SIR REALIST IS GOING TO CIPS!

Tonight was the big show to decide who is going to represent Capital Slam and the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver!

This was huge. If the CapSlam post-season is the World Series, this was the All-Star Game. (“This time it counts!”)

12 of Ottawa’s best were ready to fight it out in an unusual format (which I will explain as we go).

CapSlam SlamMaster Rusty Priske was host. DJ R-Rated (aka Ruthanne Edward) was spinning the tunes. Panos was doing the math.

So, who did we get as sacrificial poet?

How about CapSlam Founder and one of the first inductees to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour, Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson!

Scores 8.9 9.0 9.2 10 10 – with a .5 time penalty – for 27.7

(Since the scores weren’t read out during the show, I will go in more detail here.)

Then came the first round. This was a regular, 3 minute round, where the top 9 poets would move on to the next round.

First out of the hat was 2010 CapSlam Champ, Sense-Say. Tough to draw the bullet but he was up to it! 8.8 8.8 9.0 9.5 9.7 – 27.3

Next was 2011 Kingston Slam team member and 2012 Urban Legends team member, ArRay-of-Words. 8.0 8.2 8.8 9.2 9.8 – 26.2

The next poet was the one who was working with the least notice, as he had less than a week after being added when another poet dropped out. 2010 & 2011 Urban Legends team member and 2012 CapSlam team member, Hyfidelik – 8.5 8.9 9.0 9.0 9.1 – 26.9

Next was 2010 Toronto Poetry Slam team member and 2011 Burlington Slam Project team member, Kay’la Fraser. 9.2 9.5 9.8 10 10 – 29.3

2011 & 2012 CapSlam team member Loh El – 9.4 9.5 9.8 9.9 10 – 29.2

2010 Wild Card team member & 2011 CapSlam team member Sean O’Gorman – 8.7 8.9 9.0 9.2 10 – 27.1

Ottawa’s adopted spoken wordster, DMP did some nasty things to that microphone and got 8.2 8.7 9.0 9.7 9.8 – 27.4

2007, 1008 & 2012 CapSlam team member (and former CPC Director) Sir Realist – 9.5 9.9 10 10 10 – 29.9 (Yeah… whole new level…)

2010 & 2012 CapSlam team member and 2011 Urban Legends team member (2010 was a National Championship team), PrufRock – 9.0 9.0 9.5 9.7 9.8 – 28.2

Newcomer, Candice Bruchhaeuser – 9.2 9.4 9.5 9.6 10 – 28.5

2012 CapSlam team member, V – 9.2 9.3 9.9 9.9 10 – 29.1

Rookie of the year candidate, Missaralee – 8.5 8.7 8.7 8.8 10 – 26.2

The bottom three scores were dropped from the competition, even though every poet was amazing. ArRay-of-WoRds, Hyfidelik and Missaralee would not be moving on to round 2.

Round 2, aka the Lightning Round, was all 1 minute poems. Scores were reset and once again, the bottom three scores would be dropped from the competition.

First out of the hat this time was Sean O’Gorman. 8.5 9.6 9.7 9.1 9.5 – 26.4

DMP – 8.5 8.8 8.9 9.2 9.5 – 26.9

Kay’la Fraser – 9.2 9.6 9.7 9.7 9.8 – 29.0

Sense-Say – 9.5 9.7 9.8 9.8 10 – 29.3

Loh El – 9.5 9.6 9.7 10 10 – 29.3

PrufRock – 9.7 9.7 9.7 10 10 – 29.4

Sir Realist – 9.9 9.9 10 10 10 – 29.9!!

V – 8.7 9.4 9.4 9.8 10 – 28.6

Candice Bruchhaeuser – 9.0 9.4 9.5 9.7 9.7 – 28.6

That is, there was SUPPOSED to be three poets eliminated here, but due to a tie between V and Candice, only Sean O’Gorman and DMP were dropped at this point.

After a break, it was time for Round 3, which was 2 minute poems. We had 7 poets but would be trimming down to 3.

First up was Sir Realist – 9.7 9.7 9.8 10 10 – 29.5

Candice Bruchhaeuser – 8.5 9.0 9.4 9.6 9.8 – 28.0

PrufRock – 9.6 9.8 9.8 10 10 – 29.6

Loh El – 9.2 9.4 9.5 9.8 9.8 – 28.7

Kay’la Fraser – 9.6 9.8 9.8 10 10 – 29.6

V – 8.7 9.3 9.8 9.8 10 – 28.9

Sense-Say (doing storytelling instead of poetry… but it is all spoken word!) – 7.8 8.5 8.8 9.7 9.7 – 27.0

At this point we bid adieu to Candice, Loh El, V and Sense-Say.

Round 4. The Championship round. 4 minute poems. 3 poets left.

PrufRock went first and had some trouble with his poem. He got the only time penalty of the competition (not counting the sac). 9.0 9.0 9.2 9.5 9.8 – -2.5 time deduction – 25.2

Then came Sir Realist. Boom. 10 10 10 10 10 – That’s right. A natural 30.

How would Kay’la Fraser respond to that? 9.8 10 10 10 10 – Even though she didn’t get 5 Tens, since slam drops the top and bottom score, she still got a 30 as well!

So, what we do now?

After a quick confab with the two remaining competitors, they agreed to drop a 3 minute poem each. The judges would then vote for which one they liked best.

Kay’la went up first, followed by Sir Realist.

The judges had their say and Capital Slam had their CIPS rep…

SIR REALIST!!!!

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