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School Registration Open for Hullabaloo 2015

Team registration for Hullabaloo 2015 is now open. It is on a first-come, first-served basis, along with consideration for regional representation around BC. We are planning to admit only 16 teams to this year’s tournament, so it’s a good idea to register sooner than later. We offer pre-registration to teams … Continued

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New Venue for Hullabaloo 2015 & a New Youth Slam

Vancouver Poetry House has struck a new partnership for Hullabaloo 2015 with the Vancouver Public Library. All events will be held at the central branch in the gorgeous Alice McKay and Peter Kaye rooms – and all shows will be free! We are excited to have such a fantastic downtown location … Continued

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Day One Team Results & First Underground Indies Champ

Astorino’s and The Prophouse Café were bouncing with excitement. After the first day of the team competition, the standings look like this: All the school teams have given themselves funky nicknames, as you can tell. The teams are ranked by their placing in each bout. The first level tiebreaker is … Continued

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Registration Opens for Hullabaloo 2014

Registration for the 4th annual Hullabaloo is now open. The festival will run April 24–26 at Astorino’s, a venue run by our new sponsor, the Brittania Community Centre. It will be filled with amazing feature poets, workshops, All-Star Slams, 16 teams of youth poets, and plenty of community spirit! Teams … Continued

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WordPlay Brochure for 2014

Want more info on WordPlay Poetry-in-Schools? Check out the new WordPlay Brochure .pdf for info on events, poets, rates, and all the amazing workshops and assembly performances that you can bring to your school. To book WordPlay poets, email Johnny MacRae at wordplaypoets@gmail.com

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Dates Announced for Hullabaloo 2014

Hullabaloo returns for its 4th annual youth spoken word festival on April 24–26 at Vancouver’s Brittania Community Centre. This centre is at the heart of Vancouver’s spoken word community on Commercial Drive. All teams that registered for Hullabaloo 2013 will be given a chance to pre-register for Hullabaloo 2014 from … Continued

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Final Team Standings

After Amy Everhart received a standing ovation for her feature set, we finished up the festival with the Team Finals bout. The scores were very tight and the poetry was on point. In the end, this is how it shook out: First place: Words Worth Wording (aka Port Moody Secondary) … Continued

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Rankings after Day Two

The bouts keep getting more intense as we approach the end of prelims. Here are the final team rankings. The four teams in bold advance to Team Finals Night. The first number is the team’s finish in their first bout, the second number is their finish in the second bout. … Continued

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Rankings after Day One

Wow. It has been a heckuva Hullabaloo. Here are the standings after day one. The first number represents the ranking in the school’s bout. The second number is the point differential the team was from winning their bout, which is only important in a tie-breaking situation. Pearson College – 1 (0.0) … Continued

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Put Poets on Planes

In each of the past four years (2009–12), Vancouver Poetry House has spent between $15,000–$25,000 to send local poets to national and international slam tournaments and to bring the best poets in the world to Vancouver for events like Hullabaloo. We’re proud of this. We’ve put poets on a lot … Continued

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Two Weeks Left to Register

Registration for Hullabaloo closes on January 31st. We’ve had a tremendous response with many schools already signed up; however, there are a couple spots still available. You need a minimum of three student poets (or BC teens if you’re associated with a youth organization) to form a team (you can … Continued

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Team Registration Now Open!

Head’s up! Team registration for Hullabaloo 2013 opens today. It is on a first-come, first-served basis, along with consideration for regional representation around BC. We are planning to admit only 16 teams to this year’s tournament, so it’s a good idea to register sooner than later. The festival will take … Continued

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Registration Opens November 1st, 2012

We’ve had a bunch of eager youth poets sending messages asking: How can my school register for Hullabaloo 2013? I don’t want to miss it. Well, don’t worry, you’ve haven’t missed any deadlines yet. Hullabaloo 2013 registration opens on November 1st, 2012. The registration fee will be $160 payable by … Continued

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Amy Everhart Added to Hullabaloo 2013

Last year, Amy Everhart came up to the Vancouver Poetry Slam and blew everyone out of their seats. Now, we’re going to have her back! She’ll be featuring at Hullabaloo 2013 Team Finals Night and conducting workshops throughout the week. Bio: Amy Everhart has been called one of “America’s most … Continued

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Tweaks to Format and Team Size

We’ve collected feedback at Hullabaloo 2012 through one-on-one conversations, a coaches / student captain meeting, and email surveys. After going through all this feedback, we’re making a number of changes. The main feedback from teachers and students is that everyone wants Hullabaloo to be a development festival, an event that … Continued

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Save the Dates! Hullabaloo is Coming April 3–6, 2013

Big news! Hullabaloo 2013 has set its dates. The next BC youth festival of spoken word will happen April 3–6, 2013. That’s the week right after Easter from Wednesday to Saturday. The event schedule is still being finalized, but the goal has been to compress the festival, shortening it by … Continued

