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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
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Mustafa Ahmed started writing at the age of ten as a means of expressing himself and reflecting on society. His poetry touches on the subjects of poverty, drugs, violence, and immigration. Living in Regent Park, Canada’s first inner-city housing project, Mustafa was exposed to the experiences and lifestyles he writes about. Mustafa has performed in association with the Children’s Aid Society, the Toronto District School Board, Hot Docs, and TEDxToronto. You can now purchase his debut EP, either as a CD or digital download, at mustafathepoet.com.

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Cameron Bailey has been the artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2008, and he is responsible for envisioning and carrying out the film-selection process. He worked as a film programmer and critic for twenty years before taking on his current role and began programming for the festival in 1990. Cameron has curated film series for local and international organizations including the National Gallery of Canada, TIFF Cinematheque, and Australia’s Sydney Film Festival.

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Emma Donoghue is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian, and novelist. Her 2010 internationally bestselling novel, Room, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Irish Book Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Emma recently adapted Room for a film, to be released in 2015. Her most recent work is the 2014 novel Frog Music.

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Joel Faflak is director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities and a professor at the University of Western Ontario. He studies British literature and thought from 1750 to 1850, focusing on Romantic literature, philosophy, and culture as it emerged from the Enlightenment and got transformed (or not) in the Victorian period. He is currently working on several projects, including Romantic Psychiatry and the Trauma of Sensibility, 1789-1862, Romanticism and the Psychopathology of Happiness, 1750-1850, and Get Happy! The Political Technology of Film Musical Utopianism.

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Juggun Kazim is a Pakistani actor, model, and television host, who has performed in many commercially successful productions, including Man-o-Salwa, Vasl, and Kaagaz Ki Nao, as well as music videos for artists like Shehzad Roy, Jal, and the Mekaal Hasan Band. Juggun also hosted several Pakistani talk shows, including VIPs Only for Aag TV, Honestly Speaking with Juggun Kazim for PTV, and Yeh Subh Tumhari Hai for Express News. She is currently hosting her own show, Morning with Juggun, on PTV She regularly contributes to the op-ed section of Pakistan’s leading English-language broadsheet, the Express Tribune.

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Elaine Lui is a Canadian television personality, reporter, blogger, and author. She runs the celebrity-gossip website laineygossip.com, reports for CTV’s etalk, co-hosts CTV’s daily talk series The Social, and wrote the mother-daughter memoir Listen to the Squawking Chicken. Since joining etalk in 2006, Elaine has covered the Oscars, the Super Bowl, the Juno Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Much Music Video Awards.

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Brian Paschke is a senior industrial designer at BlackBerry, where he focuses on creative direction and new product ideas. He won three prestigious Red Dot awards, along with the emerging artist distinction at the 2005 Vancouver Arts Awards, the silver medal at the 2013 International Design Excellence Awards, and the 2014 iF Design Award. He has been featured in design publications, including Domus and Gestalten. His experience designing a range of products, from zipper pulls to exhibits, allows him to comfortably move between the micro and the macro.

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Saukrates is a rapper, producer, and pioneer on the Canadian hip hop scene. He has received multiple Juno nominations and has collaborated with Drake, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Common, Redman, and Xzibit. As a rapper, singer, or producer, he contributed to almost every major-label Canadian hip hop record over the past twenty years. His fourth release, Amani, a four-track EP, marks the beginning of an introspective, experimental phase is his career.

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David Usher is a musician, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker who has sold more than 1.4 million albums and toured the world. When not making music, David uses technology to build new and unique businesses. His company, CloudID Creativity Labs, engages in a range of activities, from building web platforms to creative consulting for companies like Cirque du Soleil and Deloitte. David is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty, and he sits on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas.


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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 & Students: $15
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Featuring:

  • Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
  • Ruben Komangapik, artist and sculptor
  • Whitney Lackenbauer, historian, author, Fulbright Scholar
  • Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre
  • James Raffan, author, explorer, geographer
  • Lola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead
  • Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate
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Erin Freeland Ballantyne was born and raised in Sǫmba K’è / Yellowknife on Akaitcho territory and was the first Rhodes Scholar from the Canadian North. She understands climate change as a force of violence linked to petrocapitalism and colonization, and her research highlights the importance of Indigenous governance in steering us toward a sustainable future. Erin is a hunter, berry picker, and participatory video researcher, and she is committed to land-based education as a means of creating a healthy, inclusive culture. A political ecologist and proud mother of three, Erin holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University and currently teaches at Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

