Victorious Voices 5th annual High School Slam Poetry Championships. April 7-9th 2014.

Victorious Voices Celebrates 5 Years of Youth Speaking Their Truth I don't get out to as much poetry (slam, spoken word, readings) as I would like, but I always make time and space in my calendar for Victorious Voices.  Director Jeremy Loveday has impressed me with his passion for mentoring since the first time I met him in early 2011. April marks the 16th annual National Poetry Month in Canada; I can't think of a better way to celebrate poetry … [Read more...]

Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Launches Diversity Slam August 19 2013

Victoria's Youth Poet Laureate launches Diversity Slam August 19, 2013. It's only in the past few years that I've come to know anything at all about the slam poetry "scene", which in Victoria BC is extremely vibrant and well-attended. It was by happenstance that I came to be seated at my first event in January 2011 and was introduced to Jeremy Loveday, who was instrumental in lobbying the city of Victoria to create the Youth Poet Laureate … [Read more...]

Victorious Voices 2013, 4th annual Secondary School Slam Poetry Championship

It’s time for some of the freshest and strongest young voices to represent as Victorious Voices comes to the Victoria Event Centre April 15th and 17th.  If you think that poetry is only for the printed page, these young poets will show you the power of the spoken word. Victorious Voices is the Victoria-based high school slam poetry competition, which has grown to such an extent that it is now staged in the community. "When I was a teenager, I … [Read more...]

Internationally-Awarded Slam Poet Buddy Wakefield Returns to Victoria March 18th 2013

My introduction to slam poetry, Tongues of Fire, the Victoria Slam Team and many other local poets was at a Buddy Wakefield event in January 2011. Photo: Inti St Clair  Arriving close to start time, to a packed Solstice Café, I was ushered to one of the only seats left, a comfy arm chair at the very front of the room. As one of the oldest people there, I felt very cossetted and definitely unworthy of that special attention. After the open mic … [Read more...]

Jeremy Loveday, performance poet and community organizer

Social media has opened many new worlds to me – among them the world of slam poetry and spoken word. In January 2011 I had the opportunity to attend a Tongues of Fire-hosted Victoria performance by the celebrated slam poet, Buddy Wakefield, and heard local performance poet Jeremy Loveday. … [Read more...]