2011 Photos

Poetry In Voice founders Scott and Krystyne Griffin welcome guests before the competition. The Leland Whitty Trio warms up the crowd before the competition (left to right): Leland Whitty on tenor saxophone, Julian Clarke on drums, and Wesley Allen on bass. Finalists, left to right, backstage before the competition: David Castillo, Anna Jiang, Malvika Chowdry, Lily MacLeod, Amelia Druskis, Mélodie Cyr, Spencer Slaney, Victoria Campbell, Brogan Carruthers, Jonathan Welstead, Estera Musiala, Suzanna Alsayed Tessa Griffin and Scott Griffin (far left) talk with Poetry In Voice 2011 finalists before the competition. Poetry In Voice 2011 finalist Brogan Carruthers (centre) poses with supporters before the competition. Students from Trafalgar Castle School arrive to cheer on their classmate, Poetry In Voice finalist Malvika Chowdry (centre). Founder Scott Griffin welcomes the audience. Host and Soulpepper Theatre founding artistic director Albert Schultz Albert Schultz introduces the competitors (left to right): Spencer Slaney of Lockerby Composite School in Sudbury, Ontario; Malvika Chowdry of Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario; Brogan Carruthers of South Carleton High School in Richmond (Ottawa region), Ontario; Jonathan Welstead of Upper Canada College in Toronto; Anna Jiang of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in North York, Ontario; Estera Musiala of R. H. King Academy in Scarborough, Ontario; Victoria Campbell of Toronto French School; David Castillo of London Central Secondary School in London, Ontario; Lily MacLeod of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto; Mélodie Cyr of Collège Notre-Dame in Sudbury, Ontario; Suzanna Alsayed of Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario; Amelia Druskis of Bayridge Secondary School in Kingston, Ontario; Albert Schultz. Albert Schultz explains how the competition will run. Left to right: score tabulators Terry Maguire and Peter Lamantia with Griffin Poetry Prize Manager Ruth Smith Members of the Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie 2011 judging panel, from far left: Poet Dennis Lee, French-language accuracy judge and Franco Ontarian Arts Officer Claudette Jaiko, English-language accuracy judge and Literature Officer for the Ontario Arts Council John Degen, writers and French-language judges Robert Lalonde, Élise Turcotte, and Karine Glorieux From left: Griffin Poetry Prize–winning poet and English-language judge Karen Solie (in red), English-language judge Dennis Lee, accuracy judge Claudette Jaiko, accuracy judge John Degen, and French-language judges Robert Lalonde, Élise Turcotte, and Karine Glorieux (seen from behind). Suzanna Alsayed of Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, recites “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Albert Guest. Victoria Campbell of Toronto French School recites “Le moulin” by Émile Verhaeren. Brogan Carruthers of South Carleton High School in Richmond (Ottawa region), Ontario, recites “Confessions” by Robert Browning. David Castillo of London Central Secondary School in London, Ontario, recites “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Malvika Chowdry of Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario, recites “Gitanjali 35” by Rabindranath Tagore. Mélodie Cyr of Collège Notre-Dame in Sudbury, Ontario, recites “Sonnet” by Philippe Desportes. Amelia Druskis of Bayridge Secondary School in Kingston, Ontario, recites “I Am” by John Clare. Anna Jiang of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in North York, Ontario, recites “Journey of the Magi” by T. S. Eliot. Lily MacLeod of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto recites “I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Estera Musiala of R. H. King Academy in Scarborough, Ontario, recites “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg. Spencer Slaney of Lockerby Composite School in Sudbury, Ontario, recites “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. Jonathan Welstead of Upper Canada College in Toronto recites “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Albert Schultz congratulates all of the 2011 finalists (left to right): Spencer Slaney, Malvika Chowdry, Brogan Carruthers, David Castillo, Jonathan Welstead, Estera Musiala, Lily MacLeod, Anna Jiang, Mélodie Cyr, Victoria Campbell, Suzanna Alsayed, Amelia Druskis Albert Schultz announces the top-three finalists who will go on to perform in the third round (left to right): Anna Jiang, Spencer Slaney, Jonathan Welstead. Founder Scott Griffin awards third-place winner Spencer Slaney his certificate of participation and his $500 in prize money. Founder Scott Griffin awards second-place winner Anna Jiang her certificate of participation and her $1,000 in prize money. Second-place winner Anna Jiang applauds as Scott Griffin congratulates 2010 Champion Jonathan Welstead before awarding him his winner’s certificate and $5,000 in prize money. Scott Griffin congratulates the 2011 finalists (left to right): Victoria Campbell, Anna Jiang, Jonathan Welstead. Scott Griffin congratulates the 2011 finalists (left to right): Lily MacLeod, David Castillo, Brogan Carruthers, Amelia Druskis. Founder Scott Griffin (far right) with Poetry In Voice 2011 third-place winner Spencer Slaney of Lockerby Composite School in Sudbury, Ontario (far left); 2011 Champion Jonathan Welstead of Upper Canada College in Toronto; and second-place winner Anna Jiang of Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in North York. Poetry In Voice 2011 Champion Jonathan Welstead (left) and founder Scott Griffin Poetry In Voice 2011 finalists, left to right: Spencer Slaney, Suzanna Alsayed, Lily MacLeod, David Castillo, Brogan Carruthers, Amelia Druskis, Mélodie Cyr, Estera Musiala, Malvika Chowdry, Victoria Campbell, Anna Jiang, and Jonathan Welstead. Left to right: Suzanna Alsayed, Lily MacLeod, David Castillo, Amelia Druskis, Mélodie Cyr, Victoria Campbell, Scott Griffin; Estera Musiala, Jonathan Welstead, Brogan Carruthers, Spencer Slaney, Malvika Chowdry, Anna Jiang Bravo!’s Tim Powis interviews Poetry In Voice 2011 Champion Jonathan Welstead and founder Scott Griffin. Poetry In Voice host and Soulpepper Founding Artistic Director Albert Schultz with poet, author, and Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Trustee Margaret Atwood Krystyne Griffin and Robert Lalonde
PHOTOS BY TOM AND ALINE SANDLER