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Ruben Anton Komangapik is an Inuit jeweller, sculptor, carver, metalworker, performing artist, and musician. Growing up in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut, Ruben absorbed traditional Inuit culture, language, and art from his grandparents and parents. Ruben helped decorate the new Nunavut Legislative Assembly building in 1999, and his sculptures and carvings belong to permanent collections across Europe and Canada, including that of the National Gallery in Ottawa. In 2010, he received creation grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts to create a life-size seal hunter for the entrance of Forillon National Park. And in 2013 and 2014, he received a Canada Council grant to produce a series of sculptures based on Inuit legends, using both traditional materials and digital technology. Ruben currently lives with his family in the Gaspésie, Quebec.

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P. Whitney Lackenbauer is chair of the history department at St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is also co-director of the Emerging Arctic Security Environment project through ArcticNet and a fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, the Arctic Institute of North America, and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies. Whitney has travelled extensively in the Canadian Arctic and broader circumpolar world and has consulted for various government departments and organizations. His current research focuses on Arctic sovereignty and security policies, Aboriginal-state relations, and contemporary circumpolar affairs. He recently authored The Canadian Rangers: A Living History.

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Michael Maltzan is the founder of Los Angeles–based Michael Maltzan Architecture, an architectural, urban, and landscape design practice. Michael is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and he teaches and lectures internationally. He holds a master of architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and both a bachelor of fine arts and a bachelor of architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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James Raffan, the former head of the Outdoor and Experiential Education unit at Queen’s University, currently works as a writer and scholar from his home in the Township of Rideau Lakes, north of Kingston, Ontario. He organizes and participates in a variety of expeditions, and he addresses live audiences across Canada and the world. His bestselling books include Summer North of Sixty, Rendezvous with the Wild, Tumblehome, Fire in the Bones, and Emperor of the North. He has written for National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Up Here, Explore, and the Globe and Mail and produced documentaries for CBC Radio and the Discovery Channel.

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Lola Sheppard is a registered architect in Ontario and Quebec, a Toronto-based educator, the associate director of undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo’s architecture school, and a founding partner of Lateral Office, an award-winning firm dedicated to architecture, landscape, urbanism, and the environment. Lateral Office promotes architecture and urbanism as a means of supporting local communities in the Canadian North; it is completing a book, Many North, examining the evolution of Arctic architecture, urbanism, and infrastructure; and it curated the Canadian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, for which it received Canada’s first honourable mention at the event. Lola is co-editor of the journal Bracket, as well as Bracket [at Extremes], which looks at architecture and infrastructure in extreme environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill and a master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and she won the 2012 Young Architect Award from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.

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Tanya Tagaq’s unique vocal expression is rooted in Inuit throat singing, but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial, and metal. She is known for her fearsome, elemental performances at sites as diverse as a Mexican EDM festival and Carnegie Hall. Tanya has collaborated with an array of like-minded talents, including opera singers, avant-garde composers, and experimental DJs. Her albums make for challenging listening, but, as her string of Juno nominations and recent Polaris Music Prize win attest, she makes difficult music speak a universal tongue.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an environmental and human rights advocate, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work on climate change. From 1995 to 2002, she served as the Canadian president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and in 2002, she was elected international chair of the organization. Under her leadership, the council launched the world’s first international legal action on climate change with a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Sheila has won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the prestigious Norwegian Sophie Prize, and she is an officer of the Order of Canada.


Western Arts & Humanities
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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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Nathali Bondil is director and chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2008, she became a chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her curatorial work on the exhibition ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today. She was awarded the insignia of merit from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Arts and Science and the Samuel de Champlain Prize from the France-Canada Institute; she is a knight of the Ordre national du Québec; and she holds an honorary doctorate from McGill University. Nathalie was appointed vice-chair of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term, effective March 31, 2014.

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Daily tous les jours is an interaction-design studio, co-founded in 2010 by Mouna Adraos and Melissa Mongiat, which focuses on participation in public spaces. Mouna and Melissa research new ways to tell stories, design small- and large-scale projects that impact cities, and craft interactive pieces that connect people to their environments and to each other. Their work has won numerous international awards, including best in show at the 2013 Interaction Awards and the grand prize at the 2014 unesco Shenzhen Design Awards.

