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Sunday afternoon readings, spoken word & music (Ottawa) [17 Jul 2013|09:56pm]

duhbigman
The long-running
DUSTY OWL READING SERIES
is happening again this weekend!

This monthly series is dedicated to showcasing the best in literary talent and fostering the artistic community.
The show includes featured readers or performers, followed by an open-mic session – so if you've got any poetry, fiction or spoken word that you'd like to share with the world, bring it along.

And this Sunday's features will be:

JUST JAMAAL
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View his Facebook page here

JEFF COTTRILL
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View his website here

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Mugshots Bar/Courtyard, 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa
No cover! (Donations lovingly accepted)
www.DustyOwl.com
Facebook event page
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The Hamilton Youth Poetry Slam! Lyric Theatre Hamilton [29 Jun 2012|10:23pm]

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The Hamilton Youth Poetry Slam!
In Community partnership with The Lyric Theatre, The Burlington Slam Project is proud to present, for the first time ever: The Hamilton Youth Poetry Slam!
Hamilton Youth (12-22 years) will have a chance to compete with their poetry for an opportunity to represent their community at a "Youth In Unison" Music and Spoken Word Festival this summer, in Guelph, Ontario.

Not only that, but internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan will be bringing his band and doing a full set to give you an earful of pleasure. www.shanekoyczan.com

Opening for Shane and the band will be members of the 2012 Burlington Slam Project Team, as they prepare to represent the community on the US National stage in August.

Doors at 6:30 PM / Tickets $20 / $10 for Youth with ID
$5 for Youth Slammers - pre-registration available
For advance tickets and slam pre-registration contact Nea Reid directly. neapolitana@gmail.com

Youth Slammers should have 3 original poems prepared
Slam Rules:
3 minute 10 second time limit / no props or costumes / no music or instruments unless created by your voice OR body / original works only
poems can be read off paper, but judges are encouraged to score based on writing AND performance. http://tickets.lyrichamilton.com/
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POETRY OPEN MIC THIS SUNDAY! (Ottawa) [13 Oct 2011|03:58pm]

duhbigman
Got some poetry you'd like to share?
How about a story, or music, or comedy?

Then bring it to THE DUSTY OWL this Sunday afternoon!
Open mic to follow a feature performer.

Sunday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.
The Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West, Ottawa
(take Somerset bus #2 westbound)
Pay what you can
www.dustyowl.com
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Coffeehouse Cabaret, Tuesday April 13 at TKO's, Toronto [08 Apr 2010|02:11pm]

leftofcool
Musicians, spoken wordists, performers of all kinds, and admirers of all of the above... please join us for the Coffeehouse Cabaret at TKO's Pub on Tuesday!

hosted by The Kindly Ones
and featuring

the evocative poetry of Rocco De Giacomo
the rawkin' musical stylings of Shawn Sage

Tuesday, April 13 2010, 8:30 p.m. (open stage sign-up from 8 p.m.)
the second-floor lounge at TKO's Sports Pub, 1600 Danforth (just east of Coxwell)


hope to see you there!
-Dominic & Sarah
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Tuesday: Coffeehouse Cabaret (Toronto) [19 Mar 2010|02:02pm]

duhbigman
Coffeehouse Cabaret features an open stage of music, poetry, spoken word, and comedy, with featured performers:

singer-songwriter Karyn Ellis

performance poet Yaseemi

Come early-ish to sign up if you want to perform on the open stage.

Karyn Ellis recently released a new CD, Even Though the Sky Was Falling. About her previous CD, Hearts Fall, CBC's Amanda Putz wrote: "Her voice is lovely, the arrangements are simple and clever, and there's an almost rustic quality to the record -- likely from being recorded live off the floor -- that makes it extra sweet."

Yaseemi describes herself as a "card-carrying member of the human race, looking to connect and communicate through art: spoken word poetry, dance, music and visual art. Yaseemi, your poetic matchmaker, linking you with the sounds that your ears need today. Looking to fulfill my life's purpose: fearless self-expression."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 8:30 p.m.
TKO's Sports Pub (second-floor lounge), 1600 Danforth Avenue (at Coxwell), Toronto
No cover (the features will pass a hat)
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Friday: Jammin' on the One (Toronto) [11 Nov 2009|01:19pm]

duhbigman
Remember that episode of The Cosby Show in which the Huxtables visited Stevie Wonder in his recording studio, and he asked Theo what he was most likely to say at a party, and Theo replied, "Jammin' on the One!", and without even bothering to ask Theo what that even meant or why anyone on the planet would ever say something like that, Stevie went and made a stuttering rap song out of it on his synthesizer?

Well, there's a monthly improv jam named after it.

It's one of Toronto's foremost open improv jams, and it's back this Friday, November 13. This week's show will feature a performance by comedy troupe We're From Here, and some comic spoken word. This will be followed by an improv session in which anybody in the audience can take part.

That's at 14 Elm Street (near Dundas/Yonge) in Toronto, third floor (you have to ring a silly doorbell to get in), doors 7:30 p.m., no cover.
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Ottawa: Sunday afternoon readings, spoken word & music [14 Oct 2009|03:28pm]

duhbigman
The long-running
DUSTY OWL READING SERIES
is happening again this weekend!

