A great day here in Vancouver… where the forecasted rain held off and while the sun was not shining, it was all in all a pretty decent weather day.
This morning we had the English Qualifiers. Sadly ESA’s Katie Beale is not moving on to the Grand Finale tomorrow night, but Katie excelled at her job here in Vancouver. Her recitations were top notch, presented with grace and poise.
The competition was stiff and it was anybody’s guess as to who would move on. Everyone here in Vancouver is a winner. 24 students from across the country… chosen from over 500 hopefuls. Phenomenal.
This afternoon everyone took a break from the pressure of the event, and explored ‘Poetic Vancouver’ on the Great Recitation Race. Lots of zany tasks, improv poetry, writing haikus, and more saw the teams of teachers and students criss-crossing everywhere from the CBD, to the Chinatown Gate, to the Vancouver Art Gallery, to Granville Island – via the AquaBus – with a final stop at the Vancouver Public Library. If we weren’t all ready for a nap earlier – thank you jet lag! – we certainly are now.
- Watch this morning’s English Qualifiers here at the Poetry in Voice website.
- Check out some of what we’ve been doing at the ESA Library Tumblr feed – which pushes to the ESA Library Twitter feed.
- Or check out either of these hashtags: #recite2017 and/or #2017poetryinvoice.
Reminder that you can still tune in to more exciting happenings from Vancouver tomorrow:
- French & Bilingual Finals
Thursday, April 20
12:30pm – 3:00pm EDT
- Panel discussion: Resisting, Surviving, and Embracing: Nationhood and
Identity on #Canada150
Thursday, April 20
4:00pm – 5:30pm EDT
Then be sure to tune in on Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time
- Whether you’re in Hay River or Antigonish, Grosse Île or Moose Jaw, join us at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre via our livestream as we celebrate the power of poetry, name our 2017 National Champions, and award over $25,000 in prizes.