Celebrating the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Through the Years

Free ebook now available thanks to the Walrus Foundation

Published by The Walrus Foundation on May 12, 2014
The Performing Arts in Canada

TORONTO—The Walrus Foundation and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation are pleased to release The Performing Arts in Canada: A Celebration—The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards ebook. This free, interactive, fully bilingual ebook showcases all recipients from twenty-two years of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards in all six disciplines: broadcasting, classical music, dance, film, popular music, and theatre. It also features recipients of the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes extraordinary work in the preceding year, and the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts. The Walrus Foundation created this project especially for iBooks, and it is available now for download at iTunes.com/GGPAA.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, created in 1992 by the late Ramon John Hnatyshyn, are Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts. Nominated by the public, the recipients are Canadian artists whose accomplishments have inspired and enriched the cultural life of our country. All of them are featured in this engaging ebook.

“This remarkable ebook celebrates artists who have made an indelible contribution to the Canadian imagination. Our artists are by far the best known Canadians around the world. Ordinary Canadians spend more than twice as much time attending the performing arts than they spend attending all sports events put together. It is remarkable and it’s true. Canada is an arts nation.”—Douglas Knight, chair, Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation

The Performing Arts in Canada: A Celebration—The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards is a gorgeous interactive ebook that will allow you to visit with the GGPAA laureates through the years, read their biographies, and link to relevant photographs, films, and works. Simply touch a photograph or select a link, and you will be drawn into the Canadian performing arts universe. The interactive ebook also features beautiful short films from the National Film Board of Canada showcasing the work and career of performing artists. Each one is an artwork in its own right.

Look for an update to the book with new films about the 2014 recipients and a special panorama shot live from the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala in early June.

We thank the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Arts Centre, and the National Film Board of Canada for making the GGPAAs possible.

We also thank Enbridge, presenting sponsor of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, for enabling us to publish The Performing Arts in Canada: A Celebration.

The book is available now to download and share for free on iBooks at iTunes.com/GGPAA.

The May 2014 issue of The Walrus

Available on digital newsstands on April 9 and print newsstands on April 10

Published by The Walrus Foundation on April 9, 2014
Illustration by Joe Ciardiello

TORONTO—In the new May issue of The Walrus, bestselling author Marci McDonald profiles federal employment minister and potential prime minister in waiting Jason Kenney. On the heels of the senate scandal, new leadership may be in the cards for the Conservative Party, and many feel that Kenney is the man for the job. McDonald considers what the Conservative Party would look like with Kenney at the helm and the obstacles he has to overcome to succeed.

“Facing Difference,” a visual essay by photographer Jaime Hogge and journalist Ian Brown, examines the issues around prenatal screening for the most common chromosomal condition on the planet, Down syndrome. The portraits in this essay capture the lives of six Canadians with Down syndrome and ask readers, “If no one blames a woman for choosing not to have a child with Down syndrome, can we understand why she might decide to keep such a child? ”

Journalist and art critic Sarah Milroy explores a new exhibition at Montreal’s McCord Museum by Cree–Irish Canadian artist-in-residence Kent Monkman. Monkman’s new paintings conflate past and present, white and Native, and rich and poor to upset perceived ideas about Canada and First Nations people. This review of Canadian contemporary art is made possible by TD Bank Financial.

Also in the May issue of The Walrus:

  • Can a high-tech sanitation appliance save lives in poor countries?
  • Three writers try to restore our relationship with the environment
  • How the Internet endangers freedom of expression
  • The future of the Liberal Party depends on a lifelong friendship
  • Why online brain checkups might be bad for you

And much more!

Every Object Has a Story

ROM publishes iconic collection of Canadian writing to mark its centennial

Published by The Walrus Foundation on April 8, 2014
Every Object Has a Story

TORONTO — In celebration of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial, the ROM, in partnership with the Walrus Foundation and House of Anansi Press, proudly presents Every Object Has a Story. The anthology features twenty-one Canadian writers, artists, filmmakers, poets, and scientists, along with ROM curators and experts, sharing their personal connections with twenty-one extraordinary objects from the museum’s world-renowned collections.

