Throw! Poetry Slam
Théâtre Sainte-Catherine presents

Throw! Poetry Slam

October 24th 2021
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm / Doors: 9:00 pm

264, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC, Canada
For more information about this event, please contact Théâtre Sainte-Catherine at theatrestecatherine@gmail.com or at +1 514-284-3939.

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Hey Poets and poetry lovers! Throw! is back and we’ve got some exciting changes coming. We’ve heard your feedback on the traditional slam format and decided to shake things up. Starting with this show, Throw! says goodbye to eliminations between rounds and points out of ten... but not to any of the fun bits! To keep the interactive element alive, judges will now be given whiteboards to score poems as... anything? Forget about doing math in your head to see if you made the second round, now you’ll be tallying up what “effervescent”, “surprised pikachu”, and “!!” say about your art. You might even walk away with a prize for making us all go "ighh!" As always, the audience will be encouraged to judge the judges. Don’t think three cupcakes is fair for your favourite performer? Deal with the problem like a grown up and yell about it. Feelings are for everyone, not just poets. We're hoping this change will also open the floor up to more writers who have been concerned about getting scored by Anglo judges. Remember, original poems in all styles and languages are welcome to the Throw! Stage.

FEATURE PERFORMER: Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer, curator and workshop facilitator. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-In-Residence and recipient of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. She has performed and taught in Canada, Haiti, South Africa, Greece, Scotland, England and Ireland. In Montreal, she is curator of the Atwater Poetry Project and co-director of Mile End Poets’ Festival. She teaches youth and adults with Poetry In Voice, ELAN Artists Inspire, the Al Purdy A-Frame Association and more. Her first collection The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2018) was published in a bilingual edition with Mémoire d’encrier in 2020, as Le premier coup de clairon pour réveiller les femmes immorales. Her practice explores migration, displacement, and identity. She is currently working on a new collaborative show with composer Rachel Burman, and on her second book, a collection on shame.

POETS : Please register using the POET PASS. Spots are limited and based on first come, first serve. DO NOT purchase this ticket unless you intend to perform. Please check out our rules section at https://throwpoetrycollective.wordpress.com/rules/

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT *We acknowledge that the venue is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Specifically, the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the land we gather on today. Tiohtià:ke (aka Montréal) is and was a gathering place for many First Nations peoples. Today, diverse Indigenous communities and settlers live here today. We encourage an active interrogation of the past to illuminate our present so that we may guide our future towards truth and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the visitors and settlers living here today.*

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Hey Poets and poetry lovers! Throw! is back and we’ve got some exciting changes coming. We’ve heard your feedback on the traditional slam format and decided to shake things up. Starting with this show, Throw! says goodbye to eliminations between rounds and points out of ten... but not to any of the fun bits! To keep the interactive element alive, judges will now be given whiteboards to score poems as... anything? Forget about doing math in your head to see if you made the second round, now you’ll be tallying up what “effervescent”, “surprised pikachu”, and “!!” say about your art. You might even walk away with a prize for making us all go "ighh!" As always, the audience will be encouraged to judge the judges. Don’t think three cupcakes is fair for your favourite performer? Deal with the problem like a grown up and yell about it. Feelings are for everyone, not just poets. We're hoping this change will also open the floor up to more writers who have been concerned about getting scored by Anglo judges. Remember, original poems in all styles and languages are welcome to the Throw! Stage.

FEATURE PERFORMER: Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer, curator and workshop facilitator. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-In-Residence and recipient of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. She has performed and taught in Canada, Haiti, South Africa, Greece, Scotland, England and Ireland. In Montreal, she is curator of the Atwater Poetry Project and co-director of Mile End Poets’ Festival. She teaches youth and adults with Poetry In Voice, ELAN Artists Inspire, the Al Purdy A-Frame Association and more. Her first collection The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2018) was published in a bilingual edition with Mémoire d’encrier in 2020, as Le premier coup de clairon pour réveiller les femmes immorales. Her practice explores migration, displacement, and identity. She is currently working on a new collaborative show with composer Rachel Burman, and on her second book, a collection on shame.

POETS : Please register using the POET PASS. Spots are limited and based on first come, first serve. DO NOT purchase this ticket unless you intend to perform. Please check out our rules section at https://throwpoetrycollective.wordpress.com/rules/

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT *We acknowledge that the venue is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Specifically, the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the land we gather on today. Tiohtià:ke (aka Montréal) is and was a gathering place for many First Nations peoples. Today, diverse Indigenous communities and settlers live here today. We encourage an active interrogation of the past to illuminate our present so that we may guide our future towards truth and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the visitors and settlers living here today.*

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