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Last Chance to Slam in the 2018/2019 Season!

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Last Chance to Slam in 2018/2019Tonight It’s Poetry
April 21 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM // 19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

It’s time for our monthly poetry slam! And, it’s the final slam of the regular season – the last chance to qualify for semi-finals! Poets enter into a two-round competition of poems with a strict 3-minute time limit where all the poems are judged by folks throughout the audience. The top 5 go on to the second round and the winner of that round nabs a cool 50 bucks! We’ve got some nice prizes for the second and third place winners, too!

If you’ve never been to a poetry slam before, get over here! If you’re interested in competing, sign up will begin at Amigos at 7:30 on the night of the show.

Raw Like Sushi, Tender Like Tomatoes: Vulnerability and Ferocity in Spoken Word

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Raw Like Sushi: A Spoken Word WorkshopSpoken Word Workshop
April 14 // Amigos Cantina Back Room
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$10 (suggested donation) // 2:00 – 4:00 PM
All Ages
No one turned away for lack of funds

Do people tell you that you are “too emotional”? Have you ever really wanted to get up on stage to spit the truth but worried that instead, you will open your mouth and nothing will come out? Do you carry bog roll with you to spoken word events because you are afraid that liquid fire reality will blast out of you? Are you plagued by stomach pains caused by keeping your mouth shut? Do you just need someone to tell you that you are special?

Then this is the workshop for you!
Spoken word is a diverse genre that allows for a multitude of voices, styles, and experiences, and yet, some of us are afraid to share our work with others because being vulnerable is a scary thing. Some of us have been discouraged from being “too radical” or “too fierce” while onstage. What’s wrong with choosing authenticity over popularity? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Say it loud, say it proud! The purpose of poetry has always been to convey messages: to tell personal stories, to expose our tender emotions, to display cracked hearts, and to find healing in the understanding that all of us are bruised, split, broken, hastily glued back together, and in search of understanding who we really are.

Facilitator:
Beth Murch (a.k.a. Mama B, a.k.a. Queen B) is a self-proclaimed stage-rager and a recovering soft-spoken “good girl” who has watered many a mic with her salty tears. Let her affirm the validity of your experience and affirm the importance of you sharing your words with your community. Learn ways to expose your delicate heart to your audience while acquiring techniques to keep yourself grounded and safe.

Feature Poet Beth Murch!

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Promo photo of spoken word artist Beth MurchTonight It’s Poetry
April 14 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds

We open our evening with a community stage! Please sign up early. Be respectful of time and others by keeping your performance to a maximum of 5 minutes.

Our feature this evening is the wonderful and amazing Beth Murch!
Beth Murch is a radical reproductive justice activist, full-spectrum birth worker, and nationally competing spoken word artist. Her work, which draws upon themes of social justice, sexuality, nature, spirituality, loneliness, and feminism, has been described as “blood and guts”, “vulnerable”, “a place of hope amidst the darkness” and “sassy”. Murch’s passions include placentae, memento mori, cat memes, herbalism, and religious kitsch. In her spare time, she enjoys baking bread, painting pictures of goddesses, and learning to knit. Her goal is to live on the edge of the woods, healing people with mysterious herbs, telling fortunes, and decorating her headwraps with feathers, bones, and shells.

Join Beth Murch in the ether of the internet at https://bethmurch.wordpress.com/ and beth.murch@gmail.com

Happy 11th Birthday, Tonight It’s Poetry!

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Two Thirds of 2015 CFSW First Place TeamTonight It’s Poetry
April 7 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds

Tonight It’s Poetry is 11 years old! We move into adolescence with Hurt Feelings! Well, two thirds of the 2015 slam team, “Hurt Feelings” – Danielle Altrogge, Brent Chappell and Shanda Stefanson! Come for the amazing poetry stay for the birthday cake!

We open our evening with a community stage! Please sign up early. Be respectful of time and others by keeping your performance to a maximum of 5 minutes.

 

Back Room SLAM!

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SLAM! : Poetry SlamIt’s time for our sixth poetry slam of the season! Bring old poems, new poems, revamped poems, weird poems, angry poems … let’s slam all the poems! We’ll be in Amigos back room for this slam, so maybe even bring some back room style poems!

Tonight It’s Poetry
March 31 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Double Feature! Johnny MacRae & yes!

