The new season of Capital Slam is hot! Lots of new faces! This could be a year of big surprises!
In the first slam of the season, youth champ Gavin Russell took the win. This time he was part of the feature! (and the Future!)
Before the show a handful of poets came to an advance screening of a documentary called Deaf Jam. It is showing at the One World Film Festival on Oct. 13th. Check it out! It was excellent!
We had a different look this show as CPC Director and host Brad Morden was slamming and DJ PrufRock had another engagement so 2012 CapSlam Champ OpenSecret hosted while Slam Master Rusty Priske spun some tunes (and took some ribbing by the host. What’s the matter, Ikenna? You don’t like Portishead?)
The open mic kicked off with a newcomer to our stage: Grace! Good job! Let’s see you up there again soon! Then we had a couple of open mic vets, Angel Heart and Vessel! Lastly we got a treat as 2010 CapSlam Champ Chris Tse was in town and dropped a new piece!
The slam itself was kicked of by transplanted Vancouverite DMP who spilled his sacrificial blood on stage and tried out a new Ottawa-born poem!
Then the names started coming out of the hat!
First was Urban Legends finalist, D-Zaster! Who threw back to his first ever slam piece! 7.5 7.5 8.5 8.8 8.9
Next was CPC Director and Urban Legends team member, Brad Morden! 8.4 8.9 9.0 9.3 9.4
Third out of the magic hat was uber-poet Mia Morgan! She raised the bar! 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.4
What is a bar for, except to be raised? At least that was Just Jamaal figured! 9.2 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5! (but he went 3:11…)
Time penalties were an issue tonight as the next two poets both missed the second round due to their disagreements with timekeeper (and poetry superstar) Kay’la Fraser. First was newcomer Shaun Sullivan who had the crowd in stitches… for 3:38. 8.5 9.1 9.2 9.5 9.6
Another very strong debut came next for Rhianna… but she went 3:18. 9.1 9.2 9.2 9.2 9.3. (Remember poets, the time starts when you address the audience.)
Next was another Urban Legends team member, ArRay-of-WoRds! 9.3 9.6 9.6 9.7 9.8
Strong scene supporter and fan, Rock Howell sang his way through spot # 8! 7.5 7.5 8.4 9.0 9.4
You can be young as still be a veteran as 2011 OYPS team member CauseMo shows. 9.0 9.1 9.5 9.5 9.7
(was it just me or did somebody turn the heat up in there? Rusty needed a fan up behind the DJ booth. or maybe just some ice water.)
Next was the guy with the smartest new name in the biz – Joesph Sic! (Got it? Well, I think it is funny…). 8.6 8.8 8.9 9.3 9.3
Poetry time! Dovi! 7.8 8.0 8.7 9.1 9.2
Rounding out the first round was another big supporter and great writer, Loose Change! 7.5 8.0 8.0 8.9 9.1… but he went 3:52.
Then came the feature! The Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Team won the provincial championships (alas, there is no National championship this year) and proved that the Ottawater runs deep! Gavin Russell, Biting Midge, Poetiquette, BLuE and Kimbit (the Urban Legends champ, no less) rocked the mic and reminded us what talent there is in the next generation of spoken word in Ottawa!
Then back to the slam! FIve poets moved on, and with the two rookies who had time problems, it was a full slate of experienced vets!
Mia Morgan drew the first spot and read a brand new piece! Always fun! 8.3 8.7 9.0 9.1 9.5
Next was CauseMo who took things to a new level! 9.3 9.5 9.6 9.6 9.7
Third up to the mic in this round was Just Jamaal. In the first round he just went over time. This round he just avoided it. Hey Jamaal, aim for 3:00, not 3:10! 🙂 9.1 9.6 9.6 9.7 9.8
The penultimate poet was the top scorer from the first round, ArRay-of-WoRds! 9.2 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.7
We rounded off with Brad Morden, nailing the highest score of the night! 9.4 9.7 9.7 9.7 9.8
So, who won? Haven’t you been adding it in your head?
1. ArRay-of-WoRds 57.7
2. Just Jamaal 56.9
3. CauseMo 56.8
4. Brad Morden 56.3
5. Mia Morgan 54.1
6. Rhianna 27.1
7. Joesph Sic 27.0
8. Sean Sullivan 26.3
9. Dovi 25.8
10. Rock Howell 24.9
11. D-Zaster 24.8
12. Loose Change 22.4
Now, we are going to have a new rankings page to go with our new site, but in the meantime, here are the season rankings for 2012/2013!
1. Mia Morgan
2. Gavin Russell
3T. Rusty Priske
5. Just Jamaal
6. Brad Morden
10. Julie Vallon
13. Joesph Sic
14. Sean O’Gorman
15. Shaun Sullivan
18. Vince Kang
19. Rock Howell
21. Adam Pike
22. Loose Change
23. Tyrin Kelly
See you and the Elmdale Tavern Sunday at 3pm for the CapSLam team at Dusty Owl!
See you at the Mercury Lounge on Sept. 22nd for the VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship Qualifier!
Then see you at the Mercury Lounge on Oct. 6th for the NEXt Capital Slam!