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!

The Penultimate CapSlam of the Season!

The Penultiamte CapSlam of the season was upon us and our wayward son, Brad Morden was back in the saddle!

Brad, tennis racket in hand, was there to host as well as act as the sac poet… and what the hell, an open micer as well!

Travellin’ Brad’s sac poem was received by the judges thusly: 8.9 9.1 8.8 8.5 8.7 – 26.4

A nice bar was set… but what about the slammers?

First out of the hat was Brad’s doubles partner (or is that triples partner? And now I have beaten the tennis in-joke to death…), Rusty Priske! 8.7 8.9 9.1 9.3 9.5 – 27.3

Speaking of wayward sons, next up was another wandering poet… this one all the way to Whitehorse! Marz! 8.0 7.8 8.3 6.3 7.3 – 23.1

Next was a poet who says he USED to do spoken word before movie govern to hip-hop… looks like he still knows how to spit some poetry! Tony Gascon! 7.5 7.8 9.2 7.5 8.9 – 24.2

The round wrapped up with Sarah Ruszala dropping a new piece! 9.6 9.5 8.5 9.1 8.5 – 27.1

Then it was time for our feature! Chris Masson came down from Montreal to share some words of wisdom and witty rejoinders. “You got served, son.” “Oom-pah, oom-pah, oom-pah, that is my jam!”

Back to the slam, jam!

First up after the feature was Sarah Ruszala! 8.7 9.2 8.8 8.3 8.3 – 25.8

Next was Rusty Priske! 9.3 9.0 9.4 9.6 9.8 – 28.3

Next was Marz, who prefaced his poem with some nice words for Brad, Rusty and CapSlam as a whole! Thanks Marz! 8.0 7.8 8.6 8.9 8.1 – 24.7

We wrapped up with the returning Tony Gascon! 7.9 7.7 8.6 7.8 8.0 – 23.7

Final Results

1. Rusty Priske – 55.6
2. Sarah Ruszala – 52.9
3. Tony Gascon – 47.9
4. Marz – 47.8

Next up is the final regular season Capital Slam on March 21st, feat. Janice Lee!

CPC CIPS QUALIFIER RECAP!

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Tonight we came together at the Mercury Lounge to find out WHO would become the CPC/Capital Slam representative at the 2015 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships!

With so much poetry, there was little time for further ado so host Rusty Priske jumped us right in with the Sacrificial Poet of the evening… DMP! 7.8 8.6 8.7 7.5 7.3 – 23.9

Harsh judges! Would they stay that tough? (SPOILER: No.) Would the poets be immune to score creep? (SPOILER: No.) Would there be great poetry from end to end? (SPOILER: Yes.)

It was now time for the magic hat and the first name out was… Gavin Russell! 8.4 9.5 9.1 8.8 8.9 – 26.8

Next up was Playto! 8.2 9.1 7.9 7.9 7.9 – 24.0

Next up was Nina Vuleta! 7.6 8.7 7.9 7.5 8.0 – 23.1

OYPS SlamMaster Sarah Ruszala was next up! 8.1 8.9 8.6 8.8 7.9 – 25.5

She was followed by London transplant Ceilidhe Miller! 8.8 9.1 7.9 8.8 8.9 – 26.5

The first half was rounded out by visiting Montreal poet, Kym Dominque-Ferguson! 8.9 9.5 9.5 9.0 7.9 – 27.4!

That P.O.S., D-Zaster was next up! 8.5 9.3 9.9 8.9 8.5 – 26.7

Welcome home (again), Billie the Kid! 8.7 9.1 8.5 9.4 8.9 – 26.7

She was followed by Ilana Belfer! 9.0 9.4 8.3 8.9 9.0 – 26.9

One of this season’s new voices, Shawn K was next! 8.8 9.3 9.5 9.1 8.8 – 27.2

The penultimate poet of the round was former Urban Legends champ, King Kimbit! 8.5 9.5 9.2 9.1 9.2 – 27.5!

We wrapped up with Marz, back from the deep north! 9.0 9.5 9.5 8.9 9.0 – 27.5!

Marz and King Kimbit tied for the top score of the round!

In this slam, each round had fresh scores but three poets each round would not be moving on so here we had to say good-bye to Playto, Nina Vuleta and Sarah Ruszala.

Then we were on to Round two… the Lightning Round! One Minute Poems!

Ilana Belfer! 8.1 9.0 8.9 8.8 8.0 – 25.8

Marz! 8.2 8.6 9.7 8.2 7.9 – 25.0

Gavin Russell! 8.9 9.5 9.4 8.9 9.3 – 27.6!

Billie the Kid! 8.3 9.3 9.3 9.3 8.2 – 26.9

Shawn K! 8.7 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.4 – 26.2

Kym Dominique-Ferguson! 9.1 9.5 9.5 9.2 9.0 – 27.8!

