Vanier College is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the first Intercollegiate Slam Poetry Competition on April 27th 2017. The event will feature participants from all five Anglophone cegeps, Marianopolis, Dawson, John Abbott, Champlain and Vanier.

Each cegep will hold their own preliminary spoken word/slam poetry competition with the top three competitors from each college moving on to the finals, which will be held at Vanier College on April 27th 2017.

Vanier’s preliminary competition entitled Speak Up Vanier 2017 will be held in the Auditorium on March 30th starting at 7 p.m. and is open to all Vanier students.

“I’m really glad to see how interest in spoken word/slam poetry competitions is growing. Last year Vanier organized the first one and this year all the Anglophone cegeps are getting involved so it’s very encouraging,” said Vanier graduate Nayem Alam, who is helping to organize 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.

“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 it’s just harder for us to express ourselves. Nonetheless, I created the competition 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,” says Nayem Alam.

The deadline for confirming your participation in the Speak Up Vanier 2017 event is Friday March 24th 2017 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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