[ON SALE] The Walrus Talks Canada’s Creative Power

Exploring how cultural institutions strengthen Canada and the impact of our creative communities on the world stage

The Walrus Talks Canada's Creative Power June 5 7:00p.m. ET Register Today

Exploring how cultural institutions strengthen Canada and the impact of our creative communities on the world stage

Canada’s arts and culture sector plays an essential role in strengthening the bonds between people in the country, reflecting and forming our identity and contributing to the community that is vital for our democracy in uncertain times.

Canada is bursting with talent and making waves on the world stage. Why is it important to share stories by Canadian artists and storytellers, not just within our borders but around the globe? What does the future hold for the national cultural institutions that support the country’s creativity? What is their vision for increasing public access, supporting creators, adapting for the future, and facing challenges? Why does Canadian culture matter when there are so many needs competing for our attention and investment?

Join us in Ottawa, or online, at The Walrus Talks Canada’s Creative Power for a unique opportunity to hear directly from the leaders of seven of Canada’s key national cultural institutions as they tackle these pressing questions and share the extraordinary stories of cultivating Canada’s creative power.

Photos of Nana aba Duncan, Michelle Chawla, Valerie Creighton, Christopher Deacon, Suzanne Guèvremont, Julie Roy, Catherine Tait, Leslie Weir

Featuring seven-minute talks by:

  • Michelle Chawla, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
  • Christopher Deacon, President and CEO, National Arts Centre
  • Suzanne Guèvremont, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson, National Film Board of Canada
  • Julie Roy, Executive Director and CEO, Telefilm Canada
  • Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada
  • Hosted by Nana aba Duncan, Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor, Carleton University’s School of Journalism

National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET
General Admission: Free with registration
Livestream: Free with registration
Simultaneous interpretation is available at the venue.

Accessibility Information
We strive to be accessible and inclusive. If you require support to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact events@thewalrus.ca or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247. Live captioning will be available for this event.

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