The authors worked with editors of The Walrus and ROM curators to select both iconic objects and hidden gems. Highlights in the compilation include author Joseph Boyden’s observations about a Blackfoot war robe found at a Scottish estate sale, and filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s childhood memories of how the Shiva Nataraja’s dance of bliss prompted her to learn the twist. See the rare meteorite that inspires astronaut Chris Hadfield, and read Guy Vanderhaeghe’s reflection on the duck-billed Parasaurolophuswalkeri.

“As we celebrate the ROM’s centennial and reflect on our incredible, encyclopaedic collection, it was important for us to find new ways to share the museum’s stories and objects beyond our gallery walls,” says Janet Carding, ROM director and CEO. “This book celebrates some of the natural and cultural masterpieces from the ROM, and with the help of our curatorial experts, as well as the voices of renowned Canadians, this unique collection of writing offers new ways of experiencing the museum. We are absolutely delighted to partner with the Walrus Foundation and House of Anansi to create this inspiring keepsake collection.”

“This is an exciting moment for the Walrus Foundation and for all of those who have contributed to Every Object Has a Story,” says Walrus editor and co-publisher John Macfarlane. “The Walrus is a forum for discussion on matters vital to Canadians, and we strive to promote Canadian talent and ideas in each of our many projects. It has been a privilege to bring together the writing of so many distinguished Canadians in one exceptional book—all in celebration of one of our finest cultural institutions, the ROM.”

Every Object Has a Story, created using iBooks Author, is now available for iPad and Mac for $14.99 exclusively on iBooks at itunes.com/rom100.

The hard copy is available for $29.95 ($27 for ROM members) in ROM stores, through the Walrus Foundation’s web store, and in other major bookstores.

The April 2014 issue of The Walrus

Available on digital newsstands on March 10 and print newsstands on March 17

Published by The Walrus Foundation on March 10, 2014
Photograph by Raina Kirn and Wilson Barry

TORONTO—In this new issue, journalist Rachel Giese considers a better way to teach boys about sex. Giese discusses the dangerously inadequate sex education that most teenage boys receive and looks at new programs associated with organizations like Calgary’s WiseGuyz. Through frank conversations about sex and fresh perspectives on masculinity and gender roles, these initiatives are reshaping sexual education across the country.

David Berlin, founding editor of The Walrus, questions whether the social revolts of the ’60s were really so special. Berlin examines the history of Students for a Democratic Society, beginning with its influential 1962 manifesto, the Port Huron Statement, and ending with the movement’s decline as the decade wore on. He argues that we revere the ’60s today because we associate them with the spirit of reform, an impulse that is hardly unique to that era.

Award-winning critic Charles Foran profiles author Joseph Boyden, highlighting his impact on Canadian literature and the way he explores his First Nations roots through fiction. Foran posits that, because Boyden’s public profile is as prominent as his work, he could be “a bridge between different Canadas that need to better connect.” By exploring his First Nations identity, especially in his most recent novel, The Orenda, Boyden gives Canadians a model of acceptance and intercultural dialogue.

Also in the April issue of The Walrus:

  • What Belgium can teach us about better architecture
  • How Lego pieced together modernism
  • The hardest-working porn star in the business
  • Canadian troops in Afghanistan pack up the war

And much more!

The March 2014 issue of The Walrus

Available on digital newsstands on February 10 and print newsstands on February 17

Published by The Walrus Foundation on February 13, 2014
Illustration by Genevieve Simms

TORONTO—In this new issue, journalist Ivor Tossell examines the story behind the story of Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Tossell shows how a 2009 Supreme Court ruling affected Canadian libel laws and allowed reporters to crack the Rob Ford story. Journalists, such as the Toronto Star’s Robyn Doolittle, no longer have to prove the absolute truth of their story but rather the presence of responsible reporting and public interest. Tossell examines the cases that led to this ruling as well as the Toronto Star’s race to break the now-ubiquitous saga of Rob Ford’s substance abuse.

Drew Nelles, senior editor of The Walrus, looks ahead to the Sochi Paralympics, wondering if this will be the year that disabled sport is propelled into the mainstream. The world’s second-largest multi-sport event, the Paralympics, has had a long history of growth alongside the Olympics. Nelles outlines this history and talks to members of the Canadian sledge hockey team to investigate how the relationship with the other Olympics has changed. He also considers how conversations about athletes with disabilities can be improved.

