Words of Resilience: Inspiration through Adversity

A virtual poetry event


Thurs. June 24 at 7 PM


Virtual on Zoom

Sign up to perform by June 14

Perform or attend!


Sign up by June 14

Submit poems by June 14


June 24 at 7 pm

Event will be held live on Zoom

The Pandemic has impacted us all in different ways and many of us coped by seeking meaning and comfort through personal expression. After the great success of our virtual exhibition, Stories of Resilience, and in partnership with Canmore Poet Laureate Tim Murphy and local writer Britanny Burr, we are inviting our community of writers, both professional and amateur, to express what the Pandemic has meant to them in words. Join us for a free community celebration of resilience through the spoken word. An evening that promises to be fun, interactive, personal, and deeply meaningful.

Do you have poetry and songs of resilience you want to share with the community? Our call is open to anyone with connections to the Bow Valley. Sign up and perform!

Hello poets of Canmore and beyond.

We are officially making the call for poet signups and this call is open to anyone in Canmore or with connections to the Bow Valley. We are seeking poetry and songs of resilience, preferably written during the pandemic. We hope to showcase artists from different levels of experience and background: veteran and established poets, young and emerging performance artists, students and amateurs, Indigenous and new Canadians.

Here is a bit more information about performing:

  • The event is on the evening of Thursday, June 24
  • We're hosting it virtually, on Zoom
  • Each performer will be invited to read 1 or 2 poems for a total of four minutes 
  • We will host breakout rooms for cocktails and mingling at the beginning, intermission, and end
  • There will also be a chance for the audience to participate in a fun and unique way (if they want!)
  • We ask that performers submit their poems beforehand so we can curate the order into sections that we’re calling “chapters”
  • Everyone will have the chance to introduce themselves and their work quickly before reading 
  • Tickets to watch the event will be free, though donations are welcome. So tell all your friends and family! 

This is an excellent opportunity for us all to reconnect with our community and share in our love for words and togetherness.

Sign up here

Thank you!

Questions? Email us at [email protected]
Canmore’s Poet Laureate

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is a carpenter and the Poet Laureate of Canmore. He is a published author and spoken word artist, living in Canmore since 1992. His chapbook "Up Cape Fear" came out in 2019 and he is currently working on seven more chapbooks due to be published before 2035 or his death, whichever comes first.

Canmore writer and poet

Britanny Burr

Britanny Burr is a writer and editor based in Canmore, Alberta. She grew up in Canmore and lived in Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, and New York, before eventually moving back to the place that raised her. Britanny is a published poet with a passion for storytelling and community building.


Reserve one ticket per household and participate on your computer, laptop, tablet, etc. Ticket holders will be emailed an exclusive access link (blue button) to the Zoom event automatically upon registration.

On the date & time of your event, click the link to join Zoom. Participation is encouraged! Use the chat function to say hi to your community & friends, use the reactions to show appreciation for performers, and more!

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