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We are very excited to announce that on October 3rd we will be featuring the 2017 Edmonton Slam Team! This is a fundraising show to help send out poets to Nationals. Please come out and support these artists! $10 or pay-what-you-can at the door! ... See MoreSee Less

Edmonton Slam Team Send-Off Show

October 3, 2017, 7:00pm - October 3, 2017, 10:00pm

The 2017 Edmonton Slam Team is fundraising to go to Nationals at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Peterborough, Ontario this October! Please come and support these artists as they showcase thei...

The 2017 Edmonton Slam Team is fundraising to go to Nationals at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Peterborough, Ontario this October! Please come and support these artists as they showcase their work. Selassie Drah will be opening for the team.

$10 at the door at The Nook Cafe! Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early.

Learn more about the artists!

Opening: Selassie Drah
Selassie Drah is a recording hip-hop artist and lyricist, originally from Ghana and now based in Edmonton, Alberta. The rapper’s music encompasses a wide variety of elements of songwriting and rap flows that transcend the benchmark of the hip-hop genre. His earnest lyrics draw listeners into his world, making him a very relatable and heart-felt artist. It is Selassie goal to inspire and impact his listeners positively in any way possible.

2017 Slam Team
Omar Farah is a 20-year-old Somali-Canadian poet who is relatively new to the slam poetry scene. Nonetheless, he is the 2017 Edmonton Slam Champion, and recently took 1st at the Festival of Words Poetry Slam. He is a fourth-year chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta, and the lead of the Somali Students’ Association. His style of rhythmic poetry derives from his strong ties to hip-hop and centers around the societal issues and solutions through the lenses of the Afro-Canadian diaspora.

Lady Vanessa Cardona is a Colombian/Latinx spoken word artist, activist, community worker, story teller, actor and photographer. She aims to create unapologetic honest art based on genuine life experience as an immigrant brown woman. She is a 2016 national semi-finalist of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, a member of the 2017 Edmonton slam team, and an international poet who started her poetry career in Namibia, Africa. She is one of the poets in the published book, Water, created by four of the 2016 Edmonton Slam team women. Her poetry has been described as healing, authentic spoken truth.


Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian spoken word poetry artist, public speaker, and writer in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion and recently took 4th in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam 2017. She is also a Canadian Festival of Spoken Word semi-finalist, and a three-time member of the Edmonton Slam Team. She has performed across the city and country at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Verses Festival of Words, Next Fest, and Heart of the City Festivals. Her work speaks to themes of race & feminism, mental illness, and identity. Her work has been published in a collection of poems called "Water" and she is currently working on a new book of poetry that she aims to publish in 2018.

Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.

Faves aka Albert Favel is an indigenous artist who speaks from the heart and uses poetry as his platform to vocalize his knowledge. Coming from a difficult past he uses the wisdom and translates it in many ways for so everyone can relate. Faves to Albert is means Favorite Adolescent Voices Everyone's Silenced.
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Edmonton Slam Team Send-Off Show

October 3, 2017, 7:00pm - October 3, 2017, 10:00pm

The 2017 Edmonton Slam Team is fundraising to go to Nationals at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Peterborough, Ontario this October! Please come and support these artists as they showcase thei...

Spoken word and Poetry Slams Since 2009. Open Mic Poetry/ Poetry Slams every Tuesday February -December. Check calendar for Slam dates and Locations.