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2 Days and Counting

Just two days left until Can You Hear Me Now? 2016 kicks off.

The poets are madly writing and memorizing their poems (still?!?). The coaches are nervously planning their trips, calmly reassuring their poets, and desperately emailing their questions. The judges are expertly honing their judgments by scoring everything they see, from meals to driving skills. (“I give the pancakes an 8.4, but Mr. McSleepy gets a 6.9 because of his lack of commitment and a 0.5 point deduction for taking longer than 3 minutes to change lanes,” one judge was heard saying on the way to work this morning.)

All because in just 40 hours, more than 100 Alberta poets will converge on Ernest Manning High School (20 Springborough Blvd. SW, Calgary) in an epic battle of words, wit, woefulness, whimsy, and theatricality* to determine the greatest poetry slam team of this generation!**

Bring a non-perishable food item (a donation for the Calgary Food Bank) to gain entry for the weekend, with everything starting at 3 pm on Friday, May 13. The full schedule can be found on the Attend page, so stop by, say “Hi,” and experience some spectacular poetry!

 

 

 

 

*Of course “theatricality” breaks both the rhythm and the alliteration of the other words, but this is a blog post, not poetry – what did you expect? If you’re a sucker for rhythm and alliteration, you better attend the slam this weekend!

**This comment is merely for hyperbolic effect and is not an actual description of any award or prize actually being awarded or prized at CYHMN? 2016.


Sheri-D and Erin Dingle to MC Slam Finals!

Local spoken-word poetry legend Sheri-D Wilson and Canadian individual slam finalist Erin Dingle will be hosting the Final Stage at CYHMN? 2016 on Saturday, May 14 from 3 pm to 5 pm at Ernest Manning High School (20 Springborough Blvd. SW, Calgary, Alberta).

In addition, the Calgary slam team will be starting the finals with a team performance. After, the best 4 teams of poets in the province of Alberta will compete to be named Can You Hear Me Now? Poetry Slam Champions for 2016.

This all happens in less than 5 days! Check out the schedule to see when you can witness the poetic spectacle of CYHMN? Remember that admission costs 1 non-perishable food item (in support of the Calgary Food Bank).

If you’d like to volunteer to help out at the slam (time keeper, score keeper, judge), please contact Richard Wagner (rgwagner@cbe.ab.ca) as soon as possible.


Slam Schedule Posted!

If you’re planning to join nearly 150 poets at the largest poetry slam in the province on May 13 and 14, you should know who you’re going to watch, and when.

The schedule for the weekend has been posted, and you can find it here: Attend

Once again this year, we are supporting the Calgary Food Bank with donations of non-perishable food items or money at the door. If you are planning to attend, please make a donation to this worthy charity. One food item will earn you a stamp that will let you attend every bout for the whole weekend – it’s a great deal!

Team pages for each participating team are now available for editing, as well. Post pictures, poems, or links to videos on your team page to share your work with others.

 

 


Ultimate Monthly Slam!

This is it – the final monthly slam before provincial finals on May 13 and 14 (at EM High).

On Tuesday, April 5 at Loft 112 (#112, 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta), with doors opening at 6:30 pm (don’t arrive too much before that unless you want to pick up a coffee at Hears My Soul or hang out in the beautiful spring air), poets from Southern Alberta will gather for one last open mic and poetry slam to hone their skills for the provincial slam next month.

We will even have a special performance by local Calgary poet, Miranda Krogstad (who has featured at Expressions, Shelf Life Books, U of C, and many other local poetry readings)!

Come out and share your writing with an all-ages crowd of poetry connoisseurs and performers, whether during the open mic or head-to-head with other poets during the slam.

As always, we want to thank our sponsor, ATB Financial, for their financial, personal, and professional support!

See you there!


Penultimate Monthly Poetry Slam!

Congratulations to Jared Sexfang on winning the February slam! Congratulations and thank yous, as well, to all the participants in the slam and the open mic!

Tomorrow night is the second-to-last monthly slam before provincials in May (May 13 and 14). We’ll start the night with open mic and then proceed to slamming some poems!

Doors open at 6:30 pm (you will not be allowed in until 6:30 pm, so if you arrive early go get a coffee from Hear’s My Soul Cafe). Those doors that I am speaking of are found at Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE).

As always, thanks to our sponsor, ATB Financial, for making these monthly meetings possible!

See you tomorrow night!


Tonight!

The third month of open mic and the second month of slam – tonight at Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary) starting at 6:30 pm.

Sign up to either open mic or slam at the door, and demonstrate your poetic prowess, your word wizardry, and your verbal vehemence to legions of adoring fans!

See you there!

Thanks to ATB Financial, as always, for their generous sponsorship of all of our events!


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!)

 

 


December 1 – Poetry Slam Starts!

After the amazing debut of monthly Can You Hear Me Now? events with an open mic at Loft 112 on November 3, we’re following it up with a monthly poetry slam.

On November 3 we had a full house, thanks mostly to a large contingent from Morrin who rolled in with 3 vehicles worth of students! Kim Firmston and her Reality is Optional writers group also contributed a large contingent of performers for the evening while Tyler Perry MC’d for us. Our feature poet, Inongé Chimwaso, blessed us all with a number of powerful and beautiful poems about love and about her family.

This month, we’re starting a monthly poetry slam that will be in addition to the monthly open mic. Poets should have 3 poems prepared, with each one taking no longer than 3 minutes to perform. Props, musical accompaniment, and animal acts are all prohibited from the slam. Poets should also remember that this is an all-ages event, so poets of any age, from 2 to 102 are welcome to perform.

Any poets who would like to slam or participate in the open mic can sign up at the door. If you’d like to put your judgmental nature to good use, please let us know at the door if you’d be willing to judge the slam.

See you at Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE) on December 1st at 6:30 pm! Open mic starts at 6:45 pm with the slam to follow immediately after.


Just One More Day! – Open Mic on November 3 at Loft 112

That’s it – just one more day – until the first ever, all-ages monthly open mic organized by Can You Hear Me Now? kicks off at Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary).

Doors open at 6:30 pm (free admission!) with performances starting by 7 pm. You can sign up through the Facebook group, at the door, or by emailing Tyler Perry (his email is linked in the toolbar on the right hand side of the page).

Bring a poem, a song, or some lyrics to share with poets of all ages from southern Alberta!

Can You Hear Me Now? would like to thank ATB Financial (#100 – 303 Shawville Blvd. SE, Calgary) for sponsoring us with a generous donation!