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Book to the Face? Poster!

If the gibberish-like title didn’t draw you in, then maybe the following information will:

We’ve now added an updated Facebook page, which can be found here (https://www.facebook.com/canyouhearmenowyychs)! Like the page, or bookmark it, or file it, or whatever people do with unbelieveably awesome Facebook pages, so that you can get the most current information about Can You Hear Me Now?

But that’s not all – now you can download, print, and post your very own copy of the poster promoting our monthly open mic/solo poetry slam that’s being held at Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary) at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month between November and April! (Try saying that 3 times, fast.)

Monthly Poster

Be sure to share it with all of your friends. And share it with all of your enemies too, because enemies don’t become frenemies unless you do something nice for them, like sharing a phenomenal promotional poster!


Back and Better Than Ever!

Sorry for the long silence, slam fans, but we’re back and better than ever!

First and foremost, we’re going to be holding MONTHLY events in Calgary starting with an open mic on Tuesday, November 3! Admission is free, and it starts at 6:30 pm. You can sign up at the door or by sending an email to Richard Wagner (rgwagner@cbe.ab.ca). (Out of courtesy to all poets, please limit performances to less than 5 minutes.)

Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary) is hosting us, and ATB Financial is still generously sponsoring us!

We’ll be running an event on the first Tuesday of every month at Loft 112 (starting at 6:30 pm), with a monthly all-ages slam beginning (hopefully!) in December so polish up your best haikus, sonnets, or slam poems and be ready for some incredibly fun, supportive, and inspiring nights of poetry!

Second, check out the latest and greatest: the amazing logo design for this year, created by the winner of the 2015 design competition, Clarissa Noel of Lord Beaverbrook High School. It’s the beautiful piece of art in the top-ish, right-hand corner of this page (just to the right of the title of this blog).

And third, check back next week to see (and download your own copy of) the poster advertising all of the monthly Can You Hear Me Now? events for this season.

Our website will be getting updated much more regularly going forward, so check back every week for the latest news, tell all your friends to check back regularly, and be sure to subscribe to the Twitter feed: @HearMeNowYYC so you don’t miss any of the latest news.

CYHMN? Better than a Spanish Inquisition! Especially at Teachers’ Conventions

Poets, teachers, coaches, malcontents, and persons of interest representing Can You Hear Me Now? have been asked to appear at all kinds of teachers’ conventions in the month of February. In a manner completely contrary to how no one ever expects a Spanish Inquisition*, you can expect us to be presenting information, strategies, writing exercises, ideas, experiences, and various other intellectual and poetic odds-and-ends at a teachers’ convention near you in the near future!

Thursday, February 12 – Calgary City Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Everyone

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to the Calgary High School Poetry Slam Scene (8:30 – 9:45, St. Mary’s High School Theatre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 2: Writing Workshop (10:30 – 11:45, St. Mary’s High School Theatre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 3: Performance Workshop (12:30 – 1:45, St. Mary’s High School Theatre)

Friday, February 20 – Palliser District Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Warren Lake, Tyler Perry, Richard Wagner

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to the Calgary High School Poetry Slam Scene (10:30 – 11:45, Glen 203 in the Telus Convention Centre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 2: Writing Workshop (12:00 – 1:15, Glen 203 in the Telus Convention Centre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 3: Performance Workshop (1:30 – 2:45, Glen 203 in the Telus Convention Centre)

Friday, February 27 – Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Nancy Krar, Tyler Perry, Richard Wagner

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to Poetry Slam (9:00 – 12:00, Strathcona Room in the Westin Hotel)

Friday, February 27 – Southwest Alberta Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Siobhan Feeney, John Williamson

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to the Calgary High School Poetry Slam Scene (10:30 – 12:00, B730)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 2: Writing Workshop (12:30 – 2:00, B730)

We hope to see you there (and not at a Spanish Inquisition*)!


