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Upcoming Walrus Foundation Events

Western Arts & Humanities
presents

The Walrus Talks How to Animate a City

Bringing cities to life through art, culture, heritage, and design

D. B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455 Boul. de Maisonneuve O, Montreal
Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: $10
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Featuring:

  • Nathalie Bondil, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
  • Daily tous les jours, design studio
  • Terry Fallis, novelist
  • Gabrielle Fayant, Assembly of Seven Generations
  • Steve Galluccio, playwright and screenwriter
  • Steven High, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University
  • Nantali Indongo, Nomadic Massive
  • Seth, cartoonist
  • Will Straw, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

And more!

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Enterprise Edmonton
presents

The Walrus Talks Aboriginal City

Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas on Aboriginal life in Canadian cities—from culture, to business, to politics, and more

Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D, 9797 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $15
Students: $12
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Featuring:

  • Jessica Bolduc, The 4Rs Youth Movement
  • Douglas Cardinal, architect
  • Lewis Cardinal, Cardinal Strategic Communications
  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers, the City of Vancouver
  • Roberta Jamieson, Indspire
  • Wab Kinew, journalist, musician, and educator
  • Clayton Kootenay, MOU Team Lead, Treaty 6, 7, 8
  • Patti LaBoucane Benson, Native Counselling Services of Alberta
  • Ryan McMahon, comedian
  • Bob Rae, lawyer, mediator, and political leader

With opening remarks from Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Bernice Martial, Mayor Don Iveson, and Premier Jim Prentice. Reception following.

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TOL
presents

The Walrus Talks Being Human

What it means to be human in life, culture, art, and science

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. ET
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Featuring:

  • Zeynep Arsel, Concordia University
  • Mercedes Benegbi, Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada
  • Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Concordia University
  • Josée Drouin-Brisebois, National Gallery of Canada
  • Lawrence Hill, author
  • Garth Johnson, Meticulon
  • Mark Kingwell, philosopher
  • Marc Lafrance, Concordia University
  • Steve Mann, researcher and inventor

And more!

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TOL
presents

The Walrus Talks Play

Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas about all things play

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W, Toronto
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $20
Students: $15
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Featuring:

  • Ken Dryden, author, lawyer, goaltender
  • Lynn Hughes, Concordia University
  • Pico Iyer, author
  • Bruce Kidd, University of Toronto
  • Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto
  • Jason Edward Lewis, Concordia University
  • Marnie McBean, Olympic athlete
  • Dick Pound, former president, World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Mary Spencer, boxer

And more!

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Labatt
presents

The Walrus Talks Water

Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas about the impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society

Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St., Halifax
Monday, May 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
General Admission: $20
Students: $12
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Featuring:

  • Dave Courchene (Nii Gaani Aki Inini – Leading Earth Man), founder and leader, Turtle Lodge
  • Susanna Fuller, Ecology Action Centre
  • John Geiger, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Angela Giles, Council of Canadians
  • Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy
  • Stephen Leahy, International environmental journalist
  • Kevin McMahon, Documentary director and producer
  • Alanna Mitchell, Science journalist and author
  • John Smol, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change

And more!

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Labatt
presents

The Walrus Talks Water

Sixty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas about the impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society

The Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave., Victoria
Monday, September 21, 2015, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $20
Students: $12
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Featuring:

  • Adéle Hurley, The Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Stephen Leahy, international environmental journalist
  • Danika Littlechild, lawyer
  • Alanna Mitchell, science journalist and author
  • Judith Sayers, The University of Victoria
  • David Schindler, scientist
  • Rob Williams, Oceans Initiative

And more!

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The Walrus Foundation
Past Events

TD
presents

The Walrus Talks Arctic at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas about the issues and opportunities that make the North truly unique

Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd., Winnipeg
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $20
WAG Members & Students: $15
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Featuring:

  • “Circling the Midnight Sun,” by James Raffan, author, explorer, geographer
  • “Identity, Inspiration, and Anxiety” by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, historian, author, Fulbright Scholar
  • “Arctic Adaptations” by Lola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead
  • “Kinguvaatinnu” by Ruben Anton Komangapik, artist and sculptor
  • “The Right to be Cold” by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate
  • “It’s 27 Degrees and Sunny” by Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre
  • “Frozen Bridges” by Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner

And more!

