The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian

  • November 2, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • River Run Centre

The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to promote public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern. The event brings together a cast of some of the most innovative, imaginative and inspiring thinkers and performers, who engage audience members with an array of ideas not just for Canadians, but for all.

Now in its 11th year, the Guelph Lecture presents Jaron Lanier as the Keynote Speaker. An accomplished technological innovator, philosopher and writer, Lanier will speak about humanity’s complex, often conflictual, relationship with digital technology and virtual reality, particularly the internet. Lee Maracle, our literary guest, will read new work that she wrote during her Eastern Comma residency in Cambridge, ON, while living at North House, a high-tech house of the future.

In an extraordinary collaboration, the Penderecki String Quartet and DJ Cyclist will perform the world premiere of a new composition by Peter Hatch, who will join them on stage.

  • General admission: $20
  • Students (with valid ID): $15


Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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