Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Nygel Metcalfe

Winner of last years Kickoff, Nygel returns to once again claim victory.  Will his rhymes reign supreme?  Join us at this years Kickoff Classic to find out.

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1.    What did you read this summer?

"We had it all wrong, bleebs: everything you missed about Justin Bieber's faith journey in 2016."

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

The REAL reason all your exes said "No Way, José!" Can you handle knowing the truth?

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

This young woman went looking for treasure in a haunted cavern, and what she found will shock you!

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

This man was shocked by the IPA that he found!! 10 life hacks for pasty millenials.

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Try dying and letting maggots convert your decadent ass into soil - increase your ability to catalyze nitrogen fixation by 200%!!

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Jen Brisseau

With a wayward and often surreal style, Jens words are sure to slay.  Come see her take the stage at this years Kickoff Classic.  

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1.    What did you read this summer?

What the Soul Doesn't Want by Lorna Crozier, There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker, and Otolith by Emily Nilsen.

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

Enjoy the cooler weather.  Some might call it vest-weather.  I do too.

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

Fuck pumpkin spice lattes.  Fuck Starbucks.  Fuck capitalism.  Fuck Trump.  Fuck everything.  Ugh.  How did we get here?

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

Neither.  Both.

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

All of them.  Most certainly.

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Erin Scott

We adore Erins poems.  Poignant and posed, Erin returns to the mic to claim the title of Kickoff Queen.  Don't miss her at the 2017 Kelowna Poetry Slam Classic Kickoff. 

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1.    What did you read this summer?

Robyn Sarah “These Shoes are Killing Me”, Madeleine Thien “Do Not Say We Have Nothing”, and 4000 Facebook posts.

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

Walk through the woods! It smells so good. Mmm, death.

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

No one important. Who drinks pumpkin spice lattes anyways? Ugh. #basic

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

I don’t drink beer! Wine all the way. And that’s a tough second question. Why do I have to choose? Huh? How come I can’t be open and love the two in different but substantial ways?

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

Fire safety isn’t a joke.

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Brad Roach

Brad, with his unique style and worldview, will be taking the stage at this years Classic.  Come cheer him on, he's sure to deliver a laugh or two.

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1.    What did you read this summer?

I read a lot of odds and sods. I am a sucker for climbing stories and got on a CanLit kick for the bulk of the summer months.

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

Rock climbing is my favorite thing to do around these parts right now.

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

Can’t say I have any interest in pumpkin spice in any form even in a metaphysical context.

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

I drink cheap beer so pil will do. I like a home cooked ramen with fresh kimchi, pig belly, an egg drop and lots of veg and mushrooms.

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

Well since the ban has been on, I have been well behaved. However, I did dress up as a unicorn, shoot a roman candle wizard staff at a giant wax box effigy all while driving an atv before engaging in a mock chainsaw battle earlier in the spring. This was in a gravel bush camp dance off in Northern B.C while snow and floods were still a thing.

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Erin Hiebert

We're super excited to welcome Erin back to the mic.  We love her for her wit and her charm and her beautiful, beautiful words.  We're certain Erin will delight at this years Kickoff Classic.

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1.    What did you read this summer?

Silvia Legris, Lucie Brock-Broido, and Anne Carson.

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

Wear pants.

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

Jesus, so I could get turn it to wine.

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

Pilsner.  Ramen.

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

Three.

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

With her larger-than-life personality and wonderful stage presence, Bodacious Rhian Jack is sure to get us laughing or crying, or both.  Will she take the title at this years Kickoff?  Only one way to find out.

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1.    What did you read this summer?

Bitch Magazine.  FYI it is available at our regional library.

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

Smoke pot outside among the wicked colours.

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

Becky.

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

Pilsner, ramen.

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

Holy fuck.  All of them.  Dozens.  No joke.

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Dash Taheri

Dash is a regular in the Kelowna poetry scene and we're always entranced by what he's got to say.  With his unique perspective and beautiful words we're sure he's gonna slay the competition at this years Classic.

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1.    What did you read this summer?

My Facebook feed, inspiration quotes posted on Instagram, my employee handbook, Starting Over by Tony Parsons, and Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins.

2.    What is your favourite thing to do in the fall in the Okanagan?

Watching the leaves change colour, doing lots of art, and soaking in every last bit of sunshine before winter comes.