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Western Arts & Humanities
presents

The Walrus Talks Creativity

Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas exploring creativity in all its forms

Western University, London, Ontario
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7 p.m.
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Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet
  • Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Emma Donoghue, author
  • Joel Faflak, director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Western University
  • Juggun Kazim, actor, model, television host
  • Elaine Lui, blogger and author of Listen to the Squawking Chicken
  • Brian Paschke, industrial design lead, BlackBerry
  • Saukrates, artist and musician
  • David Usher, singer-songwriter and author

And more!

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Concordia University
presents

The Walrus Talks Vice at High Performance Rodeo

How do we get our kicks? Why is it nice to be naughty? Can we have virtue without vice?

Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 p.m.
General admission: $25
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Join some of Canada’s brightest minds for a riveting romp through booze, sex, rock ’n’ roll, and more.

Featuring:

  • “A Boy Called Vice” by Dave Bidini, Bidiniband musician and author
  • “Business of Vice” by Rizwan Jiwan, AshleyMadison.com
  • “What’s the Use? ” by Jonathan Goldstein, host of the CBC’s WireTap
  • “Drink” by Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink
  • “On Women, Vice, and Vagrancy in Canada” by Viviane Namaste, Concordia University
  • “Naughty, Sexy, and Fun” by Jim Pfaus, Concordia University
  • “The Innards of Vice” by Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail
  • “Playing the Hand You’ve Been Dealt” by Shelley Youngblut, journalist

Reception to follow.

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RBC Foundation
presents

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

The state of philanthropy, how we’re doing it wrong, how it can change for the better, and what giving really means.

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W, Toronto
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7 p.m.
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Walrus TV Videos

Featuring:

  • “Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: A Mindset” by Michael Koerner, business leader and arts advocate
  • “Because of Billie” by Molly Johnson, singer-songwriter
  • “Putting the Profit in Non-Profit” by Terry O’Reilly, CBC Radio host and advertising expert
  • “The Culture of Giving” by Justin Poy, president and creative director of The Justin Poy Agency
  • “Solidarity” by Gordon Floyd, co-editor of The Philanthropist
  • “The Body Always Gives a Shit” by Sonnet L’Abbé, poet and critic
  • “Rethinking Foundations” by Bill Young, founder of Social Capital Partners
  • “Philanthropy as a Mindset” by Tom Jackson, actor, singer and activist

And more!

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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
presents

The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation

The art of the interview, the state of the public square, finding common ground, reconciliation, and more

Convocation Hall, Mount Allison University, 37 York St., Sackville, NB
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
General admission: $10
Students: free
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Featuring:

  • “That’s What the Girls Are Saying” by Sally Armstrong, journalist and author
  • “From the Inside Out” by Measha Brueggergosman, Canadian soprano
  • “Talking to the Dead” by Charlotte Gray, biographer and historian
  • “Mothers and Daughters” by Lisa Moore, author
  • “Youth and Science” by Natalie Panek, rocket scientist
  • “The Interview Tool” by Shelagh Rogers, broadcaster
  • “Community Connection” by Marlene Snowman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • “Slow Talk” by Aritha van Herk, historian and author

A reception will follow the talks.

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TD
presents

The Walrus Talks Resilience

How cities and communities build themselves to thrive through difficult times

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
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Walrus TV Videos

Featuring:

  • “When All is Lost,” Mustafa Ahmed, poet and student
  • “Enacting the Possibilities We Envison: Improvisation, Resilience, Hope,” Ajay Heble, University of Guelph
  • “Community Transformation with Internet of Everything,” Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada
  • “Schools: The Perfect Resilience Training Grounds,” Annie Kidder, People for Education
  • “Driving Resilience for Cities and Nature,” David Miller, WWF Canada
  • “Cultural Community,” Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada
  • “Creativity and the Art of Resilience,” Matthew Teitelbaum, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • “Organizational Resilience and Its Traps,” Frances Westley, SIG@Waterloo

And more!

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RBC Foundation
presents

Driving Resilience for Cities and Nature

From The RBC Foundation presents the Walrus Talks Resilience at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Recorded in Toronto on October 8, 2014.


RBC Foundation
presents

Community Transformations with Internet of Everything

From The Walrus Talks Resilience at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Recorded in Toronto on October 8, 2014.


Suncor
presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Our sustainable energy future, the challenges of energy production, and what lies ahead

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV Videos

Featuring:

  • “Natural Resources: The Power of Canada” by Perrin Beatty, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • “Biggest Bang, Cheapest Buck” by Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • Aboriginal Power: Restoring Relationships and Landscapes” by Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy
  • “Canada/US Policy: Are We in Sync?” by David Jacobson, former US ambassador to Canada
  • “Bringing Balance: More Cleantech for Canada” by Velma McColl, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy
  • “Trade-offs” by Ali Velshi, Al Jazeera America
  • “Defying the Energy Disconnect” by Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald

And more!