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Terry Fallis is the author of four national bestselling novels, all published by McClelland and Stewart. The Best Laid Plans won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and cbc’s 2011 Canada Reads competition. Both The High Road and Up and Down were Leacock Medal finalists, and Up and Down also won the 2013 Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award. At the 2013 Libris Awards, the Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry author of the year. His fourth novel, No Relation, came out in May 2014, debuting on the Globe and Mail Bestsellers List, and his fifth, Poles Apart, hits bookstores in October 2015. He is the co-founder of Thornley Fallis, a full-service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.

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Gabrielle Fayant is co-founder of the Assembly of Seven Generations and program manager for Reach Up, North. She previously worked for a variety of national Aboriginal organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and ymca Canada. Gabrielle has been engaged in Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, Idle No More rallies and teach-ins, and in organizing Indigenous Nationhood Movement youth forums across the country. She also oversaw the arrival of the Journey of Nishiyuu, Youth4Lakes, and Pemitaieg Ugjit Nm’tginen walkers in Ottawa. Gabrielle currently plays an advisory role with the Canadian Commission for unesco and sits on the board of directors for the Friendship Centre Movement.

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Steve Galluccio started his career in the Montreal underground theatre scene in 1990 and then burst onto the mainstream with his play Mambo Italiano, which became an internationally successful film. He went on to write the Gemini Award–winning TV series Ciao Bella; two more feature films, Surviving My Mother and the bilingual Funkytown; and the book Montréal à la Galluccio, a whimsical guide to his beloved hometown. His new play, The St. Leonard Chronicles, opened in 2013 at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre and sold out before its run. The French version premiered at Montreal’s Théâtre Jean Duceppe in December 2014 and is travelling to cities across Quebec in 2015.

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Steven High is the Canada Research Chair in public history and the co-director of Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Canada’s premiere oral-history research centre. He specializes in deindustrialization, urban studies, forced migration, mass violence, and oral and public history. His first monograph, Industrial Sunset: The Making of North America’s Rust Belt, 1969-1984, won prestigious book prizes from the American Historical Association, the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Canada. He is the primary investigator of a collaborative research project entitled Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and Other Human Rights Violations.

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Nantali Indongo is a member of Nomadic Massive, a multilingual hip hop supergroup based in Montreal. She is the co-founder of Hip Hop No Pop, an educational and interactive workshop series that looks at the non-violent origins of hip hop culture and uses hip hop as a tool to encourage storytelling and foster confidence in youth. Nantali is also a researcher and reporter for cbc Radio Montreal, and she sits on the board of the Maison des Jeunes Côte-des-Neiges.

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Seth is a Canadian cartoonist best known for his series Palookaville and his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken. He is the subject of the 2014 documentary film Seth’s Dominion, which received the grand prize for best animated feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He is also a magazine illustrator and book designer, perhaps best known for his work on the complete collection of Charles M. Schulz’s classic comic strip Peanuts.

Seth has won a number of industry awards throughout his career, and in 2011, he became the first cartoonist to win the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

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Will Straw is director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and a professor in the university’s Department of Art History and Communication Studies. He directed a six-year research project, Media and Urban Life in Montreal, and currently studies how cities deal with nighttime culture.  He has written extensively on film, music, and popular culture.


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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
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Jessica Bolduc is an Anishinabe kwe from the Batchewana First Nation in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She is the national youth representative for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, which advocates for urban off-reserve Indigenous people, and she is the project coordinator for the 4Rs Youth Movement, a coalition of fourteen organizations working with youth to create opportunities for and dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people in Canada. She holds a bachelor’s in economics and has been working in community economic development in northern Ontario for the last five years.

Douglas Cardinal is a renowned Canadian architect and an advocate for sustainability, green buildings, and ecologically oriented community planning. He has received many national and international awards, including seventeen honorary doctorates, gold medals of architecture in Canada and Russia, and a UNESCO award for best sustainable village. The International Association of Architects named him a World Master of Contemporary Architecture, and he is an officer of the Order of Canada.

Lewis Cardinal is the owner of Cardinal Strategic Communications, which specializes in Indigenous education and governance. He was a founding board member of Racism Free Edmonton, vice-president of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, founder of the Indigenous Peoples’ Arts and Culture Coalition, founding board member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, and co chair of the Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice. Lewis has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Indspire Award for public service, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from MacEwan University.

Ginger Gosnell-Myers, who is of Nisga’a and Kwakwaka’wakw heritage, worked from 2008 to 2011 as both project manager and public-engagement director on the Environics Institute’s Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study, the largest research project on Aboriginal people living in Canadian cites. She later worked as the western assistant to former minister of Indian and northern affairs development Andy Scott, and in 2012, she contributed to the CBC documentary series 8th Fire. Ginger is a 2004 Action Canada fellow, former co chair to the Assembly of First Nations’ National Youth Council, and former president of the Urban Native Youth Association; she sits on the board of the Inspirit Foundation; and she is the Aboriginal planner for Vancouver, which she is working to make an official City of Reconciliation.

