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Signal vs. Noise

We’ve just launched the Spur festival in Winnipeg, and we could not be more excited. All weekend, we’ll be hosting compelling conversations with some of the best minds in the city (and country!)

Don’t take our word for it, though. Check out some of the great media coverage the festival has been getting:

Not just noise: Second annual Spur Festival is a conversation starter
“Such a diverse collection of talent is bound to ensure anything but merely dry political discourse. All Winnipeggers are invited to share in the dialogue and add their voice to the mix as well, to spur each other on towards a better collective situation.”

Spur Winnipeg brings politics, arts, ideas back home
“Spur is ideally like the best conversations you have with a neighbour or in a coffee shop, amplified by organizational sophistication and supported by an array of public and private partners. It allows us to glance at the international events that anchor our newsfeeds and Twitter accounts while delving into politics, arts, and ideas that will more directly shape the places we call home.”

The future is now: imagine Winnipeg in 7 years
“The four-day event brings together doers and thinkers—artists, politicians, strategists and academics—for a spirited discussion that might stimulate change. Besides the public forums, the fest presents book readings, film screenings, a literary cabaret and a Forks walking tour.”

Top 5 things to do in Winnipeg this weekend
“My top pick for the festival is the This City in Seven Years panel scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at 360 Portage Ave. A bunch of people who know about these things will make seven-minute pitches for the future of Winnipeg’s downtown. Plus CBC’s Ismaila Alfa will be there moderating!”

Performing unpublished pages
“Spur is interdisciplinary in nature and promoted as “a festival of politics, art, and ideas.” The Spur festival is conceptualized as a living magazine, showcased in the form of debates, conversations, book readings, walking tours, literary cabarets, parties, and more.”

Architect discusses future of heritage buildings in Spur talk at News Café
“They’re old, they’re beautiful, but do Winnipeg’s heritage buildings fit in with the city’s downtown redevelopment? Brent Bellamy, a senior design architect for Number Ten Architectural Group, will discuss their future at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café at 1 p.m.”

Lost and found
“While Toronto-based writer Claire Cameron’s latest novel, The Bear, may not push the envelope like some other artists, writers and thinkers at Spur, it certainly reimagines some literary conventions. Cameron will detail the creative process and more at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café on Sunday, March 23, starting at noon. The event will be moderated by former Free Press books editor Morley Walker. Tickets are $25 and include brunch.”

Festival spurs dialogue on art, ideas
“A travelling national festival of politics, art and ideas comes to Winnipeg March 20-23. Spur, a festival organized by the Literary Review of Canada and Diaspora Dialogues, will include debates, book discussions, literary cabarets and a variety of other activities. Speakers include James Raffan, author, explorer and activist; Claire Cameron, author of The Bear; Canadian filmmakers John Greyson and Peter Mettler; playwright Ins Choi; and Manitoba Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson.”

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