CPC SUMMER SLAM #2

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As the days get warmer, the poetry gets hotter, and the host gets sweatier.

Wait, scratch that last one. That isn’t so appealing.

The poetry sure was, though!

When DJ RPM magically transformed into Rusty Priske, the host for the show, things were ready to get hopping!

We started things off with the open mic, featuring…. uh, Rusty Priske!

Introducing yourself is so weird.

But then it was time for the slam and we always need a sacrificial poet and tonight that was… Rusty Priske!

(Don’t worry… other poets are coming soon…) 8.8 9.3 6.8 7.7 6.9 and a .5 time penalty for a 22.9

Tough judges! But will they stay consistent? (SPOILER: Pretty much, yeah.)

The first poet out of the magic hat was… D-Zaster! He was doing double duty as slammer and door person. 9.3 7.9 7.4 7.8 7.3 – 23.1

Next up was someone we haven’t seen on our stage in quite some time! Rock Howell! 9.0 7.6 5.9 7.0 6.5 – 21.1

Next was a first-timer slammer I believe (though I have seen her AT our shows before)… Laura! 7.8 7.8 6.9 6.9 6.4 – 21.6

We wrapped up with the new CPC Director, Sarah Ruszala! 9.1 9.8 7.7 8.4 9.5 – 27.0!

No time for love, Dr. Jones! It is time for the ONE-MINUTE LIGHTNING ROUND!!!

Laura! 8.0 7.3 8.5 7.2 6.1 – 22.5

Sarah! 9.2 9.2 7.6 8.2 9.0 – 26.4

Rock! 7.7 8.5 7.8 8.0 7.5 – (1 point time penalty) 22.5

D-Zaster! 8.5 7.9 6.5 8.0 8.0 – 23.9

Finally we had a well deserved break but not for long because we had to come back for out FEATURE PRESENTATION! 2015 CapSlam Team Member DMP!

He gave a feature that was VERY different that the stuff he normally slams with. A lot of epic humour and the full length version of his Yosemite Sam poem was worth the price of admission alone.

As if that weren’t enough, we had another round of poetry!

Laura was first up in the last round. 8.4 8.0 8.2 8.0 7.5 – 24.2

Next came ‘The Natural’ D-Zaster! 9.0 7.8 8.4 8.9 8.1 – 25.4

The Penultimate poet of the night was Rock Howell! 9.1 8.1 6.2 7.5 7.1 (and a .5 time penalty) 22.2

We wrapped thing sup with Sarah Ruszala! 9.1 9.9 9.0 9.5 TEN – 28.5

Final results

1. Sarah Ruszala – 81.9
2. D-Zaster – 72.4
3. Laura – 68.3
4. Rock Howell – 67.3

Next up is July 4th with special feature… King Kimbit!

CPC SUMMER SLAM!!

DMP

With the Finals behind us and the team finding their feet, let’s get back to SLAMMING!

The CPC Summer Slam is an opportunity to share slam goodness in an even more casual environment, with members of the CapSlam ten providing the feature entertainment!

Today we had the incomparable BILLIE THE KID!

Jenica was working the door, Dustin was keeping score and Rusty was doing… well, everything else. HOST / DJ / JUDGE FINDER / OPEN MIC / SAC POET / ETC / ETC

He started with Open Micing a poem chosen and random from one of his books and then debuted a new poem as the sac poet. 8.3 8.1 7.8 7.7 7.8 = 23.7

Wow. Tough judges. They stayed like that right the way through, though. Very fair.

We had four poets throwing down for the first CPC Summer Slam of 2015 and the first name out of hat what was…

DMP! 8.7 8.9 8.4 8.1 8.0 – 25.2

Doing double-duty as scorekeeper and slammer… D-Zaster was next! 8.5 8.6 7.8 7.6 7.4 – 23.9

Next up was Nazca – who completely freestyled her poem! Unfortunately, she also ‘freestyles’ the time limit and went 5:01 for a SIX point time penalty. 7.0 6.0 7.5 6.0 6.8 – 13.8

We wrapped up the round with Sarah Ruszala taking the stage! 9.1 9.0 8.3 8.1 7.3 – 25.4

At Capital Slam we follow the first round with a break, but at the CPC Summer Slam we follow it with…. THE LIGHTNING ROUND! All four poets came back with one minute poems!

