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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:

  • Dave Bidini, Bidiniband musician and author
  • Noel Biderman, AshleyMadison.com
  • Jonathan Goldstein, host of the CBC’s WireTap
  • Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink
  • Viviane Namaste, Concordia University
  • Jim Pfaus, Concordia University
  • Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail
  • Shelley Youngblut, journalist

Reception to follow.

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Dave Bidini, author and musician, is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, a Genie, a Juno, and the CBC’s Canada Reads competition. His twelve books include On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, Home and Away, Writing Gordon Lightfoot (nominated for the Toronto Book Award), Baseballissimo (which Jay Baruchel is currently developing for the screen), and, most recently, Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs. He has made two Gemini-nominated documentaries; his play, The Five Hole Stories, toured the country in 2008; he writes a weekly column for the National Post; and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for “Travels in Narnia.” Dave is a founding member of the indie-rock group Rheostatics, and his Bidiniband recently put out their third, critically acclaimed record, The Motherland.

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Noel Biderman, founder and CEO of AshleyMadison.com, is known by the international press as the most hated man on the Internet, the king of infidelity, and the best-selling author of Adultropology: The Cyber-Anthropology behind Infidelity. Under Noel’s leadership, AshleyMadison.com became the world’s fastest-growing dating website for married people, with more than 28 million members in forty-two countries. As the face of AshleyMadison.com, Noel has appeared on CBC, CNN, Nightline, Good Morning America, The View, 20/20, and The Tyra Banks Show; he has been featured in Time, USA Today, and Bloomberg Businessweek; and he has spoken at TEDx, Yale University, Capital on Stage, Big Think, and, most recently, the Oxford Union, the world-famous debating society at Oxford University. Noel holds a degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

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Jonathan Goldstein is an American Canadian author who has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Walrus, The Believer, and This American Life. He writes a weekly humour column for the National Post, and he hosts and produces CBC Radio’s WireTap, now in its eleventh season. His most recent book is the memoir I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow.

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Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol, chosen as one of the Washington Post’s top ten books of 2013. She is also an award-winning journalist; co-founder of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women, and Alcohol; a director of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada; a former vice-principal of McGill University; and the current CEO of Pine River Foundation, which supports Pine River Institute, a facility for teens with addictive behaviours. Ann lives in Toronto.

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Viviane Namaste is a professor at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, where she also holds a research chair in HIV/AIDS and sexual health. She is co-author of HIV Prevention and Bisexual Realities, a study on why Canada ignored bisexual people when formulating its HIV/AIDS policy. She is currently researching the history of HIV/AIDS in Montreal’s Haitian community in the 1980s, thanks to funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is also studying urban-development processes in Montreal and recent attempts by local politicians and developers to eradicate vice from the downtown core.

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Jim Pfaus, an expert in the neurobiology of sexual behaviour, researcher at the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, and a professor at Concordia University’s psychiatry department, has authored over 170 publications and book chapters examining how brain systems process sexual arousal, desire, pleasure, and inhibition. His laboratory also worked on preclinical development for drugs to treat sexual-arousal and desire disorders. He has been interviewed for Time, Newsweek, CBC, BBC, and ABC’s Nightline; his work was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Sex Files; and he has appeared in several documentaries, including the joint HBO-BBC project Middlesex. He is an associate editor of The Journal of Sexual Medicine and a section editor for Current Sexual Health Reports; he serves on the standards committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine; and he is a past board member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and behavioural neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, and he completed his post-doctoral studies at New York’s Rockefeller University.

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Elizabeth Renzetti is a national columnist with the Globe and Mail, where she was previously the arts and books editor and a correspondent in the London and Los Angeles bureaus. In June 2014, House of Anansi Press published Elizabeth’s bestselling first novel, Based on a True Story, which is forthcoming in Australia and the UK. Elizabeth lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

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Shelley Youngblut has created magazines for ESPN, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Nickelodeon. She was the western editor of the Globe and Mail; a pop-culture columnist for CTV’s Canada AM and ABC’s World News; and the founding editor of the award-winning Calgary magazine Swerve and the alternative-music publication Vox. Shelley has written for Entertainment Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Salon; she frequently offers unconventional insights on CBC Radio’s The Eyeopener; and, in 2009, she was given the Lifetime Achievement prize at the Western Magazine Awards. The mother of identical twins, she is writing a memoir about daddy issues and a gambling problem (his and potentially hers).


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 Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Western University
  • Juggan 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

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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: $15
Seniors & Students: $12
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Featuring:

  • Ruben Komangapik, artist and sculptor
  • Whitney Lackenbauer, historian, author, Fulbright Scholar
  • Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art and Learning Centre
  • James Raffan, author, explorer, geographer
  • Lola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead
  • Duane Smith, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights activist
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RBC Foundation
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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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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!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
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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

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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TD
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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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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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Suncor
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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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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
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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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This event is sold out, but join us thewalrus.ca/live for a live-stream of the whole talk on Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm NT.

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

Doors open at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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RBC Foundation
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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!

With a welcome by Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
presents

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
presents

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
presents

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
presents

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
presents

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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