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April 2018

FREE

Hullabaloo Slams: Round 1!

April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

All 16 teams throw down in the first of two rounds of competition to determine who goes to Hullabaloo Finals!

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Adventures in Poetryland Workshops

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A journey into both the charted and uncharted territories of Poetryland under the guidance of festival artists Moe Clark, Molly Billows, Zoey Pricelys Roy, and Erin Dingle.

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Hullabaloo Slams: Round 1!

April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

All 16 teams throw down in the second of two rounds of competition to determine who goes to Hullabaloo Finals!

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Hullabaloo Finals feat. Moe Clark

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Following a set by festival artist Moe Clark, the four top-ranked teams in the tournament lovingly battle it out for the fabled Billy Sharkspeare Trophy!

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April 2019

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Spoken Word Jamboree

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off not only Hullabaloo, but also Verses Festival of Words! All participating teams will be invited to perform a one-minute intro poem to tell us more about themselves and their school, and Halifax’s El Jones will rock the house as the night’s feature. The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting – and you a chance to glimpse the spirit of loving camaraderie that makes Hullabaloo one…

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Spoken Word Jamboree

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Spoken Word Jamboree leads off Hullabaloo and Verses! Hullabaloo teams present short poems to introduce themselves! Feature performance by Halifax’s 5th Poet Laureate, spoken word poet El Jones. 6PM-8PM / VPL Central Branch / Alice MacKay Room / Free   HULLABALOO A one of a kind youth poetry event that kicks off Verses Festival of Words! Hullabaloo is BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival. Teams of youth poets aged 13 to 18 from across British Columbia come together to compete…

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$4

All Star Slam #1 & #2

April 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The All Star Slam is an all-out battle of poetic verve and wit, pitting El Jones, Francis Arevalo and Ann-Bernice Thomas against each other in a fun-filled showcase of slam at its finest! This showcase demonstrates the power and possibilities of spoken word poetry at its highest level. Hosted by Johnny Trinh. #1 Doors 8:45 AM / Start: 9:30 AM  #2 Doors: 11:45 AM / Show: 12:30 PM RIO Theatre / $4 Rush tickets at door / #2 Sold Out…

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Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 1!

April 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this evening, either the first or second slate of prelims. All teams and audience members are encouraged to attend the entire evening. The poems will be judged by five random members of the audience who are not directly affiliated with any of the poets or schools. They will give each poem a score between 0 and 10. We will drop the high and low scores, and each poem will receive a…

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Adventures in Poetryland

April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Youth poets take up to two workshops designed to help expand their poetic horizons and learn about the breadth of spoken word from professional poets. Participants select workshops on offer by Ruby Singh, El Jones, Francis Arevalo and Ann-Bernice Thomas.  FREE FOR YOUTH AGED 13 to 18! Advanced registration required! To register, CLICK HERE! Sign up for any 2 out of 4 available workshops on this day. Registration is first come, first served, and space is limited. 10 AM / VPL…

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Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 2!

April 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one bout this afternoon, either the first or second slate of prelims. All teams and audience members are encouraged to attend the entire evening. The poems will be judged by five random members of the audience who are not directly affiliated with any of the poets or schools. They will give each poem a score between 0 and 10. We will drop the high and low scores, and each poem will receive a…

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March 2020

2020 Verses Festival of Words Cancelled

March 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For the safety of our audience, artists and staff we are cancelling the 2020 Verses Festival of Words. We appreciate all of the work everyone has put into the festival and all of the support we have received. Ticket refunds will be processed at the beginning of the week. We are working on some digital programming options and will announce what we have planned as soon as we can.

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April 2020

Hullabaloo 2020

April 16, 2020 - April 18, 2020

Get ready, Hullabaloo 2020 is coming!  This year’s Youth Spoken Word Festival will be held over three days, Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18th.  Registration for Hullabaloo 2020 opens on Feb 3rd for any school that took part in last year’s festival. Registration for all other schools opens two weeks later on February 17th.  This will be on a first come first serve basis. Email RC Weslowski at hullabaloo@vancouverpoetryhouse.com for more information and to get on the registration mailing…

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2020 Hullabaloo All Star Slam featuring Chris Tse, Patrick de Belen and Ruthless. Hosted by Johnny D. Trinh

April 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This event will be taking place on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples. For 2020 We have a brand new location and day for the annual All Star Slam.  This year we’ll be at the fully accessible, Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library in the Alice MacKay room.  The All Star Slam will bear witness to poetic thunder and lightning, as three poets compete in an all-out battle of poetic verve and wit.  Hosted…

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Spokenword Jamboree featuring Chris Tse

April 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A night for all 16 High School Teams to perform introductory poems showcasing their talent and style.  Plus a feature performance by Canadian Spoken Word Champion, Chris Tse. 6PM-8PM / VPL Central Branch / Alice MacKay Room / Free We fully acknowledge that all Hullabaloo and Verses Festival of Words events this year and in past years take place on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Christopher Tse is an artist, educator, and settler currently…

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 1 and 2

April 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   The competition kicks off with our fist two bouts pitting 4 different teams against each other in each bout. Bout 1 will be in the Alice MacKay Room.  Bout 2 will be in the Alma VanDusen/Peter Kay combined room.  Both events will be taking place AT THE SAME TIME in the two different rooms. Doors are at 5:30.  The…

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 3 and 4

April 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   The competition continues with our last batch of bouts on day 1.  4 teams in each bout.  It should be on fire! (metaphorically) Bout 3 will be in the Alice MacKay Room.  Bout 4 will be in the Alma VanDusen/Peter Kay combined room.  Both events will be taking place AT THE SAME TIME in the two different rooms. Doors…

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Adventures in Poetryland Workshops with Janice Jo Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick de Belen and Johnny D. Trinh

April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event will be taking place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples.   4 different workshops presented by World Class poets, Janice Joe Lee, Chris Tse, Patrick de belen and Johnny Trinh lead students through Adventures in Poetryland.  Each workshop offers a unique perspective into a different writing approach for students to expand their practice. Pre registration for each workshop is required.  Open to highschool students who are not taking part in the competition…

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 5 and 6

April 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   Day 2 begins with the first two afternoon bouts for our competing teams.  Each team has had a chance to perform and now things get even more intense! Bout 5 will be in the Alice MacKay Room.  Bout 6 will be in the Alma VanDusen/Peter Kay combined room.  Both events will be taking place AT THE SAME TIME in…

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Hullabaloo Team Bout Competitions 7 and 8

April 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

All of our events will be taking place on the Unceded, Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.   These will be the last 2 bouts of preliminary competition.  These bouts could very well determine which teams make it in to Finals! Each team has had a chance to perform once and now they are ready to rock it on Day 2. Bout 7 will be in the Alice MacKay Room.  Bout 8 will be in the Alma…

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Hullabaloo Team Finals 2020 featuring Janice Jo Lee

April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

A night of powerhouse poetry to wrap up the annual celebration of youth spoken word.  4 teams will compete for the illustrious Billy Sharkspeare Trophy plus we will have a feature performance by Toronto’s, Janice Joe Lee.  Hosted by Johnny D. Trinh. Doors: 6:30 PM / Start: 7:30 PM / VPL Central Branch: Alice MacKay Room / Free We fully acknowledge that all Hullabaloo and Verses Festival of Words events this year and in past years take place on the…

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