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CIPS Qualifier Slam featuring Gavin Russell - Feb 13

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 8:00pm
Doors Open: 
7:30 PM
Show Begins: 
8:00 PM

Which talented Toronto poet will represent Toronto Poetry Slam at the annual Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) Championships in Vancouver, aka Verses: Festival of Words? This is the qualifying slam to see who will make that trip to BC!


4 poems: each 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute and 4 minute (with 10-second grace periods).

-Everyone does the 3-minute round, followed by a 1-minute round.
-1/2 the poets will go on to the 2 min round (based on cumulative scores form 1st two rounds).
-We will do one more cutoff (half) to find the final poets competing in the 4-minute round.

Scores are CUMULATIVE.

The poets competing in this slam, in no particular order:
SPIN El Poeta
Michael McNeil

Winner of the slam will receive majority of the door money to help with their travels to Vancouver!

Hosted by: Alyssa Ginsburg

doors: 7:30 | show 8 p.m.
NO open mic
$10 (pay at the door)

We are stoked to feature the champ of last year's CIPS, Gavin Russell! He is a Spoken Word Poet out of Whitby Ontario, After getting his start at Capital Slam in February of 2012, he was hooked, and began his journey of sharing his words across Canada, and recently, into the United States. A five time (five time, five time) CFSW team member, 2014 Capital Slam Champion, 2018 Toronto Poetry Slam Champion, and member of the winning team at CFSW 2018, Gavin has seen many stages over the past 7 years, and can't wait to share his next one with you! Looking for some goofy poetry that relishes in the mundane beauty of the everyday? That's he aims to give you!

Accessibility info: The Supermarket has a non-permanent ramp for out front, which can take up to 600 lbs. Advance notice required for usage. There are 5 front steps otherwise. Once inside, everything is on one level. The stage/performance area is to the back of the bar. Washrooms are gendered (men/women) and not fully accessible with single stalls, they are on the main floor. Closest accessible transit is the Spadina streetcars. There is a Green Parking lot on Bellevue, which has some accessible parking spots and very limited parking on Augusta Avenue.