First up again was DMP! 7.8 9.1 7.6 8.4 8.6 – 24.8

Next was Sarah Ruszala! 8.4 8.8 7.8 7.1 7.5 – 23.7

D-Zaster! 7.0 7.5 7.5 5.9 6.8 – 21.3

Nazca! 8.5 9.0 7.6 8.8 8.6 (1:24 for a 1 point penalty) – 24.9

Only then did we have a break and then we came back for a feature set by 2015 CapSlam team member, Billie the Kid! This was Billie’s first ever solo feature but you wouldn’t know it by the quality of her poetry!

Then we wrapped things up with one more round!

D-Zaster was first up! 7.4 8.0 8.2 7.2 7.9 – 23.3

Sarah Ruszala! 8.5 8.0 8.5 7.5 8.2… but Sarah followed Nazca’s example to do a (kind of) freestyle and also her example by going way over time. She went 4:15 for a 3.5 penalty. 21.2

Nazca! 8.7 8.2 8.2 7.4 8.1 – 24.5

DMP! 9.2 9.1 8.8 9.0 8.5 – 26.9!

And DMP was named the first CPC Summer Slam winner of 2015!

1. DMP – 76.9

2. Sarah Ruszala – 70.3

3. D-Zaster – 68.5

4. Nazca – 63.2 (She could have had second without the time penalties…)

Next up is the Capital Poetry Collective AGM on Monday at 7pm at the Fox & Feather.

The next CPC Summer Slam in on June 20th at the Mercury Lounge and features tonight’s winner… DMP!

Capital Slam FINALS!!!!

After two great semi-finals, we were down to eight poets, fighting for the right to rep CapSlam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word to be held this fall in Saskatoon!

What a night!

Chuck handled the door… Jenica wrangled some judges… Panos was stopwatch and scoresheet posed… Ruthanne was spinning some fine tunage… and Nathanael was the host with the most!

As he introduced the audience to the wonders of slam finals, he also introduced three important Ottawa poets to drop some great poems to warm up the crowd.

We started with one of the main movers and shakers behind Urban Legends – the other great slam series in O-town – and the 2014 Champion of that great scene… Apollo The Child!

Next up was the 2013 Capital Slam Champion and all around Dancing Flower… Bruce Narbaitz!

We wrapped up with the reigning CapSlam Champ… until tonight when he passed on the belt… Gavin Russell!

Then, the main event… the big show… the poetic throw down…

The time was here as we launched into the slam with…

WAIT! First we need a sacrificial poet!

A runner-up from the CapSlam semi-finals was in the house… D-Zaster was the poet to set the bar! 7.5 7.4 7.8 7.5 7.6 – 22.4

Wooof… tough judges. Would they stay fair or would there be major creep? (Spoiler: the stayed pretty darned fair, actually. There may have been a bit of ROUND creep, but nothing egregious.)

(Second spoiler: and this is coming from the person who would have been creeped the most if there was creep…)

Then Nathanael dipped into the magic hat and the first poet up was… Rusty Priske! 8.0 9.3 9.2 8.4 8.8 – 26.4

If you are going to have one of the CapSlam organizers go first, you might as well have th either one go second…. Brad Morden was next up! 8.0 8.2 8.8 8.5 8.5 – 25.2

The new poetic powerhouse to ply the people was DMP! 7.9 7.8 8.2 8.7 9.0 – 24.8

The first half of the first round finished with Sarah Ruszala! 8.0 7.7 8.5 7.2 6.9 – 22.9

Next up was royalty in the house! King Kimbit! 7.7 8.7 9.2 8.9 8.4 – 26.0

Next was the CapSlam Super-rookie (third slam ever?), Cassie Casey! 8.7 7.1 7.5 6.5 6.9… and she went 3:15 for a small time penalty – 21.0

The first penultimate let of the night was… Billie the Kid! 8.1 8.8 8.9 8.9 8.9 – 26.6!

