 – 24.5

One of our uber-volunteers, Playto was next! 8.1 8.1 7.9 8.6 8.7 – 24.8

The penultimate poet of the round was Nina of the Strange! 8.6 8.9 8.8 8.4 8.9 – 26.3

We finished off the round with the OYPS Slam Master, Sarah Ruszala! 8.9 8.8 8.5 9.0 9.0 – 26.7

Sarah squeaked past DMP for first at the end of the first round, but now it was time for…

THE LIGHTNING ROUND!~!~!~!~!

First up… Sarah Ruszala! Back for more! 8.4 8.5 7.8 8.3 8.8 – 25.2 – 51.9

Nina Vuleta drew the second spot again! 8.7 8.2 8.0 8.6 8.9 – 25.5 – 51.1

Playto! 8.2 8.0 7.7 8.9 8.2 – 24.4 – 49.2

Loose Change! The return of the nihilism poem! 7.9 7.2 7.0 8.0 7.0 – 22.1 – 46.6

D-Zaster! More free styling! 8.1 8.2 7.6 8.2 7.2 – 23.9 – 46.9

Nina of the Strange! 8.8 9.1 9.2 9.0 9.0 – 27.1! – 53.4!!

Obnoxious! 8.0 8.1 8.4 8.3 8.8 – 24.8 – 47.9

DMP! 8.8 9.2 8.6 8.6 8.9 – 26.3 – 52.9

Carl Abrahamson! 8.8 8.5 9.3 9.1 8.8 – 26.7 – 52.2

Brad Morden! 8.9 8.2 8.4 8.2 8.9 – 25.5 – 51.1

Then we had a break before coming back for a full third round!

All ten poets were back at it!

Nina Vuleta! 8.7 9.2 8.9 8.6 9.2 – 26.8 – 77.9

D-Zaster! More free style! 8.4 8.3 8.5 9.1 8.0 – 25.2 – 72.1

Brad Morden! 9.0 9.3 9.0 9.1 9.2 – 27.3 – 78.4

Biggest score of the night thus far!

Playto! 8.0 8.2 8.2 8.0 8.2 – 24.4 – 73.6

Loose Change! 8.2 8.3 8.3 8.7 8.7 – 25.3 – 71.9

Nina of the Strange! 8.8 9.4 9.1 8.7 8.9 – 26.8 – 80.2!

Obnoxious! 8.5 9.1 8.7 8.5 8.9… but he went 3:11 for a .5 penalty. 25.6 – 73.5

Carl Abrahamson! 9.8 9.2 8.9 9.6 9.2 – 28.0!! 80.2

Biggest score of the night! He is tied in first… will he hold it?

DMP! 9.0 9.2 9.3 9.2 8.9 – 27.4 – 80.3! A new leader!

Sarah Ruszala! 9.0 9.1 8.7 8.9 9.4 – 27.0 – 78.9

So the final CPC Summer Slam winner of 2014 is… DMP!

Final Results

1. DMP – 80.3
2T. Carl Abrahamson – 80.2
2T. Nina of the Strange – 80.2
4. Sarah Ruszala – 78.9
5. Brad Morden – 78.4
6. Nina Vuleta – 77.9
7. Playto – 73.6
8. Obnoxious – 73.5
9. D-Zaster – 72.1
10. Loose Change – 71.9

See you in two weeks as we kick of the new CapSlam season with a feature by OpenSecret and Nicole Lefebvre!

CPC Summer, Summer, Summer Slam Recap!

Summer, summer, summertime
Time to kick back and slam

Here it is the poem slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony
Of all that wackness that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control it’s cool to spit
But what about the lines that soothes that moves your mind
Give me a soft subtle point
And if ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it
And think of the summer slams of the past
Adjust the mic and let the fire blast
Pop up your fist and let me Raise your mind
And put your ear in gear and stand up cause it’s the summer slam

Four of the 2014 CapSlam team were in the house, we had a full list of super-spitters, and a super-awesome feature!

Jenica, Ben and Panos had done their duties and gotten everybody straightened away. Rusty was providing the ambience. Artemysia was hosting the whirlwind… starting with the open mic!

The open mic started with the glam rock stylings of Mayhem! We then got more singing by newcomer, Kris! Switching to poetry, we heard from Obnoxious! The open mic was rounded off by Rusty Priske, debuting his new book! (‘This is Day One’, available wherever Rusty is…)

The open mic was fun but it was time for some BLOOD!