Journalist Emily Landau looks at the changing moral conventions of video games. Playing Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Landau discovers how a new genre of video games takes into account the moral agency of its players while providing an intensified immersive experience. By moving away from reward systems, mechanical skill, and good/evil dichotomies, and toward choices that incorporate real-world moral conflicts, games like Blacklist hold players accountable for their actions.

Also in the March issue of The Walrus:

  • Why you should look forward to tax time
  • Ballet BC leaps into the twenty-first century
  • Days in the lives of Ottawa staffers
  • A young finance star builds an association for Aboriginal professionals
  • A bold first novel reshapes language for the surveillance era

And much more!

The Walrus Foundation brings the Walrus Talks to Vancouver

Presented by Suncor Energy on March 25

Published by The Walrus Foundation on

TORONTO—The Walrus Foundation and Suncor Energy are pleased to announce that Suncor Presents the Walrus Talks Energy is coming to Vancouver.

Suncor Presents the Walrus Talks Energy is a cross-country series that brings together high-profile speakers for eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas that engage Canadians in important discussions about our energy future. This is the third event in the popular series, which pushes Canada’s energy conversation past polarized positions in an effort to create constructive dialogue.

“The Walrus Foundation is committed to important national conversations,” says Walrus Foundation executive director Shelley Ambrose. “Sustainable energy is one of the most important issues facing Canada today, and we’re delighted to be bringing this national series to Vancouver.

At Suncor Presents the Walrus Talks Energy, each speaker will give a seven-minute talk on a topic relating to sustainable energy, leaving audience members with new perspectives on the future of energy consumption, the challenges of energy production, and what lies ahead.

Suncor Presents the Walrus Talks Energy will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts’ Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema located at 149 West Hastings Street in Vancouver. General admission costs $20 and student tickets are available for $12. A reception follows.

Our speakers include:

  • National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers
  • MaRS Discovery District’s Tom Rand
  • Carbon Talks’ Shauna Sylvester
  • Axine Water Technologies’ Jonathan Rhone
  • Globe and Mail’s Gary Mason
  • University of British Columbia’s William Rees
  • Student Energy’s Kali Taylor
  • And others

Purchase your tickets here.

Enbridge presents The Walrus Talks Tomorrow at High Performance Rodeo

The issues of our times and those of tomorrow, as tackled by some of the country’s leading thinkers

Published by The Walrus Foundation on January 24, 2014

TORONTO—The Walrus Foundation is pleased to announce Enbridge Presents The Walrus Talks Tomorrow at Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo on January 28, 2014.

The Walrus Talks features eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking, smart ideas on various topics relating to a single theme. This Walrus Talks event will focus on the issues of our times and those of tomorrow, as tackled by some of the country’s leading thinkers.

This event will feature eight Walrus Talks from leading thinkers, including:

  • Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Joseph Boyden
  • Bestselling author and journalist Diane Francis
  • Author, critic, and professor Aritha van Herk
  • CBC Radio host and advertising guru Terry O’Reilly
  • World-renowned mobile app developer Michael Sikorsky
  • Juno Award–winning musician Shad
  • Filmmaker, author, and TV personality Les Stroud
  • Award-winning physicist and Perimeter Institute director Neil Turok

The Walrus Talks Tomorrow is produced by the Walrus Foundation, in partnership with Enbridge and High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts.

The Walrus Talks will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall (205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary). Tickets are $25, and can be purchased through the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts at hprodeo.ca/2014/the-walrus-talks or by calling 403-294-9494.

The January/February 2014 double issue of The Walrus

Available on digital newsstands on December 2 and print newsstands on December 9

Published by The Walrus Foundation on December 2, 2013
Illustration by Tanya Lam

The tenth anniversary of The Walrus is wrapping up but the celebrations aren’t over yet! The Walrus is pleased to announce that its 100th issue will be hitting newsstands December 9 with a special double issue.

In the new January/February double issue of The Walrus, the University of Ottawa’s Michael Kempa gives readers an inside look at the uphill battle to reform the RCMP. Today’s RCMP sits in the eye of a storm, the result of more than a decade of public-relations disasters, including the G20. Kempa discovers that, despite preliminary steps, the RCMP still has a long way to go before public perception of the force changes for the better.