We wrapped up with Nina Vuleta! 9.3 9.0 8.9 9.4 9.0 – 27.3!!

As we went to break, it looked like the youngest slammer was also the big performer so far! Nina Vuleta led the pack, followed by Billie the Kind and Rusty Priske.

Of course, nothing was settled yet!

Every poet came back for Round two…. and once more unto the hat!!

First up… Billie the Kid! 8.0 8.6 8.8 8.9 8.7 – 26.1

Second out of the hat o’magicness… King Kimbit! 9.2 9.4 8.6 8.5 8.8 – 26.6!

Next up was Cassie Casey! 8.9 8.2 8.7 7.9 8.5 – 25.4

CPC Director, Brad Morden was next! 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.0 7.9 – 24.7

The leader after round one, Nina Vuleta was next! 8.6 8.6 9.2 8.9 8.9 – 26.4

DMP. Boom. 9.5 9.7 9.0 8.1 9.7 – 28.2! Highest score of the night so far (and that would hold UNTIL the last score of the night…)

Slam Master, Rusty Priske was next up. 8.2 9.3 9.5 8.6 8.9 – 26.8

Sarah Ruszala wrapped things up. 8.9 8.3 9.0 8.2 7.9 – 25.4

After two rounds the standings were thus:

1. Nina Vuleta – 53.7
2. Rusty Priske – 53.2
3. DMP – 53.0
4. Billie the Kid – 52.7
5. King Kimbit – 52.6
6. Brad Morden – 49.9
7. Sarah Ruszala – 48.3
8. Cassie Casey – 46.4

The top 5 made the team and went on to another round… was the Championship still up in the air? Rusty was behind Nina by .5 and DMP only .2 behind that…

We would find out how Rusty would fare soon enough, because he was first up in Round three! 9.6 8.8 9.8 8.9 9.2 – 27.7! Second highest score of the night… but would it be enough?

King Kimbit came strong in Round three! 8.9 9.0 9.8 9.2 8.9 – 27.1

Billie the Kid avoided a time penalty, going 3:07! 9.0 8.6 9.7 9.1 8.3 – 26.7

DMP was still swinging for that belt! 8.6 8.4 8.9 8.9 9.0 – 26.4

But Nina Vuleta was not to be denied! 9.8 9.7 9.7 9.3 9.4! – 28.8!! Highest score of the night and the NEW CAPITAL SLAM CHAMPION!!!!

2015 Capital Slam team!

1. Nina Vuleta – 82.5
2. Rusty Priske – 80.9
3. King Kimbit – 79.7
4(TIE). DMP & Billie the Kid – 79.4

Give it up for the team!!

This is the first CapSlam team for everyone except Rusty (who is on his seventh…), though both King Kimbit and DMP have been on Urban Legends teams and Billie the Kid has been on two Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam teams.

Get out and support the CapSlam team wherever possible! The next chance will likely be on June 6th at the CPC Summer Slam! One of th steam with be featuring (to be announced) and we will have a fun 3-1-3 Slam!

CAPITAL SLAM SEMI-FINAL #2!

As we come to the end of the ELEVENTH season of Capital Slam, it is exciting to hear so many new voices on our stage. Who will make up CapSlam’s eleventh team?

Two weeks ago we saw four poets step up and take their places in the finals. Nina Vuleta, Sarah Ruszala, Rusty Priske and Brad Morden moved on from semi-final #1.

Tonight, we learned the other four names.

Rusty also acted as host tonight as he welcomed an excited crowd, ready to have their minds blown. Chuck was on the door, Panos was on the scoresheet and stop watch, Ruthanne was behind the DJ booth.

We were ready.

