Event Times

Jan 18 | 7:00 pm




Special Event



Guelph Poetry slam - January Edition! Ft. Bashar Lulu Jabbour

Guelph Poetry slam - January Edition! Ft. Bashar Lulu Jabbour

Our feature is Bashar Lulu Jabbour! Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet who uses the mundane to give a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a storyteller, and his stories are deeply personal. His poetry has been featured at many festivals Canada including Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Naked Heart, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street, and he was an opening act for as Carlos Andres Gomez. He is the Artistic Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and Lead Poetry Editor at Textile Magazine.

DOORS @ 6:30, sign-up at 7:00, SHOW 7:30PM

COVER: FREE for anyone with a birthaversary in January, $5 for performers, $10/pwyc for everyone else!

GPS! Where are you at?
• Each poet must slam 3 times during the entire season to qualify for a chance to compete as the 2020 GSW Canadian Individual Poetry slam rep.
• 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 encouraging 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 currently not fully wheelchair accessible.

****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.

***** Interested poets must slam 3x between May and February 2019 to compete for the 2020 GPS team!