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April 2017

Free

Adventures in Poetryland Workshops

April 22, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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January 2018

$200

Hullabaloo 2018: General Registration for Teams

January 29, 2018 @ 12:00 am - February 28, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

Your chance to register a team of 3 to 6 poets for Hullabaloo 2018!

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April 2018

FREE

Spoken Word Jamboree feat. Molly Billows

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Part meet’n’greet, orientation, and showcase, the Spoken Word Jamboree is your chance to meet the teams involved in Hullabaloo 2018 – as well as take in a set from the stellar Molly Billows!

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FREE

Underground Indies!!!

April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The first slam event of Hullabaloo – and it’s a doozy!! A head-to-head off mic and in-the-round poetry slam where winners are chosen by sound of applause. 16 poets enter. 1 emerges victorious. Everyone wins.

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$6

All Star Slam Showcase #1

April 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

“Awesome day! My students were so pumped and spoke about it for days afterwards.” – Lorisse Humphries, Chilliwack Middle School The always popular Hullabaloo All Star Slam at the Rio Theatre returns this year, featuring a battle between Canadian spoken word all stars! The 2018 edition of the All Star Slam sees Vancouver’s Molly Billows, Calgary’s Erin Dingle, and Saskatoon’s Zoey Pricelys Roy compete in a three-round poetry slam hosted by the inimitable Johnny Trinh – with students judging!  Once the dust has settled, and the winner has…

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$6

All Star Slam Showcase #2 SOLD OUT

April 20, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 2:00 pm

A chance to watch some of the best in the business throw down on the big stage at Rio Theatre!

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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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FREE

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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FREE

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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FREE

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

FREE

Spoken Word Jamboree

April 25 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Free

Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 1!

April 26 @ 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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Free

Adventures in Poetryland

April 27 @ 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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Free

Hullabaloo Poetry Slam Round 2!

April 27 @ 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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Free

Hullabaloo Team Finals featuring Ruby Singh

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The 9th annual HULLABALOO FINALS NIGHT will determine which of the top-ranked teams has takes home the fabled Billy Sharkspeare Trophy! Ruby Singh will start the evening with a feature set of his remarkable multidisciplinary spoken word. Then the top four teams from the preliminary bouts will face off against each other with the 2019 Hullabaloo team championship (and the Billy Sharkspeare Trophy) at stake! Doors: 7:30 PM / Start: 8:00 PM / VPL Central Branch: Alice MacKay Room Doors…

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