Archive | January 2013

VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship

Reblogging this from VERSeOttawa, because y’all need to check this out:

Come one, come all to the VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship!
Where – Mercury Lounge
When – Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Doors – 6:30
Championship Slam – 7pm
Cover – $8
Finalists: CauseMo, Dimorphic, D-Lightfull, Elle P, Kay’la Fraser, Freedom Writer, Emelie Jaquez, Kimbit, Missaralee, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, V, and (stepping in for Hannah Christie) Zorah!
Last year’s championship show sold out to the point that there was a crowd listening outside the door. With that in mind, you may wish to get there early, in order to make sure you get a seat.
This year, 2012 champs Sepideh and Festrell will hand off their crowns to new champions, while their co-champs, Elle P and D-Lightfull will take the stage to compete once more.
The competition will be stiff, the poetry will be powerful.
You don’t want to miss this show.

Kermit Has the Right Idea


Post-Show Discussion – Rubies Indeed

So, that was fucking awesome. 😀

The Rubies – Photo by Brian Pirie (…I Think)

We had a full house for our January show last night and, while the open mic was small, it was also good, featuring veteran scene poets and brand new performers alike. 🙂
I think if one phrase stuck out, for me, it was from Robin K. Macdonald’s set, her poem about Cree language and the names of birds, her words “hear you sound like the break of day”.
Holy life, it took my breath. O.O
Also, if any of you were, like me, wondering what “Ekphrastic” means, here you go. It means “writing that comments upon another art form, for instance a poem about a photograph or a novel about a film. Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is a prime example of this type of writing, since the entire poem concerns the appearance and meaning of an ancient piece of pottery”. In short, it’s a form of interstitial art. 🙂

Upcoming Events – January 2013

Wednesday, January 9th


Voices of Venus ft The Rubies
Venus Envy
Doors and sign-up: 7:30
Show: 8pm


Thursday, January 10th

AB Series ft Pearl Pirie and Carolyn Smart
Raw Sugar
PWYC (pass the hat)

Friday, January 11th

Urban Legends ft Kym Dominique Ferguson
Carleton University Architecture Building (1125 Colonel By Drive)
$8 (performers, volunteers, children get in FREE; $50 to winning poet)

Saturday, January 12th

No Rules Slam ft Dimorphic
Mercury Lounge
Doors and sign-up: 6:30
Slam: 7pm
$8 (free for competitors)

Thursday, January 17th

Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out, Speaking In Series presents “Flying in the Dark” ft Kim Kilpatrick
NAC 4th Stage
$20 at the NAC Box Office

Sunday, January 20th

Dusty Owl presents Luna Allison and Erin Saoirse Adair
Mug Shots (75 Nicholas – pub inside the old Jail House next to Arts Court)

Monday, January 21st

Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft CauseMo and Kimbit
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
Workshop: 5:30
Slam: 6:30

Tuesday, January 22nd

Ottawa Storytellers’ Stories and Tea Series presents “Firsts” ft Anne Nagy and Sherri Yazdani
Tea Party Café (117 York St)
Tree Reading Series ft Erín Moure
Arts Court Library
Tree Seeds workshop – 6:45pm (Sound Techniques: Voice and Mics Part 2, ft Jennifer Pederson)
Show ft Erín Moure – 8pm

Thursday, January 24th

The Factory Reading Series presents Ottawater 9
Contributors include VoV alums Abby Paige, Amanda Earl, Frances Boyle, Ronnie R. Brown, and Pearl Pirie, among many others
Carleton Tavern (Armstrong and Parkdale in Hintonburg)

Saturday, January 26th


VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship
Ft: CauseMo, Hannah Christie, Dimorphic, D-Lightfull, Elle P, Kay’la Fraser, Freedom Writer, Emelie Jaquez, Kimbit, Missaralee, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, and V.
Mercury Lounge
Doors: 6:30
Championship: 7pm


Sunday, January 27th


Bywords presents Bywords Warms the Night – a fundraiser for Cornerstone Women’s Shelter
Ft: Dominique Bernier- Cormier, JC Bouchard, Heather Davidson, cb forrest, Cassandra Nykyforak, & Catherine Ruth Taylor (plus music by Jill Zmud)
Bywords Winter 2013 Edition will be launched at this event
The Manx Pub (Elgin near Gladstone)
By Donation (pass-the-hat) – Everyone who donates gets a copy of BQJ Winter Edition

Voices of Venus ft The Rubies (Where There’s Fire)

Alrighty! Let’s cut to the chase:
VoV is kicking off 2013 with an ensemble feature on January 9th!
The Rubies are comprised of Ottawa poets and veteran scene organizers Jean Van Loon, Frances Boyle, Mary Lee Bragg, Deborah-Anne Tunney, Laurie Koensgen, LM Rochefort, Robin MacDonald, Jacqueline Bourque and Pearl Pirie.
As always, bring your poetry and stories to our all-women open mic and you get in for free. Cover for audience members is $5/pwyc. P.S.: Keep your eyes open for Phafours Press’s new release Where There’s Fire – there will be copies available at VoV next week!
VoV - January 2013 - the Rubies - 8,5 x 11 - Glossy - Colour