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Mayor's Poetry Contest Celebration: You are INVITED!


You’re invited!  Join us for a celebration of the Mayor’s Canada 150 Poetry Contest on Monday, May 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Main branch.

The Ottawa Public Library, in partnership with all four Ottawa school boards and Ottawa 2017, invited students to participate in the Mayor’s city wide poetry contest in celebration of Canada’s 150th  birthday. Young poets were asked to capture in words, a Canadian moment or image.

Each school board produced a tree sculpture from which the winning poems will be hung on paper maple leaves. The PoeTree sculptures will be on display at the Beaverbrook, Alta Vista, North Gloucester and Main branches until May 20th and then at the Inspiration Village in the Byward market from May 20th  to September 4th .

On Monday, May 1st at 6:30 pm at the Main branch, join us and the Mayor for a culminating celebration of this poetry contest, with a bilingual all ages evening of poetry with Mehdi Cayenne, Urban Legends Poetry Collective’s Youth Speak and students from all four Ottawa school boards.

Mehdi  is a songwriter, musician, poet and actor who has been performing across Canada since 2007. He will perform selections of his spoken word poetry in both English and French and he will be our MC for the evening.

After the ceremony, the Urban Legends Poetry Collective’s Youth Speak Mentorship members (the youth and their facilitators) have been busy preparing a spoken word showcase with the theme of Letters to Myself (in English). 

We hope to see you there!