New CapSlam Season – NEW LOCATION!

IMPORTANT: Due to a water problem at the Merc, CapSlam is temporarily located at Maxwell’s on Elgin!


The ELEVENTH SEASON of Capital Slam is here and we are ready to rock the mic, rock your world, rock the casbah…. ROCK EVERYTHING!

The journey begins here…

Who will join the greats on the CapSlam championship belt?

Greats like John Andrew Akpata

Ikenna Onyegbula

Ian Keteku

Christopher Samuel Tse

Bruce Narbaitz

and reigning champ, Gavin Russell

Who will represent CapSlam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word?

Past poets have included:

Nathanaël Larochette

Komi Olafimihan

Brandon Wint

Danielle K.L. Grégoire

VNessa Ballerz

and current team members:

Candice Brr, Artemysia Fragiskatos, Rusty Priske and Avonlea Fotheringham!

More importantly, who will step up and blow your mind with deep thoughts and cutting insights?

And how better to launch our new season than with a feature by poetry/musical duo OpenSecret & Nicole Lefebvre!

Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula is a writer, arts educator and spoken word performance poet residing in Ottawa, Ontario. In the six years he has been performing, he has represented Ottawa 3 times at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, winning the National Slam Team Title back to back in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he became the inaugural Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion and in 2012, he placed 4th overall at the World Poetry Slam Championships in Paris, France. In 2013, Ikenna repeated his feat as Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion and then went on to win the World Poetry Slam Championships in 2014. Ikenna is also a member of the nationally acclaimed four member spoken word troupe, The Recipe, and has toured and performed extensively throughout Canada and the United States, opening for such acts as K-OS, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and alongside 2-time Grammy winning Hip-Hop recording group Arrested Development. He currently serves as the artistic director of Canada’s National Youth Poetry Festival, YouthCanSlam.

Nicole Lefebvre is a pianist/composer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and newcomer to the Ottawa music scene. As a self-taught pianist with 20 years of experience, her style is a mélange of various influences. Her debut solo piano album, “White Water”, was released in March 2014 and ranges from dreamy and ambient soundscapes to intense and aggressive breakdowns. Her music has been described by listeners as “hauntingly beautiful”, “enchanting”, and “emotionally captivating”. Nicole also plays piano and synthesizer in local experimental psych-rock band Destroy Clocks, who released their self-titled debut EP in February 2014.

Big thanks to the City of Ottawa for giving us the aid to bring in such amazing performers as these two.

Doors & sign-up are at 6:30. The shows run tight from 7:15 to 10pm. $8 and free if you sign up to perform. All ages welcome.


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