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!

The Love Slam!!

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Twas the night before Valentine’s Day and all through Nepean
The harsh winter night was well worth fleeing’
The poets were nestled all snug in the museum
And poetry fans were there, waiting to see ‘em!

Because it was time for…. the LOVE SLAM!

(And for all of those who were completely oblivious to the dated references I was making at the start of the show… well, I don’t blame you… but time for an education!)

The Nepean Museum had invited the Capital Poetry Collective to come put on a slam so we went about assembling an interesting mix of styles and poetry, all on the theme of LOVE!!!

With CapSlam SlamMaster Rusty Priske as host he first called up as sacrificial poet… Erica Howes! 8.0 7.7 8.0 8.5 8.8 – 24.5

Tough judges! Show the love!

That it was time to reach into the Magic Love Hat (which Beth Murch thinks sounds like a euphemism…), and the first name out was a poet visiting from the sunny climes of Southern Ontario, Bassam! 9.2 9.0 8.7 7.7 9.4 – 26.9

Quite a range!

Next up was CPC Rookie sensation, Nina Vuleta! 8.8 8.1 8.2 7.9 8.1 – 24.4

She was followed by a former Urban Legends Grand Champion, King Kimbit! 9.1 9.3 9.4 9.2 9.2 – 27.9!!

Kimbit set the bar!

Who else to have at the Love Slam than Brandon Wint? When Brandon isn’t polishing his CFSW Championship trophies he is running the Artistic Showcase, but he made time to come down and share the love! 9.2 7.9 8.7 8.9 8.2 – 25.8

Next was one of the Urban Legends elite and the leader in the CapSlam rankings, DMP! 9.6 8.5 7.5 7.8 8.1 – 24.4

He was followed by a member of the outgoing CapSlam team, Candice Bruchhaeuser! 9.4 8.4 9.6 8.8 9.6 – 27.8!

Next was a poet’s poet, Playto! 8.8 7.8 7.6 8.1 8.0 – 23.9

Next up was UL and OYPS team member, D-Zaster! 8.4 7.8 7.5 7.4 8.1 – 23.4

The penultimate poet of the first round was…. three-time Rhysling Award winner, Amal El-Mohtar! 9.6 8.2 7.5 9.5 7.8 – 25.5

The first round wrapped up with Ceilidh Miller! Show the Love to London Poetry Slam! 9.3 8.4 8.0 9.2 8.8 – 26.4

Then we had a short break while the poets and audience got a chance to partake in the wonderful refreshments provided by the museum!!

Then we were right back at it for another round!

Back into the hat and first out was Ceilidhe Miller! 9.0 7.9 8.0 8.1 8.4 – 24.5

Next was Nina Vuleta! 9.3 8.8 8.0 9.6 8.8 – 26.9

Brandon Wint! 8.6 8.0 8.8 9.8 9.0 – 25.4

DMP! 8.7 8.1 8.0 8.0 8.5 – 24.6

Playto! 9.0 8.8 8.0 8.1 8.4 – 25.3

Amal El-Mohtar! 9.1 8.1 8.4 8.2 7.9 – 24.5

Candice Bruchhaeuser! 9.9 9.1 9.9 7.9 9.8 – 28.8!

D-Zaster! 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.4 7.8 – 23.1

King Kimbit! 9.2 9.3 9.5 8.9 9.1 – 27.6

Bassam! 9.5 9.5 8.8 9.1 9.2 – 27.8

FINAL RESULTS!!

1. Candice Bruchhaeuser – 56.6
2. King Kimbit – 55.5
3. Bassam – 54.7
4. Nina Vuleta – 51.3
5. Brandon Wint – 51.2
6. Ceilidhe Miller – 50.9
7. Amal El-Mohtar – 50.0
8. Playto – 49.2
9. DMP – 49.0
10. D-Zaster – 46.5

Next up… Capital Slam featuring Bruce Narbaitz! Feb. 21st! Mercury Lounge!

THE LOVE SLAM THIS FRIDAY!

Here is what the City says about our event on Friday…

Valentine’s Day Slam Poetry
Friday, February 13, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Eve with…a poetry slam!
Be entertained by energetic, love-themed slam poetry performances by poets from the Capital Poetry Collective. You’ll also be introduced to traditional 19thcentury poems by Nepean’s unofficial poet laureate, William Wilfred Campbell. Nepean’s contemporary slam poets may differ greatly in style from their 19th century counterparts but their exploration of love, a theme that favours emotion over reason, remains the same. Join us for a unique date night or night out with friends.

