I guess word got out about how amazing the first CapSlam Semi-Final was, because the Merc was PACKED!
The momentum is building, building, BUILDING and you KNOW the FInals at the Alumni Auditorium on June 1st are going to be OFF THE HOOK!
But who will be in the finals? We know who four are, but tonight we learned who the other four will be!
We started with an open mic, and a star-studded affair it was! Kicking the poetry show off with some poetry was a multi time CapSlam semi-finalsit Mia Morgan! Then came a finalist from Urban Legends last year, D-Zaster! Then came a member of the 2012 Urban Legends team and the 2011 Kingston team, ArRay-of-WoRds! Then came 2011 CapSlam team member, Sean O’Gorman! Then we had an impromptu team piece by 2012 Urban Legends team member Ali Alikhani and 2012 Capital Slam team member, V! We rounded off the open mic with a surprise visit by multi-time SASKATOON team member, former Spoken WOrd Canada National Director and 2012 CFSW DIrector and (at least according to Rusty) the Mayor of Saskatoon… Charles Hamilton!
And we hadn’t even reached the slam yet.
We had DJ PrufRock spinning the tunes… Rusty Priske was leading the charge… Artemysia and Michel handling the volunteer duties… Ruthanne was doing the math… and eight poets fighting for a spot in the 2013 CapSlam Finals!
But you can’t have a slam without a little blood, so Loh El opened his poetic vein, or at least he tried. He also taught the poets about time penalties as he went 3:48 and snagged a 2 point penalty for a 25.8.
So who was the first poet out of the hat? Ali Islam. 8.6 8.7 8.9 9.2 9.5 – 26.8 Not the best place to draw. The judges were fairly consistent on the night but drawing first is always a tough place to be.
Next up was Bruce Narbaitz who showed that you can still dominate when drawing early as he raised the bar all the way to 28.5! 9.0 9.2 9.5 9.8 TEN.
Missaralee had to follow that big act and gave us a new piece (I am pretty sure, anyway). 8.5 8.7 8.7 8.8 8.9 – 26.2
The first half of the first round was capped by CPC Director, Brad Morden, who also rocked a new poem! 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.6 9.9 – 28.3!
Next was one of the exciting surprises of the season, Candice Bruchhauser! 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.3 9.7 – 27.4… right in the middle so far.
She was followed by Dovi. Dovi has a lot of fans among the poets but he also hasn’t really concentrated on slam. Both of those things were shown as he dropped a hot piece… that went 4:09. 8.0 8.8 9.0 9.2 9.2 – 24.0 after the 3 point penalty.
Gavin Russell, the seasonal points champ, decided that the bar should be set just a touch higher. 9.1 9.5 9.5 9.8 9.8 – 28.8!
Kay’la Fraser finished off the first round with style, grabbing one of those top 4 spots! 8.5 9.3 9.3 9.5 9.5 – 28.1!
After one round the scores sat like this:
1. Gavin Russell – 28.8
2. Bruce Narbaitz – 28.5
3. Brad Morden – 28.3
4. Kay’la Fraser – 28.1
5. Candice Bruchhaeuser – 27.4
6. Ali Islam – 26.8
7. Missaralee – 26.2
8. Dovi – 24.0
There was a bit of a gap between 4th and 5th, but not an insurmountable one under the right circumstances… and this competition was far from over!
After the break, the judges were reset by another sacrificial poet… this time it was Youth scene sensation, Sarah Ruszala! She did an admirable sac job and scored a 25.7.
It was been a few years since we did reverse order, but you couldn’t tell that by the first two poets on stage. First out of the hat was Kay’la Fraser! 8.7 9.1 9.2 9.2 9.6 – 27.5
Then, as implied, Gavin Russell was up. He had the top mark coming into the round… could he hold it? 9.2 9.7 9.7 9.8 9.9 – 29.2!
Next out of the hat was Bruce Narbaitz (who tied for the worst mathematical draw with Ali Islam) – 9.0 9.5 9.5 9.7 TEN – 28.7!
Ali Islam was next up – 8.7 8.8 9.0 9.3 9.5 – 27.1
Brad Morden, who also had the balanced draw, like Kay’la and Gavin, came strong – 9.2 9.3 9.3 9.3 9.7 – 27.9
Dovi kept under the time limit this round (though I am not sure he was actually finished…) 8.7 8.8 8.8 8.9 8.9 – 26.5
Missaralee rocked the stage next – 9.1 9.1 9.4 9.5 TEN (the only non-Bruce ten of the night) – 28.0!
Candice Bruchhaeuser (who get the mathematically best draw of the night) rounded off the slam with a BIG poem – 9.0 9.2 9.6 9.8 9.9 – 28.6!
So who won?
Who made it to the finals?
1. Gavin Russell – 58.0
2. Bruce Narbaitz – 57.2
3. Brad Morden – 56.2
4. Candice Bruchhaeuser – 56.0
5. Kay’la Fraser – 55.6
6. Missaralee – 54.2
7. Ali Islam – 53.9
8. Dovi – 50.5
Which gives us ALL EIGHT CAPITAL SLAM FINALISTS FOR 2013!
Wow. That line-up is CRAZY!
You KNOW that the semi-finals were hot. You KNOW that the finals are going to be even BIGGER!
Mark the calendar – JUNE 1st at the ALUMNI AUDITORIUM at the University of Ottawa – doors at 6:30.