Next Slam - Monday, September 30


The next slam is Monday, September 30 at Dickens Pub. Sign up opens at 7:00PM (and it often fills up very quickly), and the show starts at 7:30PM. Admission is $10 cash at the door, $5 for students and those who identify as low income. 

Full event information here.

Our current venue is 18+, for information on youth and all ages events head here.

This venue is wheelchair accessible, but the bathrooms at the venue are not fully wheelchair accessible. To access the elevator through the main door of the building, call ahead or ask staff for assistance.

Dickens Pub - 1000 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2Y6


Slam FAQs

What is a poetry slam? 

Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. After performing, they receive scores (0-10) from 3 randomly selected judges. The slam is broken down into 3 rounds, with the top scoring poets from each round moving forward into the next. The judges can be anyone: they don’t even need to be poets! Scores are awarded based on how much each judge likes a poem. The purpose of this judging process is to make poetry participatory for everyone. Slam poetry doesn’t need to be a specific form of poetry.

What are we competing for?

For fun and poetry! But on the practical side, it allows us to send a representative to the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam that takes place during the Verses Festival in Vancouver. If you win a slam, you're invited to compete in our finals in August to be Calgary's representative.  

How do I sign up for a slam?

Sign up sheets are released the night of the event, at 7PM. To sign up, simply put your name down on the list when you arrive, make sure you're early though, the sign up sheet fills up fast! 

What do I need to bring?

  • $10 entrance fee

  • 3 poems, each less than 3 minutes

  • Friends! The bigger the audience, the better the show!

What are the rules?

  • No props, no costumes, no animal acts, no nudity

  • No booing

  • Keep your poem under 3 minutes and 10 seconds or you'll loose points