Cost: $10/person (includes light refreshments and desserts)
Location: Nepean Museum

Here is what we say….

We have TWO-TIME National Slam Champion with Capital Slam and a member of The Recipe, Brandon Wint!!

Urban Legends Champion, King Kimbit!!

Founder of Nationless Mind and a member of Missing LinX, Hyf GypsySun!!

THREE-TIME Rhysling Award winner, Amal El-Mohtar!!

Urban Legends AND Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam team member, Dustin D-Zaster Pilon-Planer!!

Capital Slam team member, Candice Bruchhaeuser!!

Urban Legends team member, Daniel Mark Patterson!! DMP!!

Multi-time YouthCanSlam rep and Urban Legends team member, Haneen Alhassoun AKA FreedomWriter!!

Scene volunteer and Poet’s favourite, Panos Argyrop, AKA Playto!!

Member of the London Poetry Slam team (where their motto is SHOW THE LOVE!), Ceilidhe Miller!!

It will be hosted by CapSlam and SpoCan SlamMaster, Rusty Priske!

This will all go down on Friday, February 13th, from 7:30-9:30 at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave., off Meadowlands, near Merivale. (Free Parking!)

$10 which includes refreshments!

I’m excited!! Let’s FEEL THE LOVE!

CAPSLAMRECAP – FEBRUARY #1

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February is a BIG month for the Capital Poetry Collective, as we have an exciting show every week!

Starting with week one and Capital Slam!

The lights are bright on Broadway AND in the Mercury Lounge as a crew from TFO was on hand to record some of the happenings. Jenica Shivkumar was on the stage in her debut as CapSlam host (and she did a great job!), and she kicked things off with the open mic.

We started with semi-regulaer, The Artist as she… well, basically presented an ad for her business.

Next up was a poet favourite (and the scorekeeper/timekeeper for the evening), Playto, as he read a nice poem for his date for the evening… his mom.

We wrapped up with Meggan Phelan who made her CapSlam debut!

Then it was slam time and you can’t have a slam without spilling a little blood! Tonight that honour went DJ RPM who stepped out from behind the tables and transformed into Rusty Priske! 8.8 8.0 8.7 9.0 9.1 – 26.5

Then came the real slammers and first out of the hat was D-Zaster! He didn’t do a poem as much as an off-the-cuff rant but the crowd dug it! 8.2 9.0 9.2 7.0 9.2 – 26.4

Next up was one of this season’s most regular performers, Nina Vuleta! 9.8 9.4 9.3 9.2 9.5 – 28.2!

Nina set a high bar and the first to try and challenge it was Obnoxious! 9.2 7.9 9.0 8.8 8.5 – 26.3

A newcomer to CapSlam was next up (though she has slammed at Urban Legends), Fatima Omran! 8.7 7.8 8.6 8.5 8.0 – 25.1

Speaking of regulars… DMP was next! 9.8 8.3 8.9 9.7 8.9 – 27.5

When was the last time you saw Just Jamaal slam? Well, here he was, but there was nothing ‘Just’ about him! Jamaal Rogers! 9.7 9.6 9.4 9.5 8.7 – 28.5!

Then it was time for our feature (after a short break), and it is always a treat when Brandon Wint takes the CapSlam stage! Brandon is one of only two poets to be on both National Slam Championship winning CapSlam teams and since then he just keeps getting better and better!

After the great feature, we were back to the second round of slam!

First up this time was Fatima Omran! 8.3 8.1 8.4 8.2 8.2 – 24.7

Then came Obnoxious! 8.8 8.1 8.4 9.5 8.5 – 25.7

Nina Vuleta was second after the first round… could she move up? 9.4 9.5 9.3 8.6 9.5 – 28.2!

We would see very quickly because Jamaal was next! 9.4 9.0 9.4 9.2 9.1 – 27.7

The penultimate poet of the night was DMP! 9.1 9.3 9.3 9.3 9.2 – 27.8

Then we wrapped up with D-Zaster! 8.9 9.7 9.6 9.0 9.4 – 28.0

FINAL TALLY

1. Nina Vuleta – 56.4
2. Jamaal Rogers – 56.2
3. DMP – 55.3
4. D-Zaster – 54.4
5. Obnoxious – 52.0
6. Fatima Omran – 49.8

Next up is the LOVE SLAM at the Nepean Museum on Friday, Feb. 13th! See you there!

CapSlamReCap – January #2!

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Back at the Mercury Lounge and we were ready for a big show! A short group of dedicated slammers, including a visiting poet all the way from New York were ready to slam and enjoy the potty of the poet that Mighty Mike McGee called… Roman Numeral Five!