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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
presents

The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation

The art of the interview, the state of the public square, finding common ground, reconciliation, and more

The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Ave., St. John’s
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
General admission: $25
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Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet and student
  • Michael Crummey, poet and writer
  • Lisa Marie DiLiberto, co-founder, The Tale of a Town—Canada
  • Rick Hillier, soldier
  • John Nicholas Jeddore, student
  • Lisa Moore, author
  • Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
  • Seamus O’Regan, former host of Canada AM

A reception will follow the talks.

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RBC Foundation
presents

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

The state of philanthropy, how it can change for the better, and what giving really means

Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1 St. SW, Calgary
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $25
Students: $15
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Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet and student
  • Lorna Crowshoe, Blackfoot Women’s Society
  • Casey Eagle Speaker, Hull Services
  • Sheldon Kennedy, Athlete, Author, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
  • Craig Kielburger, Free the Children
  • Lucy Miller, United Way of Calgary and Area
  • Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
  • Samuel Weiss, University of Calgary Hotchkiss Brain Institute

And more!

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presents

The Walrus Talks Water

The impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto
7 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 28, 2014
General Admission: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV Videos

Featuring:

  • “Deep Water and Deep Leadership” by Joe MacInnis, physician, explorer, and author
  • “Beads of Destruction” by Sherri Mason, SUNY Fredonia
  • “Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable Water Is Possible” by Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
  • John L. Riley, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • “Lost Rivers” by Katarina Soukup, filmmaker
  • “The State of the World’s Water: The Twin Crises of Contamination and Supply” by Marq de Villiers, author
  • Rob Williams, Oceans Initiative
  • “Speaking the C-Word” by Chris Wood, journalist and author

Reception to follow.

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presents

The Walrus Talks Water

The impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society

Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd., Vancouver
7 p.m. (PT), Thursday, May 22, 2014
Adults: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV Videos

Featuring:

  • “Deep Water and Deep Leadership” by Joe MacInnis, physician, explorer, and author
  • “Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable Water Is Possible” by Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
  • “Lost Rivers” by Katarina Soukup, filmmaker
  • “The Bow River Watershed: Managing for Weather Extremes” by Kim Sturgess, Alberta WaterSMART
  • “Flood Survival Tips” by Chris Turner, journalist and author
  • “The State of the World’s Water: The Twin Crises of Contamination and Supply” by Marq de Villiers, author
  • “The Poetics of Water” by Fred Wah, poet
  • Rob Williams, Oceans Initiative
  • “Speaking the C-Word” by Chris Wood, journalist and author

Reception to follow.

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presents

The Walrus Talks Human Rights

Eighty minutes of leading thinkers on human rights in a local, national, and global context

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto
7 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Adults: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV Videos

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by The Walrus Foundation
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Discovery: The Lawful Conquest of Indigenous People Through Magic
by Harry Laforme
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Culture and Competing Rights
by Michael F. Charles

Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet
  • Ian Brown, Globe and Mail
  • Frank Chalk, Concordia University’s Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  • Michael F. Charles, Change DeZign Consulting
  • Wab Kinew, journalist, musician, and educator
  • Harry LaForme, Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Kyle Matthews, Concordia University’s Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  • Sukanya Pillay, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Reception to follow.

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Enbridge
presents

The Walrus Talks States of Mind at Blue Metropolis

Lively, thought-provoking ideas from celebrated writers and thinkers

McCord Museum, 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
2 p.m. (ET), Saturday, May 3, 2014
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Walrus TV Videos

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by The Walrus Foundation
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From the Inside Out
by Shelagh Rogers
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The Closing Down of Personhood
by Madeleine Thien

Featuring:

  • “History: Map or Trap? ” by George Elliott Clarke, poet and playwright
  • “The Suspension of Disbelief” by Lisa Moore, author
  • PTSS in Post-Communist Societies” by Josip Novakovich, author
  • “Regarding Unhappiness” by Alix Ohlin, novelist
  • “A Different Word for Everything” by Al Rae, comedian
  • “From the Inside Out: What I Would Say if I Had a Voice” by Shelagh Rogers, broadcaster
  • “The Closing Down of Personhood” by Madeleine Thien, novelist
  • “Longing” by Zoe Whittall, poet and novelist

Reception to follow.