CYHMN? Open Mic at Father Lacombe High School – December 4 at 6:30 pm

Tonight, Can You Hear Me Now? is hosting an open mic for any school-aged poets in the Calgary area at Father Lacombe High School (3615 Radcliffe Drive NE).

It kicks off at 6:30 pm and runs until around 9 pm, or until we run out of poets.

If you’d like to perform, email Nancy Krar (nancy.krar@cssd.ab.ca) and let her know, or sign up at the door when you arrive.

Students need to bring photo ID with them.

Come out for a night of some of the best poetry you’ll hear this year!

Kick Off Meeting – Monday, September 22

To kick off the slam season (at least the CYHMN? slam season), we’ll be meeting at Wine Oh’s (811 1 Street SW) on Monday, September 22, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you’re interested in starting a slam team at your school, are thinking about entering a team, or would like some more information about the slam, please join us!

Immediately after the meeting some of us will be going downstairs to participate/watch the monthly poetry slam sponsored by The Ink Spot Collective, and you’re welcome to join us for that, as well.

Pop Quiz, Hotshot!

Please answer the following questions on the supplied Scantron sheet.

1. On Thursday, June 19, at 4:00-ish on the patio of Salt & Pepper Restuarte Mexicano (1413 9 Ave SE – Inglewood location NOT Bowness) we’ll be meeting to
A) relax and enjoy one another’s company before summer vacation.
B) discuss some initial plans for CYHMN? 2015
C) debrief CYHMN? 2014
D) all of the above

2. This meeting is for people who
A) coached a team that participated in CYHMN? 2014
B) are interested in learning more about CYHMN? 2015
C) like meetings that take place on patios (and where alcohol is served)
D) all of the above

Come to the meeting to see if you passed the test! (By the way, you DID know that this test was worth 89.7% of your final mark for the course, right?)

Things that will be allowed at the meeting, but were NOT allowed when completing the test:
– ideas about how to make CYHMN? 2015 better than CYHMN? 2014
– thoughts about roles that you might like to take on to help organize CYHMN? 2015
– questions and opinions
– a strong desire to start a poetry team at your school
– fish tacos

Things that will NOT be allowed at the meeting, but were allowed when completing the test:
– selfies (of any sort and with any one)
– David Blaine and/or David Copperfield
– Greek choruses
– personal cheer teams

Finals at 3p.m.

The first two bouts are finished. Lord Beaverbrook’s The Voice of the Lords and Father Lacombe advanced from bout one, and Father Lacombe’s Lasers and Centennial High School advanced from bout two.

The Finals will be Lacombe, followed by Centennial, followed by Lasers, with The Voice of the Lords finishing each round.

His Worship Naheed Nenshi Mayor of Calgary to Judge Finals of “Can You Hear Me Now?” – Calgary’s Inaugural High School Poetry SLAM

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has graciously and generously agreed to judge the final round of competition for Can You Hear Me Now? the inaugural Calgary city high schools poetry SLAM on May 10, 2014.

There will be more than fifty poets representing seven city high schools from both the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Separate School District, including Lord Beaverbrook, Bishop Grandin, Father Lacombe, and St. Anne in the first semi-final at 9 a.m.; and Centennial, Bowness, Robert Thirsk, and Father Lacombe high schools in the second semi-final at 12 p.m. The top two teams from each semi-final will compete in the finals, which start at 3 p.m. The SLAM is being held in the Lord Beaverbrook High School theatre (9019 Fairmount Drive SE).

