Saturday, December 20, 2014

Points Tallied End of December 2014

The September - December Vic Slam Results are in.
Thank you to everyone who braves the microphone and shares themselves and their words with us.
We're looking forward to the unfolding of more words and the flourishing of ever more spoken word artists as our community continues to grow.

This is a tally of everyone's points from the first 4 Slams of the 2014-2015 Season-

Elysia Glover 7
Jeremy Loveday 4
Audrey Lane Cockett 4
Aaron Simm 4
Maita Cienska 4
Annie LePage 3
Scott Thompson 2
Tom Fowler 1.5
Max D'Ambrosio 1
SJ Valequette 1

Erin Cotton .5
Morgan Purvis-Bellamano .5
Zoe Duhaime .5
Shahin Mohammadi .5
Danielle Aftias .5

As usual, let me know if you suspect an error or if I have misspelled a name.

Friday, December 19, 2014

December Slam Results

Ah, the last Slam of 2014.
The house was not full but there was a lovely crowd.
Jacob was the most beautiful host of the night.
The staff at Lacey Lou's took their usual good care of us, and even helped us with scoring a little.

We had a tie for first place last night. So here's how the points came out-

Maita Cienska and Elysia Glover  4 and 4
SJ Valiquette  1
Max D'Ambrosio  .5
Danielle  .5

We have the February, March and April Slams for you to rack up points towards qualifying to the Semi-Finals and Finals in May.

Happy Holidays to those who are celebratory...

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 November Slam Results

Uh, last night was wonderful... what can I say?
I missed the first two slams of the season and it was amazing to be back in the crowd.
We reached capacity too and that really does change the mood in the room...
And Aaron Simm arrived in town yesterday in time to sweep us off our feet.

These are the results-

Aaron Simm - 4
Scott Thompson - 2
Tom Fowler - 1
Shahin Mohammadi - .5
Zoe Duhaime - .5

As always, do let me know if I have misspelled any names, and hope to see you next month
on December 18th, 2014 at Lacey Lou's.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Season Standing early November 2014

Hello all,

I'm very much looking forward to the November 20th Slam.

In the meantime, here are the standings-

Audrey Lane Cockett - 4
Jeremy Loveday - 4
Annie le Page - 3
Elysia Glover - 3
Erin Cotton - .5
Tom Fowler -.5
Max D'Ambrosio -.5
Morgan Purvis-Bellamano -.5

These standings will be used to determine who will be invited to compete in January to represent Victoria in April at CIPS in Vancouver. Stay tuned...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Vic Slam Results September AND October 2014

Hello Vic Slam Fans,

I was away and missed posting you these results in a timely fashion.

Without further ado,

September 18th, 2014

First place - Jeremy Loveday
Second place - Annie le Page
Third place - Elysia Glover
Fourth place - Tom Fowler
Fifth place - Max D'Ambrosio

October 2nd, 2014

First place - Audrey Lane
Second place - Elysia Glover
Third place - Annie le Page
Fourth place - Erin Cotton
Fifth place - Morgan Purvis-Bellamano

As always, get ahold of me if anything written here seems untrue.
Coming soon, CIPS qualifier information changes for 2014.

Next Vic Slam - November 20, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Anarchy Slam Results- July 9th 2014

Hello Poets and Audience Alike,

Unexpectedly, here are the results of the Anarchy Slam.

Rules were broken. Props were used. A head was bared. Cover poems/lines were recited. Steven Wright was quoted. Some poets were other poets. Others went overtime. One poet broke the rules by not coming to the stage or even being in the building- how crazy is that?

It was sort of chaos, but not really, as Erin Cotton did her usual fine job of hosting, breaking the rules by liking the poets and their works, and also by covering a poem containing the words Lady Lazarus.

