Philosofly has done it again. The member of the TPS Team has won his third slam in 2013, very close to breaking some TPS records (we believe Spencer Butt and Truth Is have also won 3 slams in TPS seasons). But he had some tough competition to power through to the 3rd round and claim the title.
Serafina returned after a brief slam hiatus to wow us with powerful relationship poetry, the kind of quiet fierce stuff that stays with you long after the final syllable.
This is a Saturday night slam you don't want to miss!
On Sat. Oct 12, the Vancouver band THE FUGITIVES come to our stage, and you might recognize the band thanks to guitarist Brendan McLeod, a former member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team and novelist and monologuist and a guy you can tackle for a dollar (true story).
@ the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
7pm doors, 730 signup, 8 show
Hosted by Lara Bozabalian!
Questions about the slam? Email email@example.com
Call it a night of legends. And not just cuz long-time TPS Team member David Delisca was in the house to perform with his current TPS Team as the feature. The competition had a nice array of poetic all-stars on the list: Electric Jon, Dan aka Dan Murray aka Dan, Macer, Sabrina, Anto Chan, Ritallin and many more.
Props to our open mic'ers who got us going right, such as the sweet love poetry from Lex and the satire courtesy of Jeff Cottrill.
First round gave us some big pieces, like Ritallin's hiphop classic and Electric Jon's insect-heavy piece.
We're back with another high-energy battle-concert, this time featuring the 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team!
SUNDAY SEPT 29
@ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
As always, doors at 7, signup 730, show at 8
Open mic with 5 slots available
Hosted by Dave Silverberg
The 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team consist of five riveting wordsmiths articulating those feelings we have no words for, those emotions better left unsaid, and those moments which make life so enjoyable.
The team is captained by Optimus Rhyme, the man with a voice as epic as his life.
Great news, poetry fans! The 2013 TPS Team will be hitting the slam stage AND performing guerilla poetry at WORD ON THE STREET, the all-day book fair at Queen's Park. Mark the date: Sunday Sept 22
From 230 to 4, the Team will perform near the League of Canadian Poets table, along with special guest Sheri-D Wilson.
Then at 5pm, the Team will slam it up at the Vibrant Voices stage, so expect some real fireworks as the Team rocks the mic in the beautiful outdoor air!
TIme for another Sunday Slam at the Drake Underground. featuring Lisa B of the 2013 SLAMtario champion Guelph Poetry Slam team!
Sunday Sept. 15 @ Drake Hotel Underground
1150 Queen St. W.
3 round poetry slam w/ open mic
Doors 7, signup 730, show 8
Lisa B has performed spoken word poetry since 2001. She's poeted on stages across Canada, the American West Coast, and across Britain and Europe.
Hands down, one of the best slams of 2013, no hyperbole. Mainly slam vets took the stage, from Macer to Cathy Petch to our latest new Torontonian Andre Prefontaine. Oh and not to mention OIPS winner Alvin Lau of Chicago fame.
First round was heavy on the humour and powerful imagery. We got Petch waxing poetic about Chewbacca and Lau telling us what he really thinks about Tiger Woods.
You are in for a treat, poetry fans. One of America's top poets is making his grand return to Toronto on AUG 31 and we want you to be there!
@ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
Mike McGee from San Jose is rockin the Drake Hotel stage for his only Toronto stop, and rest assured it'll be a hot hot show!
As always, our three-round spoken word competition will go down like Jackie Brown (RIP Elmore Leonard) and we also have our 5-slot open mic.
7pm doors 730pm signup 8pm show
"Mighty" Mike McGee is a well-traveled funny hobo-poet from San José, California.
Toronto Poetry Project presents its next workshop in its ongoing poetry workshop series, in an effort to make us better poets...
PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP
w/ REGIE CABICO from Washington!
Thursday Aug. 22
Q Space, 382 College
7pm doors 730pm start
How do we make performance choices that heighten the poem's life? How do we "live" the poem and not simply "read" the poem? A slam text is your show stopper, your three minute solo play. We will explore the vocal & physical techniques for audiences to "see" the poem.
So the TPS Team ventured into the most heated spoken word competition in the world, where 70 teams collided in Boston for the U.S. National Poetry Slam.
The Team rocked their hearts out on stage, took a 2 and a 3 in their prelim bouts respectively, which wasn't good enough to make Semis. BUT they won over the U.S., winning love on podcasts, reviews and in the high-five column.