Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Gift, Just for You

In keeping with the spirit of the seasons, we here at CYHMN? have two little gifts for you. The first is a gift of information so that in the shortened and darkened days ahead you can feel some reassurance from a sense of certainty about what the future holds as you rest your weary, and possibly sugar-plum-filled heads.

The dates for CYHMN? 2016 have been set!

On May 13 and 14, 2016, school-aged poets from across the province will once again meet and slam in Calgary to see which school and students get to (are able to) hoist the much-adored but impossible-to-duplicate CYHMN? trophy as they are named Alberta’s provincial slam champions!

The second gift is one of rhyme:

As you do perpetually,

keep checking back determinedly

for the latest insiders’ story

about the slamming of poetry.

But for now rest assuredly

in the satisfying certainty

that 2 days are hurriedly

coming towards us currently,

which will be filled with poetry

and a profound sense of community

unless you horrifically, heinously, and criminally

choose to go somewhere ever-so-distantly

from Alberta’s home of school-aged slam poetry,

also known as the city of Calgary.

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Wonderful Winter Solstice, Beautiful Bodhi Day, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Festivus, or Happy Holidays (whichever you happen to celebrate)!


1st Ever CYHMN? Solo Slam!

The first CYHMN? solo slam is finished, and what an amazing night of poetry!

More than 50 people spectated at the spectacle of spectacular performances performed by 9 open mic poets and 10 slammers!

Poems were shared during the open mic segment of the evening by Levi, Kiara Flotten, Tataina Auramenko, Emily Firmston, Maziar Matin Panech,Timothy Curtis, Sydney Low, Precious Joy Tugade, and Rachel Massey.

After Britta generously played the role of sacrificial poet, slammers included Jarod Sexfang, Bri Lynn, Keeley, Robin Bowering, Alexis Kelly, Kim Firmston, Daryll Sazon, Paul Finkleman, Em Dubs, and John Williamson. Congratulations to Paul Finkleman for winning the slam, narrowly beating out Jarod and Bri, who earned second and third places, respectively.

Thanks to the poets for their performances, everyone who attended for their encouragement, to ATB Financial for their generous support, and Loft 112 for the space!

See you all next month (January 5th) for another night of open mics and slamming poetry!

If you want to open mic next month, you can sign up at the door. If you want to slam next month, bring your best 3 poems and sign up at the door. If you want to spectate next month, show up at the door and we’ll let you in – you won’t even have to huff or puff. (But we won’t let you in if you’re Hufflepuff, because everyone knows Slytherin rocks the slam scene!)