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December 1 – Poetry Slam Starts!

After the amazing debut of monthly Can You Hear Me Now? events with an open mic at Loft 112 on November 3, we’re following it up with a monthly poetry slam.

On November 3 we had a full house, thanks mostly to a large contingent from Morrin who rolled in with 3 vehicles worth of students! Kim Firmston and her Reality is Optional writers group also contributed a large contingent of performers for the evening while Tyler Perry MC’d for us. Our feature poet, Inongé Chimwaso, blessed us all with a number of powerful and beautiful poems about love and about her family.

This month, we’re starting a monthly poetry slam that will be in addition to the monthly open mic. Poets should have 3 poems prepared, with each one taking no longer than 3 minutes to perform. Props, musical accompaniment, and animal acts are all prohibited from the slam. Poets should also remember that this is an all-ages event, so poets of any age, from 2 to 102 are welcome to perform.

Any poets who would like to slam or participate in the open mic can sign up at the door. If you’d like to put your judgmental nature to good use, please let us know at the door if you’d be willing to judge the slam.

See you at Loft 112 (#112 – 535 8 Ave SE) on December 1st at 6:30 pm! Open mic starts at 6:45 pm with the slam to follow immediately after.


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? Open Mic at Father Lacombe High School – December 4 at 6:30 pm

Tonight, Can You Hear Me Now? is hosting an open mic for any school-aged poets in the Calgary area at Father Lacombe High School (3615 Radcliffe Drive NE).

It kicks off at 6:30 pm and runs until around 9 pm, or until we run out of poets.

If you’d like to perform, email Nancy Krar (nancy.krar@cssd.ab.ca) and let her know, or sign up at the door when you arrive.

Students need to bring photo ID with them.

Come out for a night of some of the best poetry you’ll hear this year!