Its NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! So much fun ahead, 30 poems in 30 days challenges and poet popups and of course POETRY SLAMS! While April is as good a time as any to join us for another poetry slam w/ open mic, its this month that we have special guest feature BASHAR LULU JABBOUR!
Bring to two poems to compete for the $100 slam prize
All ages welcome*
The eBar (41 Quebec St.)
Doors & sign up 7:30pm
Show start 8pm
$10 cover (pwyc) FREE If you have a birthaversary in the month of April!
The open mic is open to all sorts of artist and a good place to get your sea legs if you've never performed or if you just not up for having you worked scored.
About the feature: Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet! He uses the mundane to give you a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a storyteller, and his stories are deeply personal. He is a nationally competing poet, finishing 5th (team) & 6th (individual) in Canada. His poetry is a staple at the many festivals of Kitchener-Waterloo (where he resides) and southwest Ontario, including Cherry Festival, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street. He was an opening act for artists such as Carlos Andres Gomez and national festivals like Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. His debut book has been funded by Ontario Arts Council, and Waterloo Region Arts Fund and will be released in mid 2018.
SLAM RULES etc
• Each poet must slam 3 times during the entire season to qualify for a chance to compete for the 2019 slam team.
• Each poet must perform original work for which they are the primary author.
• No props. (Referencing or using any THING that is not available to all poets.)
• People are not props, group poems are allowed in all competitions except during finals and special head to head slams.
• No costumes. (Wearing clothing or accessories that are obviously meant to accentuate a poem and that is worn to enhance a specific performance.
• No nudity.
• No musical accompaniment or musical instruments.
• Poets who use props, costumes or musical accompaniment will be deducted 2 points per infraction.
• Poets have 3 minutes and a grace period of 10 seconds to perform their poem, after which time 0.5 points will be deducted for every 10 seconds or part thereof that they go over.
• A poet’s time starts as soon as they engage the audience. This includes any verbal or physical introduction.
• Of the scores the poet receives from the five randomly selected judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 30.
• There will be up to two sacrificial poet to calibrate the judges for the 1st round.
• The order that the poets will compete in each round will be drawn randomly.
• The slam will be two rounds
• 10 poets in the 1st Round
• Four poets in the 2nd Round
All Guelph Spoken Word events are promoted as consent positive spaces; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before physically engaging another. Same goes for deep conversations and advice/feedback.
*Language and content of GSW events can sometimes be intense, triggering or deemed inappropriate. While GPS is welcoming of all ages and we do most often have an active listener on hand, attendees discretion is advised. We also encourage guardians to take the opportunities presented at these events to open dialogue with the youth being supervised.
**Unfortunately our venue for GPS is not wheelchair accessible.**