26 poems. 3 rounds. 1 amazing feature.
With a sold out of show of 180 fans of poetry, the Guelph Spoken Word Slam Finals was the hot ticket in Guelph last night. And by hot I mean the stage was set alight by poetry, mics were rocked and minds were blown. There were nine incredible poets vying for a spot on the 2016 Guelph Poetry Slam team:
Atticus Aaron Edwards, Bassam, Eitan Gallant, Elise Gordezky, Erin E. Ratic, Fannon Holland, Patrick Kelly, Rafay Ansari and Truth Is …
Shout outs to our calibration poets: Dan Murray, Lisa B. & Tomy Bewick and dutiful host Beth Anne Ellipsis.
The night started with ticket-hopefuls lined up at 6:00pm to snag the few tickets left to sell at the door. Volunteers arrived to set up the Guelph Youth Music Centre for the night: and they were The Best. Hip hip for volunteers! Doors opened at 7:00pm and the theatre was full in the first fifteen minutes.
Round One saw poets performing works on topics like silence, science, language and love.
Round One scores were: Bassam 28.6, Eitan 28.4, Truth Is… 28.4, Elise 27.6, E. Ratic 27.3, Rafay 26.7, Patrick 26.1, Fannon 26.1, Atticus 23. 9.
With the end of Round One the competing poets had a bit of a breather while D’eve Archer then treated us to an extraordinary musical performance. With pulsing beats and a sublime voice, her performance took the crowd to new levels of energy and enthusiasm. Please keep an ear out for the release date of her latest project sometime in the spring!
The highlight of the intermission for many was the great food and drinks, with beer generously sponsored by Wellington Brewery, pakoras and samosa from Diwa. New friends connected over the poetry and music they just experienced and debated who might make the team after the second round.
Round Two saw a reverse order of poets from the first round and with incredibly tight scores, tight performances and brilliant material it was a competitive and nail-biting round for all watching and performing.
The combined scores of round one and two determined who would move on to represent Guelph at local, provincial and national events. The scores for round two/combined scores of round one and two (out of 60) were: Eitan 28.5/56.9, Bassam 28.3/56.9, E. Ratic 29.0/56.3, Elise 28.4/56.0, Fannon 29.5/55.6, Truth is… 27.0/55.4, Rafay 27.9/54.6, Patrick 26.9/53.0, Atticus 25.8/49.7
The five members of the team and (y)our poetic champions are: Bassam, Eitan, Fannon, E. Ratic and Elise. Congratulations poets! We are so proud to have the spoken word community experience all the heart and fire you bring to the stage.
Only a couple of minutes separated round two and three. The third and final round featured the five new members of the 2016 Guelph Poetry Slam slam team as they competed for the title of Grand Slam Champion; who will have the privilege of representing Guelph at the Canadian Individual national competition in Vancouver, BC. With continued extraordinary performances the final round scores/combined total score out of 90 were: Bassam 29.8/86.7, Fannon 29.9/85.5, Eitan 28.3/85.2, E. Ratic 27.3/83.6, Elise 27.4/83.4
The night was a huge success because of the lively, active and enthusiastic
participation of the crowd, the performers and the volunteers. We are so grateful for the energy and commitment of everyone there: thank you! And your monies! Because of the success of the evening the team will start their fundraising to journey to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Winnipeg Manitoba with a whopping $680! We’ll be sure to keep you posted on how to continue your support along the way.
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