GPS! Where Were You At?

Guelph Poetry Slam – August 20

Did you miss the slam? Poets helped navigate us through all the feelings last Saturday! We gave a big warm welcome to Beth Anne our sacrificial poet who made us ask meaningful questions. Max then stepped on stage and tickled our laugh strings and EKM stormed the stage with her hands up. Eitan take us on a visual journey of his trip while E-ratic spoke of ghosts. Then we ended the first round with Mike. S!

We welcomed the London Slam Team and they shared an amazing collection of poems and stories that made us want to show as much love as we possibly could. Our finalists then took the stage. Elise made fourth place reminding us of the importance of pubic hair. Beth Merch romanced us with her tongue and taught us that fat is an acronym for Fucking Amazing Tits. We were backed into a corner with Rafay and his culture of hip hop. Ted. O and all the geeks and misfits of the world will inherit the earth as he took home the prize! But not before telling us that we don’t need alcohol but it goddamn helps.

We loved seeing everyone there and there’s still so much more poetry and stories to hear! So come on out and share and support your creative community!
Here are some photos of the wonderous night. If the names are wrong (sorry!) or you want more photos (hoeray!) contact Matt Blatz.

Off the Page Open Mic – August 16

Bonjour friends! We had our second round of Off the Page last Tuesday! We had some amazing writers share their amazing voices with us. Lynn shared some of her amazing fiction, one of them being called Perspehone Speaks. Siegfried talked about how good and evil never looked so picture perfect. Asia shared a zine she made and took us through her days of detox. Penny explained why we can’t be happy all the time and we welcomed a new performer Jesselyn! Marian and Candice both practiced for the Edens Mill Writers festival! Beth Anne talked about a summer love and Derek spoke about a marianas trench low in his life. Brooklyn did her homework from last month and had a thank you letter to her sadness. We welcomed Rafay to the stage and he shared a play that he was working on. Neil closed our evening by sharing his lovely voice!

The homework for this month is to write about your heroes! So excited to see everyone again for another Off the Page, but if you can’t wait then don’t fret we have a lot of events coming up including our monthly slam and the OIPS Festival in September!

Sharpened Tongues: Engage the Audience! With Fannon Holland

13892360_1160495173971829_7499254900390228488_nGuess what! It’s time for another Sharpened Tongues Workshop!

Date: Sunday, August 28th from 1-3pm

Due to popular demand, this workshop will be performance-focused and facilitated by Guelph’s very own Fannon Holland – multi-time member of the Guelph Poetry Slam team, the GPS Grand-Slam champion of a couple years ago (placing second in the country for the national independent poetry slam in Vancouver), BA in Theater, Poetry Slam regular, and all-around awesome dude.

More details and Fannon’s bio can be found on our Workshops page, at or on the facebook event.

Ontario International Poetry Slam (OIPS) is BACK!



Guelph Spoken Word is proud to announce the 2016 return of its showcase spoken word event, the ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL POETRY SLAM! This single-day, all-day competition is unlike any other in the world, featuring top-notch local and international talent, a professional two-stage venue, custom slam rules, incredible intensity packed into a single day, and a HUGE cash purse.

Total Slam Purse: $5,000 minimum
First Place Prize: $3,000 minimum

Are you a poet? Limited spots are available! Register to compete today! Rules and other details on our website.

Want to secure your all-day pass for this incredible event? Tickets are now available for purchase! All-day, all-access pass only $25! Join our Facebook event and invite your friends!