LTAB 2017 SCHEDULE

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 MAY 8

Crossing The Street

 

CROSSING THE STREET

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

 10:30 am - 3 pm 

FEATURED ARTISTS

KOMI OLAF

Komi Olaf is a visual artist and spoken word poet, born in Kaduna, Nigeria. His love and obsession with art and self expression from an early age led him on dynamic journey of self discovery through Architecture, art and poetry . After receiving his Master of Architecture degree in 2009 , he began to develop his artistic practice as a self-taught artist working in the emergent tradition of Afro-Futurism, a contemporary genre of art that addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora through a techno-culture and science fiction lens. His surrealistic art and poetry bring together distinctive images with perfect unity in a playfully profound vision of a futuristic diaspora. He pushes his art in wonderous directions, immersing his realistically portrayed characters in mysterious dream worlds of splendor and soul. Serving as a witness to the persistence of beauty within a turbulent world. His work draws inspiration from his immediate environment, music and positive energy. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and is represented by Agora Gallery In New York City.

LILLIAN ALLEN

Lillian Allen is a Creative Writing Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto Canada. Allen emerged from the grassroots in the seventies to become a leading influential figure on the Canadian cultural landscape.

She is an award winning and internationally renowned poet. As one of its lead originator and innovators, she has specialized in the writing and performing of dub poetry, a new genre of English Literature which is a highly politicized form of poetry preferring a black aesthetic and specific cultural codification. Dub poetry is a poetic form, which stylizes vernacular language, the emotive quality and inherent musicality of words and is sometimes set to music. It is considered a literary godmother of rap, hip-hop and spoken word poetry.

Allen is responsible for opening up the form to insist and engrave feminist content and sensibilities. Professor Allen has published several books and recordings, and has worked in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, writing for children, experimental writing forms, and has written several plays. Her work also appears in a variety of media. She has spent almost four decades writing, publishing, and performing her work in Canada, The US, Europe, and England and elsewhere.


GARY BARWIN

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Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, performer and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn). His recent national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has recently been shortlisted for the Leacock Medal . His interactive writing exhibit, Subject. Object. Verb. is currently at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. A finalist for the National Magazine Awards (Poetry), he is a three-time recipient of Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has also received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Arts Award. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities and is currently writer-in-residence for at-risk youth as well as Writer-in-Residence at Hillfield Strathallan College. He will be writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library in 2017-2018 and is on the CBC Poetry Prize jury for 2017. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario. garybarwin.com

Crossing the Street is the annual kickoff event for  Louder Than A Bomb Canada 2017. This event is mandatory for all competing youth during the entire festival. High school and university teams, having prepared during the year for competition, gather to write alongside their peers for a day of poetry, art, performance, and community-building; tearing down our arbitrary borders and build together as one city that ripples across the province. The public is invited to attend this event, write alongside performers, and partake in a day of creation and performance. Guest performances and further programming to be announced.

MAY 9

Preliminary Team Bouts 1

+ Coaches Slam

PRELIMINARY TEAM BOUTS 1

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

 10 am - 4 pm 

Come and witness young writers duke it out through competitive spoken word poetry in the format of an Olympic-style "poetry slam." Audiences have the opportunity to act as judges as we bear witness to the young voices and stories of our city.

Each competing team competes in 2 preliminary bouts. Each bout consists of 3 individual rounds and one team round. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance in the competition. Preliminary bouts will be held Tuesda, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

COACHES SLAM

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

 7 pm - 9 pm 

You've seen the youth teams compete, now come witness their coaches slam for it - because you can never get enough poetry! All artists in residence and coaches that worked with competing school teams take the stage this night.

Feature performance to be announced.

OFFICIAL RULES

OFFICIAL RULES

1. Teams are grouped together by school/organization
2. Participants must be present and checked in at least 30 minutes before the Match begins. 
3. There are four rounds in a bout. Three rounds of anything goes in the bout. Indys, duos, trios, and group pieces are appropriate. At least one group piece is mandatory to be performed as part of any round during a bout. A group piece is any poem which involves two or more (no more than four) on/off stage, engaging or performing to the audience at the same time. Those in the group piece must have contributed to it in writing, vocal, or performance work.