But first we had some special invited guests there to drop some poetry! We started with one of the first wave of youth poetry in Ottawa, (way back in 2011) when the Ottawa team won the youth event at CFSW (pre-YouthCanSlam)… CauseMo!

Next we had a member of the 2014 CapSlam team, Candice Bruchhauser!

Then we had a true Urban Legend and all around poetry force, Just Jamaal!

With that to kick off the show, how could it possible get better?

Well, how about easing into things with a sac poem by another 2014 CapSlam team member, Avonlea Fotheringham! She did a poem for her month (who was in attendance), and it was so sweet that it seems a shame to score it.

But hey… that’s what we do. 9.5 8.7 8.8 9.0 9.7 – 27.3

Then it was time for the slam! Rusty asked the poets if they were ready and one poet, sitting in the front row, was heard to say ‘no’. The host joked that she would be drawn first and then he reached into the magic hat and… she was drawn first.

Member of the 2014 London Poetry Slam team, Ceilidhe Miller. 8.5 8.0 8.4 8.8 9.4 – 25.7

Next up was a member of the 2014 Urban Legends and 2014 OYPS teams, D-Zaster. 8.8 9.1 8.3 8.8 8.8 – 26.4

Third was one of two competitors tonight that had previously been a champion in a different CFSW scene… Marilyse who had win that honour out in Lanark County. 9.0 8.9 9.4 9.3 9.8 – Which are GREAT scores, but… she went 3:26 and ended with a 26.7

Next was a member of the 2013 & 2014 OYPS teams, Billie the Kid. 8.8 9.3 8.7 9.1 9.8 – 27.2!

Next was one of the newest voices in the scene, Cassie Casey! 8.9 9.4 9.2 8.8 8.7 – 26.9

The 2012 Urban Legends Champion and a member of the 2014 OYPS team, King Kimbit was next. 9.2 9.3 9.5 9.4 TEN – 28.2!!

Next was another member of the 2014 Urban Legends team, DMP. 9.2 8.6 9.1 8.9 9.8… but when 3:11 to end at 26.7

We wrapped up the first round with some historical poetry by Mayhem! 8.5 8.5 8.4 6.0 8.2 – 25.1

After a ten minute break, we were back for another round! After the first round, the fight for the top 4 spots was INTENSE! We even had a tie for fourth between two poets who h ad received time penalties.

First up in round two was Billie the Kid. 9.3 9.5 9.2 9.0 9.7 – 28.0!

Then came DMP, who was right on the edge of qualifying. 9.5 9.3 9.3 9.3 9.8 – 28.1!! That could do it!

The other person right on the edge followed… Marilyse! 8.9 9.0 9.1 9.0 9.7 – 27.1

Next came a short piece by Mayhem. 8.5 8.8 8.6 8.6 8.6 – 25.7

D-Zaster came strong in round 2! 9.5 9.4 9.5 9.3 8.8 – 28.2

Next up was Cassie Casey! 9.0 9.5 9.3 9.0 9.6 – 27.8

The penultimate poet of the night was Ceilidhe Miller! 9.2 9.4 9.6 9.1 9.7 – 28.2!

Finally, King Kimbit put the bow on the whole show. 9.4 9.6 9.6 8.9 9.9 – 28.6

So, who were the top four?

Look at those scores… look how close this was. Not only did one poet miss by only .1, but another poet dropped from 3rd to 7th based on her time penalty.

1. King Kimbit – 56.8
2. Billie the Kid – 55.2
3. DMP – 54.8
4. Cassie Casey – 54.7
5. D-Zaster – 54.6
6. Ceilidhe Miller – 53.9
7. Marilyse – 53.8
8. Mayhem – 50.8

Finals are at the Mercury Lounge on May 16th. Eight poets will be coming together to find out who will represent CapSlam at CFSW in Saskatoon this fall and who will be named CapSlam Champion!

Those poets will be:

Nina Vuleta
King Kimbit
Sarah Ruszala
Billie the Kid
Rusty Priske
DMP
Brad Morden
Cassie Casey

Don’t miss this show.

