Tag Archives: Can You Hear Me Now? 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!


CYHMN? Better than a Spanish Inquisition! Especially at Teachers’ Conventions

Poets, teachers, coaches, malcontents, and persons of interest representing Can You Hear Me Now? have been asked to appear at all kinds of teachers’ conventions in the month of February. In a manner completely contrary to how no one ever expects a Spanish Inquisition*, you can expect us to be presenting information, strategies, writing exercises, ideas, experiences, and various other intellectual and poetic odds-and-ends at a teachers’ convention near you in the near future!

Thursday, February 12 – Calgary City Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Everyone

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to the Calgary High School Poetry Slam Scene (8:30 – 9:45, St. Mary’s High School Theatre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 2: Writing Workshop (10:30 – 11:45, St. Mary’s High School Theatre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 3: Performance Workshop (12:30 – 1:45, St. Mary’s High School Theatre)

Friday, February 20 – Palliser District Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Warren Lake, Tyler Perry, Richard Wagner

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to the Calgary High School Poetry Slam Scene (10:30 – 11:45, Glen 203 in the Telus Convention Centre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 2: Writing Workshop (12:00 – 1:15, Glen 203 in the Telus Convention Centre)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 3: Performance Workshop (1:30 – 2:45, Glen 203 in the Telus Convention Centre)

Friday, February 27 – Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Nancy Krar, Tyler Perry, Richard Wagner

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to Poetry Slam (9:00 – 12:00, Strathcona Room in the Westin Hotel)

Friday, February 27 – Southwest Alberta Teachers’ Convention

Presenters: Siobhan Feeney, John Williamson

  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 1: Welcome to the Calgary High School Poetry Slam Scene (10:30 – 12:00, B730)
  • Can You Hear Me Now? POETRY SLAM 2: Writing Workshop (12:30 – 2:00, B730)

We hope to see you there (and not at a Spanish Inquisition*)!

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