SPRING FESTIVAL 2010


Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day):
SUSTAINABLE CAPITALISM

NOON

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: LOCAVORE
    How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat
    with Sarah Elton
    Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

    Tickets: $15 General / $10 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members

    "Learn how Canadians in every walk of life are finding new ways to produce the food we eat--ways that are humane, fair, technologically savvy, and environmentally smart, and that bring farmers and consumers closer together.” --Thomas Homer-Dixon

    Foodies,100-milers, urbanites, farmers, gardeners and chefs across Canada are creating a new local food order that has the potential to fight climate change and feed us all. Sarah Elton, the food columnist for CBC Radio's Here & Now, lays out a blueprint for a local food revolution. Join us for an insider’s look at the burgeoning local food movement taking place in Canadian cities, farms and shops that is changing both the way we eat and the way we think about food.


6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES:
    OIL AND THE END OF GLOBALIZATION
    with Jeff Rubin
    Hosted by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Tickets: $20 General / $15 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members

    What do subprime mortgages, Atlantic salmon dinners, SUVs and globalization have in common? They all depend on cheap oil. For generations we have built wealth by burning more and more oil. Our cars, our homes, our whole world has been getting bigger in the cheap-oil era. Now it is about to get smaller.

    Jeff Rubin, author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, was the Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets, and is one of the world's most sought-after energy experts. Join him for a look at our new economic reality. Distance will soon cost money, and so will burning carbon – both will bring long-lost jobs back home. We may not see the kind of economic growth that globalization has brought, but local economies will be revitalized, as will our cities and neighborhoods.


8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES:
    THE NECESSARY REVOLUTION with Joe Laur
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Tickets: $20 General / $15 Student or Senior
    Free for Festival Members

    Companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. There is a long way to go, but the era of denial has ended. Today’s most innovative leaders are recognizing that for the
    sake of our companies and our world, we must implement revolutionary—not just incremental—changes in the way we live and work.

    Joe Laur, Rabbi, teacher, Senior Manager of Greenopolis.com, and co-author (with Peter M. Senge) of The Necessary Revolution, believes that stories create systems and systems create results. Change the story – get a different result. Join us for a conversation on the new story. A conversation on the individuals and organizations tackling social and environmental problems around the globe. Don’t miss this primer on the strategies that individuals and organizations can use — specific tools and ways of thinking — to help us build the confidence and competence to respond effectively to the greatest challenge of our time and to create a sustainable world.


FRIday, April 23:
Imagining Truth and finding fact in fiction

NOON

 

 

 

 

  • WRITING FOR YOUNG READERS
    With Tim Wynne-Jones and Richard Scarsbrook

    Library and Archives Canada, Room A


    Get the inside track on writing from Tim Wynne Jones, winner of the Governor General's Award, and author Richard Scarsbrook, an instructor with The Humber School.

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE: SPOTLIGHT ON HAMISH HAMILTON
    Jeffrey Moore, Miguel Syjuco and Andrea Levy
    Hosted by Adrian Harewood
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    We celebrate three of the season’s most anticiapted novels: The Extinction Club by Jeffrey Moore, winner of the regional and international Commonwealth Writers Prize; Ilustrado, winner of the Man Asian Prize by Miguel Syjuco; and The Long Song by Andrea Levy, winner of the Orange Prize and the Whitbread.

    Please note: Due to flight cancellation, Andrea Levy is unable to attend.

8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE: CHARACTER STUDIES
    Michael Helm, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Joan Thomas and Gale Zoë Garnett
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Four of Canada’s most acclaimed authors explore tumultuous relationships, compelling characters and the intricate dance between past and present. Gale Zoë Garnett returns with Savage Adoration; Adam Lewis Schroeder makes his Festival debut with In The Fabled East; Joan Thomas follows her Commonwealth Prize with Curiosity; and Michael Helm, finalist for the Giller Prize, returns with Cities of Refuge.


saturday, April 24:
Invention, Investigation & Authentic Voice

NOON

 

 

 

 

  • THE MAYFAIR'S PAGE TO SCREEN SERIES PRESENTS:
    ADAPTATION (FILM SCREENING)

    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Tickets available at the Mayfair Theatre

    Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s surreal meditation on the difficulty of adapting Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief for the silver screen. Directed by Spike Jonze.

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE TRUTH SHOWS UP:
    Harvey Cashore on Mulroney, Schreiber and the Airbus Scandal

    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    The Fifth Estate’s Harvey Cashore on his ten-year odyssey tracking down the story of Airbus and the astonishing charges linking Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to money-lender Karlheinz Schreiber. Parts of this story have been told. But the most explosive revelations have never been revealed. Until now.


4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: HOW WE GET LOST FINDING OURSELVES
    With Andrew Potter
    Hosted by Dan Gardner

    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    We live in a world dominated by the fake, the prepackaged, the artificial, but people are demanding the exact opposite, heralding "authenticity" as the cure for isolated individualism and shallow consumerism. Cultural critic, journalist and co-author of The Rebel Sell, Andrew Potter unpacks our obsession with authenticity and finds the search for authenticity may create the very problems it's meant to solve.

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • POETRY CABARET: SPOTLIGHT ON TALONBOOKS
    derek beaulieu, Weyman Chan, Frank Davey and George Bowering
    Hosted by rob mclennan
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    rob mclennan hosts an evening of cutting-edge Canadian poetry featuring derek beaulieu’s How to Write, Weyman Chan’s Hypoderm, Frank Davey’s Bardy Google and George Bowering’s My Darling Nellie Gray.

    With a reading by the third-prize winner of the Bywords/Think Ink Secondary School poetry contest: Brittany Graham, Grade 11, Canterbury High School.

