Archive | September 2012

Quick Link – Women in Slam in Ottawa

Hey folks,

So as you know, last weekend was VERSeOttawa’s Women’s Slam Q-Round Two.

Well, Rusty the Poet has a post regarding women and slam in Ottawa, which relates. I thought I’d link to it here and encourage you all to go and read it. 🙂



VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam – Q-Round Two Results

Hey folks!

Saturday’s VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam brought in faces familiar and new from across the local scene. Lanark County’s Dimorphic set the tone as Sacrificial Poet, but it was new, young poets who made waves this time around:
Fourth place went to Missaralee, third place went to Ottawa Youth Slam juggernaught CauseMo, and Freedom Writer took home second place. First place, however, went to a national-scene slam veteran Kay’la Fraser, who recently relocated to Ottawa. All four will be moving on the Championship showdown in January along with Q-Round One’s four top placers Dimorphic, Elle P, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, and Hannah Christie.

That’s good company to be keeping if you make it to the Championship.

The final four championship competitors will be determined at Q-Round THREE, btw, which is coming in late-November 2012. If you want to be in the Finals, you need to be on that stage.

I’ll keep you posted as details emerge. 🙂

VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam – Qualifying Round TWO! It’s TOMORROW!

VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam – Qualifying Round TWO
September 22nd, 2012 at the Mercury Lounge
Doors and Sign-Up – 6:30 ~*~ Slam – 7pm

Last May, VERSeOttawa held the first in a series of Women’s Slams which will culminate in the Women’s Slam Championship to be held in January 2013. Top scorers Tammy Mackenzie, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Elle P, and Hannah Christie will be competing at the championship round, but eight spots remain open.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012, another four slammers will move on to the championship round to compete for the Women’s Slam Champion title, and one of them could be YOU!

Twelve Poets
Two Rounds
Who will move on to the finals?

This slam is open to all women (cis and trans) living in the Ottawa area. There are twelve competition spots available, and everyone slams twice.
May’s first-place winner, Tammy Mackenzie, will be our Sacrificial Poet for the evening, so bring your best work to the stage as expectations will be high.

The Fine Print:
Women who have already earned a spot in the championship round are welcome to sign up BUT slammers who have yet to place get priority on the stage.
If you place twice, you still only get one competition slot at the finals.

Upcoming Events – September 2012

Monday, September 10th

The Naughty Bits Book Club ft Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar St @ Bank)
Free (Also you get a discount on the book-of-the-month if you buy it at the store)

Tuesday, September 11th

Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea: You’ve Just Got to Laugh
Ft Laila Djiwa and Gail Anglin
Tea Party Café (119 York St)
Tree Reading Series ft Betsy Struthers & Sina Queyras
Arts Court Library

Wednesday, September 12th


Voices of Venus ft V
Venus Envy
Doors – 7:30
Show – 8pm
$5/PWYC (open mic performers get in free)


Friday, September 14th

House of PainT presents Grand Slam 500 – House of PainT Poetry Slam
FT CauseMo, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, King Kimbit, V, Festrell, Loh El, Dimorphic, ArRay-of-Words, JustJamaal, Hyf GypsySun, PrufRock, and Sense-Say
Shopify (126 York St)

Saturday, September 15th

Dusty Owl presents The Ottawa 2012 Slam Team (PrufRock, Sir Realist, V, Hyfidelik, and alternate member Loh El)
Elmdale House Tavern
Capital Slam ft the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Team (Gavin Russell, Biting Midge, Poetiquette, Blue and Kimbit)
Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market St)
Doors – 6:30
Slam – 7pm
$8 (free for performers)

Monday, September 17th

The Ottawa Public Library’s Author Series presents Helen Humphreys’ Coventry
Rosemount Library (18 Rosemount in Hintonburg)
Free (donations welcome)
Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Pressed Café (750 Gladstone Ave)
Youth Poetry Workshop – 5:30
Slam – 6:30

Tuesday, September 18th

Reading: Books on Beechwood’s Scribes and Scones presents Peggy Blair, Brenda Missen, and C. B. Forrest reading from their latest mystery novels
The Scone Witch (35 Beechwood)
$12 (includes a light dinner, dessert, and coffee or tea)
NOTE: Admission is limited to 25 people. Please reserve in advance (

Wednesday, September 19th

Reading: Biblioasis presents Nadine McInnis with Craig Boyko and Norm Sibum
Collected Works (Wellington West at Holland)

Thursday, September 20th

The Ottawa Public Library’s Author Series presents Brenda Missen’s Tell Anna She’s Safe
Stittsville Library (1637 Main St, in Stittsville)
6:30pm – 8:15pm
Free (donations welcome)
Wellington Street Readers book club ft Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Collected Works
Free (new members are welcome to join any time)

Saturday, September 22nd

Signing: Mike Martin’s The Walker on the Cape
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave)
Book Launch: Brenda Chapman’s Second Chances
Collected Works

VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam – Qualifying Round TWO
Mercury Lounge
Doors – 6:30
Slam – 7pm
$8 (free for competitors)


Tuesday, September 25th

Reading: Francis Itani reads from Listen! and Requiem
Memorial Hall, MacKay United Church (39 Dufferin Rd)
Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea: Mythical Creatures
Ft Kim Kilpatrick and Joanna Smith
Tea Party Café (119 York St)
Tree Reading Series ft Jan Conn & Julie Bruck
Arts Court Library

Thursday, September 27th

The Brotherhood presents OttawaArt
Fall Down Gallery (288 Bank St)

Friday, September 28th

Rae Spoon and Vivek Shraya present First Spring Grass Fire
Venus Envy

Saturday, September 29th

Plan 99 presents Don McGrath and Michael Lithgow
Manx Pub (370 Elgin St)
Have we missed anything? Drop us a comment and we’ll add your event to the list.

Voices of Venus ft V!

Hey folks!
So it’s almost time for our September show, coming up on Wednesday the 12th.

This month we’re brining you the slam-poetry whirlwind known only as “V”, who began delving into poetry while looking for something beyond the “meaningless questions and equations” she was encountering as a student.

From her bio:
Emotionally charged experiences sparked raw, anger-fueled and love-soaked prose dripping with honesty and intensity. At times both dark and hopeful, acerbic and funny, V’s work promises to echo and reverberate long after the last words curl venomously or slide gently from her lips.

V is CapSlam’s 2012 Rookie of the Year, and is a member of the CapSlam’s national team.

As always, doors open at 7:30, and our show kicks off at 8pm with our all-women open mic featuring YOU. Ladies, bring your poetry and stories to share, and you get in free. Everyone else, it’s $5 at the door (but we won’t deny you entry if you’re broke). Feature performer, V, takes the stage after the open mic.

Come out and see what the fuss is about.


V performs at Voices of Venus
Wednesday September 12th

Super-Fast Update (details to follow)

Hey folks!

Just a quick heads-up post.

This September 12th, VoV will be featuring CapSlam’s Rookie of the Year, V
VERSeOttawa, with help from Capital Slam and Voices of Venus, will be presenting Round Two of its Women’s Slam series at the end of the month.

Details for both events to follow!

Stay tuned,