That’s right… V was in the house!

Anoshia was working the door… DJ RPM was spinning some tunes… Panos had his stopwatch at the ready… and TWO-TIME National Champion, Brandon Wint was hosting!

As always, first came the Open Mic and what is a CapSlam Open Mic without a little musical number. Tonight it was The Artist singing a little Eric Clapton. She was followed by Ocean with a great poem!

Then it was slam time!

To kick a slam off right we needed a little sacrificial blood and super-host Brandon Wint provided it! That is, he took the sacrificial blood and… put it in a poem. 8.6 8.9 7.8 8.8 6.7 – 25.2

Harsh judges! Would they stay that tough? (Spoiler: Kind of…)

Then Brandon dipped into his magical hat and pulled out… Playto! 7.6 8.0 8.6 8.8 8.5 – 25.1

Next came a regular fixture on the CapSlam stage… Nina Vuleta! 7.9 8.8 8.0 8.3 7.5 – 24.2

He better to go third than one with a three letter name… DMP! 9.3 8.2 8.0 9.0 9.2 – 26.4 Setting the standard!

Next was a poet visiting all the way from New York – Carol Brown! 8.2 8.4 8.8 8.3 8.2 – 24.9

The final poet of the first round was Rusty Priske! 8.5 8.9 8.8 8.9 8.5 – 26.2

After a short break, our feature hit the stage… V!!

V has a brand new CD out and she performed a number of poems from it… and what a treat to have V back on our stage! You have been away too long, V!

But, as always, we must get back to the slam! How else would we know who would take home the symbolic honours?

First up in round two was first up in round one… Playto! 8.6 7.4 8.0 8.5 8.1 – 24.6

Next was Rusty Priske! 8.8 8.8 8.5 8.7 8.9 – 26.3 (consistent!)

Third up was Carol Brown! Going over 4:10 and getting a 3.5 time penalty! 9.1 8.5 8.6 8.2 9.0 – 22.6

The penultimate poet of the evening was DMP! 8.4 7.9 8.0 8.8 8.7 – 25.1

We wrapped things up with Nina Vuleta! 8.2 8.6 8.0 8.4 8.9 – 25.2

Final standings:

1. Rusty Priske – 52.5
2. DMP – 51.5
3. Playto – 49.7
4. Nina Vuleta – 49.4
5. Carol Brown – 47.5

February is a big month for the CPC…

Feb. 7th – Capital Slam at the Mercury Lounge!
Feb. 13th – the Love Slam co-presented with the City of Ottawa at the Nepean Museum!
Feb. 21st – Capital Slam at the Mercury Lounge!
Feb. 28th – the CPC CIPS Qualifier!

BIG MONTH!

CapSlamReCap – first show of 2015!

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There were a lot of things going against the show tonight. January 3rd is always going to be a ‘tough sell’. We were away from ‘home’ and not all of our supporters will make the trek.

And, well, there was kind of a blizzard going on.

But we still had a great feature lined up and those hardy souls who came out to share some poetry or to listen to those who did were well appreciated.

Rusty Priske was host and he welcomed the enthusiastic audience by introducing a three-poet open mic…. all three who were new to our stage!

First we heard from Rhian Fox, followed by Eaba, and rounded out by Catherine. A loud COME BACK to all three!

Then, as always, we kicked off the slam by spilling some sacrificial blood on the stage. Tonight the host did the honours and he then showed the poets what happens when you forget your lines and have to pull out your book to finish it off. The answer? a 2.5 time penalty. 8.7 9.2 9.4 8.8 9.2 – 24.7

(It seems to have been a lesson well-learned as there were no further time penalties all night!)

Then it was magic hat time and who was first out? Nina Vuleta! 8.8 9.2 8.2 8.5 9.0 – 26.3

Nina is one of the 12 poets taking part in the CIPS Qualifier on Feb. 28th!

Another one was the NEXT name pulled out of the hat… Ceilidhe Miller! 8.9 9.0 8.7 9.5 9.4 – 27.3

The next name out of the hat happens to be one of the defending national champs, PrufRock! 9.4 9.6 9.6 9.5 9.6 (consistent!) 28.7!

We rounded out the first half of the slam with Playto! 8.8 9.0 8.9 9.6 9.6 – 27.5

After a short break we came back to a feature set by Johnny MacRae!

Would you believe he only did two poems?

Would you believe that the first one was at least 20 minute long?

And an epic tale it was! It is always a good night when Johnny MacRae (Canada’s second smartest person!) is in town!

