The Windsor Poetry Slam Finals

Phog Lounge, March 7, 2017

On Tuesday, the Windsor Poetry Slam determined who will represent Windsor at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) in Vancouver, British Columbia later this year.

The top 5 poets from the 2016/2017 slam season gave their best performances to a packed Phog Lounge. They competed in 4 elimination rounds with a one minute, two minute, three minute, and four minute poem. Along with the time, the poets had to abide by the normal slam rules:
– No props
– No costumes
– No musical accompaniment
– No nudity
– All work must be original

I’ve been the Slam Master at Windsor Poetry Slam for 9 months and a competing poet for a year. Let me tell you, these were some of the best performances I’ve seen from these poets. Every one of the exuded passion and left their heart on the stage.

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The competition for the slam crown is stiff.
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Ashley VanWyck throwing down.
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Ryan Lengyel of WPS shares some words.
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Samantha Badaoa pouring her heart and voice on to the stage.
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Bryan Calvert spits with passion.
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Benny Alexander, TOAST organizer, sharing his verse.

Before entering the four minute round, the night featured a local band known as Depart/Return. James Livingston and Tyler Stenlund, brought a stunning medley of music, spoken word, and visual effects.

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Depart/Return rocking out.

The final round came down to poets Kat Moscone and Anthony D’Alessandro. Kat is a Windsor Poetry Slam veteran. She was Windsor’s first ever CIPS representative in 2016, and she consistently pulls high scores at our monthly slams. Anthony on the other hand is a new comer, the wildcard.

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Kat, slam veteran, spitting fire.

In the end Anthony pulled through beating Kat by less than one whole point. The community rallied around him and cheered him through his last poem. There was such a rush, and you could feel the support oozing from the audience to the stage.

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Anthony, the new slam king, throwing down his verse.

I am absolutely proud and amazed by the amount of growth that has happened within the Windsor Poetry Slam community in the past few months. You walk through the Phog Lounge doors every fourth Tuesday and it feels like you’re coming home. The “Slamily” as I like to call it, is stronger than ever.

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The “Slamily” in action.

by Ashley VanWyck

 

As a newer member of the Windsor Poetry Slam scene, Ashley brings with her a variety of ideas and a breath of fresh air. Currently working toward a B.A. [H] Drama in Education and Community, Ashley is constantly learning new ways to use the arts as a way to build community. She hopes to use these skills to expand upon and strengthen the bonds the Windsor Poetry Slam already has. Along with that Ashley brings many years of leadership experience, as well as her experience of working on various boards within the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art. She is very passionate about both the administrative and creative work being a Slam Master entails. She hopes to ignite passion in her fellow poets, and help showcase their talents to the local community and beyond.

Interested in the Windsor Poetry Slam? You can find them on Facebook at Windsor Poetry Slam, on Instagram at @thewindsorpoetryslam, and at their website: www.windsorpoetryslam.com.

All photo credit goes to Ayrn Chaif of Another Side Photos.

The Windsor Poetry Slam logo is used with the permission of the Windsor Poetry Slam.

 

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