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Mental Wellness Week Poetry Slam

February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Students for Mental Wellness with support from the Regina Public Research Interest Group presents the second annual poetry slam during Mental Wellness Week 2016!

Location: University of Regina, Riddell Centre in the Shubox Theatre
Tickets are a suggested donation of $5-$10 that goes to the Canadian Mental Health Association but no one will be turned away (PWYC available at the door)!!
Doors open at 6:30PM
Show starts at 7:00PM

We are excited to announce the remarkable Kevin Wesaquate from Saskatoon will be headlining! His set begins at 8:00pm

Other talented local guests include:
Cat Abenstein
Micaella Joy
and Johnny Trinh!
Including a special contribution from Devon Dozlaw and artist Sonia Griffiths

You don’t want to miss this chance of getting your mind blown by all these pros at once!

Beer & wine available along with popcorn!

Thanks to the University of Regina Students’ Union and The Owl this is a licenced event.

Find more information about the weeks events here:https://www.facebook.com/events/373422309448197/


Kevin Wesaquate
Kevin Wesaquate is from Piapot First Nation and currently resides in Saskatoon. Recent participation in events like Tonight Its Poetry in Saskatoon or to the Write Out Loud a spoken word collective. He has joined the Aboriginal Playwriting Circle to become a better writer. Is currently employed as the Aboriginal Arts Leader at SCYAP (Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming) where he has co-created a writing group called the Indigenous Poetry Society, also currently the Artist/Writer-in-residence at Saskatoon Polytechnic Campus for Basic Education students. He has recently finished a CARFAC Mentorship Program which has allowed him to focus and direct his artistic career, also working with CARFAC on two occasions this past year to bring Spoken Word Poetry and Storytelling to the Prince Albert Correctional Institution. Kevin is also a board member to Paved Arts in Saskatoon.

Cat Abenstein
Poetry is the language of her longing, and her dialogue articulates her search for reason.
Cat Abenstein is currently working in her role as Artist in Residence at the Creative City Centre (Sept/15 – June/16) and is a two time Regina Word Up poetry slam team member with national competitions in Montreal, QB (2013) and Victoria, BC (2014) Cat has travelled across Saskatchewan performing her poetry and music at events such as Ness Creek Music Festival (2011) Moose Jaw’s Performers Cafe (2013, 2015) Saskatoon’s Tonight it’s Poetry (2013, 2014) Humboldt and Regina’s Culture Days celebrations (2014) and Duelling Poets, a Poetry Decathlon in part of Moose Jaw’s Reading Week. (2014) Cat teaches spoken word workshops in local community organizations and schools. You may find Cat hosting events, working on macabre or creative photo shoots or videos as a model, or quietly enjoying her own company in a restaurant, struggling over heart equations on napkins.

Johnny Trinh
Johnny Trinh is an interdisciplinary artist that incorporates spoken word, theatre, music, movement, and technology to devise ways of storytelling and activism. He has performed as a feature poet across North America. Recent credits include: Capturing Fire, Washington DC., Inkspot, Calgary, CFSW Saskatoon, CFSW Victoria, Moose Jaw Festival of Words. He has completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina, a residency as the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre.

Micaella Joy
When she isn’t slanging drinks she is drinking them. Micaella Joy likes to view people as places and thinks her dog knows more than she does. She hides out in diners and dive bars while trying to help people solve problems.

Sonia Griffiths
Sonia Griffiths is a ceramic artist and occasional performer of poems based in Regina, SK. Bending porcelain and poetry, her work explores the daily realities of living with intersecting physical and mental illnesses, finding remnants of trauma, and staying alive even when you’d really rather not. Sonia is currently completing a BA Hons in Visual Art and navigating the world with clumsiness and compassion.


February 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:


Students for Mental Wellness


Shubox Theatre – Riddell Centre, University of Regina