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MARCH HYP SLAM

Every fourth Sunday of the month, HYP hosts a poetry slam at the Spice Factory (121 Hughson Street). This night brings together poets of all styles to share their work through an open mic or slam poetry competition. Let us know you’re coming by visiting our Facebook Event. In the Spotlight is a new segment…

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BLACK POET RESIDENCY (BPR)

An intensive and dynamic workshop series for young writers, performers and creative-minded individuals from across Hamilton. We recognize the importance of providing a positive and inclusive platform where black voices and experiences are explored, expressed and supported, and aim to deliver an empowering and inspiring program! As a member of the residency, you will have…

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CHECK THE METHOD

Offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spokenword to some of the cities most prolific and dedicated young writers. Participatory learning provides new ways to put the pen to page, creating new works that can be added to a portfolio of writing. Participants dedicated to this program are offered opportunities to submit their work for…

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EMCEE WRECKSHOP

Emcee WreckShop: is dedicated to the history of hip hop and the craft of writing, emceeing, and beat-making. Led by HYP’s very own AK and some of the most talented sound technicians and hip hop artist in Canada. WreckShop brings together emcees and artists of all genres offers participants the opportunity to build and feature…

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QUEERIOSITY

Queeriosity is a performance showcase dedicated to voices who are reshaping the conversation about sexuality, identity, and community featuring performances from established poets and emerging voices. The event is a safe space for LGBTQ artists to speak their truths to a supportive audience and allows emerging artists to collaborate with established artists in a cultural…

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MUM’S DAY SERVICE

In partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, HYP is proud to present Mum’s Day! Whether protecting or pampering, loving or coddling, mothers tend to occupy a mythic space. We see them as creators, goddess-like beings who nourish and mend. Over time, we have to learn how to see them as real people with their…

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WILD STYLE

Wild Style is an individual style slam competition open to High School and University students! Poets compete head to head – no mic, no stage – to battle through a multi-round poetry slam for a cash pot. Wild Style is the chance for individual slammers to show the breadth and depth of their poetic skills.…

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB CANADA FINALS

The final four top-scoring high school teams compete for one last time to take home the city championship. A night featuring musical and guest performances, notary guest judges, and the most talented youth poets in the city. Which collective of young writers will take the title of LTABC 2018 Champions back to their community? Featuring:…

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Spitfire Writers Series

Spitfire Writers Series is a day-long exploration of writing through workshops rooted in the craft of poetry, hip-hop and journalism. Three free workshops every Saturday, starting February 3 – May 6. REGISTER NOW: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UIURaU1g-i9RhiRFvCzOcOqXUAveaA1jzQEi2gqiSnA/edit Emcee Wreckshop:: 11:00am – 1:00pm Emcee WreckShop, is dedicated to the craft of writing, emceeing, and beat-making. WreckShop involves a rigorous…

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COBRA: The Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists

The Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists (COBRA) is having our official launch party on Friday, February 9th from 7pm-10pm. Head to the AGH Design Annex for an evening of networking, art, entertainment and music. The event will start with an intro about COBRA and our members followed by performances by Canadian Winter, Kojo Damptey,…

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CIPS Qualifier Slam Featuring John Hedderwick

HYP is sending a representative to the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship taking place in Vancouver! This will be a very different Slam from our usual two round of three minute poems, In honour of CIPS we will be doing our first 3 round slam. All rules and regulations listed here: https://www.facebook.com/events/126605261460800 ————————————————————————— The Feature. Jon…

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HYP Presents…Visible Poetics Featuring: Komi Olaf

Art and culture have always been deeply entwined; they create a dynamic that has the capacity to trigger reflection, generate empathy, and create dialogue. On February 8th, Visible Poetics fosters a powerful and democratic way of expressing, sharing and shaping values that transforms the lives of individuals and communities, simply by bringing people together through…

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LTAB 2017 FINALS!

It all comes down to tomorrow night, four teams compete for their chance to be crowned LTABC 2017 City Champions! The highest scoring teams from the each high school will take the stage at Theater Aquarius to duke it out for the number one spot. The event will feature notary guest judges, musical performances and…

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Queerosity Showcase

By Brianna York Queeriosity is a performance showcase dedicated to LGBTQ stories and voices in the community. The 2017 Queeriosity event was hosted by Andre Prefontaine, a Canadian triple crown slam poetry champion who is headed to Paris, France this May to rep Canada in the poetry slam World Cup. LGBTQ youth were invited an…

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Emcee Olympics

By Emily Upper If you weren’t at Emcee Olympics, then you really missed out. Sorry, but that’s the plain truth! The AGH Design Annex was lit last night with five of Hamilton’s hottest young emcees — Tamara, AK, FRIXTION, Shark Jones and Shanice — spitting rhymes to impress our judges. This year’s celebrity panel was made…

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