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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

Loop Pedal Lessons for Performance Poets with Charlie Petch 

Monday, January 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) Find your time zone here: https://dateful.com/time-zone-converter  

Free, via Zoom 

Please register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucOusrTosHNWPFZw7DrhpEZxgRuyCg4Di  

  

Loop Pedal Lessons for Performance Poets 

In this workshop, playwrite, musician, and multidisciplinary artist Charlie Petch will show you the elements of working with a loop pedal and how to create music that supports spoken word. Attendees will be shown sound set up for video or live performance, get to know the elements of building loops for beginners as well as gain understanding of multi instrumental and/or vocal looping. It’s like bringing a whole band onstage but without the perils of being in a band. You don’t have to be a master musician or even have a loop pedal to attend. 

 

Facilitator: 

Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto. A poet, playwright, librettist, musician, lighting designer, and host, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for SpeakNorth, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets (2020), and founder of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam. Petch is a touring performer, as well as a mentor and workshop facilitator. They have a new book “Why I was Late” with Brick Books, a libretto “Medusa’s Children” with Opera Q. Find out more at www.charliecpetch.com 

 

 

This workshop is presented by Regina Word Up, a spoken-word program and community based out of the Creative City Centre in Treaty 4. We are grateful to the support of funders who make programs like this one possible: Department of Canadian Heritage, SK Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Creative Saskatchewan, and the City of Regina. 

www.creativecitycentre.ca  

@creativecityctr 

@reginawordup 

 

For more information, please contact Cat at spokenword@creativecitycentre.ca 

Frost Bites: Regina Word Up Open Mic + Just Write featuring Liberty Skye 

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm (SK time), doors open at 5:30 pm 

Location: City Square Plaza, Warming Tent, Regina, SK  

Price: Free  

* Open Mic sign up at the door – first come, first served.   

 

Please note: In accordance with 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 and frequent sanitization.  

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 Regina Frost Festival! 

Frost Regina is where winter comes to life! And Regina Word Up is excited to offer a slate of programming to celebrate our winter city in a warm and cozy tent in downtown Regina. Join us! 

Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. 

  1. 6:00-7:00 p.m.: 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.  Facilitated by Carla Harris and Aspen Huggins.  
  2. 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Open Mic: Any and all forms of writing are welcome on our stage. You’ll have five minutes to share your creativity with a warm and generous audience. Hosted by Devon Dozlaw, aka G. B. Loon. 
  3. 8:00-8:30 p.m.: Feature Performance by Liberty Skye 

Liberty Skye is a Métis spoken word artist who comes from a very long line of activist storytellers. She

Photo Credit: Mary Matheson

knows the power that words carry and believes in their capacity to bring forth healing and positive change. Liberty has spent much of her life searching for her voice and her identity. She mainly writes on topics such as: motherhood, inequality, feminism, mental health, family (disc)connection, survival, joy and empowerment. However, no matter what Liberty is writing about, underneath every piece that she creates, the common theme is always a simple one – hope. 

 

Frost Regina will run February 4-13 in the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, the Warehouse District, Wascana Centre and Evraz Place. See more here https://frostyqr.ca/ 

 

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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 Frost Regina and Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, who are 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  

 

Regina Word Up + RPL Youth Poetry Slam with prizes + triple feature 

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022 

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

Location: Glen Elm Library, 1601 Dewdney Ave E, Regina, SK  

Price: Free 

* Sign up at the door.  

* First come, first served.  

* Space limited. 

*14-22-year-old competitors 

*All-age audience welcome! 

 

The Glen Elm Library is an all-age, wheel-chair accessible facility.  

Please note: In accordance with 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.   

 

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Regina Word Up and the Regina Public Library present an opportunity for 14-22 year-olds to participate in our Youth Poetry Slam, featuring the talents of RPL Writer-in-Residence Neil Aitken, and youth poets Austin “The Noble Savage” Ahenakew and Tai Reign. All three will also act as poetry slam judges. 

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

Slammers should come prepared with one original (that is, your own) piece of less than 3 minutes and 10 seconds. (If you go over time, you lose .5 points for every ten seconds over.)  

All genres, styles, and stories will be celebrated. If you’re unsure, you can email us to check at spokenword@creativecitycentre.ca (but we’ll probably tell you to come slam anyway!) 

No props, no nudity, no hate speech.  

Sign-up starts at the door, with a maximum of 12 competing poets — first come, first served! 

Our three judges will each provide a score between 1-10 for each piece of writing, leaving a total score out of 30 per performer. The judges will judge the poem and performance but not the poet or appearance. 

No slam experience necessary. 

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! 

 

Prizes are available for the top-placing poets:  

1st place – $75 Chapters gift card 

2nd place – $50 Chapters gift card 

3rd place – $25 Chapters gift card 

…Plus major bragging rights! 

 

 Event Format:  

-Host welcomes everyone to the event 

-Neil Aitken performs short poetry set 

-Host introduces Slam 

-One Round Poetry Slam 

-Brief Break (5-10 mins) 

-Austin “The Noble Savage” Ahenakew performs short poetry set 

-Tai Reign performs short poetry set 

-Winners announced 

-Event ends 

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Feature performers and poetry slam judges: 

Neil Aitken is a Chinese-Scottish Canadian writer, editor, and translator with a multi-genre MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing. He is the author of two poetry collections, Babbage’s Dream, a semi-finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize, and The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. His work appears in anthologies, magazines, and broadsides, and has been featured in animated film, arranged for contemporary art song, and translated into Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.  He is currently the Regina Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence.  Learn more about Neil and how the writer-in-residence program can help you with your writing goals on our website. 

 

Austin “The Noble Savage” Ahenakew has a unique style, weaving rhythm into storytelling that announces an urgent truth from the perspective of an Indigenous youth. Bringing an unapologetic approach to Indigenous struggles, abuse, PTSD and how skin colour is viewed. He brings sweet words to stage without sugar coating any part of the truth. 

 

Tai Reign is a Two-Spirited poet from Peepeekisis Cree Nation raised in Regina, SK. They first discovered poetry as a therapeutic outlet, since they’ve realized how powerful words can be. Now they use poetry to share their experiences, world view and make sense of the hardships they’ve experienced. 

 

Hosted by Cat Abenstein 

 

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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 Regina Public Library, who are partners for this event.   

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