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


Wednesday April 19, 2017

9:30AM - 12PM
English Qualifiers
12 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.


Thursday April 20, 2017

9:30AM - 12PM
French and Bilingual Finals

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

1:00PM - 2:30PM
Cultural Activity

Poet Jordan Abel will lead a discussion among indigenous writers on the subject of Nationhood, Language and Poetry.
CONTACT TESSA@POETRYINVOICE.COM if you would like to attend.

7:00 PM - 9 PM
English Finals

The top 6 students from the English Stream Qualifiers will compete for the $5000 grand prize. The French and Bilingual winners from earlier in the day will also be showcased.
Tickets on sale March 1.



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.


More information

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