Urban Legends at VERSeFest

Jamal hosted the Urban Legend’s competition. The sign up list of poets was randomized and the crowd called out a number of who would go next. The winner of the night would automatically get a place in the semi-finals. And $250 cash. Second spot gets $100 and third spot $50. First up was the sacrificial […]

Political Poems: Panel with Wah, Brossard and Brand

Nicole Brossard, Fred Wah and Dionne Brand fielding questions from the audience while on panel. Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah organized this salon that to present The Political Poem with Nicole Brossard and Dionne Brand, “two of Canada‚Äôs most outstanding textual activists. Though the range of their writing is expansive, including novels, essays, collaborations, and […]

BQJ Launch and Fundraiser for Cornerstone

Jill Zmud (who you can hear on iTunes) was the featured music at the Bywords Quarterly Journal launch at the Manx Pub on Sunday the 27th. It was special not only because of her sweet music singing of the prairies and her a capella voice, that had half a dozen people I saw reaching for […]

Ottawa Woman's Slam Championship 2013

The 2013 Women’s Slam Championship, presented by VERSeOttawa was at the Mercury Lounge Saturday, January 26th. With a $8 charge at the door, the downstairs and upstairs were standing room only. It was a good night with strong voices and stories. It was in the space that Capital Slam uses each Saturday night, including next […]

Dusty Owl 2013 Season of Song and Word

Cathy (left) hosts, and has since 1996-99 and 2003-now. That’s 13 years, folks, at once or twice a month. The Dusty Owl has flown to a new roost in Mugshots at 75 Nicholas Street Old Jail, now a youth hostel. It is in the space that used to be the prisoner’s chapel, now serving beer […]