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April 2015
$12 - $15

Jangle & Shout: The Hulla-Verses Remixer

April 26, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

A literary soirée with a wild side! Get a sneak peek sampling of the music and words of many of the artists yet to come in the festival, with the best of Hullabaloo thrown into the mix. Feast your ears on an all-you-can-handle buffet of words at the York Theatre, a venue new for this year’s Verses.

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$4 - $19

Youth Anarchy Slam featuring Zaccheus Legacy Project

April 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Youth poets (aged 12–20) are asked to break one of the classic poetry slam rules. Wear a costume, use props, perform a cover poem, perform a group piece, play a musical instrument or combine all those together. Whatever you do though you must break one of the slam rules. Open sign-up. Be creative, have fun! In addition to the slam, this show will feature youth performing original work inspired by, in response to, and in honour of Zaccheus Jackson Nyce.

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April 2016

Spoken Word Jamboree

April 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off Hullabaloo, the youth spoken word section of the festival, with feature Lishai Peel. All teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school.

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$6

Hullabaloo All Star Slam

April 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A poetic battle royale featuring Hullabaloo 2016 Poet of Honour Janet Rogers, Toronto’s Lishai Peel, and Kingston’s Winona Linn, hosted by Johnny MacRae.

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Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Round One

April 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This night will kick off the poetry slam section of Hullabaloo. 16 teams from across BC show off their poetic best with solo poems and team pieces.

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Hullabaloo 2016 Underground Indies!

April 22, 2016 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Underground Indies is the chance for individual slammers to show the breadth and depth of their poetic skills. After day one of prelims on Friday April 22nd, we’ll take the poetry off the stage and put it into a different format. The audience will be arranged in a circle around the performance area. There will be no stage and no microphone. Instead 16 poets will compete in a head-to-head format to determine the best slammer at Hullabaloo.

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Adventures in Poetryland Workshop Series

April 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Poetryland spreads out far and wide. There’s a lot of territory to cover. You could spend days just traveling from metaphor to extended metaphor. Hullabaloo’s featured poets, Janet Rogers and Lishai Peel, alongside Winona Linn and veteran WordPlay Poets facilitators, lead you on a series of poetic field trips!

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Hullabaloo Team Bouts: Round Two

April 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

By the second day of prelims, the tournament will be in full swing. Some teams will be flying high, others will be working hard to improve their ranking.

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Hullabaloo Team Finals featuring Janet Rogers

April 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The 6th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which school has the best poetic chops in all of British Columbia. Hullabaloo Poet of Honour Janet Rogers will start the evening with a feature set of her award-winning spoken word poetry. Then the top four teams from the preliminary bouts will face off against each other with the 2016 Hullabaloo team championship (and the Billy Sharkspeare Trophy) at stake!

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January 2017
$200

Hullabaloo 2017 Teams Registration

January 31 @ 12:00 am - March 31 @ 11:55 pm

A chance for new teams to register for Hullabaloo. There’s only THREE spots left for 2017, so contact Johnny MacRae at wordplaypoets@gmail.com to snap yours up!

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April 2017
Free

Spoken Word Jamboree featuring Ronnie Dean Harris aka. Ostwelve

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

More than just a meet’n’greet, at the Jamboree we’ll hear from all of the Hullabaloo teams – and most exciting of all, we’ll hear from Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve!

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$6

All Star Slam #1 @ Rio Theatre

April 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

“The poets were total professionals and brought hot topics to life with their passion and energy.  The students were mesmerized and totally engaged.” – Tracy Sullivan, Hugh Boyd Secondary The always popular Hullabaloo All Star Slam at the Rio Theatre returns this year, featuring a battle between heavyweights of the Canadian slam scene! Hosted by Regina’s Johnny Trinh, the 2017 edition of the All Star Slam sees Charlie C Petch from Toronto, Dana I.D. Matthews from Vancouver, and Rabbit Richards from Montreal compete in a three-round poetry slam…

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$6

All Star Slam #2 @ Rio Theatre

April 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Johnny Trinh hosts as Charlie C Petch, Dana I.D. Matthews, and Rabbit Richards slam in a three-round battle royale of Canadian slam rockstars.

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 1 & 2

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the first time, 8 teams compete in two simultaneous slams to determine who makes finals. A mix of individual and group pieces.

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 3 & 4

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The next 8 teams go at it with two more simultaneous bouts to determine who makes finals. A mix of individual poems and group pieces.

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Free

Hullabaloo Underground Indies

April 21 @ 10:00 pm - April 22 @ 12:15 am

16 poets compete in a four-round, head-to-head slam format, with winners decided by sound of applause. Fourth round is the anarchy round!

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Free

Adventures in Poetryland Workshops

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Four amazing workshops on offer from Hullabaloo All Stars Johnny Trinh, Charlie C Petch, Dana I.D. Matthews, and Rabbit Richards.

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 5 & 6

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

8 teams get back at it to determine who will make Hullabaloo Finals. A mix of individual poems and group pieces.

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Free

Hullabaloo Slams: Bouts 7 & 8

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The preliminary rounds wrap up, with two more simultaneous bouts to determine who makes finals. A mix of individual poems and group pieces.

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Free

Hullabaloo Finals featuring Jeremy Loveday

April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Following a feature by Victoria’s Jeremy Loveday, the top four teams compete for the title of Hullabaloo 2017 team champions and ownership of the fabled Billy Sharkspeare trophy!

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