4. Each bout will be composed of five teams rotated within FOUR ROUNDS

Round 1 – Team A, Team B, Team C, Team D, Team E
Round 2 – Team B, Team C, Team D, Team E, Team A
Round 3 – Team C, Team D, Team E, Team A, Team B
Round 4 – Team D, Team E, Team A, Team B, Team C

5. For the Grand Finals, there will be four teams rotated within four rounds total. Two teams will advance from each preliminary bout into semis. 2 teams from each semifinal bout will advance into finals.
6. Teams can repeat the poems they perform from previous bouts – teams must prepare at least one individual poem per team member and one four-person group poem. 
7. No poet may compete with more than one individual poem (and/or one group poem in the Final) round in a single bout.
8. While the entire team may contribute to the writing of a group piece, only four team members may perform the group piece, and all group piece performers must have been involved in the writing of that piece.
9. Each poem must be under 3 minutes in length. Scores will be penalized for going over the time limit. Penalties will begin at 3:10, with a .5 point deduction for every ten seconds overtime. Poets will be asked to leave the stage if they reach 4:10.
10. Participants must perform pieces of their own original writing. Participants who plagiarize will be disqualified. Quoting other works and utilizing literary allusions are not plagiarism.
11. Props, costumes, and/or musical accompaniment may not be used in the slam.
12. Content matter may not exceed a PG­13 rating. Avoid excessive violence, sexually explicit content and/or language degrading any group of people. Failure to heed the PG­13 rating will result in a .5 deduction from the poet’s score for each infraction.
13. Five audience members judge on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0. The lowest and highest scores are cut, the three middle scores are added together for the final score.
Profanity and discriminatory language is prohibited. Violations will result in a .5 penalty for every infraction. Determining content infractions is the responsibility of the bout managers.
14. If there is a tie for first place at prelims or semis, then we will take both teams. If there is a tie for 2nd place, then there will be a one poem tie-breaker round.
15. A panel of artists, educators, youth and audience members will judge each bout. Judges should in no way be affiliated with the teams who participate in LTAB. Teams may challenge a judge to the bout manager if unfairness is anticipated.
16. All protests of possible rule infractions must be lodged with the bout manager before the end of the day on which the possible infraction occurred. The bout manager will review the complaint with the rest of the tournament staff before making a decision regarding potential consequences. The decision will be presented to the affected individuals the next morning (or earlier if time­sensitive).

TEAM COACH

JHONNY MACRAE

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Johnny MacRae is a spoken word artist from Vancouver, BC. MacRae established himself as a dynamic performer and innovative writer on the poetry slam stage. A three-time Vancouver Poetry Slam champion (2010 team champion; 2013/2016 individual champion), he has represented Vancouver at national competitions four times and Victoria once. In 2013, MacRae was named the Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour. He has toured widely across Canada and the United States performing at poetry series, and music, theatre, and folk arts festivals, both solo, and as a member of collaborative acts 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac (with shayne avec i grec) and The Dambassadors (with avec i grec, “Mighty” Mike McGee, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson). In addition to his writing and performance, MacRae has been an active arts educator, offering over 250 workshops and performances in schools across Canada since 2010.

CONTESTANTS

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MAY 10

Preliminary Team Bouts 2

+ Emcee Olympics

PRELIMINARY TEAM BOUTS 2

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

 10 am - 4 pm 

Come and witness young writers duke it out through competitive spoken word poetry in the format of an Olympic-style "poetry slam." Audiences have the opportunity to act as judges as we bear witness to the young voices and stories of our city.

