You might have heard through social media posts already, but here’s the official announcement: Our inaugural SLAM! Champion is Tiana Northage!!!!!!!
Our Finals saw the best crowd of our run, and amazing performances from our poets on stage. Thank you to those who spread the word about our little niche production, which is only just a taste of what you might experience in the Winnipeg Poetry Slam community.
Big thanks to Rob Malo for hosting the entire run, and doing a fantastic job of it at that! Also to KimmyZee Jaremglinski for her hard work in mentoring me through the process of building and promoting a show (Rob did a fair bit of that too!).
Big love to my fellow poets who showed up for meetings, fundraisers and shows, knowing that they were all stepping outside of their comfort zones to grow as writers and performers. To Rob Malo, Mike Johnston, Tino Hove, Brenden Gali, Larysa Musick, Kortnee Stevens, KimmyZee, and Tiana Northage, thank you all for coming along on this ride with me. I’m so proud and honored to have experienced this with you.
Thank you to our volunteers, Aaron Simm, Amber O’Reilly, Kier Mailan, Lindsey Olver, Mason Victor Kanne, and Joanne Schapansky for helping us make the show happen. Super big thanks to Stephen Sim, Caitlin Curtis, Rob Gee and Penny Ashton for joining us and helping us to build a space inside of the Fringe community!
We have something here, folks. Something that impacted audience members enough to come back and see us a second and third time. I can’t wait to see the show, and our community grow as a result!

SLAM! Hits Fringe This Summer!

I’m excited to announce that a project I’ve been working on, called SLAM! will be hitting the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival this summer! Gathering up a troupe of 8 amazing poets and one fantastic host, we’ll be showing the theatre crowd what slam poetry is all about in a full-on tournament!

Stay tuned to the SLAM! production website as we’ll be featuring bios and links for each troupe member and posting scores and rankings as the tournament progresses to the grand final!

In the meantime, meet the troupe in person and preview the show at either (or both!) of our fundraisers coming up at the Handsome Daughter, the home of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam!

2017 Begins with a Bang!

January was a heck of a month! I traveled to Saskatoon to feature in one of my favourite communities (Tonight it’s Poetry!), and had it covered with a travel grant from the Manitoba Arts Council. Later that week, I came in first at the slam here in town, and followed that up with an Artists in the Schools residency at Montrose School, teaching spoken word and public speaking to grade 5/6’s.

Thank you so much to the community organizers, arts admins, teachers and friends who offer me these opportunities to share my work and otherwise live the dream! Please visit the links to learn more about community events and professional opportunities.

This month in town, I’ll be hosting the WPS February slam on the 15th with my birthday-brother Matt Moskal, and visiting H.G. Izatt school with a new lesson plan that incorporates spoken word with chapbooking and puppeteering. The wacky odyssey continues!

Photo credit: Sean Guezen.