Then we came back for the second round of the slam!

Nina Vuleta drew bullet again! 8.0 9.0 9.2 8.3 9.4 – 26.5

Next up was a return engagement by Playto! 8.8 9.0 8.6 9.1 9.3 – 26.9

Stepping out from behind the DJ booth, PrufRock was next! 9.6 9.4 9.3 9.0 9.7 – 28.3

We wrapped things up with a second poem by Ceilidhe Miller! 9.5 9.8 9.6 9.0 9.6 – 28.7!!

Final results

1. PrufRock – 57.0
2. Ceilidhe Miller – 56.0
3. Playto – 54.4
4. Nina Vuleta – 52.8

We are back at the Mercury Lounge in two weeks on January 17th for superstar V!

CapSlam ReCap Dec Edition #2

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When we are this deep into the holiday season, the slams can sometimes look a little different. Some regulars are away and some out-of-towners are IN town and ready to throw down!

The show kicked off with D-Zaster providing the hosting talents, DJ PrufRock proving the musical accompaniment and Chuck providing the… money taking.

But who provided the poetry?

How about three open micers?

How about scene regular, Omar? How about Lanark County fixture, B!WILDer? How about newcomer Aylin?

How about a great kick-off to our show?

Then it was time for the slam and, of course, we need to spill a little blood first (after a quick debate about whether a poet spilling blood would be legal) and who did host D-Zaster introduce?

D-Zaster! 8.5 8.5 6.0 7.8 8.5 – 24.8

Ouch! Would the judges stay that harsh? (Spoiler: no.)

Who would be the first name out of the hat to test that theory?

OYPS Slam Master, Sarah Ruszala! 9.3 8.5 7.0 9.2 8.9 – 26.6

Speaking of youth, the youth movement at CapSlam is booming! Next up was Magpie Season! 9.5 8.7 8.5 8.7 8.8 – 26.2

Next was a visiting poet from down Guelph way… David James Hudson! 9.6 9.6 9.0 9.8 9.5 – 28.7!

Home for the holidays… OYPS vet Billie the Kid was back in town! 9.2 8.9 8.7 9.2 8.8 – 26.9

Speaking of vets… Rusty Priske was next up! 8.5 8.8 9.0 9.0 9.0 – 26.8

Stepping out from behind the booth… PrufRock hit the mic! 8.9 9.2 9.6 9.8 9.3 – 28.1!

Another visiting poet, Bassam was up next! 9.7 8.9 9.7 8.6 9.2 – 27.8

The penultimate poet of the round… DMP! 9.5 9.3 9.4 8.9 9.0 – 27.7

We finished up with another of the new regular faces on the scene… Nina Vuleta! 8.9 8.8 8.9 8.8 8.9 – 26.6

The came the feature! Poetiquette was the 2014 LiPS Grand Champion as well as being part of multiple LiPS and OYPS teams. She gave us a very solid feature and showed that her time away in Toronto hasn’t changed her ability to edutain!

Then it was back for another round of slam!

We started with Urban Legend, DMP! 9.3 9.0 9.5 9.0 9.0 – 27.3

Next came our Slam Master, Rusty Priske! 9.5 9.0 9.2 9.2 9.2 – 27.6

Visiting poet, Bassam was next up! 9.0 9.5 9.5 9.4 9.1 – 28.0!

Speaking of out-of-towners, David James Hudson hit the stage next! 9.9 9.5 9.8 9.5 9.5 – 28.8!

Back for another go was Sarah Ruszala! 9.9 9.9 8.2 9.4 9.3 – 28.6!

Is it winter, or is it Magpie Season? 9.2 9.3 8.5 8.8 9.0 – 27.0

Watch out Pat Garrett, it is Billie the Kid! 9.4 9.3 9.2 9.2 8.9 – 27.7

Penultimate poet of the night, Nina Vuleta! 8.7 9.3 9.2 8.7 8.9 – 26.7

We wrapped up with a little PrufRock! 9.2 9.5 9.8 9.1 9.3 – 28.0!

FINAL RESULTS

1. David James Hudson – 57.5
2. PrufRock – 56.1
3. Bassam – 55.8
4. Sarah Ruszala – 55.2
5. DMP – 55.0
6. Billie the Kid – 54.6
7. Rusty Priske – 54.4
8. Nina Vuleta – 53.3
9. Magpie Season – 53.2

Invitations are going out to the CIPS Qualifier on Feb. 28th, which is going to be a huge show!

Before that, though, we have CapSlam on January 3rd featuring… Johnny MacRae!

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