WordStorm is an on-going reading series that focuses on all types of the spoken word: poetry, short fiction, storytelling, improv, music, song. There are two components of WordStorm - a prearranged reading series, and an excitingly competitive spoken word competition. (Reserve a ticket and ask to be an open mike reader or sign up at the door.) The readings will always be a mix of genres, and the sign-up for WordStorm will be in categories - poetry and prose. The key elements will be quality writing and entertainment. Material read must be the reader's own work, and be read without props or instruments. Three judges will be chosen from the audience for each WordStorm, and audience participation is encouraged. The sign-up for WordStorm Open Mike can be in advance, by email, and also between 6:30 and 7:00 at the door. Admission is $5.00 at the door. The money collected will go entirely to prize winners and towards mimimal operating costs. The Acme Food Co. has a capacity of about 50 people, so don't be disappointed, reserve ahead through by email, or take your chances at the door. All reservations must be picked up before 6:30 or they will become void, and spaces will be given out on a first come, first served basis. No refunds. You can reserve with payment for future events at the reservation table on any night of WordStorm. Come out to just listen and be entertained, or sign up to be part of the entertainment. Everyone is welcome!
From its beginning WordStorm has played to packed houses with a full slate of readers-some coming from as far away as Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Courtenay, Comox, Bowen Island, Saltspring Island, Qualicum Beach, Duncan, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert (via Shawnigan Lake), Protection Island, Gabriola Island, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Lasqueti Island, Saskatoon, Errington, Yellow Point, Sooke, and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.