Monthly Archives: April 2015

Congratulations to St. Anne – 2015 Can You Hear Me Now? Provincial Poetry Slam Champions!

Congratulations to the students and coaches of St. Anne Academic Center in Calgary, for winning the 2nd annual Can You Hear Me Now? poetry slam!

St. Anne Academic Center Poetry Team - Provincial Poetry Slam Champions at Can You Hear Me Now? 2015

St. Anne Academic Center Poetry Team – Provincial Poetry Slam Champions at Can You Hear Me Now? 2015

In the finals they competed against Father Lacombe High School (Calgary), Bellerose Composite High School (St. Albert), Centennial High School (Calgary), and Lord Beaverbrook High School (Calgary) to emerge victorious. As provincial champions, St. Anne won a $250 prize donated by ATB Financial.

Congratulations, also, to the following students and teams who won $50 prizes donated by ATB Financial:

Poets’ Choice Award: Bethel Afework (Father Lacombe High School)

The Poets’ Choice Award winner was decided by poets who voted for the person they felt gave the best performances of the best poems during this year’s competition.

Best Solo Performance: Emma Williamson (St. Anne Academic Center)

The Best Solo Performance nominees were determined by looking at the solo performances that earned the highest scores from judges in each bout, and the winner was determined by coaches discussing and reaching consensus about the overall best performance.

Best Group Performance: Bishop Grandin High School

The Best Group Performance nominees were determined by looking at the group performances that earned the highest scores from judges in each bout, and the winner was determined by coaches discussing and reaching consensus about the overall best performance.

Spirit of the Slam Award: Chevy O’Dell (Lord Beaverbrook High School)

The Spirit of the Slam Award was voted on by coaches and awarded to the student who earned the most votes for demonstrating the best support for, encouragement of, and attitude towards fellow poets during the slam.

Design Award: Clarissa Noel (Lord Beaverbrook High School)

The Design Award was given to the best poster and logo design entered in the Design Competition.

Thank you to all the poets, teachers, coaches, spectators, judges, emcees, and volunteers who made this year’s Can You Hear Me Now? poetry slam the best yet!

We hope to see you all back again next year!


Final Teams Set!

Congratulations to Bellerose Composite, Centennial High School, Father Lacombe, Lord Beaverbrook, and St. Anne Academic Center for making it into the finals for the 2015 edition of Can You Hear Me Now?

Finals start at 3:30 pm.


Five Days Away!

In just five days, the 2nd Can You Hear Me Now? poetry slam will take place.

Bring a non-perishable food item (for the Calgary Food Bank) and watch some of the best performance poets in the province compete for $500 in prize money (generously donated by ATB Financial)!

Check out the slam schedule and support your school, your former school, or a rival school!

Preliminary 1

April 17, 2015
  • Bout 1 (@ Lord Beaverbrook) – 3 pm to 5 pm – Beaverbrook, Bishop Grandin, Discovering Choices
  • Bout 1 (@ Thirsk) – 3 pm to 5 pm – Robert Thirsk, Churchill, Noble Central, St. Mary’s
  • Bout 2 (@ Lord Beaverbrook) – 6 pm to 8 pm – St. Anne, Bellerose, Father Whelihan, Our Lady of Peace
  • Bout 2 (@ Thirsk) – 6 pm to 8 pm – Centennial, Morrin, Father Lacombe
Preliminary 2
April 18, 2015
  • Bout 1 (@ Lord Beaverbrook) – 9 am to 11 am – Beaverbrook, Noble Central, Father Whelihan
  • Bout 1 (@ Thirsk) – 9 am to 11 am – Robert Thirsk, Father Lacombe, Bellerose
  • Bout 2 (@ Lord Beaverbrook) – 12 pm to 2 pm – St. Anne, Discovering Choices, Morrin, St. Mary’s
  • Bout 2 (@ Thirsk) – 12 pm to 2 pm – Churchill, Centennial, Bishop Grandin, Our Lady of Peace
Finals
April 18, 2015
  • Finals (@ Beaverbrook) – 3 pm to 5 pm – Teams TBD (top 4 teams after 2 preliminary rounds)

Listen Up! Coaches’ Meeting – April 2

On Thursday, April 2, the Listen Up! coaches’ meetings will be held.

It’s mandatory that at least one coach from each team competing in Can You Hear Me Now? participate in at least one of the meetings.

The first meeting will be held at Lord Beaverbrook High School from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Please park in the lot on the East side of the school, just off of 90th Ave SE. Once you enter the school, follow the signs to find room 103 (the “Staff Dining Room,” where the meeting will be held).

The second meeting will be held  from 8 to 9 pm via Skype. Please email Richard Wagner (rgwagner@cbe.ab.ca) if you are planning to attend this meeting (if you haven’t already been in contact about this).

Essential information will be shared at these meetings about the schedule, rules, competition, shirts, scoring, and prizes.

See you there or then!