2011 Vancouver Poetry FestivalBritish Columbia's poetry fans are in for a treat - April 18 marks the start of the inaugural Vancouver International Poetry Festival. Celebrating the art of the spoken and written word, the festival aims to showcase a wide variety of the exceptional poetry available in Canada and beyond. AbeBooks is a proud sponsor.

Audiences can look forward to performances and readings from some of best and brightest in modern poetry. Some of the headline acts include Susan Musgrave, bill bissett, Ivan E Coyote and Lillian Allen. Formed out of Vancouver’s vibrant literary community, the event will have readings, a poetry slam, poetry and music mash-ups and a lot of West Coast writers. The events continue through until April 23.

Tickets and information are available from http://vancouverpoetryfestival.com/buy-tickets/

Events:

Monday, April 18th

Dub Poet Lillian Allen
Dub Poet Lillian Allen

Early festival registration
Festival hotel (Best Western, 205 Kingsway), 5pm – 7pm
This is an opportunity for the 40 poets taking part in the Canadian Individual Competition to receive their passes, programs, meet some of the other performers, and go over the rules for the festival with the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship tournament director Charles Hamilton and his team.

Mike McGee features at the 15th annual Van Slam Finals Night
The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway Ave), 7pm doors open, 8pm show starts
Advance tickets $15 (online advance tickets $16), At the door $20

Poets have been competing throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. The top eight vie for a spot on this year’s poetry slam team. Feature poet, Mike McGee, is a two-time American slam champ, and a favourite of the Vancouver Poetry Slam for many years. His dynamic blend of humour and humanism will have you laughing through your tears.

Tuesday, April 19th

Sublingual by bill bissettMashed Poetics
Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive), 7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts, $5
Mashed Poetics brings together spoken word and classic rock for a rip-roaring evening of electric verse. Musical and poetic collaboration create an evening filled with new work and unexpected surprises.

Just the Two of Us, an Intimate Night with bill bissett and Susan Musgrave
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts, $10
Two quintessential West Coast voices, bill bissett and Susan Musgrave, come together in an evening that will reshape your concept of the boundaries of poetic expression.

Wednesday, April 20th

Late Festival Registration and Orientation
Festival hotel (Best Western, 205 Kingsway), 5pm – 7pm
This is the last chance participants in the Canadian Individual Slam Championships have to register for the tournament. Any poet that is due to take part in the tournament but does not register in person will have their slot given to the next available competitor.

Hullabaloo Last Chance Youth Slam
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 5pm-5:30pm doors open & poet sign-up, 6pm show starts
Youth (18 & younger) $3, Adults (19 & older) $5
(This is an accessible event: no one turned away for lack of funds)

BC youth who are between the ages of 14 – 19 and do not attend a school that is registered in Hullabaloo (BC’s Secondary School Poetry Slam Championship) are eligible to compete. 16 individual spots are available in the first round for poets to perform a 3-minute poem The top 8 highest-scoring poets advance to the second round. In the second round, they must perform a different 3-minute poem. The top 4 highest-scoring poets in the second round will comprise the Wild Card Team and be automatically registered in Hullabaloo.

Canadian Individual Slam Championship Last Chance Slam
Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr), 7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts, $10
Didn’t get chance to register in time? Want to pit your work against some of the strongest spoken word artists from across Canada? This is your last opportunity to get into the tournament. 12 spots are available in this slam. The top five highest-scoring poets in the first round move on to the second round. The highest-scoring poet in the second round is entered into the Canadian Individual Slam Championship.

Psychic Unrest by Lillian AllenIntro Poems
Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr), 11pm start
At the end of the Last Chance Slam, the competing poets will give us a short snippet of what we can expect to see from them in later bouts.

Dub Poetry Jam featuring Lillian Allen and The Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective
Roots Lounge (1025 Commercial Dr), 7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts, $10
Lillian Allen has been called the mother of spoken word in Canada. She has won two Juno awards, and is recognized as a key originator and leading exponent of dub poetry. This event will also feature special guest performances from Scruffmouth and The Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective.

