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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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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Kelowna Poetry Slam: Canada Day Throwdown - Meet the Poets

Babaloluwa Oyedele

Babaloluwa Oyedele is an artist currently in the Interdisciplinary Performance program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He is primarily a performer and a poet, but enjoys dabbling in all types and forms of artistic expression. He is currently developing a performance that deals with ideas of vulnerability and his poetry ranges from personal experience to social topics. He’s been learning about story and would love it if you shared a good one with him. He knows that most of these artist bios are about the artist but gets bored with talking about himself so he wants to learn about you. He hopes you enjoy the slam as much as he will.

Lolu won first place at Kelowna Poetry Slam on March 31st 2016! Come find out if he can hold on to first place for a second event in a row. July 1st down at Kerry Park Stage from 6-9pm.

Kelowna Poetry Slam - Kickoff Classic - Meet the poets

Cole Mash

Cole Mash is a doing his MA in Creative Writing and English at UBC Okanagan. He is a poet, fiction writer, and scholar published in Papershell, The Coastal Spectator, and SRC. He competed in Kelowna Poetry Slam on March 31st, 2016 and took second place.

Cole is the newest member of the IWC Collective and a wonderful community activist, poet, and loud mouth. Get your tickets at Mosaic Bookstore for $10 presale so you can watch him (hopefully) finally take first place!

Kelowna Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets - Erin Hiebert

Besides having the COOLEST name of all the poets (haha), Erin has a sarcastic humour about her that will serve her well on stage on March 31st. She was an invited guest on our ShawTV show and proved to the entire collective that there is something witchy about her, (in the best possible way) and we can't wait to be under her spell once again.

Erin Hiebert is a 4th year Creative Writing student at UBCO. She has previously published a chapbook of poetry and uses her writing to examine femininity and women’s lived experiences.

Get your tickets now at Mosaic Books so you can get in early and enjoy some sweet beats and a little refreshment. All the details here.