Kelowna Poetry Slam - Meet the Poets - Jack MacLeod

Jack participated in the Battle On the Hill slam on January 23rd. He walked away with third place prize money and the desire to take it all in the next event! With his rhythmic shamanism and lyrical mysticism, Jack is sure to wow the crowd with new material on March 31st!

Photo credit: Adam Flockemann

Photo credit: Adam Flockemann

Jack MacLeod has been compared by many to some of the greatest wordsmiths of our time, from Charles Bukowski to George Carlin, and from Dr. Seuss to Eminem. Masterfully wielding his trademark rhyme schemes and razor-sharp wordplay, Jack delivers his rapid fire diatribes and twisted fairy tales with remarkable precision. His first slam competition, Battle on the Hill 2015, awarded Jack third place and astoundingly positive reviews. Inspired by true life experiences of light and darkness, rage and love, and all the strange nights and weird morningsin between; Jack’s patented brand of gonzo poetry seamlessly weaves audiences through a spectrum of emotions that result in cheering applause followed by shock-and-awe silences.

Get your tickets at Mosaic Books, or at our show Thursday, March 24th at 6:30pm at ShawTV Studios in Prospera Place. More info about the slam here.

Kelowna Poetry Slam - Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Jamie Hatoum

My name is Jamie Hatoum (29) living in Penticton.  I've been writing poetry since having a very inspirational English teacher in grade nine.

Jamie participated in our inaugural Kelowna Poetry Slam on March 31st. Show her your support on September 8th from 7-9pm.

Don't forget to get your tickets presale through Mosaic Bookstore for $10.


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.