CapSlam CIPS Qualifier Recap!

The poets were prepped… the crowd was antsy… the joint was jumping… we were in the Mercury Lounge and ready to find out, over the course of FOUR rounds of amazing poetry, who would represent Capital Slam at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver this April.

DJ Ruthanne was handling the atmosphere and CapSlam legend, Kevin Matthews was handling the hosting duties…

Before we could go any further, we needed a little sacrificial blood. Artemysia was that willing poet and she threw down… only to discover that the judges were HARSH! 7.6 8.0 8.5 7.5 4.7 – 23.1

(NOTE ON SCORES: Our scorekeeper, Benoit, pretty much obliterated the high and low scores on his sheet, so they are hard to read… so it is possible some numbers re wrong… but only the numbers that don’t matter, as they are tossed.)

Would the judges adjust? (SPOILER: YES)

Would they adjust soon enough to save whomever draws the bullet? (SPOILER: NOT SO MUCH)

With twelve names in the hat, and twelve poets ready for the three minute round, who would be the unlucky soul who comes out first?

Kay’la Fraser. 8.7 8.4 9.2 8.7 9.6 – 26.6

Kay’la had a strong performance, but there are more strong poets to come. Would the judges stay in that range or move above the 9 mark. (SPOILER: I think you can guess for yourself…)

Next up was Gavin Russell! 8.5 8.9 9.6 8.5 9.8 – 27.0

The first of the rookies this season, Marz was next up! 9.0 8.8 9.4 9.4 9.0 – 27.4

Fourth out of Kevin’s hat was Brad Morden. The judges didn’t snooze through it! 9.6 9.8 9.6 9.7 9.4 – 28.9!

Another season rookie, Kay Kassirer was next up! 9.2 9.0 9.2 8.4 8.4 – 26.6

The first half of round one wrapped with Rusty Priske! 9.4 9.2 9.4 9.0 9.1 – 27.7

Sarah Ruszala went up next. 8.9 9.4 9.3 8.6 9.2 – 27.4

Last year’s rep, Sir Realist was next. 9.7 9.8 9.8 9.7 9.6 – 29.0

Yet another rookie! P-Rime was next! (Great year for rookies!) 8.8 9.5 9.4 9.1 8.7 – 27.3

King Kimbit was the tenth poet up! 8.6 8.7 9.5 8.6 8.5 – 25.9

The penultimate poet of the round was… PrufRock! 9.5 9.7 9.6 9.4 9.0 – 28.5

Lastly, we had another newcomer, Covered in Wednesday! 8.4 8.4 9.0 9.4 7.6 – 25.2

Now, the top 9 poets from the first round were supposed to move on to the Round two… but we had a tied of ninth! SO instead of three poets dropping gout, we had only two. So big ups for great competitors, King Kimbit and Covered in Wednesday!

In round two we had THE LIGHTNING ROUND! One minute poems! Fresh scoring! Which six poets would go to round three?

First up in round two… PrufRock! 8.8 9.0 9.6 9.3 9.6 – 27.9

Next was Kay Kassirer! Kay was one of the poets who tied in ninth… could they get to Round three? 9.4 8.7 9.5 8.6 8.4 – 26.7

Next was Brad Morden, who had the distinction of getting the only time penalty of the night. 9.3 8.9 9.4 9.3 8.7… with a .5 time deduction – 27.0

Sarah Ruszala was next up! 9.1 9.3 9.3 8.4 9.2 – 27.6

Gavin Russell spun his one-minute blast. 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.5 9.6 – 28.4

P-Rime was next up. 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.4 – 27.0

Rusty Priske sang a little nursery rhyme for the audience. 9.7 9.3 9.5 9.3 9.2 – 28.1

Kay’la Fraser was the other poet tied for ninth… 9.2 8.9 9.4 8.5 9.5 – 27.5

Sir Realist got the first tens of the night! 9.8 9.6 TEN TEN 9.7 – 29.5

Rounding out round two was Marz. 9.4 9.3 9.2 8.6 9.8 – 27.9

With only six poets moving on, we had to say good bye to four amazing poets. Kay Kassirer, Brad Morden, P-Rime and Kay’la Fraser (missing by only .1!)

Ready for round three?

I hope so… because here we go!

Two minute poems!

First up, right after finishing off round two, was Marz! 9.6 8.9 9.1 9.2 9.5 – 27.8!

Next (with possibly the exact opposite message as Marz), was Rusty Priske. 9.8 9.8 9.6 9.4 9.4 – 28.8

He was followed by none other than PrufRock! 9.5 9.7 9.4 9.5 9.8 – 28.7

Next was Sarah Ruszala! 9.3 9.8 9.7 9.6 9.2 – 28.6

Gavin Russell was the penultimate poet of the round… 9.4 9.7 9.6 9.8 9.6 – 28.9!

Finally, Sir Realist finished the round. TEN 9.9 9.6 9.9 9.5 – 29.4!!

Once again, only three could move on so we had to say goodbye to some great poets! Not moving on (and with INCREDIBLY CLOSE SCORES), Marz, PrufRock and Sarah Ruszala.

Time for the final round. Three poets doing four minute poems. The winner will represent CapSlam at CIPS.

First up… Rusty Priske. 9.5 9.8 9.3 9.5 9.0 – 28.3

Would that be enough?

Next was Gavin Russell. 9.4 9.8 TEN 9.7 9.8 – 29.3

Gavin took the lead, with only one poet still to come…

Sir Realist. TEN TEN TEN 9.8 9.9 – 29.9

REPRESENTING CAPITAL SLAM FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW… SIR REALIST!

Final results…

1. Sir Realist
2. Gavin Russell
3. Rusty Priske
4. PrufRock
5. Sarah Ruszala
6. Marz
7. Kay’la Fraser
8T. Brad Morden
8T. P-Rime
10. Kay Kassirer
11. King Kimbit
12. Covered in Wednesday

Twelve amazing poets!

What is next for CapSlam?

TWO SLAMS LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON! Come out next Saturday on March 1st to see DMP feature and see poets try to vie for spots on the CapSlam team!

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