Kelowna Poetry Slam: Canada Day Throwdown - Meet the Poets

Jada Larkin

Jada Larkin originally hails from the ground of Windsor Ontario where he began writing a few years ago. Young to the medium, he quickly found his voice and style of delivery. A poet that aims to evoke empathy by pushing the boundaries of topics about humanity and self exploration and actualization. He utilizes strong diction and imagery to paint a vivid image of his words and strives to simply make you feel.

Jada took first place at Battle On the Hill and is a performer you don't want to miss! Cheer him on down at Kerry Park Stage, 6-9pm, July 1st.

Kelowna Poetry Slam: Canada Day Throwdown - Meet the Poets

Ricco Dicar

I fell in love with poetry after teaching the mechanics of it to my Grade 2 students. We investigated all the different forms of poetry and delved deep into the Haiku. After that I began to write my own as a model for the students. I enjoyed it from that day. The way chaos can meet organization and flow so eloquently after hours of polishing is quite astonishing. Its also satisfying to see a connection between artist and audience; hopefully inspiring others to express themselves.

Find Ricco down at Kerry Park Stage, July 1st, from 6-9pm!

Kelowna Poetry Slam: Canada Day Throwdown - Meet the Poets

Erin Scott

Erin Scott is a spoken word poet and playwright. She focuses on community art development, feminism, and subversive humour. Her work has been published in Papershell, produced in InspiraTO and West Queens West Street Festivals, and Ricepaper Magazine. Her second spoken word album "NOT FUNNY" was released in April 2016.

Come find Erin on July 1st, 2016 at Kerry Park stage from 6-9pm!

Photo Credit: Jessica Zais Photography

Photo Credit: Jessica Zais Photography

Kelowna Poetry Slam - Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Kari Leigh

Kari Leigh is a poet that crosses the borders of her mind to share words of social analysis and cultural justice. Kari is in her last year at UBCO, completing her Arts degree in Anthropology. Her future pursuits will be in Public Health and caressing current paradigms in order to provoke the emergence of new ones in our social avenues. She is a mother and a lover, and if you talk to her you will find that she doesn’t fit any one label that confines. Her style is to empower, her work is to enforce growth and that’s why she enjoys slamming it down!

Kari will be at The Well Pub on September 8th from 7-9pm. Tickets are available at Mosaic Bookstore for $10 presale.

Kelowna Poetry Slam - Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Andrew Brown

Andrew is a high school English teacher who is a newcomer to the slam scene. He wrote his first spoken word poem 3 years ago (and has since been a huge fan of the medium), in his first year of teaching, when teaching spoken word poetry for the first time. Being a hip hop fan for most of his life, Andrew started writing lyrics at this same time and recorded his first song that year. Social justice, being a teacher, growing as a father and husband and hip hop are what inspire him to write. 

Come find Andrew and cheer him on during our Kickoff Classic at The Well Pub, September 8th from 7-9pm. Tickets $10 presale at Mosaic Bookstore.

Kelowna Poetry Slam: Canada Day Throwdown - Meet the Poets

Amanda Kelly

Amanda first came out of the poetry closet, three years ago at an IWC event and has been spinning words ever since. Poetry came as a sort of therapy when she was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2013 and helps her make sense of the intricacies of life. Amanda’s poetry is curious about the messy relationships we have with our loved ones, society, the natural world and our own minds.  

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 - Kickoff Classic - Meet the Poets

Greg Schlosser

Greg is a Kelowna resident of 32 yrs of age, who stepped in to the fascinating world of poetry at the ripe age of 10, and has been honing his craft in many avenues since then. With the art of rhyme on his side he keeps his syllables close by his side, talking leaps into uncharted territory with his wordplay. A unique soul that is always searching for more.

You can find Greg at the Kickoff Classic at The Well Pub from 7-9pm, September 8th. Presale tickets available at Mosaic Bookstore for $10.

 

 

 

Kelowna Poetry Slam: Canada Day Throwdown - Meet the Poets

Dash Taheri

My name is Dash Taheri from Vernon. I'm don't consider myself a writer, an artist, or a performer. I'm simply a lover of all things creative and imaginative, and love exploring these things through various modes of expression. I work for two non-profits; one in the field of addictions and homelessness, and the other in education and youth empowerment.

Dash will take the stage on July 1st, 2016 down at Kerry Park Stage from 6-9pm. Join us there to cheer him on!