2016 National Finals: Qualifiers

39 students from across Canada gather in front of the Al Purdy statue in Toronto for the 6th annual Poetry In Voice recitation contest. The stage is set for the Qualifiers at the Isabel Bader Theatre. 2013 Bilingual Champion Khalil Mair hosts the English Qualifiers. All 18 English National Finalists take to the stage. Caitlin MacPhail recites “Fear of Snakes” by Lorna Crozier Erin Mugford recites “Sometimes a Voice (1)” by Don McKay. Paolo M. Hermogenes, recites  “11. Headwinds” by Tomasz Rózycki. Judges Mathew Henderson, Anne Michaels and Daniel David Moses watch. Glory Chima recites “Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border” by Alootook Ipellie. Hannah Goodridge, Enzo Campa and Nebou N’Diaye advance to the Awards Show. The Bilingual Stream students relax in the Green Room before their Qualifier. Host Johanne Blais welcomes the students to the stage. Ji Thevenard recites “mixed tape” by Katherena Vermette Jane Pipa Jones recites “La mer” by Nérée Beauchemin. Abbi Melanson recites “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.Timothy Tkachenko recites “Le dormeur du val” by Arthur Rimbaud. The Bilingual Stream students await the results. Gabrielle Nebrida-Pepin, Elizabeth Vaz and Marie Foolchand advance, but all the students celebrate. The French Stream students relax before their Qualifier. 2015 French Stream champion Luna Dansereau hosts the French Qualifier. The French Stream students arrive on stage. Judges  Denise Desautels, Marie-Célie Agnant and Sonia Lamontagne prepare to judge. Charlie Rivard recites “Bury My Heart à Beaumont” by Marc Arseneau. Julia Kim recites “La vie” by Achille Chavée. Denise Desautels concentrates on the recitation. Tabulator Kai McCall arrives with the results. Jeanne Cantin, Geneviève Cantin and Juliette Rolland Apergis advance to the Awards Show.


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