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très_petit
presents

The Walrus Talks Climate

Eighty minutes of thought-provoking ideas about our changing climate. From leading thinkers, writers, and performers

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., Ottawa
7 p.m. (ET), Monday, April 28, 2014
Adults: $20
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Featuring:

  • “Pay Attention and Pay For It” by Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist
  • “The Two Degree Target” by Damon Matthews, Concordia University
  • “Environment, Energy and the Economy” by David McLaughlin, University of Waterloo
  • “Overcoming the Contradiction Between Idea and Action” by Liz Miller, Concordia University
  • “Getting Ahead of the Storm with Green Infrastructure” by Faisal Moola, David Suzuki Foundation
  • “Canadian Food after Climate Change” by Lenore Newman, University of the Fraser Valley
  • “The Frontline of Climate Change” by Aaju Peter, Lawyer and culturist
  • “Clean-tech Bulls Versus Climate Bears” by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • “Climate Change and Human Rights: A Few Caveats” by Peter Stoett, Concordia University

Reception to follow.

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Suncor
presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Our energy future, the challenges of sustainable energy production, and our collective environmental impact

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7 p.m.
Adults: $20
Students: $12
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The Walrus Talks speakers will speak to all aspects of the topic, including First Nations perspectives on the key to sustainable energy, energy consumption, the role technological innovations will play in our energy future, youth engagement, and more.

Featuring:

  • “The Political Landscape” by Gary Mason, Globe and Mail
  • “Clean-tech Bulls Versus Climate Bears” by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • “Show Me the Numbers” by William E. Rees, University of British Columbia
  • “Energy Caterpillars and Butterflies” by Jonathan Rhone, Axine Water Technologies
  • “First Nations: Key to Sustainable Energy” by Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers, National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair
  • “Beyond Harold Innis” by Shauna Sylvester, Carbon Talks
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Reception to follow.

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The Walrus Talks Tomorrow

Eight talks by leading thinkers on the big issues of tomorrow

Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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Featuring:

  • “Why Tomorrow Never Comes” by Joseph Boyden, Giller Prize–winning author
  • “The Future of Canada” by Diane Francis, bestselling author and journalist
  • “The Future of Brand” by Terry O’Reilly, CBC Radio host and advertising expert
  • “The Future of Not Being Afraid of the Future” by Shad, Juno Award–winning musician
  • “The Future of Your Hand” by Michael Sikorsky, mobile app developer
  • “The Future of Survival Through Nature” by Les Stroud, musician, filmmaker, author, and TV’s Survivorman
  • “Physics and our Future” by Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • “The Future of the Past” by Aritha van Herk, novelist, teacher, and editor

With Nii’danamska Brent Scout of the Blackfoot-Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe), providing an opening blessing.

Reception to follow.

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RBC Foundation
presents

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

The state of philanthropy, how we’re doing it wrong, how it can change for the better, and what giving really means

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W, Toronto
6:30 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, November 19, 2013
General admission: $20
Student: $15
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Featuring:

  • “Giving More than Money” by Mustafa Ahmed, poet
  • “HiveMind Gives: Grassroots Crowdfunding” by Margaret Atwood, author
  • “The Next Frontier of Corporate Philanthropy” by Tania Carnegie, KPMG
  • “The Growth of Global Philanthropy” by Tony Elischer, THINK Consulting Solutions
  • “What We Owe” by Mellissa Fung, CBC broadcaster
  • “Attracting Diversity” by Krishan Mehta, Ryerson University
  • “What Not to Give” by Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
  • “Anybody Can Afford to Give” by Robin Taub, Robin Taub Financial Consulting

With closing remarks from Chair, Business for the Arts, Jim Fleck, OC.

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TD
presents

The Walrus Talks Sustainability

Lively, thought-provoking ideas about building sustainable cities and our relationship to our environment

Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto
6:30 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, October 9, 2013
AGO members: $17
Public: $20
Students: $12
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Featuring:

  • “Climate Is Culture” by David Buckland, Cape Farewell
  • “High-Rise Living” by Katerina Cizek, documentary filmmaker
  • “Forests” by Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD
  • “New Public Partnerships for Public Parks” by Dave Harvey, Park People
  • “Food” by Andrew Heintzman, Investeco Capital
  • “Earth Literacy” by Dennis O’Hara, The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology
  • “Population” by Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
  • “Lost Rivers” by Katarina Soukup, filmmaker

Reception hosted by Ryerson University.