Each competing team competes in 2 preliminary bouts. Each bout consists of 3 individual rounds and one team round. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance in the competition. Preliminary bouts will be held Tuesda, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

OFFICAL RULES

OFFICIAL RULES

1. Teams are grouped together by school/organization
2. Participants must be present and checked in at least 30 minutes before the Match begins. 
3. There are four rounds in a bout. Three rounds of anything goes in the bout. Indys, duos, trios, and group pieces are appropriate. At least one group piece is mandatory to be performed as part of any round during a bout. A group piece is any poem which involves two or more (no more than four) on/off stage, engaging or performing to the audience at the same time. Those in the group piece must have contributed to it in writing, vocal, or performance work.

4. Each bout will be composed of five teams rotated within FOUR ROUNDS

Round 1 – Team A, Team B, Team C, Team D, Team E
Round 2 – Team B, Team C, Team D, Team E, Team A
Round 3 – Team C, Team D, Team E, Team A, Team B
Round 4 – Team D, Team E, Team A, Team B, Team C

5. For the Grand Finals, there will be four teams rotated within four rounds total. Two teams will advance from each preliminary bout into semis. 2 teams from each semifinal bout will advance into finals.
6. Teams can repeat the poems they perform from previous bouts – teams must prepare at least one individual poem per team member and one four-person group poem. 
7. No poet may compete with more than one individual poem (and/or one group poem in the Final) round in a single bout.
8. While the entire team may contribute to the writing of a group piece, only four team members may perform the group piece, and all group piece performers must have been involved in the writing of that piece.
9. Each poem must be under 3 minutes in length. Scores will be penalized for going over the time limit. Penalties will begin at 3:10, with a .5 point deduction for every ten seconds overtime. Poets will be asked to leave the stage if they reach 4:10.
10. Participants must perform pieces of their own original writing. Participants who plagiarize will be disqualified. Quoting other works and utilizing literary allusions are not plagiarism.
11. Props, costumes, and/or musical accompaniment may not be used in the slam.
12. Content matter may not exceed a PG­13 rating. Avoid excessive violence, sexually explicit content and/or language degrading any group of people. Failure to heed the PG­13 rating will result in a .5 deduction from the poet’s score for each infraction.
13. Five audience members judge on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0. The lowest and highest scores are cut, the three middle scores are added together for the final score.
Profanity and discriminatory language is prohibited. Violations will result in a .5 penalty for every infraction. Determining content infractions is the responsibility of the bout managers.
14. If there is a tie for first place at prelims or semis, then we will take both teams. If there is a tie for 2nd place, then there will be a one poem tie-breaker round.
15. A panel of artists, educators, youth and audience members will judge each bout. Judges should in no way be affiliated with the teams who participate in LTAB. Teams may challenge a judge to the bout manager if unfairness is anticipated.
16. All protests of possible rule infractions must be lodged with the bout manager before the end of the day on which the possible infraction occurred. The bout manager will review the complaint with the rest of the tournament staff before making a decision regarding potential consequences. The decision will be presented to the affected individuals the next morning (or earlier if time­sensitive).

EMCEE OLYMPICS

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

 6:30 pm - 9 pm

A full evening dedicated to rap and hip hop culture. Up and coming emcees have prepared for 12 weeks to compete in a multi-round cypher with local hip hop celebrity judges determining the city's best young emcee. Come for the competition, stay for the bars.

This night will also be filled with feature performances from members of hip hop collectives, to be announced.
Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7:00 pm.

 

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

 FIRST ROUND 

The first round is the Sixteen Round, where each emcee will spit a standard verse (sixteen bars). This can be either written or freestyle if the emcee has that much confidence in their freestyle ability, and each emcee is given the choice of spitting over a beat or acapella. Winners are selected by the judges. 

 SECOND ROUND 

The second round is the Teams Round, 2 emcees have been paired up during the workshops to create a duet that will move the crowd! The audience will decide the winner of that round, and judges will give feedback! The team winner of that round will have additional points added to their scores. 

