If you missed TPS on Jan. 12, you missed a mom rapping with her son, incredible singing on the open mic, an ode to car washes and a tribute piece to Toronto.
The first TPS of '13 got off to a hot start, with a packed open mic, starring Electric Jon with an acapella tune and Jessica Bundy singing sultry verses over her guitar plucking.
Hosted by Lara Bozabalian, the slam began with Anto and then Britta B., two friends actually, and then hot competition continued in the first round: Michelle My Belle made her TPS return with a piece about working with kids, IF got us riled up, Kliggy waxed poetic about adult angst, and White Noise Machine made us want to change the world.
The final round had Kliggy, White Noise and IF battling it out, and when IF did his rousing piece about slam poetry, we knew the W was his. He took 1st and Kliggy won 2nd and White Noise nabbed third. Expect to see both IF and White Noise in the March Semifinals.
And about that mom rapping? That's courtesy Adominal + the Obliques, our guest feature, and the slick hiphop of Abs inspired his mom to come on stage to duet with him a sweet parental poem. Abs also gave us some great range, with tributes to T.dot and socks and the breakup piece Broken (his big single). We can't wait to check out Abs at his next show in Toronto!
Our next slam is a doozy, we have our poet laureate George Elliot Clarke featuring, bookmark JANUARY 26 @ the Drake, poetry fans!