For access to all the events below – and to support cross-Canada conversation – purchase a Spur festival pass:
Thursday April 3
Who Owns our Secrets?
Distinguished experts Ray Boisvert, Dr. Michael Geist, Dr. David Lyon and Micheal Vonn join Brent Bambury to discuss privacy, intellectual property and free speech in the digital age. 7:00 pm | Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library FREE! Click here to register.
Spur Toronto kicks off the festival in style with big ideas, thrilling conversation and live music. 8:30 pm | Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library FREE for those with a ticket to "Who Owns our Secrets?"
Friday April 4
Join rising star Ghalib Islam as he reads from and discusses his debut novel Fire in the Unnameable Country. Moderated by Mark Medley, National Post books editor. 5:30 pm | L’Espresso Bar Mercurio Admission: $15 / $10 Students
This City in Seven Years
Toronto: This City in Seven Years
Experts and community leaders including Leigh Gallagher and Brigitte Shim discuss their vision of laneways as the key to Toronto’s next phase of urban development. Moderated by Shawn Micallef. 7:00 pm | Fleck Atrium, Rotman School of Management Admission: $15 / $10 Students
Hidden Film Festival Screenings
Think of Hidden Film Festival Screenings as a loot bag, but for movies! 9:00 pm | Innis Town Hall Admission: $15 / $10 Students
Saturday April 5
Books and Brunch
Join acclaimed novelist, essayist and scholar Cecil Foster who will read from and discuss his latest book, Independence. 10:30 am | Gardiner Museum Admission: $30 (Includes the meal)
Award-winning journalist and media critic Dean Starkman gives a critique of business news and its coverage of both Bay Street and Wall Street before the financial crisis in 2008. Moderated by the Toronto Star's Ellen Roseman. 12:30 pm | Gardiner Museum Admission: $15 / $10 Students
The Nudge Unit
Jennifer Gold, Dilip Soman and Amira Choueiki examine the impact of empirical research on policy-making in the age of Big Data. Moderated by Christopher Flavelle (Bloomberg Government). 2:30 pm | Gardiner Museum Admission: $15 / $10 Students
Art & War
Internationally renowned photojournalists Rita Leistner and Mike Kamber join with Jamie Wellford, photo editor at Newsweek, to discuss the practice and problems of taking photographs in war zones. 4:30 pm | Munk School of Global Affairs – Vivian & David Campbell Conference Facility Admission: $15 / $10 Students
Literary Cabaret: Signal, Verse, Noise
Cabarets are lively evenings of storytelling, comedy, readings, music and dance, with some of Canada’s best new and established writers and performers. 8:00 pm | Arts and Letters Club Admission: $10
Sunday April 6
Oot and Aboot
Join Marianne McKenna for a behind-the-scenes tour of Toronto's beloved Massey Hall and learn about the plans to revitalize this historic landmark. 10:00 am | Massey Hall
Books and Brunch
Join award-winning author, journalist and blogger Sean Michaels as he reads from and discusses his first novel Us Conductors. 11:30 am | Gardiner Museum
Indicate This! Big Data and the Resilient Economy
Economic experts Olaf Weber, Jane Ambachtsheer and Kyle Balkisson ask, "Can Big Data help to create a resilient economy and investment returns?" Moderated by Kim Parlee (vice president at TD Wealth Management and host of BNN's MoneyTalk). 2:00 pm | Isabel Bader Theatre Admission: $15 / $10 Students
Sustainability: The World in Seven Years
A solutions-oriented look at the issues surrounding environmental policy, with scientist Tim Flannery and Barry Smit, professor emeritus in Global Environmental Change at the University of Guelph. Moderated by Paul Kennedy, the host and producer of CBC's Ideas. 4:00 pm | Isabel Bader Theatre Admission: $15 / $10 Students
Closing Reception & Special Debate
Spur brings it all to a close with a party featuring comedians Miguel and Freddie Rivas! 5:30 pm | Isabel Bader Theatre FREE with ticket stub from any Spur event!