THIRD ROUND 

The third round is the "Writing Words Round", where each of the eight remaining emcees will be given a set of five words (usually selected at random by the audience) and be given 20 minutes to write a verse that contains all five words. Whether or not emcees are rewarded or punished for correct or incorrect usage of words is left solely to the judges and their decision. Also, during the writing process, our feature will be performing a LIVE SET!

 FOURTH ROUND 

The fourth and final round is the Song Showcase round, where the four remaining emcees perform one of their own original songs that they created in Emcee Wrekshop as preparation. Judges will select the top 3, but the top four emcees will all receive prizes

 

CONTESTANTS

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JUDGES

ELLEY JEEZE

Elley Jeeze

Born in the city of Hamilton, Ontario and raised by a single parent mother, without a father he often found himself doing the things his older brother did. Basketball was a passion he held from the young age of 10. But throughout his teenage years he developed a love for the art of music. He began writing short poems for his classmates on special occasions like Valentines Day, and Anniversaries. This later progressed into composing lyrics over well known industry beats such as “Royce da 5’9 – Boom”, “Public Enemy - Public Enemy Number 1”…etc. “Back then it was hard to get an instrumental from an artist. This was around the time that Napster and all the other well known providers just started setting up shop. So I use to just write over the whole track, Lyrics and all” Elley Jeeze. His Love for Hip-Hop music grew as time progressed, finding influence in such artist as; ”Kool G Rap”, “Big Daddy Kane”, “Jay-z”, “Beanie Sigel”, “Peedi Crakk”, “Juelz Santana”, “The Lox”, “Lupe Fiasco” and “Ab Soul”. With the ability to write his own lyrics, Elley conveys to listeners life through the eyes of a black male hailing from the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Dealing with the Misconception of Canadian artists, and the lack thereof in the rap industry he is out to prove a point. Hip hop lives in Canada!

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MAY 11

Queeriosity

QUEERIOSITY

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)

 6:30 pm - 9 pm 

 

Queeriosity is a performance showcase dedicated to voices who are reshaping the conversation about sexuality, identity, and community. 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 forum of stories and perspectives.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, show at 7:00 pm.

FEATURE PERFORMER

 Andre Prefontaine 

Calgary born and raised, this Canadian slam poetry champion now lives Toronto, Ontario. One of two individuals to hold the 'Canadian Triple-Crown', Andre will be representing Canada at the World Cup poetry Slam happening in Paris, France, May 2017. Listed in Metro News as one of Toronto's top young poets, he's an arts educator at Prologue for the Performing Arts as part of the "All Star slam"; a graduate of Buddies in Bad Times "Young Creators Unit" with his one-man show "(mE)dith Piaf"; an ex-contortionist, and proud cat dad to "Shamu."

 
 

MAY 12

Junior Poetics +

Underground Indies  

 

JUNIOR POETICS

Hamilton Central Public Library (Hamilton Room)

 11 am - 2 pm

Join us at the Hamilton Central Public Library (Hamilton Room) as part of Kids Crawl as we provide an example of slam poetry and a non-competitive environment for young poets to showcase their artistic and poetic abilities! This event emphasizes self-expression and community through poetry, oral storytelling, and hip-hop spoken word.

UNDERGROUND INDIES

AGH Design Annex

 6 pm - 10 pm

Hosted by Andre Prefontaine!

Poets compete head to head - no mic, no stage - to battle through a multi-round underground poetry slam for a cash pot. Underground Indies is the chance for individual slammers to show the breadth and depth of their poetic skills. Audience will sit around the poets and their feedback determines who is knocked out round to round. Come join us and snap the night away to determine the city's Underground Champion.

This event is part of May's Art Crawl. In order to compete, all eligible slammers must be individually registered and registered with a school as part of Louder Than A Bomb Canada 2017, the annual hip hop and poetry festival presented by Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP).

MAY 20

LTABC 2017 FINALS

LTABC 2017 FINALS

Theatre Aquarius

 6 pm - 9 pm  

 

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 2017 Champions back to their community?

 

JUDGES

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CONTENSTANTS

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