Saint-Laurent February 2nd 2016– Vanier College is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first Slam Poetry Competition on April 7th 2016. The event, entitled Speak Up Vanier will be held in the Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. and is open to all Vanier students.

“About two years ago I created a spoken word/slam poetry competition entitled Speak Up Montreal where individuals could feel free to express themselves. I feel as if, in this technological era people fear expressing themselves because if they do, someone might judge or attack them. In other words, nowadays it’s just harder for us to express ourselves. Nonetheless, I created the competition just for that, so people can embrace themselves for who they are and not who they should be. I want people to know that they are not alone in this world, we are here with you and we will make a difference together,” said Vanier student Nayem Alam, who is organizing the event.

A poetry slam or spoken word competition involves participants performing original work alone or in teams of up to 5 people before an audience and judges. The work is judged on the manner and enthusiasm of its performance as well as its content or style. Musical instruments are also allowed to be used and participants have between 2 and 5 minutes to perform.  Participants can choose the subject matter but anyone promoting violence, racial discrimination and/or the use of profanity will immediately be disqualified from the competition.

The Speak Up Vanier competition is being organized in collaboration with the Vanier College Students Association. The first prize winner will receive an IPAD Mini while plaques and different prizes will be given to other winners. The judges will include Anne Beamish from the English Montreal School Board and slam poetry artist Jason Selman.

The deadline for confirming your participation in the event is Friday March 11th 2016 at midnight. Any Vanier student that wishes to enter the competition must send their name, student I.D. number along with a brief two sentence description of the topic they will address to the following e-mail address:

For more information you can also e-mail Nayem at:

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Marguerite Corriveau

Vanier College Communications

(514) 744-7500 ext. 7596.

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