The Next Month of AWESOME Poetry!

Over the next month, the Capital Poetry Collective (the parent organization of Capital Slam) has some connections to some AMAZING shows!!

Check these out!

THIS SATURDAY, May 19th is the first Qualifying Slam for the 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championships!
If you were around Ottawa this past January you may have been witness to one of the greatest slam shows of the year as VERSeOttawa (the organizers of VERSeFest) put on the first ever Ottawa Women’s Slam Championship. A full slate of top-notch women poets competed for the title and in the end, it was just too close to call! Host Ruthanne Edward crowned co-champions, Sepideh and D-Lightfull!

This year, rather than hand picking the contestants, VERSeOttawa is giving poetic women the opportunity to win spots in the Championships. At each of three shows, the first 12 women to sign up will be given the opportunity to compete for one of the top 4 spots. Those 4 spots earn entry into the Championships in January and the chance to be named the 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Champion!

The first of those shows is this Saturday so if you are a poet who identifies as female, get down to the Mercury Lounge at 6:30 to sign up! If you ar a fan of poetry, DO NOT MISS THIS!

It is a whole different vibe from the usual slams around town and they are voices we need to hear!

NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 25th, is the final regular season ONCE UPON A SLAM!

Once Upon A Slam is the STORY slam put on by Red Words (the CPC’s Ruthanne Edward and Rusty Priske). At these shows you get 5 minutes to tell a story, in any fashion you like – as long as you focus on the TELLING (In other words, it is better not to read…) It is one round, so bring your best. It only takes one top showing to qualify for the Once Upon A Slam Finals in June (last year won by co-winners Danielle K.L. Gregoire and David Hickey).

In addition to all of THAT excitement, there will be a full feature set by talented scribe, C.S.E. (Claire) Cooney! I have heard her tell once and she is really talented… plus she gets a huge vote of support by one of my favourite poets: Amal el-Mohtar!


This event is being put on by CapSlam Finalist (and 2011 Team member), Loh El. Loh El helped the CPC secure a time slot on behalf of VERSeOttawa by shifting his show to June 2nd and we are extremely grateful.

Let’s return that support by ROCKING the NO RULES SLAM!

Ever feel confined by the restrictions imposed by the usual slam format? Now is the time to toss off your fetters and let your freak flag fly! Other than time limit (and even that is expanded to 5 minutes if needed) no other rules apply. Just share what you want to share and let the audience decide who wins! $50 for the winner… but I am just stoked to see what people come up with. Rumor has it that CapSlam Slam Master Rusty Priske is getting into this event in a BIG way. What happens when the ‘rules guy’ tosses out the rulebook?

Then… the big one… the show of the year… the crowning glory… the CAPITAL SLAM FINALS!!!!

On Saturday, June 16th, at the Alumni Auditorium at the University of Ottawa, the 2012 Capital Slam team will be crowned.

In 2009, CapSlam held their last Finals at our regular season venue, the Mercury Lounge. The line wrapped all the way down the street and around the corner. People had been lining up for as much as 90 minutes before the doors opened… and even then, some people who ARRIVED EARLY still couldn’t get in. (And what a show they missed! That year a team was created that would win Ottawa’s first National Slam Championship… and later would become known as The Recipe.)

In 2010, after having to turn so many people away the previous year, CapSlam moved the finals to the Alumni Auditorium and the University of Ottawa… and more than TWICE the number of people from the previous year came out to watch the show. (And, once again, a team was formed that would go on to win the National Slam Championship!)

In 2011 we did it again, with a show that blew the roof off with amazing poetry and huge surprises!

Now, it is time to do it again! This year we saw the most PACKED line-up of semi-finalists EVER. We had an incredible mix of vets and new poets. Some big names are back in the mix along with a rookie superstar and surprise talent!

Look at this line-up for the finals:


No matter what combination of poets makes up the CapSlam team, they are going to be a serious threat to bring Ottawa its third National title… if not the favourites!

Do not miss ANY of these epic shows!


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