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French Canadian Slam Poet speaks to the true Canada: A nation of endless firsts

Vancouver, B.C. Feb. 26, 2010 – The essence of Canada will come alive in the words of French Canadian slam poet Ivan Bielinski (IVY). His uplifting and inspiring performance will captivate your imagination with a vivid portrait of a vibrant nation with many first-time experiences yet to discover.

CTC is delighted that IVY is in Vancouver to perform his hit poem “Je veux parler de la première fois” commissioned by the CTC in 2007. For more information about Ivy Bielinski and the original full length version of his poem please visit the links below.

Media and public are invited to his performances:

Date:             Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time:             6:30 PM, 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Place:            La Maison du Québec

Date:              Sunday, February 28, 2010
Time:              5:15 PM
Place:            Air Canada Stage at la Place de la Francophonie.


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Read the original, full length version of “Je veux parler de la première fois
To listen to the poem:
IVY’s website:

For more information, please contact:
Jitka Licenik
Corporate Communications Advisor
Canadian Tourism Commission
licenik [dot] jitka [at] ctc-cct [dot] ca
Tel: 604 638-2484
Fax: 604 638-8438