2019 Kickoff Classic Poetry Slam
IWC's 10th season will begin with our annual Kickoff Classic Poetry Slam! 8 poets will compete in a 2-round slam downtown on Saturday, Sept. 28th from 7PM-9PM at beautiful Stuart Park as part of BC Culture Days. This totally FREE event had almost 200 people there last year, so get there early to get a seat!
This event is sponsored by the City of Kelowna. We thank them for their generous contribution.
The space is wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms, are the public, city provided bathrooms around the corner from Stuart Park. They are two single-stall washrooms, that are unfortunately gendered.
Inspired Word Cafe Open Mic and Open Slam
IWC hosts one open mic show per month, with a regular season running from September-April. We offer an open mic to start the show, with a first come, first up model and 5 open mic spots. There is no reserving before the doors open at 6:30PM, so come early and get your name on the list! We invite poets, musicians, storytellers alike to our open mic. Then, we have an 8 poet open slam, which means ANYONE can come down and sign up to slam. Anyone who signs up and does not make it in to the slam will automatically be put on the top of the list for the following month.
Join us the first Thursday of every month starting in October, at Milkcrate Records downtown. Doors at 6:30PM, show at 7PM. Sign-up at 6:30PM night of.
Admission is $5 at the door.
Inspired Word Cafe Public Reading Series
Twice a month (the second and last Thursday), we gather at Milkcrate Records at 7PM. There will be a 3-spot open mic, followed by a featured reader from IWC paired up with a visiting author. This is a collaboration with UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Creative and Critical studies in an effort to bridge the gap between our local and institutional literary scenes. This is a unique way of engaging with some of our most talented and professional artists from the community.
These events are FREE and ALL AGES.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx people. It is a privilege to be able to put on events as uninvited guests on their land.