This Weekend: Find Poetry Across Canada at The Word On The Street

In 2013, The Word On The Street is delighted to announce that it is partnering with The League of Canadian Poets to celebrate Canadian poetry nationwide during festival weekend. This national project will take place in each of The Word On The Street’s five festival cities: Toronto, Kitchener, Halifax, Saskatoon and Lethbridge.

Of the initiative, National Festival Director Nicola Dufficy says, “We are excited to announce a new partnership between The Word On The Street and The League of Canadian Poets. Together, our organizations seek to shine a spotlight on the incredibly talented established and emerging poets that Canada has to offer.  Across the nation on festival weekend audiences will discover a poetry program that reflects the distinct local flavour of each of the festival cities and its community.”

 In Toronto,

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Pattison Outdoor and the League of Canadian Poets Launch Poetry in Transit in Buses across Canada

Via the League of Canadian Poets

Pattison Outdoor Advertising, in collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets launches a year-long program, Poetry in Transit on July 1, 2013, introducing poems by 15 award-winning and internationally renowned Canadian writers in 13 cities across the country.

Celebrating the work of Canadian poets and offering an engaging diversion for millions of commuters, Pattison Outdoor’s new initiative Poetry in Transit revitalises and expands on the popular public transit poetry programmes that ran in various Canadian cities starting in1996, increasing the readership for emerging and established poets. Toronto’s version, entitled ‘Poetry on the Way’ ran from 1998 to 2011.

Pattison Outdoor is placing one poem per bus in the overhead spaces between ads, creating moving venues for verse and providing commuters the opportunity to encounter some of the best poetry Canada has to offer. This broad-reaching literary initiative will be on all buses in Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Durham, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat throughout the coming year.

“Pattison Outdoor is pleased to partner with the League of Canadian Poets to present Poetry in Transit across Canada. I hope sharing these verses by great Canadian poets will engage readers and serve as an inspiration to commuters,” said Randy Otto, President of Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

“We at the League of Canadian Poets are delighted to be involved in the Poetry in Transit project. It is part of our vision to see poetry displayed in places where it may find a new audience. What better place than the buses that so many of us use every day? We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and Pattison Outdoor for being our partners in this wonderful endeavour,” said M. E. Csamer, President, League of Canadian Poets.

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Announcing the Gerald Lampert & Pat Lowther Awards Shortlists

Via League of Canadian Poets

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the shortlist for its 2012 Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards. Congratulations to the authors for their fine work and many thanks to the jurors for their hard work on this year’s awards.

Winners of these awards will be announced during a special ceremony at the annual LCP Poetry Fest and Conference to be held at the Park Town Hotel in downtown Saskatoon (924 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK) on June 16, 2012.

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