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. In November 2004, she was appointed president and CEO of Indspire and executive producer of the Indspire Awards, a nationally broadcast gala honouring Indigenous achievement. Roberta led the development of the K-12 Indspire Institute, a virtual resource centre focused on increasing high school completion rates and K-12 success, and in 2013, under her leadership, Indspire launched a $20 million fundraising campaign to support its Building Brighter Futures scholarship program. Roberta was the first Aboriginal woman to earn a law degree in Canada, the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons committee, the first female ombudsman of Ontario, and in December 2001, she became the first woman elected chief of Six Nations of the Grand River. She has received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Council of Ontario Universities’ David C. Smith Award, and she is an officer of the Order of Canada.

Wab Kinew is the director of Indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg, an Al Jazeera Fault Lines correspondent, and former host of the acclaimed CBC Television series 8th Fire. He won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for his hip hop recordings; he received an Adrienne Clarkson Award, a Gabriel Award, and a Gemini Award nomination for his journalism; and Postmedia News named him one of nine Aboriginal Movers and Shakers You Should Know. He has a B.A. in economics and is a member of the Midewiwin.

Clayton Kootenay started his career working for his First Nation in 1997 and was later recruited to work as youth program coordinator for Treaty 6. In 1999, he joined Oteenow Employment and Training Society, where he worked as marketing and communications director and youth program coordinator before becoming executive director in 2001. Clayton is currently the MOU team lead of Treaty 6, 7, and 8, and he has served as chairman both of the Alexander First Nation Education Authority and its board. He is an accomplished sculptor and painter, he has a B.A. in Native studies from the University of Alberta, and he is a graduate of Victoria School of the Arts.

Patti LaBoucane-Benson is a Metis woman and the director of research, training, and communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta. She has a Ph.D. in human ecology, focusing on how healing programs for Aboriginal offenders build resilience in families and communities. She was chosen as an Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta, and she lives in Spruce Grove.

Ryan McMahon is an Aboriginal and Native American comedian working in Canada and the United States and a graduate of the Second City Conservatory. In 2012, he released Ryan McMahon UnReserved, making him the first Native comedian to tape a one-hour stand-up comedy special for CBC TV. In July 2012, Ryan made his debut at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, where he was included in the event’s New Faces list. Ryan tours independently, selling out large and small venues, and his live show combines stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, and storytelling into an original style he calls Indian vaudeville.

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013. He was Ontario’s twenty-first premier from 1990 to 1995, and he served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013. He now works as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a focus on First Nations, Aboriginal, and governance issues. He also teaches at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance and is a widely respected writer and commentator, having authored four books and many studies and reports. Bob is a privy councillor, an officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of Ontario, and he has numerous awards and honorary degrees from international and Canadian institutions.


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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.
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Featuring:

  • Zeynep Arsel, Concordia University
  • Mercedes Benegbi, Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada
  • 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

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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, athlete
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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, Elder
  • 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

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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

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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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Rizwan Jiwan is the chief operating officer of Avid Life Media, the company behind AshleyMadison.com, the world’s fastest-growing dating website for married people, with more than 28 million members in forty-two countries. Based in Toronto, Rizwan oversees overall business operations as well as product direction for Avid’s numerous business offerings. He is responsible for the creation and ongoing improvement of compelling end-user features. Prior to joining Avid Life in 2009, Rizwan was product manager, handheld software, with Research in Motion, in Waterloo, Ontario, where he worked on the BlackBerry OS. Earlier in his career, Rizwan was a software developer at Hummingbird Ltd., where he worked on the company’s core service offerings. He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a B.Sc. in computer engineering at Queen’s University.

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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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Photo by Heather Saitz

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).


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!

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

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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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Walrus TV Videos

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
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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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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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
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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Walrus TV Videos

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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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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The Walrus Talks Human Rights
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

The Walrus Talks States of Mind
The Walrus Talks States of Mind at Blue Metropolis
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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Walrus TV Videos

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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presents

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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Walrus TV Videos

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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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Walrus TV Videos

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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Walrus TV Videos

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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Walrus TV Videos

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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Walrus TV Videos

Graphic by Lisa Arora
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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Walrus TV Videos

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
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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Walrus TV Videos

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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Walrus TV Videos

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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