Spilling that sacrificial nectar was none other than… Playto! 7.5 8.6 8.2 9.0 8.7 – 25.5

Nine names were in the hat.

Nine poets were hoping their name would not be the first OUT of the hat.

One poet would have to take the plunge first at it was…

DMP! 8.7 9.4 9.8 9.1 8.7 – 27.2

Next was the ever enigmatic (yet always engaging) Loose Change! 7.7 7.7 8.0 7.9 8.0 – 23.6

Third up was CapSlam team member (the third of four to take the stage this night), Avonlea! 9.8 9.8 9.0 9.7 9.8 – 29.3!! HOLY CRAP! HUGE!

Next was the returning (and soon to be leaving) Billie the Kid! 8.5 9.8 8.9 9.0 8.7 – 26.4

The midway point of the round was filled by Huxley! 9.2 8.9 8.8 8.2 9.0 – 26.7

Next, hailing from Parts Unknown… D-Zaster! 8.8 8.5 8.6 8.9 8.7 – 26.1

Next, hailing from some nameless suburb past the green belt… Sarah Ruszala! 8.6 8.7 9.1 9.0 9.8 – 26.8

Hailing from Someplace strange… Nina Strange! 8.8 8.7 8.9 9.6 9.7 – 27.3

We finished off the first round with a shout-out by Kay Kassirer! 9.0 9.0 8.9 9.3 9.8 – 27.3

We then moved straight into THE LIGHTNING ROUND! ONE MINUTE POEMS! OMG! WTF! BBQ!

Six poets came back for round 2… or at least, that was what was supposed to happen.

Sarah Ruszala! 9.2 8.9 8.8 8.8 8.7 – 26.5 – 53.3

DMP! 8.3 8.5 8.4 8.4 8.9 – 25.1 – 52.3

Avonlea! 9.0 9.7 8.7 8.7 8.6 – 26.4 – 55.7

Huxley! 9.2 8.5 9.0 9.5 8.8 – 27.0 – 53.7

Kay Kassirer! 9.0 9.7 9.6 9.0 8.6 – 27.6 – 54.9

Loose Change! (um… wait a minute… he wasn’t in the top 6. Yeah. A mistake was made. Oh well. Extra poem. In Spanish and everything.) 8.8 8.6 8.5 8.5 8.3 – 25.6 – 49.2

Nina Strange! 8.8 8.9 8.7 8.5 9.6 – 26.4 – 53.7

After a short break, we then feasted our ears on the poetic stylings of Candice Bruchhaeuser! Great feature! Including a poem NEVER BEFORE PERFORMED! (Bet you wish you were there!)

We had decided that due to some extra time, five poets were going on to the final round instead of three. Why not give the crowd more poetry!

Huxley! 9.0 8.9 9.2 8.3 8.7 – 26.6 – 80.3

Avonlea! 8.8 8.9 9.6 9.6 8.7 – 27.3 – 83.0

Nina Strange! 8.9 9.2 8.3 8.4 9.2 – 26.5 – 80.2

Sarah Ruszala! 9.0 8.8 9.4 9.1 9.4 – 27.5 – 80.8

Kay Kassirer! 9.7 9.6 8.9 9.2 8.9 – 27.7 – 82.6

FINAL RESULTS!

1. Avonlea – 83.0
2. Kay Kassirer – 82.6
3. Sarah Ruszala – 80.8
4. Huxley – 80.3
5. Nina Strange – 80.2
6. DMP – 52.3
7. Billie the Kid – 26.4
8. D-Zaster – 26.1
9. Loose Change – 23.6 (49.2)

Next up is YOUTHCANSLAM 2014!

After that, come back in THREE WEEKS on August 23rd for the FINAL CPC Summer Slam of the year, featuring 2014 CapSlam Champ, GAVIN RUSSELL!

CPC Summer Slam Recap!

Summertime,
And the living is easy
The poets are jumping
And the spitting is hard.
Oh, the host is poised
And the DJ is spinning…
So snap, little baby
Don’t you be nice…

Tonight was another edition of the CPC Summer Slam and the poets were ready to throw down, CPC Summer Style!

Ben was quick with a ‘Welcome to Capital Slam’ at the door (Technically this is CPC Summer Slam as opposed to CapSlam, but that is splitting hairs…)

DJ RPM was setting the mood.

