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I hosted Capital Slam this last weekend. Brad is still on the road and Ruthanne had a show out at the Shenkman Center, so this one was on me.

That meant it wa also on me when I forgot to find judges. Sigh.
To my credit, I had other things on my mind. Despite getting a very good crowd (not another sell out, but we had 120 people), we didn’t have a full slate of poets. Amazing how we can go three or so slams in a row where I am bumping people, to a slam where we only have ten sign up.
The lack of poets meant we had no sac, so I was trying to find a poem in my book to read (hosting and being sac is never a good idea, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do…), but at the last minute Ibn Najeeb came in. He didn’t want to slam but he agreed to sac and we were all good.

Except I hadn’t found judges. I realized it during the first open micer and found judges faster than I ever have. (“You’re a judge. You’re a judge, You’re…” nobody said no.)

The show was great. Even the time penalty problems were entertaining. (Does anyone forget their poem in a more entertaining fashion than Sean O’Gorman? I don’t think so…)

Then there was Brandon Wint. What an amazing poet and amazing person.

Loh El won, but it my mind he was a little overshadowed by Chris Tse’s farewell performance that garnered five tens… and a 6.5 time penalty.

Next up… Tanya Davis on Dec. 3rd… and I am going to slam at that show!

Here is a cool photo montage complete with interviews with Nathanael Larochette and Brandon Wint after Capital Slam back in January.

Capital Slam on Saturday was a really nice show. Caytee Lush provided music and poetry and really capitivated the audience.

There were a number of new slammers competing… I LOVE when that happens! We also had the season debut of two-time National Championship Capital Slam team-member Brandon Wint!

The first round was a nice mix of new and hot. I did a new piece called ‘Trapeze’ that debuted out in Carleton Place. I scored well and right up until the end of the round I was in second behind Brandon… but then Jessica Ruano and Sean O’Gorman went up and rocked the house! When the dust settled, O’G was going into the second round in first place!

A note about O’G… the dude was suffering. He has some dental issues… a cracked tooth, I think. We should do a fundraiser show to get his tooth fixed. Brother was in PAIN.

Also making the second round (in addition to the four mentioned above) was James Whitehead, who was visiting from Victoria (PosterLoop guru), who brought the funny and had the crowd in stitches.

In the second round I started second-guessing myself. I had planned to bring FN back after not doing it for a long time, but I noticed that that wasn’t the real ‘mood’ of the room. It was a very ‘poetic’ night (which fit the theme of my first poem) while FN is all message with a forceful delivery.

Ruthanne urged me not to change because my piece would stand out as unique.

She was right.

The piece went over big and I got lots of compliments on the power of the piece. Kate Hunt told me it ‘scared her’. (Her tone made that sound like a compliment) 🙂

I got the highest score of the second round, but I couldn’t make up the whole gap. In the end Brandon and O’G tied for first! I was third with Jessica and James rounding out the final round.

Great show.

Now… on to February.

Scheduled for the slam on Feb. 5th is Ian Kamau. That is a BIG feature, but a few things have to be worked out still… so keep your ears open and eyes peeled.

In addition, for both shows in February, we will be giving priority on the sign-up list for anyone who hasn’t slammed yet this season. If you haven’t slammed this year (or EVER!) make sure you sign-up by 7pm and I will get you on the stage. Here is your chance to rock the CapSlam mic!

Things are heating up for those 12 semi-final spots. The top 4 right now are Chris Tse, myself, Loh El, and Brad Morden but PrufRock is one slam away from being right in there and Sean O’Gorman is climbing fast, not to mention people like Mack Cannon, Elle P, and Jessica Ruano. Brandon could be back in the mix if he keeps slamming and we still haven’t heard from Truth Is…

Who will it be?