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BAM! Toronto Youth Slam

  • 560 Palmerston Avenue Toronto, ON, M6G 2P7 Canada (map)

Palmerston Library - in the downstairs Theatre


Toronto's only monthly Youth Poetry Slam, BAM!, is back in full effect with the amazing Christopher Tse!

INTERESTED IN COMPETING? Rules of a BAM! Poetry Slam are quite simple. Bring 3 poems, just in case. There we will have 12 slots open for youth poets - 2-3 rounds (based on number of competitors), 3 minutes with a 10 second grace period for every poet to drop their fire, with a 0.5 penalty for every 10 seconds afterwards. No props, no instruments, etc.

There is an OPEN MIC available for ALL AGES for anyone that wants to share his or her works on stage!

INTERESTED IN QUALIFYING FOR THE BAM! TEAM? Basically, from now monthly to September, finishing 1st will get 5 points, 2nd place gets 3 points, 3rd place gets 2 points, and the remaining youth slammers gets 1 point. In October, the top 12 point leaders in descending order will be invited to our October semi finals to compete to be on the BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam Team! Priority will be given to those who have competed 2 months or more.

SO COME THRU AND BRING A FRIEND OR TWO! Let’s pack the house and have a great time! You will not regret it. There will be fire, blood and poetry! See you there!

Christopher Tse is an artist and writer currently living on Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSANEC territory in Victoria, BC. He placed second at both the 2011 Poetry Slam World Cup and 2016 Rio International Poetry Slam, and is a former Canadian national slam champion. Tse has shared the stage with Martin Luther King III, Shane Koyczan, and Demi Lovato, and his work has appeared on CBC, CTV, and in the Vancouver Sun. A brown boy with both immigrant and 6th generation roots on Turtle Island, Tse's poems talk about identity, immigration, intimacy, and basketball. He is currently finishing his master's in Critical Social Work with a focus on how arts-based organizing aligns with decolonial social movements. His writing is literally on the wall at Queen and Dufferin.

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