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 firstname.lastname@example.org (preference) or connect with us via social media @reginawordup.
May 24, 2021: CVAF Open Stage featuring Nisha Patel
2021 Cathedral Village Arts Festival Open Stage!
with feature performance by Nisha Patel
Presented by The Vertigo Series, Regina Word Up and Creative City Centre as part of Cathedral Village Arts Festival.
Perform your words, poems, songs, stories, spoken word at the online Open Stage! Open to writers, musicians, listeners & lovers of all ages. Come & share or come & listen!
Sign up to share when registering or by emailing email@example.com. You can also sign up at the event.
Performers will each have approx. 3 minutes to share. A second spot may be added if time allows.
NISHA PATEL BIOGRAPHY
Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion. She currently works as the 2021 Regional Writer in Residence. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award and the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence. Her debut collection COCONUT is available now at Glass Bookshop. You can find her at nishapatel.ca.
The Vertigo Series is grateful to receive support from Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries. 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.
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 this stage: we encourage sharing queer content or any content for folks who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Everyone is welcome in the audience!
Each performer receives 5 minutes to share their work, ending at 8 p.m. We appreciate audience members to be encouraging and excited — snap your fingers, type into the chat, shout to your delight (because you’ll be muted during the performance!)
The Pride Stage opens the night followed by a feature performance by MelVee X. This event will not be recorded.
We suggest signing up in advance by sending us a message (@reginawordup or firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure a performance spot. Space permitting, you may sign up by messaging the Zoom host when you arrive.
Feature artist: MelVee X
MelVee X (she/they) is a self-taught Black queer multidisciplinary artist and CEO of MVX STUDIOS – a hub for equitable creative and artistic expression based in Calgary, AB. Her primary means of expression are spoken word poetry, burlesque performance and photography – the MelVee trifecta.
She’s been a professional artist for over five years and her work has been featured locally and nationally. It is MelVee’s vision and guiding principle to empower equity and justice seeking communities to tell our own stories from our perspectives. She is proudly Black and celebrates her Afro-Caribbean roots in her work. The struggle is real, unapologetic and never looked so good.
***** 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.
This Regina Pride event is funded by Queen City Pride. 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.