Canada 150 "Eh Bee" Spelling Bee

Canada 150 "Eh Bee" Spelling Bee

letterpress typeSun November 19 | 2-3.30pm | Central

“Gimme an Eh! Gimme a Bee!” Join us for a one-of-a-kind spelling bee in which contestants from grades 5-6 test their ability to spell distinctly Canadian words.

Stay after for a short talk on the history of Canadian English by Canada’s Word Lady and our bee adjudicator, Katherine Barber, editor-in-chief, Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

No sign-up required to attend the spelling bee. First-come-first seated. Doors to Centennial Hall, 1st floor, open at 1.30pm.

Questions about the spelling bee? Please contact Armen at 905.639.3611 ext 1512.

'Bee'" a participant!

Entry deadline: Sun October 22, 2017

Thank you for your interest in the “Eh Bee” Spelling Bee at Burlington Public Library! Join us as we celebrate Canada’s contributions to the English language with this special spelling bee, based on words used only in Canada or with a distinctly Canadian meaning.

If you are a grade 5 or 6 student living in Burlington, and would like the chance to participate in the bee, please complete the online entry form below. If you need an entry form in an alternative format, please contact Lauren at 905.639.3611 ext 1121.

We will randomly draw 12 contestants from all the entry forms we receive. Draw takes place Mon October 23; selected contestants will be notified by phone on this date and provided with information on what to expect on the big day and how best to prepare.


1st prize = $50 gift certificate + 1 copy of Canadian Oxford Dictionary (hardcover)

2nd prize (if applicable) = $25 gift certificate + Canadian Oxford Dictionary (softcover)

3rd prize (if applicable) = $20 gift certificate + Little History of Canada

All runners-up receive a $20 gift certificate. Book prizes generously provided by Oxford University Press. Gift certificates from A Different Drummer Books.

Things to note

This is meant to be a friendly, low-pressure competition! The spelling bee gives participants a chance to learn about unique Canadian words, and show off what they’ve learned in front of a supportive crowd (about 100 people).

The spelling bee should last approximately an hour.

Contestants will be asked, one by one, to spell a Canadian word—either a word that is only used in Canada or a word that has a distinctly Canadian meaning. When it is their turn, participants may ask the judge for the definition of the word, as well as its part of speech, before attempting to spell it. The bee will be judged by Katherine Barber, the country’s foremost expert on Canadian English.

Eh Bee Contestant Entry Form

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