The regular season is over and now it is time for the CAPITAL SLAM semi-finals and finals!
Every year many poets flock to the Capital Slam stage (72 this season!) to share their poetry and try their hand at wowing a captivated audience. At the end of the season we take the top 12 of those poets and they meet to find out who is truly the best. Five of them will make up the new edition of the much acclaimed Capital Slam team and one of them will be crowned, 2012 Capital Slam Champion!
Past years have seen some very big names take the title… John Akpata, Marcus Jameel, Chris Tse, Sense-Say, Free Will and Jim Thomas. This year we have a mix of veteran slammers and new voices and the show is sure to be moving, emotional, exciting and powerful.
The 12 competing poets are:
OpenSecret – a 3-time Capital Slam team member (’08, ’09, ’10), including two national championship teams – reigning national individual slam champion – member of The Recipe
Sir Realist – former Capital Poetry Collective Director – a 2-time Capital Slam team member (’07, ’08) – acclaimed musician (Musk Ox)
Loh El – a former Capital Slam team member (2011) – musician and perfomer
Ronsense – first time Capital Slam semi-finalist – a two-time slam winner this season
Rusty Priske – a 4-time Capital Slam team member (’07, ’08, ’11, and national championship year 2009) – current Capital Slam Slam Master
Just Jamaal – former Urban Legends team member (2011)
PrufRock – a former Capital Slam team member (national championship year, 2010) – former Urban Legends team member (2011)
ArRay-of-WoRds – former Capital Slam semi-finalist
V – possible Capital Slam rookie of the year
Mia Morgan – possible Capital Slam rookie of the year
Hyfidelik – a 2-time Urban Legends team member (’10, ’11)
Colleen Leafloor – possible Capital Slam rookie of the year
In addition, the shows will be hosted by current Capital Poetry Collective Director (and 2011 Urban Legends team member and 2010 Wild Card team member), Brad Morden!
There will also be special performances by 2011 Capital Slam team member and 2010 Wild Card team member, Sean O’Gorman, 2011 co-winner of the VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship, Sepideh, and 2011 Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam team member, CauseMo!
Plus there are still a couple of surprises up our sleeves, so you know you don’t want to miss this!
SEMI-FINALS – Friday, May 11th, FINALS – Saturday, June 16th
LOCATION – Alumni Auditorium, University of Ottawa
TIME – Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7:15 (don’t be late, it has sold out in the past!)
PRICE – $10 at the door
Watch this blog for spotlights on each competitor!