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.

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 - 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.


Volunteers Needed For Upcoming Kelowna Poetry Slam

Positions to be filled:

1) Set up (2 people)

  • You will help set up chairs, decorations, equipment etc

2) Tickets at the door (2 people)

  • selling tickets
  • stamping paid guests
  • handing out drink ticket

3) Clean up/tear down crew (3 people)

  • cleaning up garbage, putting away chairs, helping with load-out, etc

4) Respect the flow patrol (2 people)

  • ensuring the vibe is peaceful and respectful, mingle with guests, be the peace keeper of the night Peace Love Unity Respect and Responsibility is the key here. 
  • Bring water to the slam poets and DJ.

We need 9 volunteers. As a volunteer, you get in to the event and one drink ticket FREE! All inquiries may be directed through our Facebook Page Direct Message.