Concordia University’s Joseph Rosen explores why Canadians have such a hard time talking about Israel. Rosen questions whether there is a possibility for real dialogue in an atmosphere of charged emotions and linguistic differences, where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict looms large.

Anne Casselman profiles the Canada-based company that is outfitting people for the most dangerous places—from the depths of the ocean to the heights of space. Meet Mustang Survival, located in Burnaby, BC, whose clients include the United States Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, as well as NASA. Despite the demands of an impressive client list, the company is hard at work on its next technological innovation.

Also in the special January/February double issue of The Walrus:

  • Should we vaccinate boys against Canada’s most common STD?
  • How a freethinker sold investors on a thought-controlled computer
  • The New Yorker says yes to Alice Munro
  • Days in the lives of Ottawa public servants
  • The theatre director who is transforming Canada

And much more!

The December 2013 issue of The Walrus

Available on digital newsstands on November 7 and print newsstands on November 11

Published by The Walrus Foundation on November 7, 2013
Illustration by Brian Morgan

In the December issue of The Walrus magazine, award-winning journalist John Lorinc takes an inside look at the tattered state of the labour movement. Lorinc discovers that, despite the creative approach that unions are taking to keep members engaged, a decline in stable union jobs and an increase in income disparity is leaving those members with difficult questions about whether organized labour can protect Canada’s most vulnerable workers.

Journalist Josiah Neufeld, a Canadian who grew up in Burkina Faso, investigates the different ways that charity works in Indigenous West African cultures and in North America. His experiences in Canada and Burkina Faso showed him that, despite expectations to the contrary, no amount of giving could bridge the socio-economic divide between the two countries.

On the twentieth anniversary of Paul Bernardo’s arrest, writer Stacey May Fowles revisits the time when news of the Scarborough Rapist was ever-present, and she takes a deeply personal look at what happens when children grow up in the shadow of a community’s fear.

The Walrus magazine’s art director, Brian Morgan, profiles five up-and-coming Canadian contemporary artists in a special section of the magazine proudly supported by TD Bank Group.

Also in the December issue:

  • How to get a gun in Canada
  • A Tribe Called Red creates the urban Aboriginal soundtrack
  • Prime Minister Harper boycotts the Commonwealth summit
  • Young Maritimers confront reality on the farm
  • Edmonton’s marginalized teens find an audience through Twitter

And much more!

The CIC-Walrus International Long-Form Competition calls for submissions

The deadline for entries is December 1, 2013; visit OpenCanada.org to enter

Published by The Walrus Foundation on October 15, 2013

TORONTO —The Walrus Foundation and the Canadian International Council (CIC) are calling for submissions for the second annual internationally focused long-form journalism competition. The prestigious CIC-Walrus International Long-Form Competition launched in 2012, and aims to promote an investigative, reported, or analytic article of the highest quality by a Canadian or resident of Canada who is involved in international research, while also raising the profile of a salient issue in international political affairs within Canada and worldwide. The competition’s winner receives a $7,500 commission and will work with The Walrus editors to prepare a piece for publication.

The 2012 winner was Selena Ross; her piece will be published by The Walrus in the future.

The Walrus is committed to investigative journalism about Canada and its place in the world,” said the editor of The Walrus magazine, John Macfarlane. “This competition is another opportunity for us to highlight an important issue in international afairs, while also working with a talented thinker to bring quality writing to The Walrus and Canadians.

“In a new media landscape, research that does not present a public face gets lost and journalism that does not have a substantive research component has a short lifespan,” said Jennifer Jeffs, president of the Canadian International Council. “This long-form competition is part of OpenCanada.org’s goal to make research more accessible, foreign policy more engaging, and journalism more substantive. We are delighted to be working with The Walrus to raise the profile of international affairs in Canada.”

This competition is open to graduate students, journalists, academics, former public policy figures, and members of NGO and business communities who are dedicated to the study of international affairs. The winner will be chosen by the CIC and The Walrus. The deadline for entries is December 1, 2013. The winner will be notified in January 2014, and all competition rules are available at: opencanada.org.