May Events 2016

May 25/16 – CVAF and Regina Word Up present: Finals Night with Sheri D Wilson!

Admission by donation

Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre
Doors at 7:30
Show around 8
All ages/+19 Cash Bar

 

Our highly anticipated annual event featuring some of Regina’s top poets – all competing for top spot honours in being named as members of the Regina Word Up Slam Team.

A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer. It is a competitive event wherein spoken word artists share their work in a high-spirited, fast-paced environment to an often uproarious crowd.

In this invite-only slam, poets have earned their spot by competing in at least two poetry slams throughout the year.

Slammers will come prepared with two original pieces of less than 3 minutes and 10 seconds each. No props, no nudity, no hate speech. Each poet will compete in both rounds, and the accumulated total from both rounds will determine the winners.

Five judges will be chosen at random from the audience. Each judge will provide a score between 1-10 for each poem, of the five scores, the high and low will be dropped leaving a total score out of 30.

Audience members, come prepared with snapping fingers and a good pair of lungs.

Poetry Slam Finalists:

Haleys Comet
Beeswax Coriander
Johnny Trinh
Devon Dozlaw
Veracity
Jolissa Simon
Micaella Martoranna

If you are interested in performing, volunteering, sponsoring, supporting, collaborating or have ideas that may benefit Regina Word Up and the development of our spoken word communities, please contact Cat Abenstein at reginawordup@gmail.com

Feature Artist: Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson (Mama of Dada) has performed & taught in festivals in Canada, USA, England, France, Mexico, and South Africa.

She has 9 collections of poetry, her most recent—Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; nominated for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She has written 5 produced plays, produced 2 CDs & 5 Video-Poems and she co-created 1 ballet for Ballet BC. She edited the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 feature article in Chatelaine Magazine, and a 2012 TED Talk. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC. In 2006 she won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and the same year was short-listed for the CanLit Awards. She won the USA Heavyweight title for poetry in 2003, and the National Slam of Canada “Poet of Honour “award in 2006.

Regina Word Up is grateful for the support of our sponsors: City of Regina, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, and Canadian Heritage. Regina Word Up recognizes the support of the League of Canadian Poets.This event is a partnership with Cathedral Village Arts Festival

 

May 26/16 – Regina Word Up Youth Stage Special Event ft Kay Kassirer

Admission is $5 + GST or PWYC (No one turned away.)
Doors at 7:30
Show around 8
All ages/+19 Cash Bar

Regina Word Up Youth is Regina’s only youth-specific spoken word performance series. [Read more…]

June Events 2016

June 5/16 – Behind the Songs: A Songwriting Workshop with Kim Fontaine

Kim Fontaine

Kim Fontaine

10:00am-4:00pm
*$20 + gst (limited number of spots – register in advance by clicking here)
2nd Floor.
All skill levels welcome.

Things to bring:
– your instrument (if portable)
– paper & pen for taking notes
– bring your own lunch or money (if you want to go out and get lunch during the break)

Participants will:
– Learn and/or review foundational songwriting elements, including hooks, structure, form, lyrics etc.
– Explore creative processes and ways to turn initial ideas in to songs.
– Be provided with tools to support the development of chord structures when building around melodic ideas.
– Understand co-writing etiquette and apply principles by working in small groups. [Read more…]

June 5 – Guitar Theory Workshop & Jam

Erik Mehlsen (aka Del Suelo)

Erik Mehlsen (aka Del Suelo)

2:00pm – 4:00 pm
By donation ($10 suggested)*
Facilitated by Erik Mehlsen (a.k.a. Del Suelo)

Are you a guitarist who has been playing for a while, but doesn’t know anything about theory or improvisation? Or maybe you have some theory up your sleeve but are in need of some guitarists to practice with? Maybe you like the company of cool people enjoying some music on a relaxed Sunday afternoon.
At the Sunday guitar hangout, musician and author Erik Mehlsen(aka Del Suelo) will cover some basic music theory and explain how it applies to creativity on the guitar. Following this 30 minute lesson, guitarists will be encouraged to stick around and jam with each other, trading tips and insights on what they’ve just learned. The intention of the workshop is to build a community of guitarists and provide a space for those wishing to improve their craft.  If there is a high level of interest, this may become a monthly event.

June 5/16 – Behind the Songs: Jenny Berkel, Poor Nameless Boy and Kim Fontaine

BTS Website Photo June 5 2016Doors at 7:30pm. Starts at 8:00pm.
$15 + GST in Advance ; $20 + GST at the Door.
Sign up for the open mic and pay only $10 + GST!
All Ages. / Cash bar (19+ with valid ID). / Rush seating.

We know everyone loves to celebrate Mosaic, so this month’s Behind the Songs is on Sunday, June 5.  Join us for the last show of the season, featuring songs and stories from Jenny Berkel, Poor Nameless Boy and Kim Fontaine.  Kim is facilitating a songwriting workshop earlier in the day, so if you’re interested in the Open Mic portion of the evening, you may also want to check out the workshop (for more information click here).

Advance tickets are highly recommended to guarantee your spot in our intimate Hague Gallery. Buy advance tickets by clicking here!  Register for the open mic and buy your discounted ticket by clicking here!

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Jun 15/16 – Regina Word Up Community Stage ft Listen to Dis (At The Artesian)

Admission is $10 + GST or PWYC (No one turned away.)
Doors at 7:30
Show around 8
All ages/+19 Cash Bar

Regina Word Up is held on the first and third Friday’s of every month. Regularly, the first Friday is a community stage, and our third Friday is a poetry slam.

This month, Regina Word Up and Listen to Dis have collaborated on a fully accessible slam!

A community stage is an opportunity to share work with our community. No scores and all support, this event is a great opportunity for folks who want more exposure or practice, or want to share something that doesn’t usually fit within our regular poetry slams. Rants, stories, jokes (the punnier, the better!) songs, or poems are all welcome on our stage.

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Jun 24/16 – Regina Word Up Pride Poetry Slam ft Alessandra Naccarato

Admission is $10 + GST or PWYC (No one turned away.)
Doors at 7:30
Show around 8
All ages/+19 Cash


Regina Word Up is held on the first and third Friday’s of every month. Regularly, the first Friday is a community stage, and our third Friday is a poetry slam.


A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer. It is a competitive event wherein spoken word artists share their work in a high-spirited, fast-paced environment to an often uproarious crowd.

[Read more…]