These are the scores, likely mis-spelled and mis-heard.
(Pam sacrificed herself with her party girl piece)

Scott- 'cuddling jisme'
Max- 'angry Tiberius rabbits'
Margaret- 'head pea'
Keenan- 'soviet ninja turtles'
Katherine- 'Sherry is caring'
Dan- 'a big Waldo sandwich'
Jacob- 'scooby snacks'
Justin-'-' (no score for the man who wasn't there)
Tom- 'Tom Arts fuzzy ribcage'
Annie- 'the end of times is the best of times'
Kevin- 'puppy dreams'
Eva- 'light speed Danny Devito'
Elysia- 'were-wolf bro-dick'

Personally, since this is anarchy and I can be personal for once, my favourite line of the night was when Erin called out- 'Is that my beer?!'
Hope to see you all again on Wednesday August 27th at Lacey Lou's.
You're a fine bunch of persons.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Summer Slams

This is to let you know that there are 2 summer slams planned. The first is 'THE ANARCHY SLAM' on Wednesday July 9th.
It's at Lacey Lou's on Broad Street. Sign up at 7:30, show at 8.
And it's got 2 features- Morgan Purvis Bellamano AND The Roadside Dogs.

The second one is Wednesday August 27th. More details to come on that one.
Hope you'll come!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Hello All,
We've found ourselves a new home for the fall of 2014.
It's Lacey-Lou's Tapas Lounge at 1320 Broad Street!

We highly encourage you to try it on for size. Drop in over the summer and find your favourite items on Lacey Lou's menu.

Also, here's the link to Lacey Lou's events page so you can check out some shows.

Happy June!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 Vic Slam Finals -Results

jubilation and sadness, folks.
our slam season has wrapped up, and that's sad. what will we all do on Thursdays!?
and our venue, the Solstice cafe, which has been an anchor, has grown too small for us, like a pair of shoes on a 3 year old. we say the shoes are too small, but we mean the child's feet are growing and it's a very confusing notion, isn't it? we're seeking out a somewhat larger venue and we'll let you know where it is once that is sorted.

jubilation is also in our hearts because last night, May 30, 2014, a new Slam Team was born. ah, and it was a beautiful birth. there was a lot of heart at the VEC last night. if you weren't there, well, find someone who was and ask them for some of the glorious details. there was many a beautiful moment.

and the team, you wonder, who is on the Team?
here we go -
in order from first place to fifth place-

Erin Cotton!
Jeremy Loveday!
Elysia Glover!
Annie Lepage!
and Scott Thompson!

well i was there and i saw what they did, i saw it with my own 2 eyes-  and they each deserve huge congratulations.

bet you can't wait for October. Victoria is hosting the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word this year. the dates for that are October 13th to 18th, and you're all gonna wanna be at Alix Goolden on October 18th, trust me on this. 

check Tongues of Fire on facebook for events for summer 2014.
we're working on that.

Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Semi-Finals Results

Wow! What an amazing evening!
Tonight at the Victoria Event Centre, Shayne Avec I Grec hosted our Semi-Finals. We had 12 competing poets. (Matthew Christopher Davidson withdrew prior to the event and we missed him.) We did have a wonderful array of talent,
and after much ciphering, the following 8 poets moved on to the finals. We'll be looking forward to hearing them on Friday May 30 2014, same time, same place.

Annie Lepage
Jeremy Loveday
Scott Thompson
Elysia Glover
Keenan Proud
Erin Cotton
Jared Cotton
Tom Fowler

Come on out in 2 weeks and a day and experience the magic that is spoken word poetry!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Semi-Finals Update, May 4th, 2014

Hello all,

Here as promised is further information about the 2014 Slam Semi-Finals which will be taking place at the VEC (Victoria Event Centre).
Thursday May 15th, doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.
$10 at the door, $5 for students

In no particular order, here is a list of the 13 poets competing for the 2014 Slam Team-

Annie Lepage
Jeremy Loveday
Scott Thompson
Elysia Glover
Keenan Proud
Erin Cotton
Jared Cotton
Tom Fowler
Kyran Patterson-King (or is it Peterson-King?)
Pam Stewart
Kelsey Claire
Jacob Arts
Matthew Christopher Davidson

Regular slam rules apply,
no costumes,
no props,
no animals,
no musical accompaniment.
For more details :

Come on out and pack the house!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Hello All You Lovely Readers, If Any,

I have tallied the numbers and these are the Season Standings!!!!