Capital Slam Semi-Final #1!!

Wow, what a night!

The first Semi-Final of the 2015 season for Capital Slam had a whole lot of new faces, with a couple of veterans thrown in for good measure.

And how do you symbolize that mix of youth and experience? How about having two-time CapSlam team member and 2014 CapSlam Champion Gavin Russell acting as host?

Gavin had the mic, Ruthanne had the music, Chuck had the door, judges were in place, slammers were ready… but first, we had some special treats!

You want veteran presence? How about an appearance by a member of the 2005 CapSlam team and all-around important figure in the scene’s early years… Kevin Matthews was on hand to drop a poem! Not just ANY Poem, but the one that started it all… he did ‘Raise It!’

Then we got a two-time member of CapSlam NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS (one of only two people to be on both of those teams), Brandon Wint! Brandon is soon to leave Ottawa for love and Edmonton, so this was likely his last appearance at our show for some time, so fare the well, Brandon Wint! You always have a home here with us!

With the preliminaries out of the way, it was time for the slam. Eight poets were there to try and win one of the four spots up for grabs at the CapSlam Finals.

We had to start with the ritual practice run and tonight it was Erica Howes who stepped up as sac poet! 9.5 8.9 8.4 8.1 8.3 – 25.6

Some tough judges there! Would they stay that tough? (Actually, yes. The judges were pretty consistent all the way through.)

So who was first out of the hat in the first round of the first CapSlam Semi-Final?

Nina Vuleta! The rookie wunderkind came out very strong! 9.0 8.0 8.8 9.2 9.0 – 26.8

The next name out of Gavin’s hat was Obnoxious! 8.2 7.9 9.2 7.8 8.5 – 24.6

With a rookie in the lead, a vet was up next, Rusty Priske! 9.2 9.2 8.6 7.9 9.0 – 26.8

We had a tie for the lead, but it was short lived as Sarah Ruszala was next to the mic! 8.9 8.5 9.0 9.3 9.3 – 27.2!

Another new face in the scene, Tony Gascon was up next! 8.6 8.1 8.2 7.8 8.5 – 24.8

He was followed by another vet, Brad Morden! 8.7 9.1 9.2 8.6 9.1… but, he went 3:12 for a .5 time penalty and ended with a 26.4

The penultimate poet of the round was Playto! 8.0 9.1 8.2 8.9 8.7 – 25.8

Only one name left in the hat… and it was another newcomer, Shawn K! 9.0 8.2 8.4 8.9 9.3 – 26.3

With four spots up for grabs, the difference between fourth place and fifth place was a mere .1!

But we had another round to go! Anything could happen!

First out of the hat for round two was… Rusty Priske! 9.2 8.6 9.5 8.9 8.4 – 26.7

Next up was Obnxious… who stepped on the proverbial landmine. He recovered, but it cost him time. 7.9 8.1 8.0 7.8 8.0… but he went 4:39 for a 4.5 time penalty and a final score of 19.4

Next up was the leader after Round One, Sarah Ruszala! 9.2 9.2 8.8 8.7 8.7 – 26.7

She was followed by Shawn K who was on the cusp of making it to finals… 8.5 8.7 8.8 8.0 8.7 – 25.9

Next was Tony Gascon back for some freestyle! 8.6 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.2 – 24.8

Playto offered a choice of poems for his second go-round! 8.6 8.2 8.3 8.9 9.0 – 25.8

The penultimate poet of the night was… Nina Vuleta! 9.5 8.9 9.5 9.0 8.9 – 27.4! Highest score of the night!

We finished things up with Brad Morden! 9.0 8.3 9.5 8.7 9.1 – 26.8

So… who were the four poets that would move on to the finals?

1. Nina Vuleta! 54.2

2. Sarah Ruszala! 53.9

3. Rusty Priske! 53.5

4. Brad Morden! 53.2

And big congrats for the other poets who may not be moving to the finals this year, but still left us with some great poetry!

