Ontario International Poetry Slam

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Guelph Spoken Word is proud to announce the 2016 return of its showcase spoken word event, the ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL POETRY SLAM!

This single-day, all-day competition is unlike any other in the world, featuring top-notch local and international talent, a professional two-stage venue, custom slam rules, incredible intensity packed into a single day, and a HUGE cash purse of $5,000 minimum.

Your ticket is your full-access pass to events throughout the day, including the final main stage event at 8 pm as well as four preliminary elimination bouts.

• doors open at 12 PM
• preliminary elimination bout #1 runs at 1 pm
• preliminary elimination bouts #2 and #3 run concurrently on two stages @ 3:30 pm
• the GRAND SLAM FINALS start at 8 pm in the Co-operators Hall

Language and content may offend some.

For details visit www.oips.ca.


To help spread the love of spoken word competition to a wider audience, we are pleased to announce that there is free audience admission to the afternoon elimination bouts at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to check out the slam poetry scene and watch how the audience selects the best nine poets of the competition to advance to the grand slam final stage.

If you like what you hear and want to see the competition unfold in the finals, you can purchase a $25 grand slam ticket directly from the River Run Centre box office.

Free seats are limited, and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

eyeGO price not available online – call the box office to order.

Everyone must have a ticket to enter, including children and infants.

No refunds offered for this event.

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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ticket Pricing

$25.00 All Tickets
$5.00 Infant under age 1
$5.00 eyeGO 


Main Stage River Run Centre 35 Woolwich Street Guelph ON N1H 3V1 View on Map