The 2012 Victoria Spoken Word Festival Begins!

- Image courtesy of David Bukach Photography

I knew there was something special about today when my barber asked me – “Do you think fish have souls?”

At first I was mystified – what was so different about the day that it set my barber, a man for whom conversation does not normally extend beyond the things taken from him by his ex-wife, to wondering whether there is a Fish Jesus out there watching over his scaly flock?

Let's hope he doesn't look like this

First I checked my neighborhood convenience store, wondering if the weeks new shipment of dirty magazines had arrived ahead of schedule.  When I saw that wasn’t the case I turned the television to CBC – perhaps Stephen Harper had shed his fleshy disguise, finally revealing the pitiless red eyes and steel endoskeleton of the Terminator.  Perhaps, too, he had finally admitted why Skynet sent him here, to the past – to do to Canada what NBC has done to the last few seasons of House

You know what I mean

Then it hit me, like a thunderbolt from whatever satchel-toting God holds sway over mankind’s artistic sensibilities – the second annual Victoria Spoken Word Festival was about to begin!

Last year, local spoken word artist and director of Not Your Grandma’s Poetry Missie Peters managed to win funding from the Awesome Shit Club, a Victoria-based organization that provides grassroots financial support for “awesome” ideas, and the first Victoria Spoken Word Festival was on its way.  Over the course of three nights, poets from all over Canada, including Poet of Honour R.C. Weslowski, took sold-out crowds on a journey to Skullfucker Canyon and back, stopping to meet a Poofter of the Prairies, the Sasquatch and figure out what happened to all our Boombastica along the way.

This year, Peters took to the internet with an Indie Go-Go crowdfunding campaign and raised $1100 for the cause, ensuring that the VSWF train kept a-rolling into its second year with 12 new poets on board.  Weslowski’s fellow Vancouverite Chris Masson replaces him as this year’s Poet of Honour, so the train won’t be stopping at Skullfucker Canyon on its way to new, and possibly stranger, places, but I like to think that Floyd Jones is still the conductor.

Yours truly will be on hand again under the banner of CFUV 101.9FM, your friendly, neighborhood campus radio station, so keep checking back here for updates:

If you want to come check out the events live, tickets are available at the door on a first come, first serve basis.  so arrive early to enjoy your 2012 Victoria Spoken Word Festival.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, February 23:

Tongues of Fire presents The Instant Slam,
7:30pm @ Solstice Cafe, 529 Pandora Street, $5

Friday, February 24: 

The Awesome Shit Showcase, hosted by Dave Morris
8pm @ Intrepid Theatre, #2 – 1609 Blanshard Street, $10

Saturday, February 25: 
On the Edge, with Chris Masson,
8pm @ Intrepid Theatre, #2 – 1609 Blanshard Street, $10

Sunday, February 26: 
Public Workshop, with Chris Masson,
1-4pm @ Intrepid Theatre, #2 – 1609 Blanshard Street, $25

See you there,

Brennan Storr writes the blog Largely the Truth

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