CapSlam Season Opener Recap!

CCommand

Like the turning of an hour-glass,

These

Are the SLAMS

Of our lives!

While the CPC never truly rests, going all summer with the CPC Summer Slams, there is something special about a new season. The quest for the 11th CapSlam team is underway while the 10th gets ready for the festival next month.

So, who will step up and take the first steps towards the 2015 team?

How about a whole bunch of visiting poets in town for House of Paint and the new school year?!?!

We kicked off with three open micers. First was Kristine – making her second appearance on microphone. Next was Loose Change and we wrapped up with a song by Benoit!

Nathanael Larochette, AKA Sir Realist, gave the instructions and called up the sacrificial blood… 2014 CapSlam team member, Candice Bruchhaeuser! 8.1 9.0 8.5 9.2 9.2 – 26.7

Now it was time for Nathanael to dip into the magic hat and the first name out was…

2014 CAPITAL SLAM CHAMPION, GAVIN RUSSELL! Later he would be officially presented with the championship belt, but first there was tonight’s slam! 8.0 9.4 8.4 8.2 8.4 – 25.0

Next up, visiting from Toronto (though soon heading west), C-Command! 9.1 9.0 8.8 8.5 9.3 – 26.9 – Setting the bar!

Next was another visiting poet – in from Montreal we had Aliyah Truth! 9.0 9.0 8.5 9.4 9.5 – BUT she went 3:11 so ended with a 26.9 as well!

Next was another 2014 (and 2013… and 2011… and 2009… and 2008… and 2007) CapSlam team member, and tonight’s DJ, Rusty Priske! 8.7 9.1 9.4 8.4 8.9 – 26.7

Another Montreal poet was next – Kym Dominque-Ferguson! 9.0 9.1 8.6 8.6 9.0 – 26.6

London was heard from next as Erica Howes hit the stage! 8.8 9.1 8.3 8.8 8.8 – 26.4

Back to Ottawa with Nina of the Strange! 9.1 8.0 8.2 8.1 8.7 – 25.0

Another Londoner, Ceilidhe Miller was next! 9.2 9.1 8.4 8.4 9.3 – 26.7

The first round finished off with Obnoxious! 8.6 8.2 8.4 7.5 9.5 but, he went 3:12 for a final score of 25.2

After a short break we were back with a special feature with Ikenna ‘OpenSecret’ Onyegbula and Nicole Lefebvre! Ikenna’s poetic majesty mixed seamlessly with Nicole virtuoso-like piano.

Lovely. If you get a chance to see them, consider it a MUST.

Then back for Round Two!

The scores were really tight with only .3 separating first from fifth! It was anybody’s slam!

First up for round two was Kym Dominque-Ferguson! 9.0 8.4 9.2 8.7 9.1 – 26.8

Next was Aliyah Truth! 9.1 9.5 8.7 9.1 9.3 – 27.5

Next up was Rusty Priske! 9.2 9.2 8.5 9.3 8.8 – 27.2

The Penultimate poet of the night was Ceilidhe Miller! 8.1 9.5 9.0 9.4 8.6 – 27.0

Lastly we had C-Command! 9.4 9.0 9.0 9.5 TEN! – 27.9

Final results

1. C-Command – 54.8
2. Aliyah Truth – 54.4
3. Rusty Priske – 53.9
4. Ceilidhe Miller – 53.7
5. Kym Dominque-Ferguson – 53.4
6. Erica Howes – 26.4
7. Obnoxious – 25.2
8T. Gavin Russell – 25.0
8T. Nina of the Strange – 25.0

Next up as September 20th – location TBA – with special feature, our prodigal son… SEAN O’GORMAN!

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