The room was FULL!!!! The crowds came out to see the final regular season slam of the TENTH season of Capital Slam, and there were an interesting cross-section of poets ready to show them how we throw down, CapSlam style!

Jenica was there to welcome in the masses. DJ RPM provided the atmosphere. Michel AKA Avenue was hosting for the first time and we were ready to go!

We started with an open mic, as usual, and regular open micers Angel Heart and Mayhem did their thing. We also had a special visit from the slam down in Kitchener-Waterloo, Julianna Gomez! Julianna did a poem dedicated to CapSlam, where she FIRST went to her first slam!

Then came the competition. Well, we can’t go without a little sacrificial blood, and the Urban Legends CIPS rep, DMP, stepped up! 8.0 8.8 8.8 7.5 7.0 – 24.3

Whoa… tough judges!

So, with eight poets ready to throw down, who would be first out of the magic hat… how about 2013 CapSlam Champ, Bruce Narbaitz! 9.0 9.6 8.5 7.7 8.9 – 26.4! The bar has been set!

Next up was rookie, Billie the Kid! 8.5 8.7 8.3 9.5 8.3 – 25.5!

Billie was followed by one of the eight poets to hoist a CFSW championship trophy and behalf of CapSlam – PrufRock! 9.6 9.2 8.7 8.2 9.5 … but he went 3:15 and ended with a 26.9

Avonlea needed one more slam this season, and on the last Saturday of the season, she stepped up! 7.7 8.1 7.5 9.2 7.5 – 23.3

The next poet was Omar and… well, let’s just say that he managed to offend a number of people in the audience (and at least one on stage). The audible hissing from the crowd is a reminder that if you are in the audience at a slam, there are ways to get your point across without being disruptive. Just like snapping is better than clapping at times, hissing is a good way of showing displeasure. 8.0 7.0 8.1 7.0 7.0 AND he went 3:33 and ended with a 20.5

Playto was next and was able to lift the mood back up! 9.0 7.5 8.0 7.4 9.1 – 24.5

The penultimate poet of round one was Brainstorm. 8.8 8.9 8.3 9.3 7.8 – 26.0

We wrapped thing sup with the Slam Master (and one of those eight poets mentioned in the PrufRock comment) – Rusty Priske (with a little editorial about the previously hissed-at piece…) 8.9 9.0 8.9 7.7 9.3 – 26.4

Then it was time for our features… wait, did I say features? As in more than one?


We had co-features as we were treated by the two official Ottawa Slam reps for the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver! Sir Realist (reaping CapSlam) and DMP (reaping Urban Legends).

Sir Realist blended music ranging from orchestral metal to haunting cello with beautiful words. Then DMP gave us power and passion. Either one of these would have been a great feature… but both? Amazing!

Then, back to the slam! All eight poets were coming back and DMP took over as host and first out of the hat was… PrufRock! 9.0 9.2 8.6 9.7 9.2! 27.4! Highest mark of the night so far!

That is, until the next poet…. Rusty Priske came back with a 9.4 9.5 9.4 8.0 9.6 – 28.0!

Next was Avonlea’s return engagement! 8.8 8.7 8.5 8.0 9.4 – 26.0

Omar was back. 8.2 7.1 8.2 8.0 9.1 – 24.4

Bruce Narbaitz was right int he thick of things! 9.2 9.2 9.7 7.6 9.5 – 27.9

Billie the Kid dealt out her poem and the judges gave her back 9.5 8.8 8.7 8.8 9.7 – 27.1

Penultimate Playto! 9.2 8. 8.3 8.2 9.4 – 25.8

Brainstorm wrapped thing sup. 9.2 8.9 8.4 9.0 9.7, but he went 3:24 and ended with 26.1

Final scores

1. Rusty Priske 54.4
2T. PrufRock – 54.3
2T. Bruce Narbaitz – 54.3
4. Billie the Kid – 52.6
5. Brainstorm – 52.1
6. Playto – 50.3
7. Avonlea – 49.3
8. Omar – 44.9

So, who is being invited to the CapSlam semi-finals?

An amazing line-up of poets, that’s who!

Remember, these are tentative as we wit for the poet sot confirm, but here we go…

On APRIL 19th we have:

Rusty Priske
Kay’la Fraser
Gavin Russell
Brad Morden
Candice Bruchhaeuser
Lana K

On APRIL 26th we have:

Kay Kassirer
Sarah Ruszala
Billie the Kid
Erica Howes
Shaun Sullivan

Both shows are going to be GREAT!



  1. […] I stay pretty neutral. I don’t talk about content very much and just give the scores etc. This time it was a bit different because it didn’t seem right to report on the night without commenting […]

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