CBC Slam Poetry Face-Off

This year, the theme is “play.”

Recorded by CBC Radio One for later broadcast on CBC Radio’s “Cinq à Six.” Producer: Meredith Dellandrea.

For the fourth year, CBC Radio One celebrates our country’s poetic imagination by approaching it from a sports perspective. Poets will come together in cities all across Canada to perform in a live-before-an-audience poetry cabaret. In each of 14 cities, five poets will be commissioned to write and perform their work on a common theme. This year, the theme is “play.” The audience at each event will choose a winner and the winning entry will go on to the national play-offs. These will take place on CBC Radio’s Sounds Like Canada in April. The national listening audience will then be able to vote on their favourite, and a national champion will emerge.

Harry Standjofsky will host the Montreal event during the Festival Voix d’Amériques. The competing poets will be Katherine Blenkinsop, Endre Farkas, Lateef Martin, Carmine Starnino, and Ruth Taylor. Recorded by CBC Radio One for later broadcast on Cinq à Six. Produced by Meredith Dellandrea.