Also, dates for the semi-finals and finals would be good to know, right? Thus, Thursday May 15th is semi-finals and Friday May 30th is finals night. Both of these events will take place at the Victoria Event Centre aka the VEC which is at 1415 Broad Street. I'll find out the time and add that in here soon.
Thanks and cheers!

Jeremy Loveday 10
Matthew Christopher Davidson 8
Audrey Lane Cockett 7
Scott Thompson 5
Shayne avec i grec 4.5
Emily 4
Keenan Proud 4

Pamela Stewart 3
Tom Fowler 2.5
Jared Cotton 2.5
Elysia 2
Jacob Arts 2
Johnny MacRae 2

Annie 1.5
Erin Cotton 1.5
Kelsey Burns 1
Kieran/Peter 1
Sam Faraday 1
JJ 0.5
Maita 0.5
Max Cekota 0.5

Friday, April 18, 2014


Hello Poetry Fans,
Wow! It was a heated night at the Solstice Cafe as 13 poets showed up to try to garner some points in the last Slam before semi-finals and finals in May. We steamed up the Cafe and I for one am rather hoarse from all the hooting and hollering that went on.
We had a lot of wonderful poets and pieces tonight. And a lot of noise. And wonderful Solstice support. And a rented PA system. And Erin Cotton was the most perfect host in the room. Many thanks to all the volunteers who make all this possible. Here's a list of the poets in both rounds and the places the winners took.

Round One Poets

Jeremy Loveday
Morgan Purvis
Kelsey Claire
Dia Davina
Stephen J. Thompson
Tom Fowler
Scott Thompson
Jared Cotton

Round Two

Scott Thompson came in 1st
Jared Cotton tied for 2nd place
Tom Fowler tied for 2nd place
Annie Le Page in 3rd place
Maita in 4th place

As always, please let me know if I misspell your name:)

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 2014 Season Standings

Since we are getting closer to the end of the slam year, without further ado, these are the slam standings thus far-

Jeremy Loveday 10
Matthew Christopher Davidson 8
Audrey Lane Cockett 7
Shayne avec i grec 4.5
Emily 4
Keenan Proud 4
Pamela Stewart 3
Elysia 2
Jacob Arts 2
Johnny MacRae 2
Erin Cotton 1
Kelsey Burns 1
Kieran/Peter 1
Scott Thompson 1
Annie 0.5
JJ 0.5
Jared Cotton 0.5
Max Cekota 0.5
Sam Faraday  0.5
Tom Fowler 0.5

March 2014 Slam

Hello All,
It's coming up to the end of March which means there is just one slam left, in April of course, before the semi-finals and finals in May!

Last night was another wonderful and loud evening at our fine host cafe. The most beautiful person in the room, Jacob Arts, hosted and there were words, like, everywhere. Also numbers, of course, as it was a Slam. I had my first experience of keeping track of those numbers as the official scorekeeper (while Julia did her regular spectacular job of timekeeping).
I, ahem, need to insert an apology here. In my rush to tally the 2 rounds, I made a small mistake and the 4th and 5th place positions were mixed up. Not meticulous of me at all. Time crunches stress me out, but I did enjoy my new little job and will try to get better at it.
Without further ado, the places for last nights lovely poets.
(Oh, and if I spell any of your names wrong, I do apologize! Please either add a comment or come see me at the Solstice Cafe any Thursday evening and I will make the appropriate corrections.)
Hope to see you all at the Solstice soon!

1st - Keenan Proud
2nd - Elysia
3rd - Erin Cotton
4th - Tom Fowler
5th - Kieran (aka Peter)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 2014 Slam Results

Hello everyone,

First off, a round of applause for the poets who put themselves out there and compete in all and any of the slams. You are inspirational and we the audience appreciate each and every one of you.

