A new month and a new Capital Slam!
We could tell this was a big night right away with the number of people who wanted to slam! We had to settle on ‘only’ 12, but what a line-up!
Kimbit is performing at the Platform Art Show at the Mayfair Theatre today… which we gave away tickets for! This is a new tradition at Capital Slam… every show we give away tickets to an event around town!
The Slam itself started with a Sac poet… none other than 2011 CapSlam Champion, Sense-Say!
The ace spot went to Ottawa Youth Slam team member, Blue, who talked about a negative relationship.
Next was visiting Vancouver poet, DMP! Always nice to get a different flavour of tripping tongues!
Third up was another Ottawa Youth Slam poet… Switch! He KILLED the mic! There are some dope poets coming down the pike!
Next was ANOTHER Ottawa youth slammer, Rastabula!
The fifth slammer was Capital Slam Slam Master, Rusty Priske, talking about the things that keep him up at night.
The first half of the first round was rounded out by someone who hasn’t Capital Slammed in two years, Ibn Najeeb! As Marcus Jameel he was the 2008 CapSlam Champion! He showed why, vaulting into first.
Next was poet and storyteller Robin LeWilliam-North. (Speaking of storytelling, you can see Robin and other STORY Slammers at Once Upon A Slam. The next one is Oct. 28th and features that master of the scary story – and CapSlam Volunteer Co-ordinator – Ruthanne Edward!)
The next poet was one the first woman of the slam (only two this time… but nearly half of the poets this season have been women – 12 of 26), Asha!
Ninth up was one of this year’s winners, ArRay-of-WoRds, dreaming of poetry!
The penultimate poet of the first round was CapSlam team member, Urban Legends organizer and last slam’s winner, Sean O’Gorman!
The final poem of the first round was a strong performance by V!
Then came the feature! OpenSecret is INSANELY talented and he ramped things up by inviting some guests up on stage! First he brought up the 2008 Capital Slam Team! Beside OpenSecret we saw Nathanael Larochette, Poetic Speed and Ibn Najeeb! Later Balam Santos joined him on guitar! Tight show!
So much thanks to the City of Ottawa for making this possible!
The second round started with a three-minute shout out to Capital Slam by ArRay-of-WoRds!
Next was Youth stand-out, Switch!
The Real O’G called for an Army of Poets and there were many new recruits!
Just Jamaal sang his way to what WOULD have been the highest mark of the show… but he got another time penalty.
The slam wrapped up with A Poet’s Drug by Ibn Najeeb!
1. Ibn Najeeb
3. Just Jamaal
4. Sean O’Gorman
7. Rusty Priske
11T. Robin LeWilliam-North
Oct. 11th the CapSlam team (and our brothers on the Urban Legends team and our brothers and sisters on the Lanark County team and the Kingston team etc) are off to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto! CapSlam has won the nationals lam the last two years in a row and we want to keep that title in Ottawa!
This means our usual Slam date has to move so come back on the FOURTH Sunday this month, Oct. 22nd when we welcome back our team as the feature! Sense-Say, Loh El, Bruce Narbaitz, Sean O’Gorman and Rusty Priske! BE THERE!