As we head into Canada’s sesquicentennial, we tackle the issue of nation building with a particular look at what are we willing to risk to make a more just and equitable country. Subjects we’ll be looking at include Geopolitics, Environment, Energy, Food, Health, Culture, Economics, Security and Education.


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Event Schedule

  • Books That Spur: Catherine Graham on “Quarry”
  • Spur sits down with award winning poet Catherine Graham to discuss her first novel Quarry at the newly renovated Memorial Park Library in Calgary’s Beltway. About Quarry
    Set in southern Ontario during the 1980’s, acclaimed poet Catherine Graham’s debut novel  . . .

  • 1:00 pm
  • June 4, 2017
  • Memorial Park Library
  • Spur Calgary 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Books that Spur: Tom Nichols on “The Death of Expertise”
  • People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. In his most recent book The Death of Expertise, Tom Nichols argues that these societal gains have . . .

  • 2:30 pm
  • June 3, 2017
  • Memorial Park Library
  • Spur Calgary 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Measuring Risk: Climate Change and Adverse Weather
  • Worsening floods across the country. Raging wildfires in Fort McMurray. The threatened Big One on the West Coast. Severe weather events have increasingly dominated news reports, given their unpredictable appearance and the huge cost to individuals and communities, both financially . . .

  • 12:30 pm
  • June 3, 2017
  • Memorial Park Library
  • Spur Calgary 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Books that Spur: Darryl Raymaker on Trudeau’s Tango
  • Join us as we sit in conversation with Darryl Raymaker to discuss his new book, Trudeau’s Tango. In this insightful and lively history, Liberal insider Darryl Raymaker recalls the attempt to broker “a marriage from hell” between the federal Liberal . . .

  • 10:30 am
  • June 3, 2017
  • Memorial Park Library
  • Spur Calgary 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Films That Spur: Giants of Africa
  • Spur hosts a screening of the new film, Giants of Africa, seeking to answer the question: can sport really change the world? About The Film: Inspired by the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program, Giants of Africa exists to create . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • June 2, 2017
  • Globe Cinema
  • Spur Calgary 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Spur Calgary: Full Festival Pass
  • As we head into Canada’s sesquicentennial, we tackle the issue of nation building with a particular look at what are we willing to risk to make a more just and equitable country. Once again Spur Calgary will feature our popular . . .

  • 6:00 pm
  • June 2, 2017
  • Calgary
  • Spur Calgary 2017
  • General admission: $25
  • Tickets

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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