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Poetry Workshops For All Ages Led By Kay Kassirer and Jess Tollestrup

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Kay and Jess WorkshopsKay Kassirer and Jess Tollestrup are professional spoken word artists here to help you make great poems and art! All ages welcome!

Sunday, December 16 at Amigos Back Room

2:00 pm Kay Kassirer will help you explore gender and sexuality through your spoken word art!
3:15 pm Jess Tollestrup will help you mix music and words into something new and exciting!
By donation – $10 per workshop or $15 for both, suggested donation
Cash at the door

Exploring Gender&Sexuality through Spoken Word Poetry
Delve into your identity as we write about our experiences with gender and sexuality. Kay Kassirer will lead us through writing exercises to help us better understand ourselves and others. Come prepared to hear some personal stories, and share your own if you’d like. All skill levels welcome. Just bring a pen/paper and your lovely selves.

Think Outside the Music Box
There is a very thin veil between spoken word poetry and music. Sometimes they are indistinguishable. This workshop will explore incorporating sound as accompaniment and companion to poetry, as well as breaking down what can be called a ’song’. No musical experience necessary.

Kay Kassirer and Jess Tollestrup feature December 16!

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Kay and Jess Double Feature

We’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 Kay Kassier and Jess Tollestrup!

Kay Kassirer (they/them) is a spoken-word poet, organizer, and activist who currently resides on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. Kay was the 2016 Capturing Fire rep for Hot Damn! It’s a Queer Slam, and went on to take 2nd place in the festival. Kay has performed on numerous other final stages, including the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2015), the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam(2016, 2017), & The Queer Resurgence Poetry Slam (2016).
Using their voice to evoke change, Kay can be found facilitating workshops, organizing poetry events, performing poems, and most likely stuck in a tree
kaykassirer.com https://www.facebook.com/KayKassirerPoetry/

Jess Tollestrup (They/Them) is a musician, storyteller, astrologer, and aspiring physicist who calls many places home. Currently they reside on traditional Blackfoot territory in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Using a looping pedal, Jess creates haunting melodies over which their poetry floats and bites. Their compelling and strange stories span from hitchhiking to body removal, from queer love to consent, from aliens to busking. Piano, guitar, vocal harmonies, and mouth percussion are just a few of their musical tools. In 2016 they released their debut EP ‘The Pluto Year’ and chapbook ‘Metafesto’.
https://www.facebook.com/jesstollestrupmusician/

Tonight It’s Poetry
December 16 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Secret Slamta Poem Swap – December 9

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Secret SlamtaIt’s time to swap poetry! We’re having a Secret Santa, and you’re invited to participate. Submit a poem to be read by someone else and you’ll receive a poem in turn. Just send your poem to tonight.its.poetry@gmail.com and we’ll send you one back! Don’t think you’ll have time to send it to us?  Just bring a legible copy on Sunday night and we’ll find a poet to read it! Whose poem will you receive? What similes and metaphors will come from the pen of another and then issue forth from your mouth as if from your brain, the collective hive brain of a poetry community working together as one entity? What sorts of hijinks will ensue? Only one way to find out.

Tonight It’s Poetry
December 9th // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

November SLAM!

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Amigos November 18, 2018It’s time for our third monthly poetry slam of the season! 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!

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.

Tonight It’s Poetry
November 18th // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Community Stage Featuring Nisha Patel from Edmonton!

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Amigos November 11, 2018We’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 feature is the incredibly talented Nisha Patel!

Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian spoken word poetry author, artist, public speaker, and writer in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion, and took 4th place in the finals of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam 2017. She is a three-time member of the Edmonton Slam Team, finishing as a semi-finalist in 2016, and taking 3rd place with the team in 2017 at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her work has been published in a collection of poems called “Water” and her solo chapbook “Limited Success”. She has performed across Canada at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Verses Festival of Words, Next Fest, and Heart of the City Festivals, and recently finished a European tour. Her work speaks to themes of race & feminism, mental illness, and identity, and focuses strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour. She has worked with youth poets, adults, and students through storytelling and poetry workshops, and in 2016 gave a TEDxUAlberta talk discussing the intersections between poetry and politics. She is currently working on a book of poetry through Glass Buffalo Publishing.

Check out Nisha’s words and stuff!

website: www.nishapatel.ca
facebook: nishapatelpoetry

twitter: @AnotherNisha

Tonight It’s Poetry
November 11th // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Storyteller Community Stage Featuring Danica Lorer

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Amigos November 4, 2018We kick off our part of Amigos’ 30th Anniversary celebrations with a storytellers community stage! 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.

