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SLAM! : Poetry Slam

SLAM! : Poetry SlamIt’s time for our fourth poetry slam of the season! Bring old poems, new poems, revamped poems, weird poems, angry poems … let’s slam all the poems! 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. 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!

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

First New Sh*t Slam!

New Shit Slam PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF THIS SLAM HAS CHANGED!  We still want your new poems and now you have nearly a month to get some new stuff together!

It’s time for our fifth poetry slam of the season! We want your new poems! This is our first new sh*t slam and we’re eager to hear your new words! 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. 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!

Tonight It’s Poetry
January 27 // Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon — Treaty 6 Territory — Home of the Métis People
$5 // 8:00 PM
19+
No one turned away for lack of funds.

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

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!

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

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!

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!

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

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

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!

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

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Qualifier!

Spoken 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...

Your Words: Community Stage

Tonight 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...