Capital Slam FINALS!!!!

After two great semi-finals, we were down to eight poets, fighting for the right to rep CapSlam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word to be held this fall in Saskatoon!

What a night!

Chuck handled the door… Jenica wrangled some judges… Panos was stopwatch and scoresheet posed… Ruthanne was spinning some fine tunage… and Nathanael was the host with the most!

As he introduced the audience to the wonders of slam finals, he also introduced three important Ottawa poets to drop some great poems to warm up the crowd.

We started with one of the main movers and shakers behind Urban Legends – the other great slam series in O-town – and the 2014 Champion of that great scene… Apollo The Child!

Next up was the 2013 Capital Slam Champion and all around Dancing Flower… Bruce Narbaitz!

We wrapped up with the reigning CapSlam Champ… until tonight when he passed on the belt… Gavin Russell!

Then, the main event… the big show… the poetic throw down…

The time was here as we launched into the slam with…

WAIT! First we need a sacrificial poet!

A runner-up from the CapSlam semi-finals was in the house… D-Zaster was the poet to set the bar! 7.5 7.4 7.8 7.5 7.6 – 22.4

Wooof… tough judges. Would they stay fair or would there be major creep? (Spoiler: the stayed pretty darned fair, actually. There may have been a bit of ROUND creep, but nothing egregious.)

(Second spoiler: and this is coming from the person who would have been creeped the most if there was creep…)

Then Nathanael dipped into the magic hat and the first poet up was… Rusty Priske! 8.0 9.3 9.2 8.4 8.8 – 26.4

If you are going to have one of the CapSlam organizers go first, you might as well have th either one go second…. Brad Morden was next up! 8.0 8.2 8.8 8.5 8.5 – 25.2

The new poetic powerhouse to ply the people was DMP! 7.9 7.8 8.2 8.7 9.0 – 24.8

The first half of the first round finished with Sarah Ruszala! 8.0 7.7 8.5 7.2 6.9 – 22.9

Next up was royalty in the house! King Kimbit! 7.7 8.7 9.2 8.9 8.4 – 26.0

Next was the CapSlam Super-rookie (third slam ever?), Cassie Casey! 8.7 7.1 7.5 6.5 6.9… and she went 3:15 for a small time penalty – 21.0

The first penultimate let of the night was… Billie the Kid! 8.1 8.8 8.9 8.9 8.9 – 26.6!

We wrapped up with Nina Vuleta! 9.3 9.0 8.9 9.4 9.0 – 27.3!!

As we went to break, it looked like the youngest slammer was also the big performer so far! Nina Vuleta led the pack, followed by Billie the Kind and Rusty Priske.

Of course, nothing was settled yet!

Every poet came back for Round two…. and once more unto the hat!!

First up… Billie the Kid! 8.0 8.6 8.8 8.9 8.7 – 26.1

Second out of the hat o’magicness… King Kimbit! 9.2 9.4 8.6 8.5 8.8 – 26.6!

Next up was Cassie Casey! 8.9 8.2 8.7 7.9 8.5 – 25.4

CPC Director, Brad Morden was next! 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.0 7.9 – 24.7

The leader after round one, Nina Vuleta was next! 8.6 8.6 9.2 8.9 8.9 – 26.4

DMP. Boom. 9.5 9.7 9.0 8.1 9.7 – 28.2! Highest score of the night so far (and that would hold UNTIL the last score of the night…)

Slam Master, Rusty Priske was next up. 8.2 9.3 9.5 8.6 8.9 – 26.8

Sarah Ruszala wrapped things up. 8.9 8.3 9.0 8.2 7.9 – 25.4

After two rounds the standings were thus:

1. Nina Vuleta – 53.7
2. Rusty Priske – 53.2
3. DMP – 53.0
4. Billie the Kid – 52.7
5. King Kimbit – 52.6
6. Brad Morden – 49.9
7. Sarah Ruszala – 48.3
8. Cassie Casey – 46.4

The top 5 made the team and went on to another round… was the Championship still up in the air? Rusty was behind Nina by .5 and DMP only .2 behind that…

We would find out how Rusty would fare soon enough, because he was first up in Round three! 9.6 8.8 9.8 8.9 9.2 – 27.7! Second highest score of the night… but would it be enough?

King Kimbit came strong in Round three! 8.9 9.0 9.8 9.2 8.9 – 27.1

Billie the Kid avoided a time penalty, going 3:07! 9.0 8.6 9.7 9.1 8.3 – 26.7

DMP was still swinging for that belt! 8.6 8.4 8.9 8.9 9.0 – 26.4

But Nina Vuleta was not to be denied! 9.8 9.7 9.7 9.3 9.4! – 28.8!! Highest score of the night and the NEW CAPITAL SLAM CHAMPION!!!!

2015 Capital Slam team!

1. Nina Vuleta – 82.5
2. Rusty Priske – 80.9
3. King Kimbit – 79.7
4(TIE). DMP & Billie the Kid – 79.4

Give it up for the team!!

This is the first CapSlam team for everyone except Rusty (who is on his seventh…), though both King Kimbit and DMP have been on Urban Legends teams and Billie the Kid has been on two Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam teams.

Get out and support the CapSlam team wherever possible! The next chance will likely be on June 6th at the CPC Summer Slam! One of th steam with be featuring (to be announced) and we will have a fun 3-1-3 Slam!

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One thought on “Capital Slam FINALS!!!!

  1. Angel says:

    Hey Rusty
    Please hit us up with a poke a few days before Summer Slam! & Thanks for all the heart this season!

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