Tag Archives: poetry SLAM

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!

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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*)!

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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.


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!

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