Archive | January 2012

VoV Showcase at VERSeFest – Lineup Announcement (Winners of the first ever Ottawa Women’s Slam Championship)

So. Perhaps you joined us for the sold-out, people-sitting-in-the-spare-room-listening-in, women’s slam championship at Arts Court last night.

If you did, you know it was glorious: The show included a slew of women from Ottawa’s slam scene – everyone from fourteen-year-old new-comer, Scotch; to slam scene godmother Stargazer – and you know the scores were very close all night long. As Kathryn Hunt put it, it could have been “anyone’s game”. My favourites of the evening included Stargazer’s “Three Steps for My Children” and Sepideh’s piece about bearing the weight of her poet-grandfather’s name.

However, at the end of the night the scores were totalled and the results were announced.

There were not one, but TWO ties for the evening. O.O

So. The four people who will be featuring in the Voices of Venus showcase at VERSeFest are:

Tied with the second highest score of the night:
Festrel (our usual Fabulous VoV host, which means you’re getting me as your host for the evening on February 29th)
Elle P.


Tied for the highest score of the night:
D-Lightfull (VoV feature alumna – Thanks to Rusty for sending in the link)

So no w you know. And you know you don’t want to miss this. 😀



Poetry for the End of the World

It’s tonight! Drop by Arts Court Theatre at 7pm for a poetry party in honour of the apocalypse. Whee!

There will be music from Call Me Katie and Puggie Hammer.
There will be feature performances by Kevin Matthews, Rhonda Douglas (so you can get a sneak peak before her VoV show in August), David O’Meara, and the Rogue Page, Brigette DePape.

There will be a slew of open-mic performances (sign-up is closed at this point – sorry folks) and the winner of the End of the World poetry contest will be crowned.

There will also be sandwiches (from Pressed), desserts, and beer (from St Ambroise) as well as t-shirts for sale.

It’ll be a good night. 🙂

See you there,

A Breath of Fresh (Air)

So, as you know from our upcoming events list, Pearl Pirie is launching “In Air / Air Out” a chapbook featuring twenty-one poets and meant to raise funds for the Guatemala Stove Project.

The show is this Thursday (tomorrow), 7pm at Collected Works and you can catch me (I’ll be reading poetry about sex and sexwork — who’s surprised) and VoV alumna Amanda Earl (from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back at the beginning, in June 2009), as well as rob mclennan, Mike Montreuil, and Luminita Suse. Cover-charge is by-donation ($5 recommended) and you can also purchase copies of the chapbook. Stop in for some poetry, a cup of tea, and a breath. 🙂

See you there.

In Air / Air Out: 21 Poets for the Guatemala Stove Project - Launch on January 19th, 2012 - 7pm at Collected Works

VERSeFest is Coming (look busy)

So, as you know bob, Voices of Venus is involved with VERSeFest (specifically, on Wednesday, February 29th, we’ll be hosting the Ottawa Women’s Slam champion and her runners up for an evening of poetry as only VoV can provide (… okay, I don’t actually know if there’s going to be burlesque involved this year, but…).

As such, I’m making a point of directing you to a number of relevant sites:

First: has launched. Go check it out. You’ll be blown away by the line-up (plus the site is so spiffy!)

Second: Now that you’ve been mind-boggled, Capital Slam has some much-needed information for you if you want to take part in that workshop with Ursula Rucker.

Third: We’re doing two fundraising shows for VERSeFest and they are both coming up fast:
The first is next weekend’s Poetry for the End of the World – a poetry party where you can drink, dance, declaim, and help send a poem literally to the end of the world — via giant, shining, weather-balloon (yes really).
The second is the afore-mentioned Ottawa Women’s Slam Championship. You, yourself, might end up being one of the judges who determines the line-up for VoV’s VERSeFest show.
You should come to both of them. 😀


Upcoming Events – January 2012 Edition

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
The A B Series
FT Henry Beissel
Laurier House

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Urban Legends Poetry Slam – “All Slam, All The Time” show ft YOU
Carleton Unicenter
$7 (regular), $5 (Students) OR free (for performers/competitors)

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Call and Response vernisage ft poetry by Sandra Ridley
School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (168 Dalhousie)
Free (I think)

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Bywords Warms the Night
Bywords Quarterly Journal launch and fundraiser for Cornerstone Women’s Shelter
FT: Jamie Bradley, Abby Paige, and Luminita Suse (with music by Andrea Simms-Karp)
Collected Works
PWYC ($5 recommended – each donation gets a copy of the Winter Edition of BQJ)

