Event Times

Feb 17 | 7:30 pm






Parental Guidance

Guelph Poetry Slam - Season Opener

This slam is in support of the Guelph Black heritage Societry
Join us for another poetry slam w/ open mic and special guest features from the 2017 Up from the Roots Slam team who placed 2nd in the country!
Bring to two poems to compete for the $100 slam prize
All ages welcome*
The eBar (41 Quebec St.)
Doors & sign up 7:30pm
Show start 8pm 
$10 cover (pwyc) FREE If you have a birthaversary in the month of February!

The open mic is open to all sorts of artist and a good place to get your sea legs if you've never performed or if you just not up for having you worked scored.

Our features are:
Paulina O'Kieffe, a spoken word artist, producer, and artist educator. Paulina has performed, produced and hosted shows across the City of Toronto and beyond for the last 13 years. Her poetry appears in print in "Guerrillas of the Word" and "If I Ran the School". Her work has also been featured on CBC News, Metro Morning, AfroGlobal TV and Bell Fibe TV. Paulina was a member of the Up From the Roots Poetry SLAM Team who were finalists at the 2015 and 2017 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and is the producer of the Words by the Water Literary Festival. Paulina has been using spoken word to teach young people in a number of communities about self-education, expression and empowerment. 
& Dwayne Morgan. Founder of Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. 

Morgan is a 2017 finalist for the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Spoken Word, and a 2016 finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Renaissance Planet Africa Award for Career Achievement, and was acknowledged by the Ontario Black History Society as a Community Trailblazer. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Morgan is a member of the Writers Union of Canada, a 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Poetry Slam Champion, and has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 2005, Morgan was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver, and in 2008 his contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.

• Each poet must slam 3 times during the entire season to qualify for a chance to compete for the 2019 slam team.
• Each poet must perform original work for which they are the primary author.
• No props. (Referencing or using any THING that is not available to all poets.)
• People are not props, group poems are allowed in all competitions except during finals and special head to head slams.
• No costumes. (Wearing clothing or accessories that are obviously meant to accentuate a poem and that is worn to enhance a specific performance.
• No nudity.
• No musical accompaniment or musical instruments.
• Poets who use props, costumes or musical accompaniment will be deducted 2 points per infraction.
• Poets have 3 minutes and a grace period of 10 seconds to perform their poem, after which time 0.5 points will be deducted for every 10 seconds or part thereof that they go over.
• A poet’s time starts as soon as they engage the audience. This includes any verbal or physical introduction.
• Of the scores the poet receives from the five randomly selected judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 30.
• There will be up to two sacrificial poet to calibrate the judges for the 1st round.
• The order that the poets will compete in each round will be drawn randomly.
• The slam will be two rounds 
• 10 poets in the 1st Round
• Four poets in the 2nd Round

All Guelph Spoken Word events are promoted as consent positive spaces; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before physically engaging another. Same goes for deep conversations and advice/feedback.
*Language and content of GSW events can sometimes be intense, triggering or deemed inappropriate. While GPS is welcoming of all ages and we do most often have an active listener on hand, attendees discretion is advised. We also encourage guardians to take the opportunities presented at these events to open dialogue with the youth being supervised.
**Unfortunately our venue for GPS is not wheelchair accessible.**