Audio Archives

Canadian Poetry Audio Archives

Person Describing Archive

Annie Murray (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Library and Archives Canada

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

LAC's audio poetry archive features digitized poetry in English and French.


Update: Archive has since been moved to the Library and Archives of Canada portal on the federal website. Database can be explored within this portal in the link above.

Description of archive history or URL

overview of the archive is at:

Contact information

they have a generic comment form on the site

Searchable options

search by keyword, name of poet, english/french, poem title. limit to file type (image, text, sound recording), or "theme" (they are grouped as: Pre-Confederation Poets, Poets from 1867 to 1899, Early 20th-Century Poets, Poets Between the World Wars, Poets from 1940 to 1970, Contemporary Poets)

Relation from the audio to the text

transcripts from poems are provided, the audio plays in a pop up, so you can read and listen at the same time

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

no info about the audio item, but if you click on "source" you can see from which recording it originated. but you don't see the length of the recording indicated

Author bios and context within literary history

no. just recording and text.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

it streams in a media player, can't tell what kind of file it is

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)


Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

opens in media player that pops up

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

they only have a search option. however, you can narrow by theme, and that is a way to see how the poems are grouped. very poor browsability.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

none really. you can share the entire page on facebook, digg, delicious, etc, but you can't really interact in any other way

Other notes

web design looks very dated, not very user friendly site