Archive | April 2012

VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam

So. As you know bob, last January, VERSeOttawa held the city’s first ever Women’s Slam Championship – a by-invitation competition featuring poets from across Ottawa’s slam history.
It was the first. But it won’t be the last.

Over the course of 2012, VERSeOttawa, with help from Capital Slam and Voices of Venus, will be hosting a series of women’s slams – three Qualifying Rounds that will culminate in the Women’s Slam Championship.
The Qualifying Rounds are open competitions – if you ID as a woman and a poet, you can put your name on our sign-up list and compete for a spot on the championship line.
12 spots
2 rounds
4 poets move on to compete for the Championship title

Why am I bringing this up now?
Because the first Qualifying Round will take place just over a month from now, on Saturday, May 19th, at the Mercury Lounge.
It will be hosted by the adorkable Nadine Thornhill and it will feature YOU.

Doors and sign-up at 6:30pm
Show starts at 7pm
Cover = $8 (free for competitors)

How it works:
Poets sign up for one of the twelve competition spots BUT you don’t get to choose when you perform — once the list is full, performance order is determined by random draw (we’ll be pulling your names out of a hat on stage).
When your name is called, you have three minutes to wow the audience – and the randomly sellected judges – with your poem. You get points for performance style, word play, image, metaphor, and stage presence (basically at the judges’ discretion), and you lose points from every second you go overtime.
Everyone goes on twice.
At the end of the night, the scores are tallied and the four top poets are announced.
Those four get a spot in the Championship line-up and a shot at Eternal Glory and a paid gig at VERSeFest.

So. Women of Poetry. If you have the urge to compete on the slam stage, come out on May 19th, sign up, and rock the mic.
Can’t wait to see you!

Here. Have some poetry to inspire you:

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Persian Jamasian Fusion

Okay. So. I’ve been sitting on this one for about a week, but I need to tell you about it now.
 
There’s a show coming up on April 19th (a week from today), that you should really go to.
 
Two spectacular poets — VoV Alumna, Jenna Tenn-Yuk; and VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam co-champion, Sepideh — are putting on a poetry show at Pressed (if you were at Poetry for the End of the World, you already know about their sandwiches).
 
They will be doing a joint feature performance (awesome, and not to be missed), plus they’ll be sharing the stage with YOU, because there’s also an open mic portion to the show. How sweet is that? 🙂
 
A little something about the Feature Performers (taken directly from the FB page):
 
Sepideh is a 21-year-old spoken word artist who was born in the city of Tehran and raised in the suburbs of Toronto. She was named the Ottawa 2012 Women’s Slam Co-Champion, has performed at the 2012 Versefest poetry festival, and was one of three poets selected for a special performance at the finals night of the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. When she’s not writing or performing poetry she can be found somewhere in a quiet corner reading Rumi or attempting to tune all 72 strings of her instrument, the santour.
 
Jenna Tenn-Yuk grew up in Mississauga playing sports until a knee injury sidelined her from the athletic world. Without sports, she discovered her passions for music and writing, and one day found herself as a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist. She was a member of the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Wild Card team, and has featured at Westfest, Capital Slam, Voices of Venus and other shows around Ottawa. Through expressing her own voice in poetry and music, she has seen how the scars of her past have become beautiful ways to connect with people’s hearts and stories. Jenna’s other loves include rollerblading along the canal, heart-to-hearts, Kettleman’s bagels and old people.
 

Seipideh and Jenna Tenn-Yuk present an evening of spoken word and music at Pressed. April 19th, 7:30pm. $5.


 
There will be poetry. There will be music. You should totally come to this.
 
 
Cheers,
A.

Upcoming Events for April 2012

As you know bob, April is National Poetry Month.  So, obviously, there’s heaps going on.  Check it out:
 
 

Wednesday, April 4th

 
Book Launch for Walking Into the Ocean by David Whellams
Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)
7pm
Free
 
Dr Ruth Westheimer reads from (and speaks on) Sexually Speaking: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Sexual Health
Redeau Street Chapters
7pm
Free
 
 

Thursday, April 5th

 
Nduka Otiono
Raw Sugar
7pm
Part of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies international conference on North Africa after the Arab Spring
Free
 
Story Swap
National Library
7pm (doors)
Free
 
 

Saturday, April 7th

Signing: Beverley Blanchard (Into the Waves) AND Thomas Waite (Terminal Value)
Books on Beachwood (35 Beachwood Ave)
Noon-1pm; 1:30-3:30 respectively
Free
 
Capital Slam ft Lucia Misch
Mercury Lounge
6:30 (doors and sign-up)
$8 (or free for performers)
 
 

Tuesday, April 10th

Stories and Tea presents “Tellers from Away” ft Marta Singh and Marva Blackmore
The Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
Tree Reading Series presents John Barton
PLUS “how to make a chapbook”, a workshop with poet and book binder Christine McNair
Arts Court Theatre
Workshop – 6:45
Show – 8pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, April 11th

Voices of Venus ft Keisha-Monique
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)
Doors – 7:30
Show – 8pm
$5/PWYC (free for open mic performers)

 
 

Thursday, April 12th

Book Launch for Voiceless by Caroline Wissing
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
 

Friday, April 13th

 
Encore West presents “Small Town Tales” ft Leah Sander and Sherri Yazdani
Collected Works
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
 

Saturday, April 14th

Signing: Esther Fueter-Matharu (Man on Trial: The ABC of his Folly)
Books on Beachwook
11am-1pm
Free
 
