What a semifinals #1, poetry fans..WOW! The poets were pure fire on the Drake Hotel stage, as they gave the audience their passion and humour in one of the best slams of the calendar year so far.
When the dust settled, only 4 poets had a cumulative score high enough to let them proceed to Finals on April 19:
Huge kudos to Lishai Peel for filling in to feature on Sunday night, and props to her dancer Stephanie who was so so awesome bringing movement to poetry.
This is it, poetry fans...the playoffs have begun! On Sunday night, it's Semifinals #1 with incredible poetry stars and a guest poet from the US making her Canadian debut!
All goes down SUNDAY MARCH 9
@ the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St W)
Tix $5 available at door only
7pm doors 8pm show (if you're late, expect to be met with a SOLD OUT sign)
Hosted by That Brown Bastard
Rocking our stage as the guest poet is Kait Rokowski, from Minneapolis, MN by way of Portland, ME.
Welcome to our annual playoffs, where poets compete to make it to Finals and thus make it on the 2014 TPS Team.
Our first semifinals goes down March 9 @ the Drake Hotel, and competing poets are:
MultiPurpose Hot Air Machine
(Note this is not the order of performance)
Your host for the night will be That Brown Bastard.
Guest feature poet this evening is Kait Rokowski, hailing from Minneapolis, MN by way of Portland, ME.
Coming up on March 9 and 21 are our Semifinals shows, the closed slams featuring the top 16 poets from our 13/14 season!
But who will slam when? That's what Tuesday night will determine, when members of Toronto Poetry Project will get together to conduct the all-important draw.
And we're livetweeting it!
This is the last chance for poets to qualify for SemiFinals, so expect a nice crowd of talented poets to grace the Drake stage!
SUNDAY FEB 23
@ the Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.
Hosted by Dave Silverberg
Doors 7 signup 730 show 8
Open mic available
We're featuring the well-known poet TANYA DAVIS from Halifax. You might remember her for that hugely popular video How to Be Alone.
Tanya Davis was the 2011/12 Poet Laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In a heated battle yesterday at Supermarket, Dan prevailed by .1 over his last-round rivals Andre and Scribe. He will rep Toronto Poetry Slam at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver, April 5-12!
We'll keep everyone posted about Dan's fundraising efforts and of course update you on his performances during the actual fest in April.
Congrats, Dan! And thanks to everyone who made yesterday's day slam so much fun!
Welcome to a slam where we see what kind of range our poets have to offer.
Which talented Toronto poet will represent Toronto Poetry Slam at the annual Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver aka Verses: Festival of Words?
Our slam returns on Saturday Feb 8, but this time with a very special afternoon show!
As always, we rock the Drake Hotel Underground stage, and this time doors are at 330pm, signup is 4 and show begins sharp at 430pm.
$5 as always.
Our feature on Feb 8 will be the winners of the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, your very own TORONTO POETRY SLAM TEAM!
BIO: On April 21st 2013 a new Toronto Poetry Slam team was born. These five riveting wordsmiths articulate those feelings we have no words for, those emotions better left unsaid, and those moments which make life enjoyable.
We're back with another high-energy spoken word battle concert...and we're bringing back a crowd fave, REGIE CABICO!
Sunday Jan. 26 @ the Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W
Doors 7, signup 730pm, show 8pm
Hosted by Cathy Petch!
Regie Cabico is the first openly gay and Asian poet to take top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slam. He co-hosts La Ti Do: A Weekly Cabaret And Spoken Word Series and has appeared on 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement.
Our professional development series returns on TUESDAY JANUARY 21 to offer some advice on making it as a full-time spoken word artist!
This is a panel you do not want to miss!