3.    If you were a pumpkin spice latte, who’s pumpkin spice latte would you be and why?

I'd remain at Starbucks, unpurchased, because I'm not spending 6 dollars on a drink.

4.    IPA or pilsner?  Ramen or pho?

Pho but pronounced Pha, and the only booze I'll drink is the left over remains of mouthwash after my morning scrub.

5.    How many fires would you say you personally started this summer?

I quit my job, so definitely a few. And a small handful of short lived romances.

 

Join us at the Kickoff Classic, September 30th, 7-9 pm, UNC Ballroom UBC Okanagan.  Get your tickets from Eventbrite and Mosaic Books.

 

Thanks to our sponsors Mosaic Books, Big Rock Brewery, UBCSUO, Frequency Wine and Sound, and Kelowna Sound Rental.

With Gratitude

Thank you to our friend Lesley-Anne Evans for sharing videographer John Dorig video from the Inspired Word Cafe from 2013. https://laevans.ca/2014/01/03/2013-was-a-very-good-year/#comment-4024

On that note, Season 8 of the Inspired Word Cafe starts Saturday September 30th 7:00 pm with the 2nd Kickoff Classic Poetry Slam at UBC OKanagan. Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kickoff-classic-tickets-37462848388?aff=ehomecard

The first open mic/open slam show is Thursday October 8th 7:00 pm at the downtown Kelowna Library and the first Inspired Word Cafe Show on Shaw TV Okanagan is Thursday October 19th 6:30 pm at the Shaw TV Studios Prospera Place.

The Inspired Word Cafe...(r)evolution through artistic expression. 

 

 

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Kelowna Sound Rentals

Providing all of our sound equipment and one of their awesome Sound Technicians is the team over at Kelowna Sound Rentals. We can't express enough how important sound quality is to successful events! Not just for music, but also for clarity of speaking voices when you know, you host a poetry slam or something. In the past, our sound has been a little wonky and we are so appreciative to have a team of professionals coming in to keep us crisp.

Check out their services and give them a shout for your next event.

For now, let's get to know Kelowna Sound Rentals a little better with some questions.

Why do you think it is important to support the local art/culture scene?

KSR believes this is important because the art/culture scene helps define our culture and society for historical purposes in a positive manner while bringing the community together in the present.

2. What is your favourite place in the Valley?

Our favorite place in the valley is probably Gellalty Bay.

3. Which Simpson character is most like you? If you do not know the Simpson’s, which cartoon character is most like you?

Bart Simpson

4. Which art form best describes your organization and why?

Music. In the production stage and can be complex, while in the finished stage everything seems to just come together.

5. Safari or Chrome? Mac or PC?

Chrome and PC.

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Jada Larkin

Representing Team Springfield is the Battle on the Hill Champion Jada Larkin. With his political call-to-arms, and his wonderful use of language to draw the audience in, Jada is one-of-a-kind. He will certainly bring his powerful voice to the stage with the goal of making change, opening hearts, and hopefully walking away with the title for a second year in the row. Don't miss out on hearing Jada speak!

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Jen Brisseau

Representing Team Shelbyville, Jen is a Winfield girl and an incredible poet. We are so excited to see what kind of poems she brings to the stage on January 27th. Can Team Shelbyville finally take rights to the Lemon Tree? Will Jen be victorious? Time will tell!

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Nygel Metcalfe

Representing Team Springfield, Nygel took first place at our Kickoff Classic back in September 2016. He is a dynamic performer and certainly knows how to get the crowd going with rhymes and images. Come see what Nygel has prepared for Team Shelbyville. Remember though: no lemon throwing, Nygel!

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Joel Williamson

Coming from Vernon, BC, Joel has competed in past slams and will bring his hip-hop influenced style to the stage on January 27th. Don't wait to get your tickets! This will certainly be one of the funnest poetry events to happen in the Okanagan Valley.

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Lolu Oyedele

Representing Team Springfield is the incredible Lolu. He has taken multiple first place spots at past Kelowna Poetry Slam events and is always up for workshopping, performing, and supporting community. You don't want to miss what Lolu will bring to the stage on January 27th.

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Sophia Jackson

Sophia is representing Shelbyville and coming all the way from the beautiful city of Summerland. She is a baker, a storyteller, and an amazing presence on stage. Come cheer her on in and show her the love for Team Shelbyville. You may even get bread if you do!

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