The night will also feature the Storytellers Guild’s own Danica Lorer!

Danica Lorer’s name lives in the word explorer. She lives in Saskatchewan, where she finds adventure in fields, forests, riverbanks, cities, small towns, and libraries. Over the past twenty years as a professional storyteller, Danica has delighted audiences of all ages. Her workshop participants have been from 0-103. She has been struck by lightning, a moose, a rogue semi-tire, vehicles, and the odd strange idea. Danica believes in the power of story and of listening and telling. She has been published in untethered, Poetry All Over the Floor, Grain, Alice Unbound-Beyond Wonderland, and release any words stuck inside of you.

Tonight It’s Poetry
November 4th // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds

Five Treaty Six to Represent at CFSW 2018

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2018 Saskatoon Slam TeamOne community, two parents, three indigenous peoples, four prairie born, and five powerful poets. We are the five Treaty six.

This year’s Saskatoon Slam Team is a powerhouse of talent, passion and words!  Kevin Wesaquate (poetik with a silent K), Elise Pallagi, Janelle Pewapsconias (ecoaborijanelle), Shaw Joseph (Overflo) and Victoria Rideout are bringing a glorious diversity of life experiences, poetry and performance styles that will represent Saskatoon and Tonight It’s Poetry well at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Guelph, ON from October 28 to November 4. Our spoken word community is proud to be sending them to this national competition!  The festival is not just a competition but an educational and social conference, too.  These poets will have many opportunities to meet and learn from some of the most accomplished spoken word artists in the country.  They’ll also have a great time just soaking up the creativity and inspiration of being with other poets. We wish them well and know that they’ll return inspired and ready to bring new words to our stage!

October SLAM!

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October Slam!It’s time for our second monthly poetry slam of the season! 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!

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.

Tonight It’s Poetry
October 29th // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds

Anarchy Slam! Featuring Elise Pallagi

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Anarchy SlamIt’s time for the wildest poetry slam of the year! Join us for the ANARCHY SLAM! Poets are encouraged to break all the rules.
Costumes? Wear ’em.
Props? Bring ’em.
Music? Play it.
Time limits? Break ’em.
*please note, the host reserves the right to cut you off if you take the time limit thing too far – still gotta respect the audience*

But all that aside, the gloves are off! Sign up starts at 7:30 PM.
Let’s get anarchic! The evening will also feature a set from our dear friend, Elise Pallagi!

Elise Pallagi is a poet and multi-disciplinary performance artist and a member of the 2017 and 2018 Saskatoon Poetry Slam Team. Elise’s work focuses on her personal experience and struggles as a transgender woman growing up and living in the Canadian prairie. As a performer, Elise has been a featured artist at The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Regina Word Up, Tonight it’s Poetry, The Saskatoon Pride Festival and The Ness Creek Music Festival and has performed at numerous shows and open mics across Canada. Combining elements of Vaudeville, Burlesque, subversive politics and roller derby with slam poetry, she likes to convey emotional authenticity and relatability in her work, that both moves audiences and touches hearts and minds.

Tonight It’s Poetry
October 21st // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Community Stage Featuring Overflo

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Tonight It's Poetry Community featuring OverfloWe return after a week off on Thanksgiving with a community stage. Sign up at the door to read a piece or two (maximum 5 minutes, out of respect for the space you share). Our feature is one of the Slam Team members heading off to Guelph this Fall, Overflo aka Shawn Joseph!

In 2016 Shawn Joseph has made it on the slam team to represent Saskatoon at CFSW 2016 which took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. However due to some unfortunate circumstances he was unable to attend the event. In 2017 he went on to win many other poetry slams including a story telling slam. A year later he has redeemed himself and made the 2018 Saskatoon Slam team and is eager to compete in CFSW 2018 which will be held in Guelph, Ontario. Shawn is also a member of the Indigenous Poet Society and is happy to have friends from the same group who also made it on the 2018 slam team.

Shawn Joseph is Overflowin’ out of Big River First Nation, using complex rhymes to express complex thoughts, adding perspective to some of the most controversial topics. It is a must-see to experience the unforgetable noteriety of a lyrical mastermind.
STAY WOKE

Tonight It’s Poetry
October 14th // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
No one turned away for lack of funds.