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Regina Word Up is a spoken word series and community based out of Regina, SK. Since early 2012, we have presented regular Regina Word Up events, including poetry slams, community stages (open mics), youth nights and an incredible range of creative writing and performance workshops presented by many of our featured performers in our space.

Regina Word Up is a SpeakNorth (formerly Spoken Word Canada) member series. We’ve supported spoken word teams to attend both the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (adult) and Voices of Today (youth) festivals and solo artists to compete nationally at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.

Our Regina Word Up Volunteer Collective provides insight and direction for our series keeping what we do community focused.

To be a feature performer or a workshop facilitator, send us an email with your bio, photo, an explanation of the work to be performed and/or the description of your proposed workshop. We will consider all applications and move forward with those most suitable for our community.

For all other inquiries, including performing at events, community partnerships, and volunteering, please email spokenword@creativecitycentre.ca (preference) or connect with us via social media @reginawordup.

Upcoming Events

Regina Word Up CVAF Poetry Slam (with cash prizes) featuring Khodi Dill 

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 

Time: 7:00 p.m. (SK time), doors open at 6:30 pm 

Location: Holy Rosary Park Outdoor Tent, Regina, SK

Cost: Free (CVAF donations encouraged)

* Sign up at the door  

* First come, first served.  

*All-ages! 

 

We’re back with cash prizes for top placing poets at our annual Cathedral Village Arts Festival Poetry Slam! This year featuring an electric set from Saskatoon-based spoken word artist, Khodi Dill.  

No slam experience necessary – bring your best poem under 3 min 10 seconds to compete in our one-round poetry slam. Sign up at the door beginning at 6:30. Max 12 slammers. All ages. 

1st place: $75 

2nd place: $50 

3rd place: $25 

 

We will raffle off copies of Welcome to the Cypher by Khodi Dill for our audience.  

 

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Feature performer:  

Photo credit: Carly Brown

Khodi Dill is a Bahamian-Canadian writer, spoken word artist, and anti-racist educator from Saskatoon. Centering equity at the heart of his practice, Khodi hopes that his work will engage people of all ages in social justice and the arts.  Dill is the author of the picture book Welcome to the Cypher, introducing young people to the transformative power of rap music.  His forthcoming picture book Little Black Lives Matter is now available for pre-order everywhere.  For more information, visit thegreygriot.com.  Follow @KhodiDill on social media. 

 

 
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NEED TO KNOW:  

–> A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer. It is a competitive event wherein spoken word artists share their work in a high-spirited, fast-paced environment to an often-uproarious crowd. 

–> This will be a one-round slam with each competitor competing once. The round will have a maximum time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds.  Poets will lose .5 points for every ten seconds over time.  

–> Slammers should come prepared with one original (that is, your own) piece that meets this time limit.  

–> Note: You DO NOT need to create new work if you have a poem that is already this length. You are allowed to perform work you’ve already performed in Regina in the past. 

–> This is an English-speaking competition. However, there are no language restrictions. 

–> No props, no nudity, no hate speech.  

–>You can sign up at the door, with a maximum of 12 competing poets — first come, first served!  

–> Judges will be pulled at random from the audience, and will each provide a score between 1-10 for each piece of writing. The judges will judge the poem and performance but not the poet or appearance. 

–> No slam experience necessary. 

–> We recommend competitors are at least 14 years old to compete.  

–> We encourage audience members to engage during the performances – snap, make cheesecake noises (mm’s and yes’s), laugh, stomp, or otherwise make your appreciation known! 

 

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GUIDELINES, COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS AND CONSENT STATEMENTS 

 
At the Creative City Centre we always strive for inclusivity and respect in the community both inside and out of our facility, which is why we have compiled the following guidelines to remember both for our events and also in everyday life.  
• We encourage respecting the way folks self-identify, without assuming gender, sexuality, orientation, religion, or ability.  
• We understand that at times folks may need to leave or engage in other methods of self-care, and that’s okay.  
• We encourage language that promotes inclusivity, education, and awareness and dislike all forms of explicit ignorance including, but not limited to, hate speech, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and classism.  
• We encourage the culture of consent meaning we respect people’s physical, verbal, and emotional boundaries. This means respecting that some people might not want to be hugged and if you want to engage physically in any way with a person it is important to ask permission before doing so.   

