CapSlamReCap: New Poet Edition!

What happened? Where did all these new poets come from this week?

EIGHT poets stepped up for the first time this season. Some had slammed with us in previous years. Some made their slam debut.

What a night.

With Jenica, Panos and Benoit handling the volunteer duties and Rusty acting as DJ RPM, Brad Morden took the mic and introduced the open mic action for the evening…

…and what a way to start! Urban Legend, Just Jamaal hit the CapSlam stage! He was followed by Chuck and Mayhem and then an amazing improv singing performance by Benoit!

Then… SLAM TIME!

Of course we can’t have a slam without a little blood being spilled, so Playto did the honours. 7.5 7.8 8.7 7.2 8.0 – 23.3

Whoa. Tough judges. Will they stay that tough?

(Spoiler… yes. Until someone forces them not to be… with her poetry.)

So who was first out of the non-hat? Abby Kassirer… with a trigger warning (that seemed to have confused some people. We do not have a trigger warning rule at CapSlam. I will explain more in another post.) 8.5 9.1 8.2 9.4 TEN – 27.0

Next up was a previous season mainstay, slamming for the first time this season…. Missaralee! 8.9 8.8 7.7 9.4 9.7 – 27.1

The next poet says she has slammed at CapSlam, but not in a couple of years… Avonlea. 9.4 8.5 7.0 9.3 TEN – 27.2

A poet making his slam debut! Zachary McNeil – 8.7 8.4 7.3 8.4 8.2 – 25.0

Another new face! Debuting, Tom Marcantonio – 8.1 7.7 6.9 9.2 7.1 – 22.9

Shaun Sullivan went next. 8.9 8.5 8.1 8.4 9.8 – 25.8

Erica Howes (of London Slam team fame) made one of her CapSlam stops! 9.3 8.6 7.8 9.0 9.9 – 26.9

Another debut! Jennifer E-M had the passion, but she also had a 4:31 poem for a 4.5 time penalty. 8.2 8.7 7.7 8.4 8.0 – 20.1

Yet ANOTHER debut as Nina Strange gave us a short poem! 7.8 7.5 6.5 7.6 7.0 – 22.1

Sarah Ruszala (the new Slam Master at the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam)… wow. I mean WOW. She captivated and mesmerized the audience with her new poem about death and fear and long drives to funerals and… more. Wow. Even with the big scores she got, she still might have been underscored. 9.0 9.2 9.4 TEN TEN – 28.6

YET ANOTHER BRAND NEW POET! Rafay took the stage… but went 3:35 for a 1.5 time penalty. 8.0 7.9 7.8 8.6 8.7 – 24.5

The first round final spot went to visiting poetry star, Amal El-Mohtar. 8.9 9.0 8.0 8.6 8.0 – 25.5

Then came the feature poet… Britta B. from Toronto! She kept the crowd laughing and feeling and loving. All wonderful things.

Amazing.

Round two featured the top five poets from Round one…. and not a single one of them identified as male. If that has ever happened at CapSlam before, I am not aware of it. Men have dominated the scene for a long time but there are many, MANY talented voices with a variety of gender representations and there is room on the CapSlam stage for everybody.

First up in Round two was Missaralee. 8.8 9.1 9.0 8.2 8.9 – 26.7

Next was Abby Kassirer. 8.9 8.9 9.4 9.2 TEN – 27.5

New voice (at least in a long time), Avonlea was next up. 8.8 9.0 9.4 8.1 8.7 – 26.5

Erica Howes (as many poets did tonight) varied widely in the eyes of the judges. 8.6 9.4 9.5 7.5 9.8 – 27.5

Sarah Ruszala wrapped things up. She had a big lead going in… could she hold it? 9.1 9.8 9.5 9.4 9.3 – 28.2

FINAL SCORES

1. Sarah Ruszala – 56.8
2. Abby Kassirer – 54.5
3. Erica Howes – 54.4
4. Missaralee – 53.8
5. Avonlea – 54.5
6. Shaun Sullivan – 25.8
7. Amal El-Mohtar – 25.5
8. Zachary McNeil – 25.0
9. Rafay – 24.5
10. Tom Marcantonio – 22.9
11. Nina Strange – 22.1
12. Jennifer E-M – 20.1

Coming up…

MONDAY – Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam – feat. D-Lightfull!

TUESDAY – the debut of the New ShiRt Slam!

In Two weeks – Capital Slam feat. Dwayne Morgan!

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