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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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets

Brad Roach

Brad is representing Team Springfield and is a hilarious voice all the way out from Nova Scotia. You can be sure that he will be bringing a brand of poetry all his own. Don't miss out as we welcome one of the newest members of the IWC community to the KPS stage!

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Back Door Winery

Rawle first connected with this Summerland based winery and man I have to be honest, its challenging not to make a million inappropriate jokes inspired by their name. But I will behave because this lovely, intimate winery has offered up bottles of wine for all of the poets competing on January 27th. We strive to always pay our poets, but in lieu of this possibility, having community partners who can say thank you in other ways is a wonderful gift. Check out the amazing winery and get out of Kelowna to show your support and love for Team Shelbyville by repping this Summerland winery.

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Mosaic Books

For as long as Inspired Word Cafe has been throwing poetry slam events, Mosaic Books has been selling our tickets for us. With such an amazing book selection and some of the coolest staff in town, we knew it was a match made in heaven when they came on board as a sponsor for Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam. Thanks to Mosaic Books, all ticket holders will be entered for door prizes of books and gift cards! Check out our Facebook event page for a juicy pic of the winnings!

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Float Space

Many creatives and athletes alike would shout from the tops of mountains about the incredible benefits of floating, if we let them. Thanks to Dustin Erickson and the team over at Float Space, our poets will be gifted with some float time if they manage to take First, Second or Third place. But don't worry! Float Space is an inviting place where you can go to recharge, so check them out for yourself and let us know what you think.

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Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam - Meet the Sponsors

Arts Council of the Central Okanagan

Katie Brennan is a fantastic visual artist, friend of IWC, and President of the Arts Council for the Central Okanagan. When she came to IWC and said "Let's do something sweet together!" we could not turn her down. Without the generous support of ARTSCo, the madness of Springfield vs. Shelbyville would not be possible. Check out all the work they are up to around the Okanagan Valley and don't forget to nominate your favourite artists for the 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards in May.

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I know you are, but what am I?

I know you are, but what am I?

We are so pumped for the big Springfield vs. Shelbyville Poetry Slam happening on January 27, 2017! Since our original call for poets in early November, we have selected the two teams, booked our venue and are eager to announce our wine and beer sponsors. Not to mention, if Rawle has his way, there will certainly be some kind of pre-show entertainment before the slam begins. It's going to be a killer night in Kelowna and it's only $10 through our Eventbrite campaign. Damn. This is almost as good as the Lemon Tree!

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Show Schedule

All of the dates are in our calendar as well, but here they are in a nice little blog post! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Thursday October 6th 7:00pm - Open Mic/Slam @Downtown Bean Scene
Thursday October 13th 6:30pm - TV show taping @ Shaw TV Studios
Thursday October 20th 6:00pm - Gratitude Show @Kelowna Food Bank
Friday October 28th 6:30pm - TV show taping @Shaw TV Studios
Thursday November 3rd 7:00pm - Open Mic/Slam @Downtown Bean Scene
Thursday November 10th 6:30pm - TV show taping @Shaw TV Studios
Thursday November 24th 6:30pm - TV show taping @Shaw TV Studios
Thursday December 1st 7:00pm - Open Mic/Slam @Downtown Bean Scene
Thursday December 8th 6:30pm - TV show taping @Shaw TV Studios