National Finals

We are pleased to announce the 2017 National Finals will return to Vancouver on April 19 and 20 at The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre.

149 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H4

** All our events will be livestreamed on this page **

English Finals    BUY TICKETS

Thursday, April 20, 7-9pm

The top 6 students from the English Stream Qualifiers will compete for the $25,000 in prizes for themselves and their school libraries. The French and Bilingual winners from earlier in the day will also be showcased.

Resisting, Surviving, and Embracing: Nationhood and Identity on #Canada150   RESERVE SEATS

Thursday, April 20, 1-2:30pm

Poet Jordan Abel will lead a discussion among indigenous writers on the concepts of Canadian and Indigenous nationhood and the ways in which those ideas are expressed through poetry. 


French & Bilingual Finals   SOLD OUT

Thursday April 20, 9:30am-12pm

Six students in both the French and Bilingual contest streams will compete for the $5000 grand prizes.


English Qualifiers   RESERVE SEATS

Wednesday April 19, 9:30am-12pm

Twelve high school students from across Canada will each recite 3 poems from our anthology. The top 6 students advance to our English Finals on Thursday night.





Looking back at the 2016 National Finals






The 2016 National Finals took place on April 20 & 21 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. 


The National Finals take place over two days each spring in a different Canadian city.

Canadian poets, actors, and other cultural figures judge the recitations and award nearly $25,000 in prizes and name a National Champion in each of three language streams: English, French and Bilingual.


The National Finals events also include cultural activities for students and for teachers. So far, we’ve hosted a Q&A with Margaret Atwood, poetry-themed gallery tours, documentary viewing of "Al Purdy Was Here” followed by Q&A with director Brian Johnson, writing workshops for students, and best-practice workshops for teachers.


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