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Delta Papers Cover Hulllabaloo Champs

The papers in Delta picked up coverage on Hullabaloo champs from their local school, South Delta Secondary, and the Hullabaloo Indies Champ, Floyd VB, who was part of the SDSS slam team. Check out the article on Hullabaloo in the South Delta Optimist and this cool piece on Floyd VB … Continued

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Youthink Magazine Article on Hullabaloo Winners

(South Delta Secondary, Hullabaloo Team Champions, Zoe Wessler, Parker Woods, Sam Merritt and Floyd VB and their coach Trevor “Spillious the Ridiculous One” Spilchen) Youthink Magazine has been a fabulous media sponsor for Hullabaloo. Read their article about the results of this year’s festival as well as their interview with … Continued

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Youth Slams in and around Vancouver (April & May)

Hullabaloo may be over, but the youth poetry slams keep on coming. If you missed the tournament, these events are a great way to get an idea of what poetry slam is all about. If you were at Hullabaloo and are in poetry withdrawal, here’s the perfect chance to get … Continued

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Results from Team Finals

Hullabaloo culminates in the Team Finals bout. Last year, Reynolds won and South Delta came in second. This year, they switched spots with South Delta taking first place and Reynolds taking first runner-up. Vancouver island was well-represented with Glenlyon Norfolk and Reynolds both from the Victoria area, and both making … Continued

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Results from Indies Finals

The Indies Finals competition blew the roof on The Rio Theatre. 12 of the best youth poets in BC participated in a three round slam of poetic madness. The first round was a 3-minute round with regular slam rules. 12 poets performed and the top 7 advanced (highlighted in blue). … Continued

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Final Standings from Prelims

After two evenings of astounding poetry, the results are in. These numbers do little to convey the courage and beauty of all of the poems presented, but it is an essential part of this crazy thing called poetry slam. Many members of the old guard of the Vancouver slam scene … Continued

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Rankings after Day One

UPDATED (2:10pm, April 12, 2012): individual poets’ names added for Reynolds in Indies standings. If finals started today (and they don’t), the teams and individuals highlighted would advance. However there’s still a whole day of competition to go and anything could happen! Beside the team or individual name is the … Continued

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Bout Draw & Wild Card Team

Preliminary bouts start today. Each team will compete in two different bouts. Because we have fewer than 16 team, a few teams will have to face each other twice (it’s a necessity, do the math). Scores will be posted online after each night at: http://youthslam.ca/scores Wednesday, April 11th Bout #1, … Continued

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Shaw TV features Hullabaloo

Fantastic segment on Hullabaloo featuring youth poets from New Westminster and South Delta. Hullabaloo is the first part of this video (staring at 1:06) that was aired on Shaw TV. In his excitement, RC Weslowski tells Floyd and Jasmine that both their teams will be part of Team Finals Night. … Continued

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Metaphors Be With You

Picked up the Hullabaloo t-shirts yesterday and we’re already receiving facebook messages from people asking me how they can buy them. We might have to do a second printing. Big ups to Dave at The Goods on Broadway for doing such a great job. If you need a quality silk-screening … Continued

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Georgia Straight Highlights Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo was picked by The Georgia Straight as one of its “Straight Choices” in this week’s paper (page 32). They also posted are article about Hullabaloo online, which includes quotes from co-organizer, RC Weslowski. Here’s an excerpt: While the event is billed as a competition, and there can only be … Continued

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Tournament Schedule Streamlined & Workshops Added

Yesterday, the BC Teachers Federation made its announcements about how it will react to Bill 22, which imposes heavy fines for any further strikes. Hullabaloo has dodged a bullet, in terms of its timing, as the vote on whether or not teachers will stop volunteering their time to support extracurricular … Continued

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What Teachers Make

The BC Teachers Federation and BC Liberal government are locked in a battle of wills. It’s difficult to say at this point what kind of settlement will emerge or when. One thing is certain though. It’s always important to remember what teachers make…

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Olivia B interviewed in VancouverIsAwesome.com

Olivia B was featured in a recent post on the most excellent website VancouverIsAwesome.com. Here’s a snippet: Favourite Vancouver/Lower Mainland writer? I don’t know if I have a “favourite”, but right now I’m really excited about lisa b., who is a spoken word poet I discovered through the Van slam … Continued

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Zaccheus Jackson in The Province

As part of his work with the Talking Stick Festival, Zaccheus Jackson was featured in a recent article by Stuart Derdeyn in The Province. “After an argument with my girl-friend, I was walking off the tension along my neighbourhood of Commercial Drive when I saw a sign that said “Poetry … Continued

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Article on Hullabaloo 2011 Champs, Reynolds Secondary

Read the original article on Youthink by Camilla Shelby – Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody BC Feb 7, 2012 Defined as a, “form of poetry that often uses alliterated prose or verse,” spoken word is a powerful form of expression. Spoken word artists and teams compete against one another in … Continued