5. Shawn K! 52.2

6. Playto! 51.6

7. Tony Gascon! 49.6

8. Obnoxious! 44.0

But before we get to finals… we have another semi-final to go!

Come out to the Mercury Lounge in two weeks on April 18th to see the following eight poets throw down!

Billie the Kid!

Cassie Casey!

Ceilidhe Miller!

DMP!

D-Zaster!

King Kimbit!

Marilyse!

Nina of the Strange!

Capital Slam Semi-Finals!

The regular season is over and the semi-finals are here!!

The first of two semis will be held on April 4th at the Mercury Lounge and will feature the following poets, trying for a spot on the CapSlam team going to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon this fall!!

BRAD MORDEN

NINA VULETA

OBNOXIOUS

PLAYTO

RUSTY PRISKE

SARAH RUSZALA

SHAWN K

TONY GASCON

Doors at 6:30 just like always… $8 to see SUPER SHOW!

SEE YOU AT THE MERC!!

The Final Regular Season CapSlam!

Brad

The FINAL CapSlam of the regular season!

After this, it is semi-final time!

There was a heightened air of anticipation as Rusty Priske took the stage as host… launching right into DAY ONE!

Nothing kicks off a poetry show quite like poetry and the crowd was primed!

But first…. some sacrificial poetry blood needed spilling and former OYPS team member, Emma Blanche was there to make that sacrifice! 8.0 8.0 8.8 8.5 9.2 – 25.3

Then we were launching right into the slam and the first name out of the hat was a different kind of blood… NEW BLOOD! Eleanor Upshaw made her slam debut… and went over four minutes! Oh well, who cares about scores, right? 8.2 9.0 8.9 9.0 8.3 (-3.0) – 23.2

Next up was slam sophomore, Tony Gascon! 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.8 8.5 – 26.3

Next out of the hat was this season’s find of the year, Nina Vuleta! 9.1 9.0 9.1 9.3 9.5 – 27.5!

Setting the bar!

She was followed by the OYPS Slam Master, Sarah Ruszala! 9.1 9.0 8.9 8.9 9.5 – 27.0

Another first timer! Cassie Casey was next! 8.2 9.5 9.0 9.5 8.9 – 27.4!

The penultimate poet of the first round was Ceilidhe Miller! 8.8 8.9 9.1 8.9 8.9 – 26.7

We wrapped up with the Collective director FINALLY making his season debut… Brad Morden! 9.3 9.5 9.0 9.0 9.6 – 27.8!

Then, after a short break, Janice Lee regaled us with a great set combing in poetry, music and clever repartee!

I remember her first slam! Now she is an intergalactic super-star!

Then we were back with the second round of the slam!

Eleanor Upshaw was first again, but this time she did a freestyle about not realizing that she needed two poems. Epic! 9.0 9.0 8.0 8.9 8.9 – 26.8

Tony Gascon followed and ALSO went freestyle! 8.9 8.5 9.2 8.8 9.5 – 27.2

Cassie Casey came back for the second half of her debut! 8.9 8.0 7.9 8.8 8.5 – 25.3

Nian Vuleta dropped a BIG poem! Impressive! (and way underscored… I honestly thought she would get a ten) 9.3 8.9 8.5 9.6 9.9 – 27.8

Sarah Ruszala hissed out her second poem. 9.3 9.0 9.0 8.3 9.8 – 27.3

Ceilidhe Miller was penultimate poet again! 9.3 9.5 9.2 8.7 9.0 – 27.5

And once again, Brad got the sweet spot! 9.0 9.7 9.8 9.3 9.7 – 28.7!!

Final Results

1. Brad Morden – 56.5
2. Nina Vuleta – 55.3
3. Sarah Ruszala – 54.3
4. Ceilidhe Miller – 54.2
5. Tony Gascon – 53.5
6. Cassie Casey – 52.1
7. Eleanor Upshaw – 50.0

Next are the Semi-finals on April 4th and 18th! Line-ups to be announced soon!

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