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Workshop with Vic Slam Team!
Victoria, BC
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Exercise your creative side, break through that writers block or find the voice you never knew you had at this workshop, led by the four members of this years Vic Slam Team.  Flesh out your style, begin something new, or get something off your chest.  Bond with fellow writers and get support from seasoned poets.  Everyone is welcome regardless of prior experience with a pen or a mic; were here to write and feel good doing it!  Ticket prices will go entirely to covering the costs of the teams trip to Guelph, Ontario, where they will represent Victoria on the national stage at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word!

15 seats are available for purchase ahead of time and we will be offering limited tickets at the door - guarantee your seat and get your ticket now!
12 of the online tickets are being offered at the regular rate of $10 and the remaining 3 are being offered at the benefactor rate of $20 to subsidize folks who want to attend but can't afford it.
If you would like a subsidized ticket, please contact VPP's Executive Director, Shayli Robinson, at vppdirector@gmail.com.

The 2018 Vic Slam Team is made up of Olivia Kompier, Marie Metaphor, Dana Neily, and Hilary Somerville, the top 4-scoring poets of the 2017/18 Vic Slam season! Individual bios are below.

aS OF August 2nd, CityStudio has moved to a new location at 709/711 Douglas St, located just below Crystal Garden and has accessible washrooms on-site. An elevator is available to reach the space.



Olivia Kompier
Tempering ferocity with vulnerability and humour, Olivias poetry often touches on the theme of being true to oneself while navigating religion, sexuality, gender-politics and being a Muslim in a post-Trump world. As a newcomer to the scene, Olivia won the first poetry slam she participated in, earning her a seat as a finalist at the Victoria Poetry Project Slam Finals, where she went on to tie for first place with fellow teammate, Marie Metaphor. As a writer, her publications include the 2018 short story Hijrah from the Harem published in Habibi: a Muslim Love Anthology (written under the pen name Ivy West). She performed at the International Womens Day Bread and Roses event in Centennial Square, Victoria, BC with her poems Dear Girl, Cover your Beauty and American Refugee. Originally from East Chicago, USA, she has lived in Victoria, BC since February 2018. As an American, she is honoured to represent Victoria in Guelph, 2018, at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

Marie Metaphor
Marie is an educator, visual artist, poet, and coach. She is the current Victoria Slam Champion, (tied with Olivia Kompier), and a two-time member of the Victoria Slam Poetry team. She believes in the incredible power of vulnerability in spoken word and its ability to breed empathy and understanding among diverse individuals and communities. She knows there is a particular kind of collaborative magic that happens when people artfully share their thoughts and lived experience while an attentive audience holds space for that sharing. Marie has coached 6 high school slam poetry teams and has witnessed firsthand the empowering and transformative nature of this art form. She believes in the power of stories shared. She's performed at I.M.B.Y. (In My Back Yard) Interactive Arts Showcase at Centennial Square, Otherworld Regional Burningman Festival in Cowichan Valley, BC and at the 2016 Canadian Spoken Word Festival. She's published in issue 4.1 of the Untethered Literary Magazine and in the 2018 autumn/winter issue of Oratorealis Literary Journal.

Dana M. Neily
Dana Neily is a poet and performer exploring the connections between mental health, sexuality, and community. She is a current member of the 2018 Vic Slam Team. She represented Victoria at the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, and the 2016 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as a member of the 2016 Vic Slam Team. Her work has been featured in Oratorealis and The Blasted Tree, and she has been a featured performer in venues across Victoria. She performed, wrote, and produced a one-person show titled A Thousand Anxious Nights as part of the Intrepid Theatres YouShow program. When not writing, she is studying English and
Psychology at the University of Victoria and helping to run the Student Mental Health Awareness Club. She believes in the power of words to bring change and boost hearts. She brings humour and comic book references to such subjects as love, death, and everything there is to worry about in-between.

Hilary Somerville
Hilary currently lives in Victoria on the Lekwungen-speaking territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, where she avidly creates, works, and (un)learns as much as she can. She discovered spoken word in 2013 when she took a course with Missie Peters, and since then has she has performed at Victorias Poetry Project: Tongues of Fire at Cafe Fantastico, a finalist in Victoria CIPS (Canadian Individual Poetry Slam) qualifier, as well as a show at the Rio Theatre with Subscura, a slam at Cafe Deux Soleil and at Sculptures: A Multi-Media Show. Her poetry most often reflects aspects of feminism, settler responsibility, the sacred in the sexual, psychology, and a little bit of storytelling. Spoken word is an outlet where she can reflect the array of her observed and lived experiences, as well as explore the ether; she loves to flounder in the light but is not afraid to explore the velvety and forgotten darkness. Hilary has an earnest desire to change things within and without and believes in the spiritual, psychological, and tangible power of words and the worlds which they help to create.
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CityStudio (View)
709-711 Douglas St
Victoria, BC V8W 2B4



Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Victoria Poetry Project
On BPT Since: Feb 16, 2017
Victoria Poetry Project

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