Book Launch for Sins of the Angels 2: Sins of the Sons by Linda Potevin
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
SLOWest Coffee House presents United for Guatemala: In Air / Air Out ft Czandra, Shai Ben Shalom, Monty Reid, Jorge Etcheverry and Luciano Díaz
Wellington St Bridgehead (1277 Wellington at Caroline, west of Holland)
7pm
PWYC
 
Plann 99 ft Roo Borson and George Murray
Manx Pub (Elgin at Gladstone)
5pm
$5
 
 

Sunday, April 15th

Dusty Owl presents Stephen Brockwell
Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington)
3pm
$5
 
Reading: Gretta Vosper reads from Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief
Southminster United Church (15 Aylmer Ave, near Bank and Sunnside)
7:30pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, April 18th

Mansfield Press Spring Launch including:  In This Thin Rain (Nelson Ball), Holler (Alice Burdick), Symathy Loophole (Jaime Forsythe), What’s the Score? (David W. McFadden), and You Exist (Stuart Ross)
Raw Sugar
7:30pm
$5
 
 

Thursday, April 19th

 Book Launch for Destiny’s Fall by Marie Bilodeau
Lieutenants Pump (361 Elgin)
5pm
Free
 
Book Launch for A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany, AND A Killer Read by Linda Wilken
Library and Archives of Canada (395 Wellington, near the parliament buildings)
7pm
Free
 
Speaking Out, Speaking In presents “Lasting Enchantment: 200 Years of the Brothers Grimm” ft Kathie Kompass, Marva Blackmore, and Mary Wiggin
NAC Fourth Stage
7:30pm
$20 ($12 for students/seniors) at the NAC Box Office
 
Persian Jamasian Fusion ft Sepideh and Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Pressed Cafe (750 Gladstone at Arthur)
Doors & sign-up: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm
$5 (free for open mic performers)
 
 

Friday, April 20th

Reading: Scott Fotheringham reads from The Rest is Silence
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
 

Saturday, April 21st

Signing: Maurice J. Hladik (Demystifying Food: From Farm to Fork)
Books on Beachwood
Noon-2pm
Free
 
Reading:  Iain Reid reads from One Bird’s Choice
Collected Works
2pm
Free
 
The A B Series presents Visual Poetry by Dan Waber
Gallery 101
8pm
$5
 
 

Tuesday, April 24th

Stories and Tea presents “Tales from The Camino” ft Anne Nagy, Phil Nagy
The Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
Tree Reading Series presents John Steffler
PLUS a reprise of “how to make a chapbook”, a workshop with poet and book binder Christine McNair
Arts Court Theatre
Workshop – 6:45
Show – 8pm
Free
 
 

Friday, April 27th

Reading: Arthur Milner reads from Masada/Facts
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
Once Upon a Slam ft Matt Peake
Mercury Lounge
6:45pm (sign-up)
$8
 
 

Saturday, April 28th

Signing: Mony Dojeiji (Walking for Peace: An Inner Journey)
Books on Beachwood
1pm-3pm
Free
 
Reading:  Montreal International Poetry Prize presents Linda Rogers and Mark Tredinnick
Arts Court Library
7:30pm
Free
 
 
 

The Ottawa International Writers’ Festival

(Spring 2012 Edition)

April 26th – April 30th
Details, including locations and ticket prices, available at: http://www.writersfestival.org/
Highlights include:
Not As I Do ft Yejide Kilanko, Lauren B. Davis and Linden MacIntyre (April 26th, 8:30pm)
From the Horse’s Mouth: A Masterclass on Slam Poetry with Ian Keteku (April 27th, noon)
Truthiness or Dare (Do the Facts Matter?) ft Guy Gavriel Kay and Marianne Apostolides (April 28th, 8:30pm)
Plan 99 Cabaret ft Claire Tacon and Healther Jessup (April 29th, 5pm)
AND
CockTales erotic fiction from Megan Butcher, Jasmine Aziz, Tamara Faith Berger, Daniel Allen Cox, and Nerys Parry (April 29th, 6:30pm)
 
~*~
 
 
Know of anything we’ve missed? Leave us a comment with the details, and we’ll add it to our list!
 
 
Cheers,
A.

Keisha-Monique at VoV – April 11th, 2012

Hey everybody.

It’s been a while, but we’re back!

This month, we’re featuring Keisha-Monique, a lover and a fighter from Toronto, who will be bringing her unique poetry and perspective to the VoV stage.

Keisha-Monique performs at VoV
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

For information about the show, check out our event page.

A little bit about Keisha-Monique:
A passionate artist with a potent message, Keisha Monique, is known for her prominent stage presence and captivating delivery. Born into an artistic household, she was emersed in The Arts as a child and encouraged to hone her craft. As a writer, she began penning poems, short stories and songs at the age of nine as a form of self-expression and a means of escape. Since then, her mediums have expanded into music and sculpture, still communicating the same urgency. She has performed both nationally and internationally, from cafes to festivals and her work has been featured in film, radio, and print. As an active member of Toronto’s thriving arts community, Keisha Monique also conducts workshops and serves on boards and organizations dedicated to cultivating holistic development, particularly for young women of colour. Much can be said about Keisha Monique’s impact, however, it is her open, straightforward, and ardent Spirit that summons the audience, leaving them full yet yearning for more.

You can check her out online at her blog and on twitter.