The Awards Show:
The English Qualifiers:
The French & Bilingual Qualifiers:
The National Finals takes place over three days each spring in a different Canadian city; this year, it will take place in Toronto.
The highlight of the event is our contest, in which Canadian poets, actors, and other cultural figures judge students’ recitations, award nearly $25,000 in prizes, and name a National Champion in each of our three language streams: English, French, and Bilingual.
The event also includes cultural activities. So far, we’ve hosted a private Q&A with Margaret Atwood, poetry-themed gallery tours, a screening of Al Purdy Was Here followed by a Q&A with director Brian Johnson, the Amazing Recitation Race, writing workshops for students, and best-practice workshops for teachers.
Looking back at the 2017 National Finals in Vancouver
English Finals & Showcase
In this event hosted by Bill Richardson, the top 6 students from the English Stream Qualifiers competed for the prizes for themselves and their school libraries. The French and Bilingual winners from earlier in the day were also showcased.
French & Bilingual Finals
During this event hosted by Johanne Blais, six students in the French Stream and six in the Bilingual stream competed for the $5,000 grand prizes.
Hosted by former English Champion Roan Shankaruk, this competition features twelve high school students from across Canada reciting 3 poems from our anthology. The top 6 students advanced to our English Finals.
Resisting, Surviving, and Embracing: Nationhood and Identity on #Canada150
Poet Jordan Abel led a discussion among indigenous writers on the concepts of Canadian and Indigenous nationhood and the ways in which those ideas are expressed through poetry.