Secondly, a big thank you to the Solstice Cafe and staff for looking after us all so well.

Thirdly, as a newcomer to this scene, I just want to say here how hugely impressed I am by all the volunteer power that makes the Slams and Tongues of Fire and the other events come together so cohesively. Thank you each and every one.

And lastly, the results from the February 20th, 2014 Slam-

1st-Jeremy Loveday
2nd-Johnny MacRae
3rd-Sam Faraday
4th-Audrey Lane Cockett    
5th-Max Cekota

Until next time. Margaret

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Season Standings

Season standings are as follows*:
Audrey 6
Jeremy 6
Shayne 4.5
Emily 4
Pam 3
Jacob 2
Kelsey 1
Scott 1
Jared Cotton 0.5
Kyran 0.5
JJ 0.5
Annie 0.5

*please note, 4th and 5th from October's slam have not been included in this tally. msg me for details.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Slam

Well.  How lovely was tonight, eh?

So delightful when we get to see people slam for the first time and hear some new voices.

Thank you so very much for everyone who made tonight possible, this evening was a riot (as per usual!)...

1st Audrey
2nd Matthew Christopher Davidson
3rd Pam Stewart
4th Jared Cotton
5th Kieran 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

December Slam

The final slam of 2013!

We had such a rad time this night.  One week before Christmas, last event of the calendar year, Yours Truly emceeing, what more could you want on a cool, Victoria Thursday?!  How about some amazing poets gracing the mic--'cause we had that too!

1st Jeremy Loveday
2nd Matthew Christopher Davidson
3rd Kelsey Burns
4th shaybe avec i grec

Thank you thank you thank you Victoria, this has been such an incredible year for the Victoria Poetry Project, and I assure you, 2014 is going to be even better!  I'm constantly amazed, inspired, and truly truly humbled by the talent, love, and grace of our community.  From everyone at the Victoria Poetry Project, I hope your holidays are/were filled with peace, warmth, and connection.  Please join us in the New Year and share with us how your time was spent!  So much poetry-love, friends!

PS I'm so hoping there are going to be some New Years Resolutions in place to take up the mic for the first time!  Any takers...?

*final scores to be tallied once the October slam results have been posted!

Vic Slam Indies

On December 5, Victoria Poetry Project held the Vic Slam Indies.  The night was hosted by 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, and saw eight of Victoria's best spoken word poets compete for the chance to represent Victoria at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam which takes place April 5-12 in Vancouver.  The poets, who competed by invitation only, were Scott Thompson, Audrey Cockett, Pam Stewart, Morgan Purvis-Bellamano, Matthew Christopher Davidson, Justin McGrail, Keenan Proud, and Jeremy Loveday.

After four rounds of poetry, the incredible wordsmith Audrey Lane Cockett walked away the champion!

Audrey will be representing our fine city this Spring.  Truly, we could not have asked for a better poet to rep our talents.  Audrey has already made us so proud that she is a member of our incredible community.  Congratulations, Audrey, and congratulations Victoria!

November Slam Results

Oh my, there is so much to catch up on!

If you recall, October was a crazy month for us poets.  The events were non-stop, the Slam Team was fundraising like mad, and no one was fully functioning because the 2Dopes were out of town!  October results will be posted soon, I promise you, but instead of keeping you waiting any longer, I thought I'd throw up the November, December, and Indies results!

November Slam:
1st shayne
2nd Pam
3rd Audrey
4th Annie
5th Erin

Round One
Johnny Macrae: 24.7
Kennan Proud: 20.1
Pam Stewart: 27.1
shayne avec i grec: 27.0
Erin Cotton: 26
Audrey Lane Cockett: 27.0
Annie: 26.2

Round Two
Pam: 28.4
Audrey: 28.2
Shayne: 29.5
Annie: 28.5
Erin: 28.2

*final tallies of season standings to come once October scores are posted