D-Zaster! 8.9 9.3 9.4 9.1 9.3 – 27.7!

King Kimbit! 8.5 9.4 8.8 8.8 9.3 – 26.9

Ceilidhe Miller! 8.9 9.5 8.7 9.2 9.4 – 27.5!

Kym Dominique-Ferguson got the top score but once again it was the bottom three who didn’t move on. Those were Ilana Belfer, Marz and Shawn K.

Round three was two minute poems and we were down to six poets!

Ceilidhe Miller! 8.8 9.0 9.4 9.3 8.7 – 27.1

Gavin Russell! 9.1 9.6 9.4 9.4 9.0 – 27.9!

Kym Dominique-Ferguson! 8.7 9.4 9.0 9.1 8.9 – 27.0

King Kimbit! 8.5 9.0 8.3 8.0 8.9 – 25.7

D-Zaster! 8.6 9.3 8.7 8.7 8.8 – 26.2

Billie the Kid! 8.7 9.5 9.1 9.1 9.1 – 27.3

Half of those poets don’t move on so we said good-bye to King Kimbit, D-Zaster and (By only .1!) Kym Dominique-Ferguson.

Gavin Russell got the high score in round three but it was Round four – Four minute poems – that would decided who the CIPS rep would be!

Gavin Russell! 9.3 9.7 9.6 9.8 9.9 – 29.1!!

Billie the Kid! 9.0 9.7 9.2 9.3 9.8 – 28.2!

Ceilidhe Miller! 9.3 9.8 9.4 9.2 9.8 – 28.5!

The winner… GAVIN RUSSELL!!!!

Full Results:

1. Gavin Russell
2. Ceilidhe Miller
3. Billie the Kid
4. Kym Dominique-Ferguson
5. D-Zaster
6. King Kimbit
7. Shawn K
8. Ilana Belfer
9. Marz
10.Sarah Ruszala
11. Playto
12. Nina Vuleta

All great poets!

Next up is March 7th when Capital Slam features Chris Masson!

CapSlamReCap!

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I feel like launching into a chorus of ‘Let It Snow’… but I would be lying.

I’ve had enough winter.

Through the drifts of snow there still came some poets and a feature born on the wings of the Great Eagles of Middle Earth… or something like that.

Panos, sometimes known as Playto, took the stage as host and also provided an open mic portion of the show, sharing one of his poems! What a great way to kick of the show!

But, this is a slam and in slam, there is NO MERCY! There is NO QUARTER! There is NO REASON TO KEEP YELLING LIKE THIS!

(Why DO people yell ‘don’t be nice’ at slammers? I think there are a lot of slammers who are very nice! That is a good thing!)

With a slam comes a sacrificial poet so once again Playto stepped up to make his offering! 7.5 7.6 9.1 7.9 6.0 – 23.0

Uh, wow. Harsh, HARSH judging! Would they stay that harsh? (SPOILERS: No.) Would the adjust fast enough to avoid score creep? (SPOILERS: Not really, no.)

So who would get the unlucky bullet spot?

DMP. 8.1 8.0 9.1 9.1 9.0 – 26.2

Next up…. slamming for her second time this season, as she is back in town from school… Billie the Kid! 9.3 9.5 9.5 8.2 9.4 – 28.2!

Third was a poet who has been the Lanark County Slam Champion, but was making her Capital Slam debut, Marilyse! 8.0 9.0 8.8 8.0 8.3 – Add she went 3:41 for a 2 point penalty, leaving her at 23.1

Lastly we had Rusty Priske step out from behind the DJ booth for a slam spot. 9.5 9.4 9.7 9.3 9.8 – 28.6

After a break we came back for the CapSlam Return of BRUCE ‘DANCING FLOWER’ NARBAITZ!!

And for those of you unaware where he got that name from… here it is!!

Well, we didn’t see Bruce do that tonight, but he DID get us all up dancing!

But we still had some poets to… po… so back to the slam!

First up was DMP once again! 9.7 7.5 9.0 8.7 9.6 – 27.3

Rusty Priske! 9.8 9.8 9.7 9.7 TEN! – 29.3!

Marilyse! 9.4 8.8 9.7 8.5 9.0 – 26.7

Billie the Kid! 9.1 9.7 9.0 9.7 9.8 – 28.5!

FINAL RESULTS

1. Rusty Priske – 57.9
2. Billie the Kid – 56.7
3. DMP – 53.5
4. Marilyse – 49.8

Next up is the CPC CIPS QUALIFIER on FEB. 28th! 12 POETS COMPETING TO REP THE CAPITAL POETRY COLLECTIVE IN VANCOUVER THIS APRIL!

IT IS GOING TO OFF BOTH THE HOOK AND THE CHAIN!

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