Sarah Ruszala had many a witty bon mot to share with the rapt crowd.

But first we started with the open mic!

Candice Bruchhaeuser was first up and she reminded the crowd of the CapSlam 2014 Team Bandcap album available now!

Next was Mayhem with his musical interlude!

We wrapped up with Benoit doing a song he had never sung before!

After that excitement, it was time for some sacrificial blood and it came from Playto! (Who was also scorekeeper on the night, with some timing/doodling help from PrufRock.) 8.2 7.5 8.5 8.3 7.8 – 24.3

Sarah let us know that there were six intrepid souls who were braving the 3-1-3 Summer Slam format so they would all be moving on to all three rounds!

First out of the hat was… Kay Kassirer! 9.7 8.8 8.2 9.3 8.9 – 27.0

OYPS Team Member, Covered in Wednesday was next up! 9.4 8.5 9.3 8.8 9.7 – 27.5

He was followed by his team mate, who is ALSO an Urban Legends team member, D-Zaster! 8.5 8.3 7.0 8.5 9.1 – 25.3

Former CPC Director and multiple-time CapSlam team member, Sir Realist hit the stage!9.5 8.7 9.8 9.6 9.8 – 28.9!

SIX TIME CapSlam team member (including this year) and CapSlam Slam Master, Rusty Priske was next! 8.9 9.3 9.6 9.7 TEN! – 28.6!

The first round finished up with Urban Legends team member, DMP! 8.7 8.6 9.0 9.2 7.3 – 26.8

SO after the first round Sir Realist had a small lead over Rusty with the rest of the field not far behind, but what would happen….

…IN THE LIGHTNING ROUND?!

One minute poems!

First up: Rusty Priske! 8.7 8.5 9.2 8.5 8.7 – 25.9 for a total of 54.5

Next was round one leader, Sir Realist! 9.8 9.2 TEN 9.3 9.6 – 28.7 for a 57.6!

Next was Kay Kassirer! 9.0 8.7 8.5 9.2 TEN – 26.9 for a 53.9

Was it natural or man made? D-Zaster was next! 8.2 8.5 8.1 8.2 8.1 – 24.6 for a 49.9

DMP hit the stage again. He had some mic problems but it didn’t detract. 9.3 8.8 8.2 8.4 8.7 – 25.9 for a 52.7

The last poet before the break was Covered in Wednesday. 8.0 8.5 8.2 8.1 9.8 – 24.8 for a 52.3

After the break we had a feature set by 2014 CapSlam team member, Artemysia!

In addition to reading some great poetry, she reminded the audience that the CapSlam2014 Chapbook is available for only $8! There are many ways to support the team!

Back to the slam!

Covered in Wednesday had to drop out, but we still have five word warriors wielding weapons of wits!

First up on the final round was DMP! 9.2 9.4 9.7 9.8 9.3 – 28.4!

Rusty Priske! 8.9 9.7 9.8 9.7 8.9 – 28.3!

D-Zaster! 8.5 8.0 7.5 7.7 7.3 – 23.2… despite forgetting his poem, switching and doing a completely different poem!

Kay Kassirer! 9.8 9.2 9.2 9.4 9.5 – 28.1!

Sir Realist! TEN 9.6 9.9 9.5 9.8 – 29.3!!

Final results!

1. Sir Realist – 86.9
2. Rusty Priske – 82.8
3. Kay Kassirer – 82.0
4. DMP – 81.1
5. D-Zaster – 73.1
6. Covered in Wednesday – 52.3

Next up, the CapSlam & IN/Words fundraiser on August 1st at Pressed Cafe and then, the very next night, we are back at the Mercury Lounge for a new edition of the CPC Summer Slam, featuring Candice Bruchhaeuser!

The CapSlam Team Needs YOUR Help!

The CapSlam team has been working hard, getting to ready to represent Ottawa and the CPC Community at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria this fall.

The thing is, it costs a whole lot to get the team out there… plane tickets and hotel rooms aren’t cheap, yo.

So, how can you help? Well, there are two great ways to can help out right now, while getting something excellent for your money!

One of those ways is to go to the CPC Summer Slam this Saturday at the Mercury Lounge. You will get to see a great 3-1-3 Slam as well as an amazing feature by CapSlam Team Member, Artemysia!

Another way is to stroll over to BandCamp where you can download a 10-track album by the CapSlam 2014 team! It is strictly a pay what you can affair so download and enjoy, and help us out in whatever way you can!!

