Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is an Innu poet and multidisciplinary artist from the North Shore of Kebeq born in 1991. In 2012, she becomes one of the voices of Idle No More movement in Kebeq. She uses slam poetry to write and speak up about indigenous issues and protests, publishing four collections of poems, and performing as a performance artist, an actress in plays and television, and poet speaker in conferences and poetry shows. After six years of solo work, enjoying collaborations with artists from around the world, she now works with Maori artist Charles Koroneho in singing and performance duet. She currently works in solo and duet projects for the three next years. As protests, indigenous voices, walks and social movements were her favorite and main topics, she gazes now into traditional songs and Innu animism for the rebirth for social awakening.
In IWC's first Kelowna Poetry Slam of 2019, 8 poets will square off on two teams, Team Rock and Team Pop, for a cash prize in a poetry slam themed for the greatest decade: the 1990s. Hilarious skits and lip syncs will accompany the inspired words. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in your best 90s inspired costumes and cheer on some of Kelowna's best performance poets!
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Doors at 6:30PM
Tickets available for $10 via Eventbrite or $15 at the door. Link below:
Skylah Ginette, also known as The Poetry Elf, is excited to get things poppin' at this event! For her, spoken word isn't just reading a poem- it's a performance.
Things to know about me. Told Erin Scott I didn't like spoken word at age 15 (FINE. You WIN.) I look both ways before crossing a one-way street. Incredibly lucky when in life or death situation, incredibly unlucky when not. If I had to compare myself to a character it would be the dog from Up. My kindergarten teacher didn't like me. I shamelessly watch challenge videos on youtube.
Growing up in Kelowna 28 year old human and aspiring artist, never having any formal training and terrible school skills. I spend most of my time never finishing anything. My poetry is like a two way street. One street goes upward into the sky and writes beautiful words of progress and love the other road leads backwards to a dark past, filling holes with concrete as demons snicker and plants wither, everything is inspiration and expression of how i feel in the moments and whether or not i got to write it out. Come see Chase on Team Pop Feb 1!
Patience Spinoza Okuku (Spino) is a fourth-year student of Business Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan with a Minor in Sociology. He is Ugandan! For Spino, poetry soothes the soul, but most importantly, it is an avenue he uses to express himself and communicate important social issues.
Peter has competed before. And he always…uh…says things. He talks. He’s a talker. Words cannot describe Peter’s particular brand of performance poetry. But you will love him…or something else. Come see him February 1stat Milkcrate.
1) When did you first get started writing?
I wrote my first real poem
When out from the womb
There released a great tremor
And a hero did bloom
While this was occurring I was somewhere in high school taking spelling tests and learning about onomatopeia. It was probably around then.
2) Who are your favourite poets?
Sherman Alexie, Milo, Why?, Sabrina Benaim, your dog.
3) What are some inspirations, other than poetry, for your work
Sometimes I drink radiator fluid and watch the stars.
4) If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?
If I was a vegetable I would be one of those vegetables that no one wants. The kind that you come and visit once but notice no flicker of life or see anything to give hope of it getting better. The skin is all wrinkly and off-colour, there are bruises from the smallest of abrasions, it is too weak to hold a meal of any sustenance, too old to spread the seeds. You agree I had a good life but when it is time it is time and you should just cut your losses and compost me.
5) If you were in Lord of the Rings, which character would you be?
You know that one orc when Merry and Pippin are being captured? In the chase just after Frodo and Sam peace out on their own? The one that says “What about their legs? They don’t need those.” And then that other orc guy yells “They. Are not. For eating!” Yeah, I would be that first guy.
I am Jess. @hazeylaine. Born and raised in Kelowna. Art school drop out. Trying to figure out how to be everything all at once. Low key hippie. Wanna be G. Has probably served you coffee. Used to be pretty and then I moved to Vancouver and turned into street scum. Funny how that happens.Come see Jess battle it out at Milkcrate Records for Team Rock!
Mark is a member of the IWC collective, and few people in the history of IWC are so committed. He is our driver, drummer, rhyming, memorizing, heart and soul. Come see Mark perform for Team Rock on February 1st!
Finn is one of IWC’s longest running members. They have been coming out longer than even Erin and Cole. They often come sing at the open mic’s, but are going to be putting their artistic talents to use for poems this time around. Come see Finn battle it out for Team Rock!
Shae has been coming out to IWC for a few years and has won a few of our open slams at the open mics. She is a community favourite who is also involved in the local modelling and fashion community. Come see Shae Perform at the Battle of the 90s on Team Rock!
Peter has competed before. And he always…uh…says things. He talks. He’s a talker. Words cannot describe Peter’s particular brand of performance poetry. But you will love him…or something else. Come see him September 15th under the stars at Stuart Park!Read More
Darius performed at IWC’s Youth Showcase last year and wowed the crowd with his musings. He’s been referred to as a deadly combination of Cole and Rawle (Cole and Rawle referred to him as such). Come out and see how he does under the starts September 15th at 7pm at Stuart Park!Read More
Maddie is one of our youngest competitors, but she has been an IWC staple for a few years now. Every time she takes the stage she gets a little more fierce. Come cheer Maddie on September 15th at 7pm at Stuart Park!Read More
This Bodacious performer is always a crowd pleaser. Don’t let her pint-size fool you, she brings huge laughs, large tears, and often, gaping mouths. Join her at 7pm, September 15th at Stuart Park!Read More
Season 9 is upon us. One more year and we are more successful than Seinfeld. Take that, JERRY! Our annual Kickoff Classic takes place in lovely Stuart Park, Kelowna on Saturday, September 15th at 7pm. It will be a poetry slam featuring 8 local poets squaring off for a cash prize, and the best part? Totally free! As has been the norm for the last few IWC events, the Kickoff will feature silly skits in between rounds to accompany the inspired words. If you haven't been out to an event in awhile, come see what you've missed. Check out the event page on facebook or follow us on instagram @inpsiredwordcafe for updates and previews for the event. See all you beautiful people there!
Winner of last years Kickoff, Nygel returns to once again claim victory. Will his rhymes reign supreme? Join us at this years Kickoff Classic to find out.
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