How pumped on Season 8 are all of you lovely IWC community members? The collective has been busy at work prepping and planning and getting ready for the best season yet. And with the best season comes changes and new announcements.
Our first big announcement is the Kickoff Classic! Happening on September 30th, at UBC Okanagan's ballroom, from 7-9pm. Sponsored by UBCSUO and featuring the poetry and music of C.R. Avery. Tickets will be on sale soon at Mosaic Books and UBC Green Text Bookstore on campus. This event is 19+.
Secondly, we had a wonderful Season 7 at Bean Scene Downtown. Charlotte and her crew were beyond accommodating, kind, and gracious to our loud, boisterous crowd of poets and musicians. But as an organization, we have made it a part of our mandate to host events in accessible and inclusive venue spaces. This doesn't always mean we succeed, but we are trying to find ways to include everyone who would like to participate in IWC and be a member of our growing community.
That being said, we are stoked to announce that Season 8 Open Mic/Open Slam will take place on the first Thursday of every month at Okanagan Regional Library - Downtown Branch. This space is wheelchair accessible, features a system to connect directly to Hearing Aids, is affordable so we can honour our $5 a head entry fee, and is downtown for ease of access to all those people using public transit. As we grow and change, we hope the community can continue to push and support us in making conscious choices around venue spaces which address accessibility in its multitudes of ways.
Our first Open Mic/Open Slam will be on Thursday, October 5th at 7pm at Okanagan Regional Library - Downtown Branch. Come find us and say hello to our new space for Season 8.
Check back here throughout the season for more information about events, shaw tapings, and volunteer opportunities!
And GET WRITING! It's time. :)
- IWC Collective