There were a lot of things going against the show tonight. January 3rd is always going to be a ‘tough sell’. We were away from ‘home’ and not all of our supporters will make the trek.
And, well, there was kind of a blizzard going on.
But we still had a great feature lined up and those hardy souls who came out to share some poetry or to listen to those who did were well appreciated.
Rusty Priske was host and he welcomed the enthusiastic audience by introducing a three-poet open mic…. all three who were new to our stage!
First we heard from Rhian Fox, followed by Eaba, and rounded out by Catherine. A loud COME BACK to all three!
Then, as always, we kicked off the slam by spilling some sacrificial blood on the stage. Tonight the host did the honours and he then showed the poets what happens when you forget your lines and have to pull out your book to finish it off. The answer? a 2.5 time penalty. 8.7 9.2 9.4 8.8 9.2 – 24.7
(It seems to have been a lesson well-learned as there were no further time penalties all night!)
Then it was magic hat time and who was first out? Nina Vuleta! 8.8 9.2 8.2 8.5 9.0 – 26.3
Nina is one of the 12 poets taking part in the CIPS Qualifier on Feb. 28th!
Another one was the NEXT name pulled out of the hat… Ceilidhe Miller! 8.9 9.0 8.7 9.5 9.4 – 27.3
The next name out of the hat happens to be one of the defending national champs, PrufRock! 9.4 9.6 9.6 9.5 9.6 (consistent!) 28.7!
We rounded out the first half of the slam with Playto! 8.8 9.0 8.9 9.6 9.6 – 27.5
After a short break we came back to a feature set by Johnny MacRae!
Would you believe he only did two poems?
Would you believe that the first one was at least 20 minute long?
And an epic tale it was! It is always a good night when Johnny MacRae (Canada’s second smartest person!) is in town!
Then we came back for the second round of the slam!
Nina Vuleta drew bullet again! 8.0 9.0 9.2 8.3 9.4 – 26.5
Next up was a return engagement by Playto! 8.8 9.0 8.6 9.1 9.3 – 26.9
Stepping out from behind the DJ booth, PrufRock was next! 9.6 9.4 9.3 9.0 9.7 – 28.3
We wrapped things up with a second poem by Ceilidhe Miller! 9.5 9.8 9.6 9.0 9.6 – 28.7!!
1. PrufRock – 57.0
2. Ceilidhe Miller – 56.0
3. Playto – 54.4
4. Nina Vuleta – 52.8
We are back at the Mercury Lounge in two weeks on January 17th for superstar V!