Thursday, April 21st

SpoCan Meeting
WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St), 1pm-2:30pm, Free
This is a informational meeting for SpoCan (Spoken Word Canada) members and poets. This meeting will include a welcoming to the community for new members, and reports from CFSW 2011 director David Silverberg and CFSW 2012 director Charles Hamilton.

Success with the Canada Council
Eastside Yoga Studio (1707 Grant St), 3-4pm, Free
Paul Seesequasis, the program coordinator for the Canada Council for the Arts’ Literary Performance and Spoken Word Program will be giving a short workshop and Q & A for people interested in applying for funds from the program.

Men with Pens
WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St), 4pm doors open, 4:30pm show starts, $5
Poet and impresario Billeh Nickerson, Fringe Festival favourite Jem Rolls, and author and musician Brendan McLeod come together in an event that will be funny, serious and sarcastic. This is a showcase of the work of three poets who have been successful in different genres.

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship: Preliminary Bouts #1 & #2
Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr), 7pm doors open, 7:30pm first bout, 9pm second bout, $10
These bouts will feature poets from across the country competing with 4-minute and 1-minute poems in a quest to take home the first-ever CIPS Championship.

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship: Preliminary Bouts #3 & #4
WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St), 7pm doors open, 7:30pm first bout, 9pm second bout, $10
These bouts will feature poets from across the country competing with 4-minute and 1-minute poems in a quest to take home the first-ever CIPS Championship.

Poetry Is Dead Magazine Launch
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 6:30pm doors open, 7pm show starts, $10 (includes copy of PiD#3)
Poetry Is Dead‘s third issue launch will feature readings and talks about where poems come from. It will also include live collaborative performances and much more.

Spiking the Sucker Punch by Robbie Q. TelferSay Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
hosted by Sara Bynoe
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 8:30pm doors open, 9pm show starts, $5
At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print. For the Vancouver Poetry Festival Say Wha?! will reflect on the worst (aka the most Say Wha?!) readings over the last year.

Late Night Nerd Night
Roots Lounge (1025 Commercial Dr), 10:30pm doors open, 11pm show starts, $5
Do Nerds ever sleep? Heck no. They’re too busy playing D & D, World of Warcraft or simply watching entire seasons of Deep Space Nine. Come out to this later night event where we celebrate all things nerd-like. There will be prizes and costumes will be encouraged and will be featuring a performance by Robbie Q Telfer and hosted by our very own cosmonaut of cartoons, knight of the comic book kingdom, Duncan Shields.

Friday, April 22nd

Out Loud! GLBTTQI Showcase and Open Mic featuring Seattle writers Greg Brisendine and Tara Hardy
WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St), 12:30pm doors open, 1pm show starts, $5
(This is an accessible event: no one turned away for lack of funds)

Tara Hardy is a working class queer femme poet and the founder of the Bent Writing Institute for queer writers. Her first full collection of poems is forthcoming by Write Bloody Publishing in 2011. Greg Brisendine is a two-time Seattle Poetry Slam team member.

Haiku Chapbook Making Workshop
Eastside Yoga Studio (1707 Grant St), 1:30-3pm, Free
pooka press’s Warren D Fulton will be hosting this workshop on making chapbooks, especially designed to showcase short haiku-length poems.

Poetry at the Fringe
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 4pm-5:30pm, Free
Interested in new directions to take your poetry? Curious how you could build a spoken word show that goes beyond the usual poetry audience? Performers Chris Masson and Jem Rolls will give you the insider perspective on the highlights and perils of creating a poetry-based Fringe show and taking it across Canada.

Haiku Death Match
WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St), 2:30pm doors open and sign-up begins, 3pm show starts, $5
The Haiku Death Match combines the economy of the ancient Japanese poetic form with all the excitement of a rap battle. This is a head-to-head competition between 16 haikusters to determine who can say the most with the least.