Thanks for the 2014 CapSlam Team!

GAVIN RUSSELL
CANDICE BRUCHHAEUSER
ARTEMYSIA FRAGISKATOS
RUSTY PRISKE
AVONLEA FOTHERINGHAM

CPC SUMMER SLAM RECAP #2

It has been a long month since our last CPC Summer Slam. Scheduling conflicts kept us to only one show in June, but we are back for two in July… starting with tonight!

Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam and Urban Legends Slam Team member D-Zaster was our host for the evening and he gave everything a WWE feel…

DJ RPM was spinning the tunes and he gave everything a Brother Love feel…

Benoit was on the door… Chuck was handling the scoring… Jenica was wrangling the judges and they gave everything a mixed-tag hurricane match feel…

First we had the open mic and we got music and poetry stylings from Mayhem, Loose Change, Benoit and John – a newcomer to our stage!

Then came sacrificial blood in the form of CapSlam team member, Candice Bruchhaeuser! 9.0 9.5 TEN 8.9 TEN – 28.5

One of those tens was actually a twelve but that judge was suitably chastised before the actual slammers hit the stage.

Summer Slams are 3-1-3 format with 8 poets int eh first round, 6 in the second and 4 in the third.

First out of the hat was… Huxley! The artist formerly known as Loh El kept those judges happy! 9.2 9.0 9.8 TEN 8.5 – 28.0

Next was Lana K! 8.8 9.5 9.2 9.0 9.2 – 27.4

Collective Director, Brad Morden was next up! 9.6 9.7 9.7 9.5 9.4 – 28.8!

Brad was followed by Marz! (Mars in Mercury?) 9.2 TEN 8.9 8.5 9.7 – 27.8 (quite a spread!)

Next was DMP! 9.0 9.6 9.0 9.3 9.5 – 27.8

Kay Kassirer! 9.5 9.7 8.9 8.5 9.0 – 27.4 (Another poem where the judges had little consensus…)

Playto was the penultimate poet of the round. 9.4 9.8 8.9 8.6 8.5 – 26.9

Lastly we had Nina Strange! 9.4 9.6 9.4 9.5 8.0 – BUT, she went 3:25 so after a 1 point penalty, she had 27.3

That was a costly penalty as it looked like Nina and Playto were dropped after the first round…

… but wait! It seems that Lana had to leave, so that meant Nina was back in!

Time for… the LIGHTNING ROUND!

First up… Marz! Unfortunately there is little room for error in a one minute round and his stumble cost him as he went 1:26. 8.9 9.3 8.2 8.7 8.0 – after his 1 point deduction he had 24.8 – 52.6

Next was DMP! 8.7 9.4 9.6 9.0 8.9 – 27.3 – 55.1

Brad Morden was back for a second go round, after getting the top mark in round one. 9.7 9.8 9.5 9.0 9.5 – 28.7! – 57.5!

Nina Strange TORE UP the LIGHTNIGN ROUND! 9.8 9.7 9.9 9.8 7.9 (?) – 29.3 – 56.6 (If not for her first round time penalty, she would be in first…)

Next up was Huxley! 9.0 9.7 9.8 9.8 8.9 – 28.5 – 56.5

Kay Kassirer rounded out the second frame. 9.4 9.8 9.2 9.2 7.9 – 27.8 – 55.2

Then it was break time followed by our feature performer…. CapSlam team member, Avonlea! Avonlea did a great set, mixed with ‘spoken word’ and ‘page poetry’ (quotes very intentional), and debuted a team piece by her and teammate Rusty Priske!

Great, GREAT set!

Then, back to the slam! Only four poets were still in the running… starting with…

Brad Morden! 9.9 TEN TEN 9.4 9.5 – 29.4!

Huxley! 9.0 TEN 9.0 9.0 9.4 – 27.4

Kay Kassirer! 9.5 TEN 9.7 8.9 9.1 – 27.3 (after a 1 point time penalty)

Nina Strange! 9.6 TEN 9.9 9.3 9.9 – 29.4!

In the end, Nina’s first round penalty proved to be VERY costly!

Final results:

1. Brad Morden – 86.9
2. Nina Strange – 86.0
3. Huxley – 83.9
4. Kay Kassirer – 82.5
5. DMP – 55.1
6. Marz – 52.6
7. Lana K – 27.4
8. Playto – 26.9

The next CPC Summer Slam takes place on July 19th, featuring Artemysia! Don’t miss it!

