At Spur Festivals in Winnipeg (May 4-7) and Halifax (October 27-29) Spur Canada 150 artists and scholars in residence program will integrate artistic practice and scholarly perspectives into the conversation, building networks and creating exposure for the next generation of creative thinkers.

 

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Spur Festival, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Spur Festival, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.



Event Schedule

  • Risk & Journalism
  • Alternative facts. Fake news. A newly combative media. Increasing risks for  journalists. What role has journalism traditionally played in speaking truth to power, and how has that been impacted by the digital tsunami that turned media on its head, and  . . .

  • 4:30 pm
  • May 7, 2017
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • Spur Winnipeg: Michael H. Shuman: The Local Economy Solution
  • Co-presented with the CMU Centre for Ecological and Economic Resilience, Spur asks in what conditions are local economies better at creating jobs and prosperity than transnational corporations? After a decades-long focus on globalization, and in a world where the nature . . .

  • 2:30 pm
  • May 7, 2017
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • 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
  • May 7, 2017
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: David Layton on “The Dictator”
  • From the author of The Bird Factory, a new novel about an estranged father and son forced together under the same roof-one losing his grip on reality and the other discovering a secret past that he may never fully  . . .

  • 10:30 am
  • May 7, 2017
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • Risk & Crisis Response
  • The world is in a very risky chapter right now. Wars, famine, and climate-change catastrophes that lead to the widespread migration of people threaten to outstrip our ability to cope with the consequences. And then there’s Donald Trump. Foreign policy  . . .

  • 5:00 pm
  • May 6, 2017
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Tickets
  • Indigenous Perspectives on Canada150: Risk + Reconciliation
  • There has been significant controversy about the federal government’s ​celebration of ​the ​​​150​th anniversary of confederation, with hashtags like #Resistance150 and #Colonialism150 spreading across social media. While some Indigenous leaders have opted out entirely, others approached engagements as a platform  . . .

  • 2:30 pm
  • May 6, 2017
  • Manitoba Hydro Place
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Risk and Health
  • When polled, Canadians consistently rank healthcare in their top three concerns (alongside the economy and the environment). As a society, what are our greatest risks to providing successful health outcomes for Canadians? Much of the public debate is about health  . . .

  • 12:30 pm
  • May 6, 2017
  • Manitoba Hydro Place
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Refugees Living With(in) Risk
  • The difficult experiences recounted by asylum seekers crossing Manitoba’s borders have made international headlines. With the surge in refugee arrivals, and polling that indicates the vast majority of Canadians want refugee acceptance levels where they currently are, or lower, Spur  . . .

  • 10:30 am
  • May 6, 2017
  • Manitoba Hydro Place
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Spur @ Bike Jam
  • Spur will host the third annual Spur bike jam, the official launch of the Rainbow Trout Music Festival’s summer programming. Beginning in Omand Park (1430 Portage Ave), cyclists of all shapes and sizes, will embark on a group ride with  . . .

  • 9:00 pm
  • May 5, 2017
  • Omard Park
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Risk and Performance Art
  • Some say that art is ‘risk made visible.’ Spur challenges four Winnipeg-based artists to make risk a reality, with a rooftop performance on top of the McKim Building. This penthouse performance will be paired with local entrepreneurs, no strangers to  . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • May 5, 2017
  • McKim Building
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • General admission: $20
  • Students (with valid ID): $17
  • Tickets
  • Risk, Race & Afro-Canadian Cultural Production
  • Spur invites three Black Canadian artists – a filmmaker, a poet, and a musician – to explore the risk and responsibility of the arts to challenge singular visions of Canada and Canadian-ness. While artistic practice can build bridges between communities,  . . .

  • 5:00 pm
  • May 5, 2017
  • Albert Street Cocktail Company
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Art, Investment and the Psychology of Collecting
  • Don Thompson, in his latest book The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market, uses the contemporary art market to explore risk and behavioural economics. The art market is fertile ground for study: valuations . . .

  • 12:00 pm
  • May 5, 2017
  • Richardson Building Salon A&B
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Films That Spur: Giants of Africa
  • Spur hosts a free 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  . . .

  • 9:00 pm
  • May 4, 2017
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Muriel Richardson Auditorium
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • 7:00 pm
  • May 4, 2017
  • Fools and Horses Coffee Company
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017 – Full Pass
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017 – our fifth year – runs May 4 to 7 at venues in and around Downtown Winnipeg. Our theme this year is Risk. As we head into Canada’s sesquicentennial, we tackle the issue of nation building with . . .

  • 6:00 pm
  • May 4, 2017
  • Downtown Winnipeg
  • Spur Winnipeg 2017
  • General admission: $50
  • Tickets

Speakers, Performers, and Moderators


Public Fellow

In each Spur city, we will select a Canadian from the local community who is under 35 and interested in public policy, journalism or serious non-fiction writing. The Public Fellow attends all the Spur festival events in his or her city, and takes the pulse of Canadians on the topics being pursued, by engaging the speakers and audiences (in-person, online, and through social media) on the ideas they bring to the festival. Learn more

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