It is December so ’tis the season for slamming! And what a slam we had!
The show kicked off with CapSlam team member and Urban Legends organizer Sean O’Gorman taking the stage as host! He introduced newcomer Speak Out to the open mic and then announced the big ticket giveaway to see the Company of Fools at GCTC.
We then moved onto the Slam which started with an AMAZING sac… none other than CapSlam legend, OpenSecret!
After the dust settled it was up to Colleen Leafloor, coming out of the hat in the bullet position. She battled mightily, but is sure hard to follow a hall of famer. She netted a 26.5.
Next was Kimbit, another of the welcomed onslaught of female poets in the CapSlam scene. She collected a 25.7.
Next up was another top name, but normally he plies his trade across town, as Hyfidelik of Urban Legends took the stage. He also took the lead with a 27.8
Speaking of amazing female poets, V was up next and Hyf’s lead was short lived as she grabbed a 28.4.
V was followed by Dini, a Human with Experience, who entertained and explained his way to a 25.8.
Ronsense, who has slammed before this season, but not with such a strength of presence and performance. He blew away the judges and audience and got a 29.4, easily taking the highest mark of the first round.
Mia Morgan, another rising name on the scene, got a 27.3.
CapSlam Slam Master, Rusty Priske went up next and went the rapid fire route. It worked as the judges saw fit to give him a 28.2.
The round was finished off by Loh El. He was announced as getting a 28.7 but we are announcing a scoring error here, though. It seems he went 3:12, but a time penalty was not levied. Luckily, this change does not alter the final results of the slam.
Then we got the feature performer. Tanya Davis is a GREAT poet, a WONDERFUL person, ad a treat to have on our stage. Great set.
We kicked off the second round with another sac… which is not how we normally roll at CapSlam, and likely won’t be what we do in the future. Word Lover was heading out of town and gave us… well, 3-4 poems worth of material.
When we got to the actual second round, Rusty Priske kicked things off strongly, getting a 28.2 (consistency!)
Loh El gave us his view on Santa Claus and the judges gave their view on his poem… which was a 27.7.
V read her way to a 1.5 point time penalty, dropping her to a 26.1.
Hyfidelik came strong and got a 28.7 but…
…once again it was Ronsense who got the highest marks of the round, getting a 29.2 AFTER a .5 penalty.
1. Ronsense 58.6
2T. Rusty Priske 56.5
2T. Hyfidelik 56.5
4. Loh El 55.9
5. V 54.5
6. ArRay-of-Words 27.5
7. Mia Morgan 27.3
8. Colleen Leafloor 26.5
9. Dini 25.8
10. Kimbit 25.7
The next show is on Dec. 17th and features the Ottawa Youth Slam Team, winners of the National Youth Slam Championship!
Here is the current CapSlam rankings
1. Loh El
2. Sean O’Gorman
4. Rusty Priske
5. Colleen Leafloor
6. Mia Morgan
9. Jeanette Elizabeth
10T. Just Jamaal
13T. Jessica Ruano
13T. Bruce Narbaitz
15T. N is for Nubian
18. Robin LeWilliam-North
19 Miranda Martel
21. Ibn Najeeb
25. Brad Morden
26. Chris Tse
28T. Johnny Macrae
31. Sarah Musa
32. John Sobol
33. Gabriel Tran
34T. Vanessa Baker
34T. Craig Kamba
36. Emily Barrie
38T. Adrian Southin
38T. Tammy Mackenzie
41. Asha Kayd
42. Marco Lobo