Beginning with words spoken in classrooms at Carleton University, Urban Legends has grown from a small poetry slam into what it is now, a spoken word events community called the Urban Legends Poetry Collective (ULPC).
Concerts at the NAC are always special. Add to the fact that Hip lead singer Gord Downie is appearing, and spines start tingling.
Khaleefa Apollo the Child is a man of many hats. He is a spoken word artist, motivational speaker, youth worker, and events coordinator. He is also one half of hip hop duo Poetic Elements, radio show host on CKCUFM’s The Home Invasion Show, and current co-director of Urban Legends Poetry Collective (ULPC). When Khaleefa became […]
The Limerick Coarse, often vulgar verse, whose comic metre is sure- -ly compensating. Innuendo and comic verse such as this filled Poetic Intentions‘ third themed poetry reading at Chez Lucien on March 28. To prepare for the evening, host and founder Tiah Akse—riffing off an episode of The Debaters—encouraged writers to pit haiku and limericks […]
Cathy Petch is one of the poets who will be performing in the Capital Slam event at VERSeFEST on Friday, March 18. Petch is a woman-of-all-trades: a poet, a theatre performer, a musician, a comedian, and a slam performer. She told Apt613 that she was very pleased to be invited to take part in the festival […]
Local poet and short story author Amal El-Mohtar will be performing at VERSeFEST on Tuesday, March 15. El-Mohtar’s writing often explores fantastical and supernatural concepts. She’s won the Rhysling Award for short poetry three times, and is currently nominated for a Nebula Award for her short story Madeleine. She is also the editor of The […]
Jenny Meya was first introduced to poetry in the sixth grade. Stanzas, falling meter, iambic pentameter – at first these things meant little to Jenny, who had always wanted to be a dancer. Jenny had always told stories through dance. It wasn’t until she started middle school that she discovered her passion for telling stories […]
We’re excited to announce a new Apt613 series, Ottawa Creatives, a showcase which will profile the amazing artistic talent found in this fine city. Each month will feature a different group of artists – from our poets, to our illustrators, to our DJs, dancers, and musicians. Tuesdays will feature a new artist who will also […]
“Wow, you really kicked Nature’s butt,” that’s what a friend told me after we finally tamed our rear garden. It was wildly overgrown. There were gooseberry shrubs, a swath of ostrich ferns, Manitoba maple saplings, and half a dozen other weeds that thrive on neglect. I love gardens. I love admiring gardens from afar. They […]
This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long! Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand […]
Ritallin, Cytopoetic’s creative director, at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Courtesy of vasta on Flickr The inaugural edition of the capital’s newest annual multi-artist showcase, Scribology, takes over the Library and Archives Canada? Auditorium (395 Wellington Street) on Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m.?? Presented by Cytopoetics and 10milligram promotions, Scribology is an ?annual […]