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Dispatches from the Spur festival as it visits cities across Canada

Welcome to Spur 2017

Last summer, as we were considering our 2017 festival theme, we were struck by the juxtaposition of Canada’s sunny sesquicentennial plans and the darkening clouds of ‘populist’ intolerance gathering in the US and around the globe. The 75 Spur events . . .

Moving from Talking to Doing

After four days of wonderful dialogues and enlightening panels about some of the most pressing issues of our time, Spur Winnipeg has spurred me into thinking about how we can continue these important conversations in our city and country, and, . . .

Contending with Marginal Histories in Books That Spur

In conceiving of new ways to imagine “Our New Tribalism,” this year’s Spur Festival in Winnipeg included two moderated events on “Books That Spur,” both of which showcased recently published books that make an important contribution to conversations about Canada’s . . .

On Gender Fluidity

Four years ago I started learning about sexuality and gender and their fluidity. I had the freedom and privilege to have conversations and discussions with people about these concepts. I’ve see people discover themselves and flourish. I feel like during . . .

The Urgency of Doing

In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” This week, May 12-15, our city has the opportunity . . .

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Political Tribalism – Spur Toronto

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There was a time when political affiliation was passed down through generations, when families stood by political parties through thick and thin. Today, young people are turning their backs on partisanship labels  . . .

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