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Dusty Owl ft Brandon Wint
Elmdale House Tavern
PWYC ($5 recommended)

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft Brendan McLeod
Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch (basement theatre)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Speaking Out, Speaking In presents: “A House Divided: Stories and Songs of the American Civil War”
Gail Anglin, Tom Lips, and Daniel Kletke
NAC Fourth Stage

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Page Half Full presents a launch party for “Air Out / In Air: 21 Poets for the Guatemala Stove Project”
Ft Allison Armstrong, Mike Montreuil, rob mclennan, Luminita Suse, and Amanda Earl
Collected Works
PWYC ($5 recommended)

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Poetry for the End of the World: A fundraiser for VERSeFest
FT the End of the World Poets PLUS Call Me Katie, Puggy Hammer, and a weather balloon.
Arts Court Theatre
$8 at the door
NOTE: There’s still space on the open mic list – if you want to PRE-sign-up (required), talk to Kate Hunt

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Capital Slam ft Johnny MacRae
Mercury Lounge
6:30 (sign-up), 7:15 (show)
$8 or FREE for performers/competitors

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
When Sisters Speak
FT Keisha Monique, Nalia Keleta-Mae, Truth Is…, Dasha Kelly, Devon “The Split” Jones, and Queen Sheba
U of O Alumnai Auditorium
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Tree Reading Series presents: Nadine McInnis
Arts Court Theatre
Workshop with Pearl Pirie at 6:45
Show starts at 8pm
Free/PWYC (and there’s an open mic)

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Once Upon a Slam ft Luna Allison performing “Girl Fail”
Mercury Lounge

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Ottawa’s first ever Women’s Slam Championship
(Likewise, a fundraiser for VERSeFest)
Hosted by Ruthanne Edward and FT: CauseMo, D’Lightfull, Danielle K.L. Gregoire, Elissa Molino, Elle P, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Rage, Sarah Musa, Scotch, Sepideh, Stargazer, Festrell – and Mia Morgan (as the sacrificial poet).
Arts Court Theatre
$8 at the door

January 28th, 2012
Stories and Tea presents “Warm Words on a Winter’s Night – The Sequel”
The Tea Party café (119York st, east of Dalhousie)
PWYC ($8 recommended)

January Show ft Kay’la Fraser

Voices of Venus - January 11th 2012 - Women's Open Mic ft Kay'la Fraser

Happy New Year everybody! 😀

To kick of 2012 VoV is super-excited to bring you Guelph Diva Kay’la (Kiki) Fraser! 😀

Kay’la Fraser is a soft-spoken yet eccentric writer, performer and arts educator who fell in love with performance and language arts at a young age. She has found a way to weave her life’s passion into a seamless yet edgy tapestry through spoken word.

Since first appearing on the scene in August 2008, Kay’la has established herself as both a serious competitor and artist in the community. She has competed at a national level in Canada and the USA, and featured at events including: Tongues of Fire and Nuit Blanche. In Ottawa, you may have seen her perform as a Feature at Capital Slam, as part of When Sisters Speak, and in Springfest (with Chocolate Fountain).

She is also a cheesecake fiend, a wearer of many hats and a purveyor of random acts of poetry.

You can check out some of her work on Youtube at the following links:

Lessons For My Daughter

Street Sweeper

My Definition

$5 gets you in the door, and performers in the women’s open mic get in for free.

See you there! 😀

First Every Ottawa Women’s Slam Championship!

So I mentioned that there was a Big Even coming up this month. Specifically, you can catch a slew of awe-inspiring poets competing for glory, imfamy, and a shot at a feature spot during VoV’s VERSeFest 2012 presentation at Ottawa’s first-ever Women’s Slam Championship.

This slam in by-invitation only and the competitors include VoV alumnae D’Lightfull, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Sara Musa, Danielle K. L. Gregoire, and everyone’s favourite rogue host Festrell, plus a carefully sellected collective of women slammers drawn from all of Ottawa’s slam history (click the above link to find out who).

The slam will be hosted by Once Upon a Slam founder Ruthanne Edward and Mia Morgan has stepped up to be the sacraficial poet.

Open File Ottawa has an article about women and slam that you can check out here.

Ottawa Women’s Slam Championship
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
8pm – 11pm
Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave)

Step out and see who makes history.