KW Poetry Slam + Open Mic — August 9th



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KW Poetry Slam + Open Mic ft. C-Command
Sat Aug 9, 2014
Cafe Pyrus, 16 Charles St West Kitchener
$5 or Pay What You Can
Signup at 7pm, Open Mic at 7:30pm, Slam round 1 starts at 8pm. Come early and have dinner at Pyrus!
All Ages. This is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Please email us if you have any questions, or any access needs at

Thank you to our funders: City of Kitchener Community Grants, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
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About our feature poet:
C-Command is a rapper, poet, and flow enthusiast. He seeks to capture and represent the euphoric momentum of a human mind making sense of things. He has a background in acting for film and stage, and in 2012 he got a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Concordia in Montreal. In April he placed 2nd at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship in Vancouver. Outside of word arrangement, some of his favourite things to do are jamming, party-dancing, and chess.




KW Poetry Slam + Open Mic
Sat March 1, 2014
Little Bean Coffee Bar, 417 King St W, Kitchener
7pm sign up 7:30 open mic 8:00pm slam
$5 or Pay What You Can
Featuring Awasis
Hosted by Bassam

All Ages are welcome. We advise parental discretion though because the material presented on stage may have mature content.

We strive to be a queer and trans folk welcoming space.
There is one small step into the front door. The interior space and washrooms are wheelchair accessible.

If you have any access needs or questions, please contact us at

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Poster by S James Curtis.

Poster by S James Curtis.

Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Featuring 2-time Vancouver slam team member Erin Kirsh
Sat Nov 30th 2013
Little Bean Coffee Bar 417 King St West
Sign up at 7pm, Open Mic at 7:30, Slam begins at 8
$5 or Pay What You Can


About our feature poet:
Erin Kirsh is a Vancouver based writer, a spoken word poet, and a generally enthusiastic person. She is a two time member of the Vancouver Poetry Team and the Canadian 2012/2013 Haiku Death Match Champion. She has a dirty mouth, cute neuroses, and understands that the only reason she gets away with saying the things she does is because she has a baby face. She will pretend to be all eyelashes, when really, she is only somewhat eyelashes and lots and lots of teeth. Her poetry is the result of cynicism and whimsy getting together and drinking too much. Erin likes playing, cats and making fun of stuff she loves.

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Last night was Night/Shift, hosted in downtown Kitchener by Alternatives Journal. There were tons of events going on, but I spent most of my time with the KW Poetry Slam people at the Queen Street Commons.

The event started at 10 and went until 2, and I participated in the open mic portion at midnight.

It was so interesting  to see downtown Kitchener teeming with people so late at night, and it seemed like every open venue was full to the brim.

I read three short poems, which I felt a little self-conscious about because I’d followed some people who wrote more slam style and were longer. Overall, the night was amazing, there were dancing and singing gnomes that seemed to be at all the events at once.

Open Poetry Circle | debrief

Last weekend I went to the KW Poetry Slam organized event in which a group of poets came together and shared their own work as well as work they admired. I initially thought it would be awkward and weird, just like I feel slam can sometimes be, but with an attendance of only ten poets, the setting was welcoming and intimate and much more conducive to sharing.

I went in not planning on sharing anything, I hadn’t even brought a notebook or pen – but as the circle opened up I felt more confident and pulled up some of the work I had stored on my phone.

Both the praise and the constructive criticism I received really helped me find a way to shape the pieces I had shard. As well, hearing other people read their work and be open to multiple interpretations and suggestions was really rewarding.

I think with a larger crowd the event would not have been as successful as that would have removed some of the intimacy from the readings.