Orientation Week Event: Poetry Slam and Open Mic Jam this Thursday!

Monday, September 5, 2011

  • Beth Anne will MC and perform this Thursday

    Beth Anne will MC and perform this Thursday

  • Poster created by Denise Martins

    Poster created by Denise Martins

  • Matthew Dryden will be performing his poetry

    Matthew Dryden will be performing his poetry

Written by Stephanie Rennie

One of the greatest aspects of attending the University of Guelph is entering a new environment full of unique and thought provoking experiences. Such experiences take place when least expected, especially during Orientation Week as first year students are making their first memorable steps on campus soil and taking in all that Guelph has to offer.

Guelph is known for its rich and vast variety of musical talents that can be heard playing on and off campus on any given night. This year, thecannon.ca, The CSA, and Guelph Campus Coop present an evening to showcase local talent and to introduce new students to the breathtaking spoken word and music this area has to offer.

This Thursday September 8th at 7pm, thecannon.ca, The CSA, and Guelph Campus Coop will host “Poetry Slam and Open Mic Jam” at The Bullring. This event is free of charge and is open to all. Free appetizers provided by The Bullring will be available throughout the night and vegan/vegetarian options are available.

The evening will be hosted by Beth Anne Fischer, the founder of Guelph Spoken Word. We will kick off the evening with performances by three members of the Guelph Spoken Word. Twenty four year old Matthew Dryden shares his poetry with friends and strangers alike and is taking the Bullring stage to share his work with the University of Guelph. It is said that “every poem Matthew writes is filled to the brim with back routes of Moncton New Brunswick, the downtown streets of Guelph, Ontario, red wines and pale ales, trails of splintered hearts and blood stained hands.” His performance is one that you surely will not want to miss.

Our MC for the evening, Beth Anne of GSW, will also perform her poetry for the anxious crowd. Beth Anne’s “work is earth inspired and speaks to the struggle we all face to find our true self and place in community.” Fischer has dedicated much time and effort into her own poetry and the foundation of Guelph Spoken Word as she has founded and maintained the organization.

GSW will also present a special performance by one final member, Kinnery. Following the thought provoking performances by Guelph Spoken Word, several local musicians will take the stage.

Cameron Menzies, a student at the University of Guelph, will fill The Bullring with soothing melodies of folk and country tunes that he has mastered.

Local resident and prominent musician Anna Horvath will also be performing a wonderful set to add to a fantastic evening of music.

Thecannon’s own videographer, Denise Martins, and her band “Matt Damon” will be rocking the house with their set. “Matt Damon” consists of students Denise Martins, Kinnison Ma, Mina Ramos, and Stephanie Fernandes.

There will be an opportunity for interested audience members to take the stage during the open mic portion of this event following the performances previously mentioned. If you are interested in playing, please feel free to bring your gear and share your music with us!

So if you are interested in learning more about the services and volunteer opportunities available at thecannon.ca, finding out how you can become involved with The CSA, or the services that the Guelph Campus Coop provides students, join us at our O Week event this Thursday evening.

Whether you are eager to get involved on campus, check out some local artists, or try some delicious and free food, The Bullring is the place to be this Thursday at 7pm.

For more information, please contact Stephanie at [email protected]

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