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Suncor
presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Our sustainable energy future, the challenges of energy production, ideas and inventions that will change the world, and where you fit in

Moyse Hall Theatre, McGill University, 845 Sherbrooke St. W, Montreal
6 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Adult: $15
Student: $10
OSQAR

Oil Sands Question and Response (OSQAR) is a blog created by Suncor Energy to support constructive dialogue about the oil sands. In our weekly posts, we talk about the energy industry, environmental impact, tailings management and reclamation, water management, and the social and economic implications of oil sands development.

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Featuring:

  • “The Energy Conundrum” by Peter Calamai, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
  • “Political Climate” by Sophie Cousineau, Globe and Mail
  • “Finding Efficiency” by Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • “Aboriginal Power” by Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy
  • “Visualizing Canadian Energy Systems” by David Layzell, University of Calgary
  • “Lighting the Way” by Zetian Mi, McGill University
  • “Pricing Energy” by Bryne Purchase, Queen’s University
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Reception to follow.

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CAPP
presents

The Walrus Talks the Art of Conversation

The art of the interview, the state of the public square, finding common ground, reconciliation, and more

Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave., Victoria
6:30 p.m. (PT), Monday, September 16, 2013
General admission: $26.25
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Interpretive graphic, drawn live during this event, by getthepicture.ca. Follow this link to download a high-resolution version of the artwork.

Featuring:

  • “Empathy and the Polluted Public Square” by Jim Hoggan, Hoggan & Associates president
  • “Faith and Science” by Michael Ingham, retired Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster
  • “It’s Not You, It’s Them: Rules for Arguing in Polite and Impolite Company” by Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada executive director
  • “The Interview Tool” by Shelagh Rogers, CBC broadcaster
  • “From Debate to Dialogue” by Shauna Sylvester, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue fellow
  • “Building a Movement” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy founder
  • “Creating Dialogue” by Robert Wiersema, bestselling author

Reception to follow.

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Beakerhead
presents

The Walrus Talks Experimentation

Join us at Calgary’s first city-wide spectacle of arts and engineering

Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1 St. SW, Calgary
3 p.m. (MT), Saturday, September 14, 2013
General admission seating: $25
What Is Beakerhead

Beakerhead is an annual, citywide, interactive movement that explodes with creativity. It brings together the arts and engineering sectors from across the city, province, country, and world to build, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, spectacle, and entertainment during an annual week-long international happening each fall.

From outdoor artworks and late-night laboratories, to community contests and celebrations, interactive digital events to event premieres, Beakerhead creates a crucible of human ingenuity, mixing energetic community involvement with international talent. The first Beakerhead will take place in Calgary, Alberta on September 11–15, 2013.

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The Walrus Talks Experimentation will focus on creativity, education, art, and science. It will explore that moment when, through experimentation, we step from the known into the unknown. Featuring:

  • “Xenotext” by Christian Bök, poet
  • “Improvisation” by Steve Kirby, jazz musician
  • “Music and Creativity: Constraints and Innovation” by Daniel Levitin, author and neuroscientist
  • “The Next Generation of (Space) Explorers” by Natalie Panek, rocket scientist
  • “Colloboration” by Jeffrey Remedios, Arts & Crafts president
  • “Leaps in Learning and Discovery” by Indira Samarasekera, University of Alberta president

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National Gallery of Canada
presents

The Walrus National Gallery Debate

“Does Canadian culture still need protecting? ” A debate about culture, patriotism, and Canada’s place in the world

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa
7 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Featuring:

  • Governor General’s Literary Award–winner Charles Foran
  • Trudeau Doctoral Scholar Sara Angel
  • Author and critic Randy Boyagoda
  • Host of CBC Radio’s The Signal, Laurie Brown

Peter Simpson, arts editor and writer for the Ottawa Citizen, will moderate this lively debate, and will be joined by provocateurs including National Gallery of Canada director and CEO, Marc Mayer, and online rabble-rousers via the Walrus Soapbox.

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McGill Logo
presents

The Walrus Talks Building Bridges at Blue Metropolis

The connections between writers and readers, people and places, communities and languages, the past and the present, and more

McCord Museum of Canadian History, 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
2 p.m. (ET), Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Featuring:

  • “I, Bridge” by Cameron Charlebois, Canada Lands Company
  • “Crossing Borders” by Rachel Giese, The Walrus
  • “Truth and Fiction” by Jonathan Goldstein, CBC Radio
  • “When Bananas Write” by Vincent Lam, Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author
  • “Audience and Spectacle” by Pasha Malla, Trillium Book Award–winning author
  • “Across Public, Private, and Plural” by Henry Mintzberg, McGill University
  • “Family” by Saleema Nawaz, Journey Prize–winning author
  • “Secrets” by Alison Pick, award-winning poet and author
  • “French and English” by Will Straw, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Reception hosted by Canada Lands Company.