CPC SUMMER SLAM RECAP #1

Summer is here and what better time to start the CPC Summer Slams! (As host Brad Morden said, we tried running them in the winter and it just seemed odd…)

This year, each edition of the CPC Summer Slam includes a feature by a member of the 2014 CapSlam team!

We kicked off with Brad welcoming a trio of open mixers to the stage. We started with Benoit who sang an epic ditty about a dental hygienist who was having an excellent day (improv with audience input…). Then we had Mayhem with his brand of balladeering. We wrapped up with Kel Seashore providing the only actual poet on the open mic!

Then we were ready to go! Nine poets threw down for the first three minute round… but first we needed some blood! Sacrificial poetry came in the form of OYPS Finalist, Chuck! 8.3 8.3 8.5 7.9 TEN – 25.1!

Then it was time for Brad to reach into the magic hat and draw out… another OYPS stalwart, Nina Strange! 8.6 8.9 8.5 8.2 8.9 – 26.0

Next up was a CapSlam vet (and I know she would laugh at me saying that, but hey…) Mia Morgan! 9.2 8.3 8.6 9.4 8.4 – 26.2

Next up was Obnoxious! 8.3 7.3 8.4 7.4 8.5 – 24.1

Urban Legends finalist, DMP was next to the stage! 8.8 9.0 9.0 9.4 9.4 – 27.4!

Next was scene veteran and super-presence, Loose Change! 8.1 8.0 8.5 9.1 8.2 – 24.8

The next two were poets that we have not seen slam min aground Ottawa in FAR too long… starting with 2010 Urban Legends Champ, Synonymous! 8.9 9.7 9.4 9.6 8.9 – 27.9!

Then came the poet formerly known as Loh El, under his new ‘guise’, Huxley! 8.2 TEN 9.0 8.6 8.4 – 26.0

The penultimate poet of the first round was Kay Kassirer! 8.6 8.9 9.8 8.8 8.6 – 26.3

The first three-minute round ended with D-Zaster! 8.6 9.0 8.7 8.4 8.5 – 25.8

With that done, we weren’t resting! We launched straight into the one-minute LIGHTNING ROUND!

Only the top six poets from the first round were moving on and we started with… Synonymous! As Brad realized that we had never told him it was a 3-1-3 format… he pulled it together, though, finding something on his phone and pulling it off! 8.4 9.3 7.9 8.9 9.0 – 26.3

Next was Nina Strange! 8.7 8.9 8.6 9.4 8.6 – 26.2

The next lightning wielder was DMP! 8.5 9.6 8.8 8.8 8.4 – 26.1

Then we got another minute from Kay Kassirer! 8.8 9.0 8.8 9.2 8.7 – 26.6

Continuing his return in style was Huxley! 8.8 8.9 9.2 9.4 8.8 – 26.9

Wrapping up the round was Mia Morgan! 9.2 9.4 8.7 9.3 8.7 – 27.2!

Before we moved on to the final round the audience was witness to the proto-stages of Rusty Priske’s new show, called ‘This is Day One’.

They seemed to like it. :)

Then it was the final round! It was supposed to be Top 4 after the first two cumulative rounds but there was a tie so we got five poets!

Starting with… Synonymous! 9.2 9.3 8.9 9.6 8.7 – 27.4!

Next was DMP! 9.4 8.8 9.3 8.9 9.2 – 27.5!

The mid-point went to Kay Kassirer! 9.4 8.6 9.4 8.6 9.0 – 27.0

The honour of the penultimate spot went to Huxley! 8.8 9.8 8.4 9.2 9.2 – 27.2

Mia Morgan went 3:08… I mention that because that was the closest to a time penalty we had! 9.0 9.1 8.9 8.8 9.7 – 27.0

So, how did the first CPC Summer slam shake out? (Well, each round had a different high scorer!)

1. Synonymous – 81.6
2. DMP – 81.0
3. Mia Morgan – 80.4
4. Huxley – 80.1
5. Kay Kassirer – 79.9
6. Nina Strange – 52.2
7. D-Zaster – 25.8
8. Loose Change – 24.8
9. Obnoxious – 24.1

Next up… the CPC AGM, June 22nd, 3pm at the Royal Oak on Laurier!

Then, on July 5th, the next CPC Summer Slam, featuring Avonlea!

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