Have you ever wanted to find your voice? Write poetry? Perform in front of an audience? Slam poets do all three of these things.
At this experience you'll meet Christine, a talented slam poet who shares her own work on stage at the Vancouver Poetry Slam. She's passionate about helping other people translate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences into poetry.
There are a few different levels in this experience. You have the option of doing level 1 or level 2.0 first, depending on what you're interested in.
If you're interested in level 2 or 2.5, please select a time slot on Tuesday.
If you're interested in level 1 or 3, please select a time slot on Monday.
LEVEL 1 - ATTEND THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Started in 1996, this is Canada's longest running poetry slam. Christine will introduce you to all the volunteers who make this event possible. The event is split into three sections. An open mic, the feature (an established poet shares a 20 minute set. This is always fantastic!) and the SLAM (12 poets compete for points). Christine will walk you through how this event works, and answer any questions.
Remember: You will need to be quiet while the poets are on stage. If something resonates, you can snap your fingers to show your support.
The poetry slam is every Monday night. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets to get in are $6-$10 sliding slam.
**If you are UNDER 19, then ask her about the Youth slam. Every 3rd Monday of the month. She'll take you that one instead.
LEVEL 2.0 - WRITE YOUR OWN POEM
What does it mean to "find your voice"? For some folks, it means literally becoming more comfortable with using your voice and speaking out loud - maybe in front of other people. For other folks it means learning how to creatively express - through words, movement, or art - how you feel and what is important to you.
At this experience you'll play with metaphor, simile, your imagination, and rhyme to construct your own poem. Christine will also collaborate with you to create a question and answer poem that includes both your voices, in response to other.
LEVEL 2.5 - REHEARSAL - GET YOUR POEM PERFORMANCE READY
Excited about your poem, and want to get it in front of an audience? We'll rent a room at the library and work on some performance techniques. If you get stage fright, we can also talk and experiment with some different ways of calming your nerves.
LEVEL 3 - PERFORMANCE
Psyched and ready to perform your poem? Christine will join you once again at the poetry slam where you can put your name down for the open mic. If you decide to do the joint piece with Christine, she'll join you on stage.
The stage has a ramp and is wheel chair accessible.
Regardless of if you do a joint poem or solo piece, Christine will be there to support you every step of the way.
*If you're feeling brave, you could also sign up for the poetry slam. Ask Christine about this option and what it involves. The joint piece cannot be done for the slam part of the evening.
You can get to the experience location (a local cafe) by skytrain. The closest station is Commercial. It takes most people about 7 minutes to get from the skytrain to the cafe.
You can also get there by bus - the 99 B Line, 009, 020. All stop nearby.
Depending on which way you arrive from, there may be some busy intersections to cross. There are traffic lights with walk signals at all of the intersections in this neighborhood. It takes about 5 minutes to get there from these bus stops.
Do you think you'd find speaking on a stage exciting? Why or why not?
What kind of poetry do you feel drawn to explore further? Funny, sad, reflective, angry? Rhyming and rant based, or more like a story?