This semi-monthly series is dedicated to showcasing the best in literary talent and fostering the artistic community.
The show includes a featured reader or performer and a musical guest, followed by an open-mic session -- so if you've got any poetry, fiction or spoken word that you'd like to share with the world, bring it along.

And this Sunday's feature will be:
JEFF COTTRILL
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Plus special musical guest:
NATHANAËL LAROCHETTE!
spoken-word powerhouse and musician; former CBC Poetry Face-Off Ottawa champ, and past opener for the likes of Shane Koyczan and Raffi

And if you get the munchies, no worries -- there will be reasonably priced yummies for sale, courtesy of B Goods!

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Swizzles Bar & Grill, 246B Queen Street (between Bank and Kent), Ottawa
No cover!
Click here for Facebook event page


(coming up in November: Catherine Owen, Gary Dimmock, Bywords fall launch)
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Tomorrow: Coffeehouse Cabaret returns! (Toronto) [05 Oct 2009|01:04pm]

duhbigman
Yes, the long-running weekly series is being revived at a brand new venue -- TKO's Sports Pub (second-floor lounge).

The first edition will feature music by Pat Kelly, Tracy Jones and Bri-anne Swan, followed by an open stage for music and spoken word.

Tuesday, October 6, 8:30 p.m.
TKO's Sports Pub, 1600 Danforth Avenue (at Coxwell), Toronto
No cover

Come on out, enjoy some great entertainment and even share some of your own...
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Words Alive Open Mic Poetry Night with Barry Dempster [28 Jul 2009|02:08pm]

edward_fenner
Join us for an inspiring night of open-mic poetry featuring award-winning poet Barry Dempster as host reading from his latest anthology, Love Outlandish, then take the mic yourself to read aloud your own poetic verse. Words come alive at this midsummer night’s event in historic downtown Newmarket open to amateur poets and lyric lovers of all ages. MC: Edward Fenner, publisher of Existere Journal of Arts and Literature.

Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm admission is FREE

Books/Café and Things
208 Main Street South, Newmarket
(Just north of Fairy Lake in downtown Newmarket)
For directions, call 905-868-9497 or visit this MapQuest link:
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Newmarket&state=ON&address=208+Main+Street+South

For more information, email info@wordsalive.ca or call 905-895-9988

Beverages and snacks available for sale at the café.

Plus, join us for the 3rd Annual Words Alive Literary Festival on September 20, 2009, at Sharon Temple National Historic Site. Visit WordsAlive.ca or call 905-895-9988 for more information.

Words Alive Literary Festival
20 September 2009
416.736.2100 x 40635

http://wordsalive.ca/
http://twitter.com/Words_Alive
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Friday: Jammin' On the One (Toronto) [19 May 2009|02:19pm]

duhbigman
Remember that episode of The Cosby Show in which the Huxtables visited Stevie Wonder in his recording studio, and he asked Theo what he was most likely to say at a party, and Theo replied, "Jammin' on the One!", and without even bothering to ask Theo what that even meant or why anyone on the planet would ever say something like that, Stevie went ahead and made a stuttering rap song out of it on his synthesizer?

Well, they named a monthly improv jam after it.

It's Toronto's foremost open improv jam, and it's back on Friday, May 22. This week's show will feature a performance by Tonight at Noon, which is the Bad Dog Theatre's Harold team. This will be followed by an improv session in which anybody in the audience can take part.

Come on out to the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street (third floor, you have to ring a bell to get in), doors open 7:30 p.m. You will laugh.
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Farewell to the Renaissance Era (Toronto) [04 May 2009|02:25pm]

duhbigman
One of the best indie venues in Toronto is closing down this week, so dozens of musicians and poets who have graced its stage over the past eight years will come one last time for a final sendoff.

It's a free three-night festival, from May 7 to 9, featuring some of the best artists from the local indie scene, including blueVenus, Norm Cristofoli, Kirsten Jones, Duncan Armstrong, Bri-anne Swan, The Kindly Ones, John Layton, The Sum of the Parts, Arthur Renwick, Nicole Christian and much much more.

If you've never been to the Ren, this is your last chance to share in the magic.

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Wednesday: Poetry at the Blue Moon Pub (Toronto) [23 Mar 2009|02:05pm]

duhbigman
Draft is a quarterly literary reading series held in the Riverdale/Leslieville area of Toronto, started by Maria Meindl in 2005.

Draft is a celebration of process. Readers at Draft are invited to try something new... anything they've always wanted to try but never had the opportunity. This might involve simply reading new work, but it might also include writing in a genre they're not known for, collaborating with another writer or someone from a different discipline, incorporating elements from the other arts, reading upside-down -- anything and everything.

This week's features will be Stacey May Fowles, Clara Ho, Jeff Cottrill, and Terri Favro with Ron Edding. There will also be a limited open mic; show early to sign up.

Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.
The Blue Moon, 725 Queen Street East, Toronto
Cover: $5
(which gives you the latest copy of the series' literary journal, Draft, which will include work by the featured readers)
e-mail: draftreadings@gmail.com
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Monday night: Bye Bye Bush Bash! (Toronto) [15 Jan 2009|01:23pm]

duhbigman
After eight long years of one of the most inept, corrupt and catastrophic administrations in U.S. history, we can't let it go without a show.

So come on out Monday night (Obama Eve) to say good riddance to the Shrub and his cronies with music and words.



There will also be a limited open mic. (Only nine spots, so come early to sign up)

Come on out and make the pie higher! It'll be more fun than throwing a shoe.
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RenJam - Saturday, June 14th [05 Jun 2008|01:24pm]

leftofcool
Hello All;

RenJam returns to Toronto's home of good times, the Renaissance Café (1938 Danforth), on Saturday, June 14th. This time, the theme will be "Don't Judge a Band by its Covers." This doesn't mean it's just a covers night, but if you do a weird, wacky or wonderful cover, by all means bring it on.

As usual, we'll have an open stage/open jam with house band and other random musicians available - collaboration is encouraged, but not mandatory.

The featured act will be The Friendless Youngsters, a band that has disrespected tunes by the likes of Radiohead, David Bowie, The Pixies and more.

Sign up is at 8 pm, and things kick off at 9. You can reserve a place by emailing dominicvon@gmail.com or take your chances on the night.

This should be a wicked night of fun and music-making. We hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Dominic & Sarah

P.S. - Christian, Compass and Johnny of "Two Asians and a Caucasian" have already posted their first video of last month's RenJam on their site. Go to ucway.com to check it out.
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Monday: Performance poetry at the SkyDragon (Hamilton) [05 Jun 2008|09:45am]

duhbigman
Hey writers, poets, and fans of books or spoken word:

If you're free this Monday night and anywhere near Hamilton, come check out She Rusty Sleep!
It's a fairly new monthly series that showcases the best poets and spoken-word artists in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area, hosted by Kevin Fortnum. There's also an open mic, so if you've got a poem or a short written work to share, bring it and impress the audience with your words.

(And if you're the type who thinks that poetry readings are nothing but boring, monotonous recitations about nature and kittens, well, the headliners this month will surprise you. They know how to put on a show.)

The June features will be two stars of the Toronto scene: slam icon Truth Is.... and satirical performance artist Jeff Cottrill.
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Monday, June 9, 8:00 p.m.
Bread & Roses Café, SkyDragon Centre, 27 King William Street, Hamilton
Pay-what-you-can


Hope to see you there!
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Sunday night: $100 Slam (Toronto) [28 May 2008|01:51pm]

duhbigman
Those of you out there who love the Toronto Poetry Slam should come this weekend to check out the next...

$100 SLAM!

Another one of Toronto's hippest and most exciting spoken-word series. It's a lot like TPS, but smaller and more intimate -- and it pays the winner even more cash.
Hosted by SoulFistikado and Dane Jah Ras. There's also a non-competitive open-mic set for those who want to perform without slamming. So come if you got something to say -- or just want to watch and boo the judges.

Sunday, June 1, 8:00 p.m. (come early to sign up to perform)
The Concord Café, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Suggested donation $5
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Tuesday: Plasticine Poetry Series (Toronto) [17 Apr 2008|04:47pm]

duhbigman
Yes... another poetry night.

The features at this month's Plasticine will be noted local talents Carla Hartsfield, Jennifer Lovegrove, Sue Reynolds and Jeff Cottrill in this hip-to-jive night of wild poetic styling, hosted by the ever-ebullient Cathy Petch.
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Tuesday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.
The Central, 603 Markham Street (next to Honest Ed's, a block west of Bathurst), Toronto
No cover (but the fries are good)
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[31 Mar 2008|01:28am]

adabraka37

Summer's almost here (hopefully)and there's nothing worse than sitting at home with nothing to do.
meetupinto is a community that helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs/groups in Toronto. Find a jogging buddy to get in shape for summer. Find people interested in exploring/rediscovering Toronto. Find people who want to watch as many movies as possible. Find people who want to hang out at Tim Horton's and drink as many iced capps as possible. FIND PEOPLE!
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This Sunday: POETS UNIT (Mississauga) [26 Mar 2008|11:33am]

duhbigman
Any poetry fans in Mississauga? Or indie-music fans?
(Or people who make their own writing or music, looking for a forum to perform it at?)

If so, come check out Poets Unit this Sunday night at the Lost Lounge.
The show will include an open-mic session for people who want to share their own music or writing, so bring your own poetry, guitar, or whatever you got!

The featured artists will be: poets Allan Briesmaster and Josh Stewart, spoken-word performer Jeff Cottrill, and musicians Andre Theriault, Paul Norrish and Jackie Downard.
Hookah pipes will be available.

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
The Lost Lounge, 1177 Central Parkway West, Mississauga
Cover: $6


Hope to see you there...
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Tonight: The Oral Stage (Toronto) [10 Mar 2008|09:35am]

duhbigman
Poetry thing happening tonight.
There's also a limited open mic, so show up relatively early if you want to read or perform your own work!

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