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.


Event Schedule

  • Measuring Risk: Climate Change and Adverse Weather
  • Shortened Rideau Canal skating seasons. Rising water levels on the Rideau River. Raging wildfires in Fort McMurray. Worsening floods across the country. Severe weather events have increasingly dominated news reports, given their unpredictable appearance and the huge cost to individuals . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • September 16, 2017
  • Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Spur Ottawa 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Books that Spur: Michael Adams on “Could It Happen Here?”
  • Join us as we sit down with acclaimed author and founder of Environics Inc. Michael Adams to discuss his new book, Could It Happen Here? The book draws on groundbreaking new social research to show whether Canadian society is at . . .

  • 12:00 pm
  • September 16, 2017
  • Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Spur Ottawa 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • 9:30 am
  • September 16, 2017
  • Canadian War Museum - Lobby
  • Spur Ottawa 2017
  • General admission: $17
  • Tickets
  • Books that Spur: Aisha Ahmad on “Jihad & Co.”
  • Join us as we sit down with Aisha Ahmad, assistant professor of Political Science and director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the University of Toronto, to discuss her new book, Jihad & Co. The rise of militant . . .

  • 12:00 pm
  • September 15, 2017
  • Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Spur Ottawa 2017
  • General admission: $20
  • Students (with valid ID): $15
  • Tickets
  • Spur Ottawa: Full Festival Pass
  • Spur Ottawa Festival Pass will increase in price on August 8th – so purchase yours today!

    Spur launches its third Ottawa Festival on the topic of ‘Risk’, continuing the conversation we began in November 2016. As we head into Canada’s  . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • September 14, 2017
  • Ottawa
  • Spur Ottawa 2017
  • General admission: $25
  • Tickets

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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