Dyssemia Sleaze  by Adeena KarasickSirens Reading
WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St), 4pm doors open, 4:30pm show starts, $5
This event will be a celebration of all things woman with readings by Adeena Karasick, Adebe and former Vancouverite Andrea Thompson. There will be a short open mic to follow if time allows.

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship: Preliminary Bouts #5 & #6
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr), 7pm doors open, 7:30pm first bout, 9pm second bout, $10
These bouts will feature poets from across the country competing with 2-minute and 3-minute poems in a quest to take home the first-ever CIPS Championship.

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship: Preliminary Bouts #7 & #8
Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr), 7pm doors open, 7:30pm first bout, 9pm second bout, $10
These bouts will feature poets from across the country competing with 2-minute and 3-minute poems in a quest to take home the first-ever CIPS Championship.

See the Voice
Roots Lounge (1025 Commercial Dr), 7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts, $5
Vancouver poet, author and media artist Heather Haley, host and curator of Visible Verse, will present a special evening devoted to videopoetry and film from around the world. A wild ride of works – varying tremendously in budget, style, theme, and length – the program features both new and established voices.

Squeezebox Borealis with Ivan E. Coyote and Barbara Adler

Rhizome Café (317 East Broadway), 7pm doors open, 7:30pm show starts, $15
Two of the finest storytellers the west has ever produced will be sharing stories from small towns and beyond. Ivan’s tales range from transsexual autoworkers to senior citizens to social justice activists, to her own university students. Barbara’s new project, the BC Memory Game, takes a closer look at BC’s smaller towns to see what makes them unforgettable.

Late Night Erotica Poetry Mic
Roots Lounge (1025 Commercial Dr), 10:30pm doors open, 11pm show starts, $5
Erotic Poetry shows are often celebratory and light-hearted,but they can also carry commentary regarding serious matters of sexual health such as personal boundaries, sexual identity, and sex trade and violence.

Saturday, April 23rd

Guerrilla Poetry
Festival hotel (Best Western, 205 Kingsway), noon – 2pm, Free
This is not an official event that the festival is sponsoring…it is merely a rumour that perhaps some poetry folks will be meeting up at the host hotel at noon on Saturday to migrate someplace else…to read poetry…aloud. Who knows what lurks in the hearts of poets…

Touring Guidelines
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 1pm-2pm, Free
Have you ever wanted to tour as a poet across Canada or the United States? Just curious what living on the road is really like? Enjoy hearing horror stories about being stuck on a greyhound in Wawa, Ontario? Come hear about this and have your questions answered by two road warriors, Mike McGee and Barbara Adler.

Fernando Raguero vs. The World
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 2pm doors open and poet sign-up, 2:30pm show starts, $5
This is an open mic where you get to match wits with the legendary Fernando Raguero. After each open mic poet, Fernando will read a poem in response to what he has heard – and hilarity will ensue.

The Vancyclopedia Show featuring Robbie Q
Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive), 4pm doors open, 4:30pm show starts, $5
Chicago-based Robbie Q is back with a new installment of The Vancyclopedia Show, the Vancouver edition of his much-lauded Encyclopedia Show. This show is a live variety extravaganza that commissions artists and experts from many disciplines to present a different verbal encyclopedia. The topic for this episode is The Moon.

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals
The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway Ave), 7pm doors open, 8pm show starts
Advance tickets $15, At the door $20

The finals of the Canadian Indies Slam Championship will be a three-round poetry slam. The ten best poets from the preliminary bouts will square off, and at the end of the night, one of them will walk away with the title of Canadian Poetry Slam Champion and $1000.

Festival passes allow you access to all of these events – but there are only a limited number available. Buy yours at http://vancouverpoetryfestival.com/buy-tickets today.

For more information, please see: http://vancouverpoetryfestival.com/

 



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