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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 Open Mic: Compilation Celebration 

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 

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.  

* Space limited. 

 

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

 

Please note: In accordance with The Artesian’s policies and the Government of Saskatchewan’s public health orders, Regina Word Up requires proof of double vaccination or a negative test dated within 72 hours, along with ID, at our events. Masks are required. We encourage physical distancing. Each performer will get their own microphone.  

 

Please see policies here — 

The Artesian: https://artesianon13th.ca/pages/covid-safety  

Gov of Sask: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/public-health-measures/public-health-orders#current-public-health-orders  

 

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

Join us for a special farewell show in honour of our long-time volunteer and wildly talented poet, Veracity. When asked if they’d like to feature for this show, she said she’d much rather hear from her friends instead. We’re so grateful for the years of ideas, poetry, energy, and humour that Veracity has generously shared with our community. Their mark is deep.   

Beginning at 7, and ending by 9: 

1. Just Write: Haven’t written anything in a while? No problem! We’ll kick off the night with our “Just Write” segment which provides writing prompts and time to scrawl out new words that can be shared.  (Did you know “Just Write” was originally Veracity’s idea and has since become a fun tradition for several years?) 

 

2. Open Mic: We’ll follow this with our regular open mic – but with a twist! You’ll still get 5 minutes, but bring out your old favorites, or “cover” someone else’s! (We love getting permission!) New to Word Up? We’d love to hear what you have! Though our open mics aren’t competitive, (meaning it’s not like a poetry slam), we will have volunteer judges picked from the audience who will be “judging” each piece by responding with an image or phrase scrawled on whiteboards for all to see. Trust us – it’s wonderful! 

 

3. Poet-In-Residence, Shayna Stock: And to top it all off, we’ll have a Poet-In-Residence for this event who’ll use keen listening skills to turn an evening of poetry into a brand-new poem using found poetry that she’ll share at the end. 

Bio: Lately, Shayna Stock (she/her) daydreams about queer lineage, community-based responses to violence, and breakfast. She has performed spoken word on many stages and street corners, and founded Regina Word Up. Her poetry has been published in Grain Magazine and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s “apart: a year of pandemic poetry & prose.”

 

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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 this event.   

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/ 

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