- In-person event
- ≈ 2 hours and 15 minutes · With intermission
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry competition like no other!
Every year, high school students from across the country memorize and perform poems in English and French by Canadian, Indigenous, and international poets, competing against one another for their ability to embody the essence of the poem. Organized by Poetry in Voice, the best go on to compete in a national competition judged by a panel of acclaimed poets.
Mesmerising, emotional and powerful, these youth distill life through the poetry they voice—to echo the great Gwendolyn Brooks—and bring to life one of our oldest art forms. These youth believe in the power of their words to transform us and, after hearing them, so will you.
This year’s competition will be guided by former CBC and CTV personalities, Johanne Blais and Evan Solomon, and judged by Canadian poetry luminaries Marie-Célie Agnant, Michael Crummey, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Susan Musgrave, and Chloé Savoie-Bernard.
Every ticket includes an invitation to a meet and greet with the poet-judges and surprise guests over complimentary refreshments at 7 p.m. before the show begins.
ABOUT POETRY IN VOICE
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is a registered charity that wants all Canadians to speak poetry. Our mission is to be an essential resource for teaching and learning poetry in Canada — and beyond.