Monthly Archives: May 2014

Pop Quiz, Hotshot!

Please answer the following questions on the supplied Scantron sheet.

1. On Thursday, June 19, at 4:00-ish on the patio of Salt & Pepper Restuarte Mexicano (1413 9 Ave SE – Inglewood location NOT Bowness) we’ll be meeting to
A) relax and enjoy one another’s company before summer vacation.
B) discuss some initial plans for CYHMN? 2015
C) debrief CYHMN? 2014
D) all of the above

2. This meeting is for people who
A) coached a team that participated in CYHMN? 2014
B) are interested in learning more about CYHMN? 2015
C) like meetings that take place on patios (and where alcohol is served)
D) all of the above

Come to the meeting to see if you passed the test! (By the way, you DID know that this test was worth 89.7% of your final mark for the course, right?)

Things that will be allowed at the meeting, but were NOT allowed when completing the test:
– ideas about how to make CYHMN? 2015 better than CYHMN? 2014
– thoughts about roles that you might like to take on to help organize CYHMN? 2015
– questions and opinions
– a strong desire to start a poetry team at your school
– fish tacos

Things that will NOT be allowed at the meeting, but were allowed when completing the test:
– selfies (of any sort and with any one)
– David Blaine and/or David Copperfield
– Greek choruses
– personal cheer teams


LBHS’s “The Voice of the Lords” Wins CYHMN? 2014

In a final bout filled with spectacular performances and superb poetry, LBHS’s “The Voice of the Lords” was able to edge out Centennial High School’s “The Howlers, and Father Lacombe’s “Laser Nation A” and “Laser Nation B” to take home the trophy.

In addition, “The Voice of the Lord’s” Michaela Neuman won the prize for Best Individual Performance with an overwhelming presentation of her poem entitled “My Therapists Keep Asking About You.” Other spectacular performances that were in the running for the award were “Dedicated to the man on the street: I wish I spoke to you” by Camila Nuque (Father Lacombe); “Walk” by Shaka Markle (Centennial); “Water” by Bethel Afework (Father Lacombe); and “Maddie” by Chevy O’Dell (Beaverbrook).

On a day that saw unrestrained honesty, hysterical humour, touching observations, incredible courage, and cutting social criticism, everyone could agree that each poet, coach, judge, volunteer, and audience member who witnessed and experienced such exquisitely crafted poetry felt fortunate for being there. Countless comments were made by poets and spectators alike, about the strong sense of community that was created on Saturday, as well as how talented and courageous the writers/performers were.

Stepping out of the third person for just a second, I’d like to personally say “Thank you” to all of the coaches, judges, volunteers, donors, audience members, and administrators, who helped make Saturday, May 10, a memorable and special day for all of us.

I’d also like to thank the poets – your performances touched people and changed people, and those words are used only literally. In my humble opinion, that is the greatest prize a poet can ever hope to attain, and you, all of you, on Saturday, May 10, achieved it together at CYHMN?. I am in awe of each one of you. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!
CYHMN Final Shot


Finals at 3p.m.

The first two bouts are finished. Lord Beaverbrook’s The Voice of the Lords and Father Lacombe advanced from bout one, and Father Lacombe’s Lasers and Centennial High School advanced from bout two.

The Finals will be Lacombe, followed by Centennial, followed by Lasers, with The Voice of the Lords finishing each round.


His Worship Naheed Nenshi Mayor of Calgary to Judge Finals of “Can You Hear Me Now?” – Calgary’s Inaugural High School Poetry SLAM

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has graciously and generously agreed to judge the final round of competition for Can You Hear Me Now? the inaugural Calgary city high schools poetry SLAM on May 10, 2014.

There will be more than fifty poets representing seven city high schools from both the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Separate School District, including Lord Beaverbrook, Bishop Grandin, Father Lacombe, and St. Anne in the first semi-final at 9 a.m.; and Centennial, Bowness, Robert Thirsk, and Father Lacombe high schools in the second semi-final at 12 p.m. The top two teams from each semi-final will compete in the finals, which start at 3 p.m. The SLAM is being held in the Lord Beaverbrook High School theatre (9019 Fairmount Drive SE).

The Mayor will be joined by a variety of local poets and entertainers, including:

  • SLAM Master extraordinaire Sheri-D Wilson (named one of CBC Arts Top Ten Poets in Canada in 2009 and all-around legendary poet),
  • Kris Demeanor (Calgary’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2014),
  • Adrienne Adams (creator and host of “Woolf’s Voices”),
  • Wakefield Brewster (local performance poet and actor),
  • Paul Finkleman (longtime Calgary performance poet),
  • Desiree Gravel (member of the 2014 Calgary SLAM team),
  • D. A. Jones (singer/songwriter and member of Nerds in Cool Clothing),
  • Christa Mayer (member of Prairie Fire, the 2013 Calgary SLAM team),
  • Adora Nwofor (from The Sunday Omony Show),
  • Kirk Ramdath (founder of both the Passion Pitch poetry series and Auburn Nights),
  • Juleta Severson-Baker (from Mount Royal University’s Speech Arts Faculty),
  • Esau Tamura (member of the Calgary SLAM team in 2010 and 2014),
  • Ryan Thelwell (Calgary Stampeders’ receiver from 2007 to 2011),
  • Emily Ursuliak (local writer and member of the Calgary Public Library teen services team),
  • Benjamin Valentine (popular Calgary comedian).

We’d like to express our deepest and most sincere gratitude to all of the people who have volunteered their time, expertise, and selves, to help make this an amazing opportunity for all the poets!

Follow us on Twitter @HearMeNowYYC or use #hearmenowyyc to join the conversation.


DJ Dar Set to Spin at CYHMN?

DJ Dar has generously volunteered to spin at CYHMN?!

This phenomenal local DJ has deep roots in the Calgary community (going all the way back to the early 80’s), and is set to display of his talents for us during the SLAM! on May 10.

DJ Dar is available to DJ any function (weddings, parties, dances – you name it), so if you’re looking for a DJ for an upcoming event, come check him out on May 10 at Lord Beaverbrook High School (9019 Fairmount Drive SE) as he spins between performances and rounds. You can also find more information about DJ Dar (including contact information) on his website: http://djdar.ca/home.html

We want to express our most sincere gratitude for his generosity at helping us out and helping to make Can You Hear Me Now? an even more amazing event! His impeccable taste in music and his unerring ability to tailor the tunes to the crowd and event are sure to make LBHS the place to be on May 10.

Don’t miss it!