Thursday, May 26, 2005

No Rules last night

The No Rules Slam was awesome again, as was expected. I made away like a bandit! I sold a stack of CDs, took home the second place prize, and won one of the special prizes: John gave me a book entitled Saving the Self: Consumerism, Freedom, and You for having the best poem about capitalism. The poem? "Batman," of course. This was the second time I've come in second place, and both times it was to the lovely and talented Rita, who bought my CD last night and is, by the way, quite lovely. Did I mention she's lovely? Sigh...

Now I've got some money in my pocket for the Great Glebe Garage Sale on Saturday. If you've never been, this event is exactly what it sounds like: the entire Glebe community has a giant garage sale. Blocks and blocks and blocks of stuff. Most of it is crap, of course. I mean, it is a garage sale. But you're bound to find something you want/need just by the fact of the sheer volume of things on display.

Oh yeah, the event calendar has been updated again. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Poetry this week...

Tonight I'm going to see two events. First is the latest installment of the Tree Reading Series at the Royal Oak II (161 Laurier Ave. E.) @ 7:30. The featured poet this time around is Anthony Bansfield (a.k.a. the nth digri), one of the best spoken word artists this city has ever seen. He doesn't perform as regularly as he used to, so be sure to come out to Tree if you get the chance.

As soon as Tree lets out, I'm high-tailing it over to the Gap of Dunloe at 263 Bank St. for the CEPAL Fundraiser. It starts at 8:00, and will be featuring musician Yael Wand, as well as special guest poet Ritallin the Cerebral Stimulant. I got a chance to catch Yael's performance at the Manx on Sunday (I went to both see her and my old friend Trevor Tchir, who used to host the Café Nostalgica Open Stage). Let me tell you, she's fuckin' amazing! And hey, if you know who I am, then you probably know who Ritallin is. He's always worth checking out. If there's time, I may take the stage at some point before the night is over.

Also, don't forget about the No Rule Slam on Wednesday and SlamWrite on Sunday. Check the calendar on the right for details on those two events. And of course, every Thursday is Café Nostalgica Open Stage @ 603 Cumberland on the University of Ottawa campus. Sign-up sheet comes out at 8:30, show starts at 9:00. I will have copies of my new CD on hand at all the events listed in this post.

Look at all this shit! Don't try to tell me there's nothing to do in this city...

That's it. I'm out.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Live CD out now!

My CD Steve Sauvé Does It With His Glasses On is available now. The cost is $10 for "normal" people and $8 for girls with glasses. Also available is a small booklet containing the two poems I did at the Capital Slam Semi-Finals ("Heart" and "Rhyme") entitled a beat in my heart and rhythm in my soul, for the bargain basement price of $1, or free with a copy of the CD. Purchase either of these at any one of the many poetry and spoken word events I attend throughout the city. To be added to my mailing list and kept up to date on such events, contact me at sauve75@gmail.com.

I sold almost all the CDs I brought to the open stage at Nostalgica last night. I knew I would sell a few there, but wow! I've got a feeling I'll have to bring a lot to No Rules Slam next Wednesday. Which you should come to. Have I told you lately that it's the coolest event in the city? It's the coolest fucking event in the city.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

No Rules

I was right about the date for the next No Rules Slam. Gander rightward for the details.

Semi-Finals results

The Capital Slam semi-finals last night were awesome! Some brilliant performances from all of the poets. John Akpata ran away with first place (big surprise!), and I managed to come in third. Here are the people moving on to the finals and their cumulative scores (out of 60):
  • 58.1- John Akpata
  • 57.2- DJ Morales
  • 56.9- Steve Sauvé
  • 56.5- Kevin Matthews (tied for fourth place)
  • 56.5- Oni the Haitian Sensation (tied for fourth place)
  • 55.8- Ritallin the Cerebral Stimulant
  • 55.7- Free Will
  • 54.5- Devin Murphy
The finals will be hot! I'm just glad people responded so well to my first round poem. It was a bit of a risk and very personal: I'd been trying to write about my heart surgery for a year now (today is exactly one year since I was released from the hospital), but I was having a lot of trouble. I finally realized that what was holding me back was that I didn't want to write a whiny, depressing poem. I attempted to write a poem about how the experience has helped me to grow as a human being, and it apparently paid off. Five people came up to me during the intermission to ask for a copy of the poem, and many more offered their praise and hugs (both of which are always appreciated). People were moved. If any of you are reading this, I will be selling copies of the poem at the finals, as well as all the poetry events I go to between now and then.

Also, as some of you probably noticed, I was recording all of my performances in April. That was for a CD that I will hopefully have done in time for the finals. I think I may have mentioned that in the blog before, but I'm too tired and lazy right now to check.

I think the next No Rules Slam is on the 25th of this month. I will post it to the calendar when I have all the details confirmed.

Ciao!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Capital Slam Semi-Finals this Friday!

The Semi-Finals are almost upon us! Twelve poets will go in, performing two poems a piece. The eight poets with the highest total scores will go on to the Championship Finals in June to determine which lucky poets get to go to Vancouver for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October.

I'm bringing all new stuff to the Cap Slam Championships and I'm not pulling any punches. I was hoping to have my stronger pieces ready for the semi-finals, but I was so busy with all the other poetry events in April that I didn't have time to devote to writing new material. I just finished the draft for the poems I'm doing this Friday. I think they're pretty good. I wanted to avoid comedy in the first round (I want to show people I'm not a one-trick pony), but time constraints have forced me to go with what I already know I'm good at. Hopefully I have enough time to complete the poems and memorize them before the big day. 'Cause hey... I wanna go to Vancouver, dammit!

People have been bugging me for a while to go to Yuk Yuk's and do the open mic there. You've convinced me. I'm going to do it. I want to do it. So you can drop it, okay? Let me concentrate on the whole "trying to qualify for a national competition" thing first. The open mic will still be there after the finals. And I won't just redo my funny poems there, either. My first time there I'll probably just do the Geek Poem because I'll be incredibly nervous. After that I intend to write material specifically for the "stand up" genre. In fact, I've already got a few routines done.


Capital Slam Semi-Finals. This Friday. 8:30. Universe City Lounge. $10. Go.