The Mayor will be joined by a variety of local poets and entertainers, including:

  • SLAM Master extraordinaire Sheri-D Wilson (named one of CBC Arts Top Ten Poets in Canada in 2009 and all-around legendary poet),
  • Kris Demeanor (Calgary’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2014),
  • Adrienne Adams (creator and host of “Woolf’s Voices”),
  • Wakefield Brewster (local performance poet and actor),
  • Paul Finkleman (longtime Calgary performance poet),
  • Desiree Gravel (member of the 2014 Calgary SLAM team),
  • D. A. Jones (singer/songwriter and member of Nerds in Cool Clothing),
  • Christa Mayer (member of Prairie Fire, the 2013 Calgary SLAM team),
  • Adora Nwofor (from The Sunday Omony Show),
  • Kirk Ramdath (founder of both the Passion Pitch poetry series and Auburn Nights),
  • Juleta Severson-Baker (from Mount Royal University’s Speech Arts Faculty),
  • Esau Tamura (member of the Calgary SLAM team in 2010 and 2014),
  • Ryan Thelwell (Calgary Stampeders’ receiver from 2007 to 2011),
  • Emily Ursuliak (local writer and member of the Calgary Public Library teen services team),
  • Benjamin Valentine (popular Calgary comedian).

We’d like to express our deepest and most sincere gratitude to all of the people who have volunteered their time, expertise, and selves, to help make this an amazing opportunity for all the poets!

Follow us on Twitter @HearMeNowYYC or use #hearmenowyyc to join the conversation.

DJ Dar Set to Spin at CYHMN?

DJ Dar has generously volunteered to spin at CYHMN?!

This phenomenal local DJ has deep roots in the Calgary community (going all the way back to the early 80’s), and is set to display of his talents for us during the SLAM! on May 10.

DJ Dar is available to DJ any function (weddings, parties, dances – you name it), so if you’re looking for a DJ for an upcoming event, come check him out on May 10 at Lord Beaverbrook High School (9019 Fairmount Drive SE) as he spins between performances and rounds. You can also find more information about DJ Dar (including contact information) on his website: http://djdar.ca/home.html

We want to express our most sincere gratitude for his generosity at helping us out and helping to make Can You Hear Me Now? an even more amazing event! His impeccable taste in music and his unerring ability to tailor the tunes to the crowd and event are sure to make LBHS the place to be on May 10.

Don’t miss it!

Sheri-D Wilson agrees to be SLAM! Master!

The one, the only, Sheri-D Wilson has agreed to be the SLAM! Master at Can You Hear Me Now?!

In case you are completely new to the SLAM! or the poetry scenes in Calgary or North America (or on the planet), here is some essential info from her bio posted at http://www.sheridwilson.com/bio.html :

Sheri-D Wilson has 8 collections of poetry; her most recentGoddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005, Frontenac House), won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award.

She has 2 Spoken Word CDs (arranged by Russell Broom), and 4 award-winning VideoPoems including: Airplane Paula(2001), Spinsters Hanging in Trees (2002), both produced for BravoFACT.

In 2011 she edited, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach(CSWS/BCP), an educational tool for teaching and writing Spoken Word. The cutting-edge website connected to this book presents a possible direction for electronic publishing in the future.

In 2009 CBC called her one of the Top 10 Poets in Canada. In 2003 she won the USA Heavyweight title for poetry, and in 2006 The National Slam of Canada presented her with the Poet of Honour Award.  Of the beat tradition, in 1989 Sheri-D studied at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, in Boulder, Colorado. In 2012 she was presented in the opening event of The National Slam of Canada in a Toronto event called, “Legends of Spoken Word.”

Sheri-D is appearing courtesy of Word Travels, the school program sponsored by the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival (http://www.calgaryspokenwordfestival.com) – “a week-long celebration of the poetic life [that is] proud to offer a gathering of languages, voices, stories, and song.” Every year, the CISWF brings some of the best spoken word artists and performance poets from around the world to Southern Alberta.

She will be selling copies of The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach at CYHMN? for $20 per copy – a steal for this amazing collection of words of wisdom from top performance poets from around the world, and of writing exercises that will help you to find, explore, and improve your own voice as a performance poet. If you are interested in poetry, or spoken word poetry, or if you are interested in becoming a better writer, or in teaching people to become better writers, this book should be considered indispensable.

We want to extend a tremendous “Thank you!” to Sheri-D WilsonWord Travels, and the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival for their support of CYHMN?!