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Join today’s most provocative thinkers and scholars, artists and activists, journalists and entrepreneurs—from across the country and beyond—to share ideas worth spurring into action.


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Event Schedule

  • Post-Truth Politics
  • Fact-based politicking is dead. Donald Trump’s presidential victory has all but established this fact. Relying on bombastic soundbites, dubious facts, flippant insults and emotional button-pushing, his campaign has evolved from an unsettling joke to an ultimately successful candidacy. Spur asks: . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • November 13, 2016
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: Kamal al-Solaylee on ‘Brown’
  • By the author of the Canada Reads finalist and bestselling Intolerable comes a Governor General’s Award-nominated book about the meaning of being brown. Brown is not white. Brown is not black. Brown is an experience, a state of mind. Historically . . .

  • 10:00 am
  • November 13, 2016
  • Shelf Life Books
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Poets & Politicians
  • Shakespeare wrote that misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows, and news commentators say endlessly that politics does the same. At Spur, we think that strange bed-fellows often make for the most illuminating conversations. We’ve challenged a Poet (Brandon Wint)  . . .

  • 11:00 am
  • November 12, 2016
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: Sandra Martin on A Good Death
  • Author Sandra Martin discusses her timely, engaging and inspiring work A Good Death. In taking on our ultimate human right, award-winning journalist Sandra Martin charts the history of the right to die movement here and abroad through the personal . . .

  • 9:30 am
  • November 12, 2016
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • 7:00 pm
  • November 10, 2016
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library
  • Spur Calgary 2016
  • Free
  • Registration

Speakers, Performers, and Moderators


RBC Emerging Scholars

The RBC Emerging Scholars Program is an opportunity for 100 young Canadians (aged 18–30) across the country to contribute to a national conversation on politics, art and ideas by enjoying and contributing to the inclusive and intellectually vibrant atmosphere of Spur Festival. Learn more

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