We run spoken word poetry open mics and slams on Wednesdays from September till May in Victoria, BC. We hold our events and lead our lives on the unceded territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples.
Tongues of Fire is our spoken word poetry open mic, with 12 spots available to wordsmiths of all abilities on a first-come first-served basis. The show concludes with a feature from a professional spoken word poet.
We hold Tongues of Fire every second and fourth Wednesday from September through May. Sign-up opens at 7:30pm, and the open mic begins at 8pm. $6-10 sliding scale.
Vic Slam is poetry for points! A slam is basically a competitive open mic, somewhere between a rap battle and Burning Man. There are 12 spots at each slam, and the top 5 poets from each slam earn points towards the semi-finals. The ultimate goal is to make the Vic Slam team and compete against other slam teams from across the country at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word!
Vic Slam takes place every third Wednesday of the month from September until April. Sign-up opens at 7:30pm and the slam starts at 8pm. $6-10 sliding scale.
Youth Slam is a slam for performers 21 and under. It’s just like Vic Slam, but younger!
The youth slam is currently on hold. Let us know if you’re interested in participating!
What’s a sliding scale?
It costs between $6 and $10 to attend one of our regular shows. This means that you can pay $6, or $10, or anywhere in between! We want to bring you great features, shows, and workshops, and we also want our shows to be as financially accessible as possible. So pay what you can; we’re all broke, so we won’t judge!
Our regular venue is Caffe Fantastico in Quadra Village. Caffe Fantastico is a beautiful all-ages cafe that serves hot beverages; beer, wine, and cider; and snacks. There are two non-gendered, single-stall washrooms. There are three stairs between the service area and the main seating area, but the main seating area can also be accessed from street level. Please enter via the Kings St door.
We sometimes hold shows in other venues that may or may not be fully accessible; we try to post this information on each event page, but please contact us if you have any specific concerns.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about accessibility—maybe we’re not trying hard enough, maybe there’s something we’ve missed!