  

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Regina Word Up is a program of the Creative City Centre. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, SK Arts, City of Regina, Creative Saskatchewan, and the Canada Council for the Arts that make programs like this one possible. We are grateful to our partners for this event, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.  

For more information on programs and opportunities, please visit www.creativecitycentre.ca
For more information, please email Cat at spokenword@creativecitycentre.ca  

 

The Creative City Centre presents Regina Word Up at The Artesian! 

 

Regina Word Up Pride Stage featuring Elise Pallagi 

Date: Friday, June 10, 2022 

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm (SK time), doors open at 6:30 pm 

Location: The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave, Regina, SK  

Price: Recommended donation of $5 or pay what you can. (Cash) 

 

*Free if you perform!  

* Sign up at the door.  

* First come, first served.  

*All ages 

 

The Artesian is a fully licensed, all-ages, and wheel-chair accessible facility located in the heart of Regina’s Cathedral Neighbourhood. 

 

Please note: The Artesian requires proof of double vaccination or a negative PCR test within 48 hours, along with ID, at events. Masks are required. We encourage physical distancing. Each performer gets their own mic.  

 

Please see The Artesian’s policy here: https://artesianon13th.ca/pages/covid-safety  

 

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CREATIVE CITY CENTRE PRESENTS REGINA WORD UP AT THE ARTESIAN! 

 

The pandemic encouraged the Creative City Centre to pivot and transform the Hague Gallery, the beloved home of open mics and poetry slams for close to a decade, into a production studio when safe in-person performances weren’t possible. The CCC now produces exciting digital content and professional development — check it out at https://creativecitycentre.ca/ 

 

We are thrilled to partner with The Artesian to use this beautiful community space as a backdrop for poetry once again.    

 

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Our annual Regina Word Up Pride Stage is an opportunity to share your work with an appreciative crowd. For this event, we prioritize and centre queer expression on our Pride Stage: we encourage sharing queer content or any content for folks who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Performers are welcome on our pressure-free stage to share in 5-minute spots.  

Everyone is welcome in the audience! We encourage audience members to engage during the performances – snap, make cheesecake noises (mm’s and yes’), laugh, stomp, or otherwise make your appreciation known! 

 

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Feature performer: 

Elise Pallagi (She/her) is a spoken word poet, multi-disciplinary performance artist, and Program Coordinator of Tonight it’s Poetry. She has represented Saskatoon twice at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as a member of the TiP Slam team in both 2017 and 2018. Her writing and performance work focuses on her personal experiences and struggles as a transgender woman growing up and living in Treaty 6 territory in the Canadian prairies.

Combining elements of Vaudeville and Burlesque with her love of literature, music, and defending human rights gives Elise’s style of writing and performance a unique resonance on any stage. Elise conveys emotional authenticity and relatability in her work that moves audiences, touches hearts, and changes minds. 

 

 

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GUIDELINES, COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS AND CONSENT STATEMENTS 

 
At the Creative City Centre we always strive for inclusivity and respect in the community both inside and out of our facility, which is why we have compiled the following guidelines to remember both for our events and also in everyday life.  
• We encourage respecting the way folks self-identify, without assuming gender, sexuality, orientation, religion, or ability.  
• We understand that at times folks may need to leave or engage in other methods of self-care, and that’s okay.  
• We encourage language that promotes inclusivity, education, and awareness and dislike all forms of explicit ignorance including, but not limited to, hate speech, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and classism.  
• We encourage the culture of consent meaning we respect people’s physical, verbal, and emotional boundaries. This means respecting that some people might not want to be hugged and if you want to engage physically in any way with a person it is important to ask permission before doing so.   

  

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Regina Word Up is a program of the Creative City Centre. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, SK Arts, City of Regina, Creative Saskatchewan, and the Canada Council for the Arts that make programs like this one possible. We are grateful to The Artesian, who are facility partners for these events.   

For more information on programs and opportunities, please visit www.creativecitycentre.ca
For more information, please email Cat at spokenword@creativecitycentre.ca