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Feb 16 | 7:30 pm







Guelph Poetry Slam - February Edition! Ft. Brandon Leake

 Join us on February 16th for the Guelph Poetry Slam

The 3rd Saturday of every month @ the eBar.

 This month's feature is BRANDON LEAKE!

Brandon Leake is an Award Winning Spoken Word Poet, Artistic Educator, and Motivational Speaker from STOCKTON, CA. His creative mixture of art, charisma, and passion, tailored to his own unique personal narrative has taken him across the country as a speaker and performer. Brandon is also an Artistic Educator teaching a workshop series he developed entitled “Dreamerz” which is geared towards using poetry to engage youth while making literacy fun.



Doors @ 7:30PM /8PM START/ COVER: $10/pwyc, $5 for performers and FREE if you have a birthaversary in February! ALL AGES! 

Anyone can sign-up to perform on the open mic or compete for the $100 slam prize! 

What is a Poetry Slam? 


There are only 2 more slams left to qualify for the a Guelph Poetry Slam team finals invitation, so don’t hold back poets!

GPS! Where are you at?

Interested? More information can be found HERE   

• 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 consent focused spaces; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before physically engaging another. Same goes for conversations and advice/feedback.

**Language and content of GSW events can sometimes be intense, triggering or deemed inappropriate for some patrons. While GPS is welcoming of all ages and 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 (at this time).**

****Guelph Poetry slam and all Guelph Spoken word events take place on the stolen ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, in order to build meaningful relationship with them and our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours it is vital that we acknowledge these facts and people as we share and use their land to present events. 

CLICK HERE FOR Guelph Spoken Word website


You can check out poet Truth Is making a very special appearance in The Bookshelf's Books and Barn Owls video:

                                                                                                                                  The Bookshelf - Books and Barn Owls from Ward 1 Studios on Vimeo.


See you there!