Spur n. anything that urges on
TORONTO, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The latest innovative idea to come
forward from the Literary Review of Canada and Diaspora Dialogues is Spur, Canada's first national festival of politics, art and ideas,
set to launch in Toronto with an eclectic mix of events, debates,
musical performances, panels, walking tours and more. In its inaugural
year, Spur will roll out editions in Winnipeg and Vancouver in addition
to Toronto. The national festival is themed for each market and invites
Canadians to have fun with some of today's most provocative writers,
journalists, entrepreneurs, activists and politicians.
Spur Toronto's "The Bottom Line: the Intersection of Cash, Civics and Culture" will
take place in a central hub of venues in downtown Toronto, April 11-14.
Spur Winnipeg's focus on "Unnatural History: The Past, Present and Future of our
Human-Made World" will be celebrated April 26 - 28.
The events and program for Spur Vancouver's "Global Power Play: The rise, fall and reimagination of societies" will
be held June 17 - 19.
"As we build Spur, we're visualizing it like a railroad linking
communities across Canada in a conversation that is both national in
scope and local in nuance. Spur is laying tracks between Canadians of
all backgrounds, building a broad public forum available to all," said
Spur founder and director Helen Walsh in announcing details of the
Guests include: New Yorker senior writer Hendrik Hertzberg; historian Ronald Wright;
environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken; political operatives
Chima Nkemdirim (Chief of Staff to mayor, Calgary), Jaime Watt (Chair,
Navigator) and David Herle (Partner, Gandalf Group); political
satirists the Yes Men, Todd Hanson (The Onion) and Robin Duke; authors
Ayelet Tsabari, Shyam Selvadurai, Terry Fallis, and Sarah Elton; poets
J. Roger Léveille, Sally Ito and Lise Gaboury-Diallo; playwrights
Hannah Moscovitch, Michael Healy and Ins Choi; architect Bruce
Kuwabara; journalists Sarah Fulford, Carol Goar and Sandra Martin;
bands Soul Stew and the Happy Pals, and many others.
Spur trademarks: strong partnerships with local presenters including
museums, theatres and libraries; accessibility in terms of price and
venue location; an imaginative mix of content that spurs Canadians to
be challenged, engaged and entertained and a core commitment to
programming that reflects the diversity of Canada.
In the spirit of spurring thought into action, RBC Emerging Scholars and
Spur Public Fellows will capture the ideas of the festivals in moving
forward with expansion plans for 2014.
For program updates, a complete Spur guide to events and presenters, as
well as detailed ticket information visit www.spurfestival.ca.
SOURCE: Literary Review of Canada
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