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Suncor
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The Walrus Talks Energy

Our sustainable energy future, the challenges of energy production, our collective impact, and what lies ahead

MaRS Discovery District Auditorium, 101 College St., Toronto
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 p.m.
OSQAROil Sands Question and Response (osqar) is a blog created by Suncor Energy to support constructive dialogue about the oil sands. In our weekly posts, we talk about the energy industry, environmental impact, tailings management and reclamation, water management, and the social and economic implications of oil sands development. osqar.suncor.com
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Featuring:

  • “Visualizing Energy” by David Layzell, University of Calgary
  • “Seven Things We Don’t Need to Do About Energy” by Andrew Coyne, Postmedia
  • “Building Community” by Ken Coates, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • “The Sustainable Idea” by Marianne McKenna, KPMB Architects
  • “Getting Closer to the Sun” by Andrew Heintzman, Investeco Capital
  • “Seven Ideas that Will Change Everything” by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • “Financing Innovation” by Vicky Sharpe, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Reception to follow.

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Art Gallery of Ontario
presents

The Walrus Talks: The Art of the City

Thought-provoking ideas about history, architecture, neighbourhoods, languages, inclusion, and more

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
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Featuring:

  • “The Art of History” by Shawn Micallef
  • “The Art of Architecture” by Don Schmitt
  • “The Art of Neighbourhoods” by Jennifer Keesmaat
  • “The Art of Languages” by Dionne Brand
  • “The Art of Performance” by Deepa Mehta
  • “The Art of Inclusion” by Matt Galloway
  • “The Art of Gastronomy” by Jamie Kennedy
  • “The Art of Ecology” by Roberta Bondar
  • “The Art of Learning” by Kamal Al-Solaylee

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National Gallery of Canada
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The Walrus National Gallery Debate

“Art in Daily Life: Essential or Irrelevant? “ Who decides? Who pays? Who cares?

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa
7 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer and art critic Sarah Milroy face off against Winnipeg Art Gallery executive director Stephen Borys and the Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor at The Walrus National Gallery Debate. Watch a live stream of the event, and join the discussion at The Walrus Soapbox. The top-voted, most-discussed propositions there will migrate from the screen to the stage, to be raised by our moderator, CBC Radio host Carol Off, for our debaters’ consideration. Suggest, share, vote, comment: your voice counts.

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TD
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The Walrus Toronto Project Debate at the AGO

“Be it resolved that Toronto will never be beautiful”

Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto
7 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, October 12, 2011
AGO Members: $20.50
Public: $22.50
Students: $17
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Featuring:

  • Jack Diamond and John Barber vs. Nick Mount and Stephen Marche
  • Moderated by Amanda Lang
  • Provocations by Denise Balkissoon, Yvonne Bambrick, Matt Galloway, and Albert Schultz

A reception will follow the debate.

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TD
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The Walrus McGill Debate at the Segal Centre

If you build it, will they come? What does it take to create a cultural metropolis?

Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal
6 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, March 30, 2011
General: $15
Student: $10
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Simon Brault, author of No Culture, No Future, vice-chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, CEO of the National Theatre School, and president of Culture Montréal, matches wits with McGill album Witold Rybczynski, author of Makeshift Metropolis, University of Pennsylvania professor, and Slate architecture critic, on the topic of city building and the future of culture in Montreal.

Moderated by La Presse columnist and Radio-Canada broadcaster Nathalie Petrowski.

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National Gallery of Canada
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The Walrus National Gallery Debate

Sold out? The legacy of pop art: is it avant-garde or is it kitsch?

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa
7 p.m. (ET), Thursday, June 17, 2010
General: $10
Students: $8
Members: $7
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Join us as Blake Gopnik, chief art critic for the Washington Post, and Robert Enright, University of Guelph professor and senior contributing editor at Border Crossings, take to the stage with our moderator, Carol Off, host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens, for a blockbuster debate on contemporary art alongside the exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World.

Simultaneous translation provided. Visit gallery.ca/poplife for exhibition details.

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