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Johnny MacRae & yes Double FeatureWe’ll kick things off with a community stage! Sign up at the door starting at 7:30. Please keep what you share to 1 poem or maximum 5 minutes, out of respect for the space you share with the community.

 

Our double feature is Johnny MacRae and yes!

yes is a radical queer feminist and migrant based in Tkaronto, colonially known as Toronto. they believe in the destruction of the heteropatriarchy, borders, capitalism, and the police state. they come to poetry through the Cuban traditions of being a dramatic lover and never shutting up. As an organizer and member of community, they’re committed to the Spoken Word Canada board, Voices of Today festival organizing committee, and One Mic Educators 2.0 program. yes’s poetry is a blend of vulnerable rage and self-celebrating humour. their intention is to learn so loudly that others have no choice but to follow suit, and just they’re so stoked for our collective growth. also they’ve won some slams and stuff, but the points aren’t the point – the poetry is forevermore the point.  https://www.yesthepoet.com/

Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet living on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations. Both a regional and national slam champion, MacRae has toured widely since 2010, giving over 200 performances at slams and readings, as well as festivals of poetry, music, and theatre across Canada, solo and as a member of collaborative acts 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, The Dambassadors and Travelin’ Word Circus. In that same time, he has given over 300 workshops for youth and adults across British Columbia and Canada. When not writing, performing, or teaching, he can be found engaged in community organization. He founded UBC Poetry Slam and Victoria’s Raising Voices outreach program, Raising Voices; co-directed CFSW 2014 in Victoria, and has co-directed Vancouver’s Hullabaloo Festival since 2015; directed Raising Voices and Vancouver’s WordPlay Poets from 2013 to 2018; created Spoken Word Canada’s series list for touring artists; and acted as Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Tournament Director in 2016 and 2018. In 2013, he was named Poet of Honour for the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, and in 2017, received the Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award.

Tonight It’s Poetry
March 24 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Myth, Legend & Epic! Celebrating Storytelling!

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Danica Lorer StorytellerWe’re celebrating World Storytelling Day (actually on March 20) with a storytellers community stage! The theme of this year’s World Storytelling Day is ‘Myth, Legend & Epic’. We’re looking forward to hearing your myth, legend or epic story or poem! Don’t worry if you just have a regular story, we love those, too! The night will feature storyteller and wordsmith extraordinaire, Danica Lorer!

We’ll be in the back room! Sign-up starts at the door at 7:30 PM. Please keep your reading to 7 minutes or less out of respect to the other tellers you share the stage with.

Tonight It’s Poetry
March 17 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Qualifier!

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Verses Festival 2019 logoSpoken word poets from all over town will be competing for the chance to head to Vancouver for the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam! One awesome poet will have their travel paid for and will learn and share their words at the Verses Festival of Words in April/May!
Our slam master will be in touch with those who are eligible to compete in this unique bout. Each poet will have to prepare a 4 minute poem, 3 minute poem, 2 minute poem and a one minute poem for this competition!

March 10 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Your Words: Community Stage

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In Your Words: Community StageTonight is all about you and your words! Our community stage is an opportunity for all spoken word artists to perform for an audience. If you’re an old hand at this we look forward to your words! If you’ve never performed your poem before we look forward to hearing your words, too! Show up to just listen to some great spoken word, as well. Bring a friend! Tell your family!

Please remember to keep your performances to 5 minutes.  This is out of respect for your audience and fellow performers.

 

Tonight It’s Poetry
March 3 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

SLAM: A Poetry Slam

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SLAM! : Poetry SlamIt’s time for our fifth poetry slam of the season! Bring old poems, new poems, revamped poems, weird poems, angry poems … let’s slam all the poems!  But, wait!  How, exactly does a slam work?  It’s all very simple!
  • Poets enter into a two-round competition of poems with a strict 3-minute time limit where all the poems are judged by folks throughout the audience. The top 5 go on to the second round and the winner of that round nabs a cool 50 bucks! We often have prizes for the second and third place poets, too.
  • Each poem must be of the poet’s own creation;
  • Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. Timing starts as soon as the poet engages the audience (makes eye contact, smiles, says something, etc)
  • The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments, and the poet must keep their clothes on  (we know … but come to an anarchy slam for no rules fun!)
  • Poets who have slammed enough times throughout the season will be invited to semi-finals; those poets who make it through to finals have a chance to be part of the Tonight It’s Poetry slam team and represent Saskatoon at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in the fall!
February 24 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.