Creative Canadian spirit sought for contest

A large amount of interest in spoken word and poetry performances sparked a competition to be held next month.

The Well on Fort Street will become the stage for the Spirit of Canada Poetry, Spoken Word and Singer-Songwriter’s Contest.

“Victoria’s got so much talent,” said Karen Bang, communications co-ordinator for the Well, which hosts open mic music nights Tuesdays and poetry Wednesdays.

“Since we’ve opened up here, there’s been a need for poets, spoken-word artists, singers and songwriters to have a forum to express themselves.

“We thought it would be nice to have somewhere they can be in an atmosphere to display themselves, show themselves. We have more untapped talent here than anywhere else.”

The competition runs June 8 to 29.

Because it leads up to Canada Day, judges are looking for Canada-based subject matter. All material must be original.

The entry deadline is Tuesday, May 31 and the entry fee is $10. Prizes will be awarded to the top three artists.

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