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Double Feature! Johnny MacRae & yes!

 

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!

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!

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

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

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.

Bringing Sexy Back: A Fundraiser

Bringing Sexy Back FundraiserTonight It’s Poetry and Saskatoon Sexual Health partner again to bring sexy back! We’ve got a host of luscious treats awaiting you! Raffle items! 50/50 draw! Amazing performances!
Burlesque performers Penicillin Penny and Mona Handful
Spoken Word Poets
All hosted by your favourite burlesque granny … Granny Galore!

The highlight of the evening will be the open mic! Please come tell us your stories about awkward sexual experiences, perform your sexy poems, sing us love songs! A safe space to share all our fun, weird, awkward and wonderful sexual experiences!
February 17 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$10 – $15 Suggested Donation | 8:00 PM
19+

Community Stage ft. Danielle Altrogge & Charlie Peters

Image for Elemental stage productionOur community stage is an opportunity for all spoken word artists to perform for an audience.
Our feature performers are awesome! You will not want to miss this night! Their show, Elemental, will be at Studio 914 February 15 – 17 and February 20 – 24. Come on out to win some tickets!
By turns hilarious and poignant, National Slam Champion Danielle Altrogge’s On the Rocks and award-winning theatre artist Charlie Peters’ Many Fires make up this double-bill of brand new solo shows. Artistic disciplines collide when poetry, monologue, clown, and puppetry are used to explore gender, sexuality, and healing.

February 10 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2129280617335744/

Community Stage!

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!

February 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.

In Your Words: Community Stage

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!  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.
Tonight It’s Poetry
January 20 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

In Others’ Words: Reading Other People’s Poetry

In Others' Words: Reading Other People's PoetryCohen. Lorde. Campbell. Rumi. Mitchell. Hughes. Lynes. Dickinson. Nash.
Do you have a favourite poet whose work you’ve always wanted to perform? Tonight is your chance! Come down and get up on stage with someone else’s words. Anything goes for tonight’s community stage so if you’ve got something of your own you want to perform we’re cool with that, too! Sign up starts at 7:30 pm.

Tonight It’s Poetry
January 13 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Super Chill Community Stage

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Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival Kick Off!

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