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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Kelowna Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets - Leila Neverland

Leila is an enigma. One of those creators who can sing like Janis Joplin, play the keys like Bach, and write poetry like Shel Silverstein. She's a wonderful combination of revolution and absurdity. We are excited to see Leila rock it on stage as a poetess. Come see her perform on March 31!

Leila Neverland makes free-spirited music and poetry from her heart,
for the people. She is currently working on a new album, and hopes for
widespread peace.


Tickets available at Mosaic Books until March 31st for $10. Price jumps to $15 at the door. All tickets include one drink. More info here.

Kelowna Poetry Slam

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.

Graphic Design by Adam Flockemann

Graphic Design by Adam Flockemann

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.