Wheel Slam Recap + Upcoming Workshops at the Roundhouse

The dream came true! Our residency at the Roundhouse community center, is a great space for us to take young poets and lead them in a series of clownship, poetry, and experimental fun. A big hope of ours, ever since going to Elevate the Arts in the Courtney BC was having a Wheel Slam. And a month or so ago, the Wheel Slam time actually happened.

The Wheel Slam, was a ‘slam’ where poets get random prompts from me and then write poetry as I perform poems. Then everybody shares their work and votes for the winner of the round, through blind applause. (I realized, as the facilitator, I could keep my eyes open)

The winner of one round and the winner of the other face each other. I had a nice turn out of around 20 folks come out and participate. My friend Alexandra, became the Wheel Slam Champion, taking the wheel back with her to Kingston.

For pictures of what the Bike Kitchen described as ‘the clownishly over-sized free wheel’ see below…

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I couldn’t take any pictures of the event because unfortunately, I viciously cracked my phone with the camera falling out of it. I like the aesthetic though.

Anyways, I also wanted to let you folks now that we have upcoming workshops at the Roundhouse come Novemeber! Our performance showcase might be another Wheel Slam if there is interest in doing such a thing.

They are happening on November 5 and November 7 at the Roundhouse. Check out the Recreation Guide right here for some more information.

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What Poets are like on tour (Overdo Reflections on PNW Tricycle Tour)

This is a much overdo post about our tour that happened this summer. And boy oh man oh girl, was it a magical time.

Our adventure began in Elevate the Arts, and we set off for our journey in Cumberland/ Courtney BC. It was a beautiful place, which started with some basic clownery and ferry time and ended with an alien dance party in fishnets.

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Here is a vlog about our journey there. We fkn’ poet’d.

 

Next up we had a performance on Quadra Island at Heriot bay, they treated us too nicely.  We stayed in a lovely room with a view of the bay, and had a great performance and led an open mic for folks to get their feet in the game as well.

 

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Then we had the last leg of our tour, the most intense one, knocking off 5 cities in 10 days. We made our way to Spokane, to Portland, to Seattle, to Bellingham and finally back to Olympia. Like a fever dream, we clowned our way through all of our shows.

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In Seattle we led our folks through a nice stretch whilst singing O’ Canada. In Olympia we popped and buzzed. In Portland we screamed tiny at the tips of our esophogushes.

Here is a video of our time there:

 

 

 

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Many more videos to come of all of our performances- I promise I’ll get those bad boys up on the Youtubes by next weekend. But we are really excited about the future of Tiny Tricycle Poets, spreading play, weirdness and magic. We are hoping to start hosting a monthly “Between Three Wheels” show where we interview local poets in our TTP manner, and then all do some improv/poetry/clowning together.

We are already planning our next tour, full of drive and ambition, love and compassion and wheels set on continuous motion.18699926_1584698554875699_1370387665173708674_n.jpg

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We have been plotting away our dates for our TTP tour and cannot wait to release dates. We are hitting Comox Valley, Heriot Bay, Olympia, Portland, Bellingham, Seattle and more! Dates are still pending but we are really excited to have all of this come to be in a brilliant and beautiful chunk of clownship. Can’t wait to update you guys soon!

Tricycle Poetics- Confirmed for the rest of 2017

My lovely tricycle trio is coming up with some more success. I’ve loved doing the showcases and workshops at the Roundhouse so far, and a couple weeks ago we sat down with Cyndy who is the artistic programmer in the community centre.

She told us that she really loved working with us so far and that she wants us to continue with the project. So the three of us, Andrew WarnerEmma Field and I put some ink to the paper. We officially have a contract to continue our residency at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre for the rest of the year! We’ll be having another round of workshop and showcase this April for folks because poetry month and it’ll be helpful for those preparing forVerses Festival of Words and in particular Hullabaloo.

More weird Canadian poetry to come!

Tiny Tricycle Poets Showcase Recap

I’m just writing a little update about how the showcase went.

It was really well! We’re so thankful to have this space for free where we can just bring some folks together and have these intimate explorations of art. We all sat in the round and 9 folks performed. We had some cross over from the workshop where people used their new skills to perform. We had lots of new people there too. 20+ people showed up all together which Andrew and I agreed was a great turnout for our first one. We were pretty bummed Emma couldn’t make it, but alas she had the old strep throat that keeps demonizing her body.

The show was a great opportunity for people to perform a poem or two, and then receive feedback about it after it was performed from the audience, which was mainly other poets. It ended at about 9pm and then people stuck around to chat. I think the small gathering was a quiet and kind success, and gave me some hope and positive memory for the wisdom teeth surgery I had the next day- by the way I am mostly fine and just eating soup.

We received some great comments about creating a non competitive and inclusive atmosphere so we are feeling really great about how it all went. Our idea with these workshops and showcases is to just have a bit of an alternative youth hub, where people can be social, hangout, talk poems and just be people.

Looking forward to the next one.

 

Workshop- Tricycle Poetics Recap + Upcoming Show

The workshop this past weekend went really well. We had 13 people show up which was a great number of folks to work with. We ran through some performance/ confidence exercises as well as some writing prompts. I enjoyed working through all of our clowning exercises and forgot about my complete love of simply clowning around and playing with people. It felt like a safe, shoe-less happy time.  My highlight would definitely be someone saying how transformative the process was for them and my own boyfriend, who is difficult to impress calling it “the best workshop he has ever attended.” Damn. For something we thought was just going to be lots of fun, ended up getting pretty intense for some of us and the participants.

Now that that’s done, I hope everyone is working towards coming out to the showcase tomorrow night at the Roundhouse.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow night. I hope we see some bodies and make something beautiful! If you happen to be in Vancouver and are reading this post, come on by, I’d love to see you there.

Tiny Tricycle Poetry Workshop prep

I am so excited for this Sunday, where me and the tricycle poets are heading off to start our workshop series extravaganza as part of our Roundhouse residency.

We are hoping to be honing the craft and skill of your spoken word poets. We are really excited to have some time to clown around, exhibit our weird performance stategies and embrace chaos.

I’m a little nervous as how it will go, as this will be my first workshop with poetry with people that are my age and older in a formal setting, but I think I am more excited. It really depends on who comes out, and who decides to bring what to work on and how it all meshes together.

And hey, you tentative reader if you somehow happen to also be in Vancouver at 12pm on Sunday, come down to this free workshop and surprise yourself!

I’ll share with you how it goes. Fingers crossed!

 

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