VERSeFest Kicks off Tonight! :-D

Okay, everybody. I know this is old news, but I’ve got to say it again.
VERSeFest kicks off TONIGHT!

Come down to Arts Court at 7pm (or, ideally, a little earlier to make sure you get a ticket and a seat) for a sure-to-be-glorious performance by Shauntay Grant and Afua Cooper plus Suzanne Buffam, Dennis Lee, and Paul Tyler.

Wednesday is the In/Words Magazine launch preceeded, of course, by VoV’s Women Rock the Mic show featuring our four women’s slam champions:

Come see D-LightFull, Festrell, Elle P, and Sepideh rock the mic at VoV's VERSeFest showcase, this Wednesday Feb. 29th!

… Which, obviously, I urge you to attend. 😀

Thursday, you can catch VoV’s recent alumna Abby Paige, as well as Roo Borson, Fred Wah, C.R. Avery, and youth slam champions Ottawa Fountain.

Friday brings you Pearl Pirie, Susan McMaster, Bruce Taylor, and a taste of the Urban Legends slam.

Saturday offers a duo of free workshops provided by Ian Keteku and VoV alumna Danielle K. L. Gregoire; plus a slew of performances including those by Rae Armantrout, Taqralik Partridge, and Ursula Rucker. PLUS there’s a after-party at the Mercury Lounge, for those who just can’t get enough of the people and the poetry.

Sunday ends things with a writing workshop by Ursula Rucker; performances by Paige Ackerson-Kiely and Barry McKinnon; as well as The Summit Reading at the NAC, which includes Governor General’s Award-winner Phil Hall; U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine; and Mexico’s esteemed poet Pura López-Colomé.

$10 gets you a daypass (which, typically, covers two shows), although the Summit Reading and Ursual Rucker’s show are both a little bit extra. You can pre-pay for tickets online at the VERSeFest website (print your paypal receipt, as they’ll want to see proof-of-purchase before giving you your ticket at the box-office), or just buy them direct from Arts Court the night-of (in which case, get there early).

Looking forward to seeing you all! 😀

A. 😀

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