Five reasons to check out this year’s Verses Festival of Words

Verses Festival of Words

When: April 19-29

Where: Various locations around East Vancouver


1. Buffy Sainte-Marie. The singer brings her trademark strength, wisdom and all-around-Buffy-Sainte-Marie-ness to the annual spoken-word festival, which is now in its eighth year. She’ll appear with multimedia artist Ronnie Dean Harris, poet Mitcholos, and musical duo an̓usáyum̓. (April 22 at 8 p.m. WISE Hall)

2. Storytime. In the Vancouver Story Slam Invitational Verses 2018 Edition, 10 storytellers share original tales in a competition for cash and prizes. The show features past participants as well as new performers. (April 25 at 6:45 p.m., WISE Hall)

3. Beam us up. Commercial Drive’s Storm Crow Tavern is the setting for Spoken Nerd, a spoken-word salute to all things nerdy. This is an open-mic event that also includes scheduled spoken-word artists like Kitty Stryker, an Oakland writer and founder of the website Costumes, for audience members and performers, are encouraged. (April 25 at 3 p.m., Storm Crow Tavern)

4. Couldn’t stand the weather. An annual feature of the Verses, Mashed Poetics mixes poetry and music from a specific album. This year’s record is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1984 album Couldn’t Stand the Weather. Eight poets perform new work based on songs from the record, which a live band performs. (April 25 at 9:30 p.m., WISE Hall)

5. Morning slam. Vancouver’s Molly Billows, Calgary’s Erin Dingle, and Saskatoon’s Zoey Pricelys Roy compete in Hullabaloo All Star Slam Showcase #1 (Showcase #2 is sold-out), a three-round poetry slam that takes place in the morning. Johnny Trinh hosts, local students (grades 9-12) judge. (April 20 at 9:30 a.m., Rio Theatre)

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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