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



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.

Students first recite at the Qualifiers, then the three top-scoring competitors from each stream advance to the Awards Show, where they recite for a captive audience.

Canadian poets, actors, and other cultural figures judge the recitations and award nearly $25,000 in prizes and name a National Champion in each stream.

The Finals also include cultural activities for students and for teachers. So far, we’ve hosted a Q&A with Margaret Atwood, poetry-themed gallery tours, writing workshops for students, and best-practice workshops for teachers. 


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