It started September 2015, when I poked and prodded at Rawle to agree to do a slam event. I promised it would be awesome! So we did it, hosting our first poetry slam with Inspired Word Cafe and the biggest slam event at the time and to happen in Kelowna, with over 75 people showing up. After this, we felt we had to keep going!
On January 23rd 2016, Inspired Word Cafe and UBCO went head-to-head in "Battle on the Hill". It turned out to be one of the most fun, inspiring, hilarious, and thought provoking evenings IWC and our community had seen. 300 people gathered as the teams battled it out, ending in UBC's victory. But the fun simply couldn't stop after that crowd pleaser!
The IWC Collective has been busily working on the newest event series in our arsenal. As many of you know, we run our 6 year strong open mic night once a month at Kelowna Heritage Museum. This is, and will remain, a safe place for poets and musicians of all experience levels to come and share. In late 2015, Inspired Word Cafe made it's television debut with a self-titled show running daily and filmed bimonthly at Shaw TV Studios in Prospera Place. The only thing missing from this already thriving poetry community was a regular poetry slam.
After much brainstorming, and still many kinks to be worked out, we decided we would start a brand new series called Kelowna Poetry Slam. In case you didn't know, every year Slam teams from across Canada gather at what is called the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. These teams compete to be known as the top slam team in Canada, followed with the opportunity to travel to America and perform in the International slam championships! Pretty cool, hey? The crazy thing though, is that Kelowna HAS NEVER SENT A TEAM! Just think, all of this talent here in the Okanagan going unnoticed by our Country? Here at IWC, we knew we had to remedy this situation and fast.
Our first venture as Kelowna Poetry Slam will be March 31st, from 7-10pm at Laurel Packing House in the cultural district of Kelowna. We are so stoked to present, as sponsored by UBCSUO, Footwerk Events's JGirl spinning some dope beats, a cash bar, hosts from Q103.1 Susan Knight and John Stone as well as myself (Erin Scott) helping keep the night moist. Eight poets will take the stage and only one will come out on top. Join us for another night of insane talent and good vibes in this growing community of ours. Check out the event page and get your tickets soon in case we SELL OUT!
Keep checking back here for more information about the future of Kelowna Poetry Slam, what we have in store for Fall 2015, and any surprises to pop up over the summer! It's sure to be off da hook!
*for info about how to apply to be a poet in this slam, check the FB page.