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8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • POETRY CABARET: HOUSE OF ANANSI POETRY BASH
    Michael Lista, Suzanne Buffam and Steven Heighton
    Hosted by Ken Babstock
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    We continue our evening of great poetry with the launch of Michael Lista’s Bloom, Suzanne Buffam’s The Irrationalist and Steven Heighton’s Patient Frame. Anansi’s former poetry editor Ken Babstock hosts the celebration.

    With a reading by the second-prize winner of the Bywords/Think Ink Secondary School poetry contest: Mallory Tater, Grade 12, Canterbury High School.



SUNday, April 25:
Lost and Found in THE Global Village

10:00 AM

 

 

 

 

  • BOOKS AND BRUNCH
    With Paula Butturini, Tom Jokinen, Amir Gutfreund and Susan Juby
    Hosted by David Dollin
    Lord Elgin Hotel

    Start your Sunday with good food, good company and short talks by four great authors! Paula Butturini (Keeping the Feast) Tom Jokinen (Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training) Amir Gutfreund (The World a Moment Later) and Susan Juby (Nice Recovery).
  • Ticket price includes brunch.


NOON

 

 

 

 

  • THE MAYFAIR'S PAGE TO SCREEN SERIES PRESENTS:
    THE NAKED LUNCH (FILM SCREENING)
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Tickets available at the Mayfair Theatre

  • David Cronenberg wrote and directed this suitably bizarre adaptation of the infamous novel by William S. Burroughs.


2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • UNDER HEAVEN WITH GUY GAVRIEL KAY
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Inspired by the glory of Tang Dynasty China in the eighth century, Guy Gavriel Kay melds history and the fantastic into something both powerful and emotionally compelling. Under Heaven is a novel on the grandest narrative scale, encompassing the intimate details of individual lives in an unforgettable time and place.


4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE
    With Amir Gutfreund, Russell Wangersky, Jaspreet Singh, Horacio Castellanos Moya
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Four stunning novels invite us to see the world from new perspectives. Don’t miss Israel’s Amir Gutfreund, author of The World a Moment Later; Newfoundland’s Russell Wangersky, author of The Glass Harmonica; Alberta’s Jaspreet Singh, author of Chef; and El Salvador’s Horacio Castellanos Moya, author of Dance with Snakes.


6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: THE AGE OF PERSUASION
    With Terry O'Reilly and Mike Tennant
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    The ad men behind CBC Radio’s The Age of Persuasion combine lively social history and years of industry experience to show how the art of persuasion shapes our culture. Join us for a hugely entertaining — and eye-opening — insider’s look at the ever-expanding world of marketing.


8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE WRITING LIFE: LAUGHING THROUGH TEARS
    With Jessica Grant, Rabindranath Maharaj, Russell Smith and Jonathan Miles
    Hosted by Drew Hayden Taylor
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    Sometimes serious literature is a laughing matter. Newfoundland’s Jessica Grant makes her Festival debut with Come, Thou Tortoise, alongside Rabindranath Maharaj with The Amazing Absorbing Boy, Russell Smith with Girl Crazy, and New York City’s Jonathan Miles with Dear American Airlines. Drew Hayden Taylor hosts these acclaimed novelists who showcase the humour inherent in life’s tragedies.


MONday, April 26:
Where are we and How did we get here?

NOON

 

 

 

 

  • WRITING THE HERE AND NOW
    Russell Smith and Jessica Grant on Contemporary Prose
    Hosted by Phil Jenkins
    Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington

    With huge interest in historical fiction we take a moment to consider the contemporary world in print. Join Russell Smith and Jessica Grant for a session on the challenges and importance of fiction set in 21st century Canada.

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • THE BIG IDEA: HOW MARKETS FAIL
    With John Cassidy
    Hosted by Adrian Harewood
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    What do we really know about how the economy actually works? The New Yorker’s John Cassidy offers insight into the force of the irrational in our volatile global economy and examines the root causes of oil price spikes, CEO greed cycles, and boom and bust waves in housing.

8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • POETRY CABARET: PAN-CANADIAN POETICS
    Rachel Zolf, Jesse Ferguson, Erin Mouré
    and Gregory Scofield
    Hosted by Rob Winger
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    We continue our celebration of Poetry Month with four outstanding voices from across the country. Trillium Award-winner Rachel Zolf arrives from Toronto to share her latest, Neighbour Procedure; Jesse Patrick Ferguson makes the trip from Fredericton with his debut, Harmonics; Gregory Scofield travels to us from Maple Ridge, B.C. while Governor General's Award winner Erin Mouré from Montréal, currently Writer-In-Residence at Ottawa U, travels across town to share from O Resplandor.

    With a reading by the first-prize winner of the Bywords/Think Ink Secondary School poetry contest: Christine Klippenstein, Grade 12, Canterbury High School.


TUESDAY, april 27:
Living History in the Present Tense

NOON

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST NATIONS CULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Drew Hayden Taylor, Gregory Scofield and Armand Garnet Ruffo
    Library and Archives, Room A

    Three of Canada’s most celebrated writers share the stage to talk about the development of contemporary Indigenous literature. Carleton University’s Armand Garnet Ruffo, author of At Geronimo's Grave and co-editor of (Ad)dressing Our Words: Aboriginal Perspectives on Aboriginal Literature leads the conversation with Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Motorcycles & Sweetgrass and Me Funny, and Gregory Scofield, author of Kipocihkän: Poems New and Selected and Singing Home the Bones.

6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES : ANCIENT WISDOM IN THE MODERN WORLD with Wade Davis
    Hosted by Adrian Harewood
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

    "Davis presents an eloquent and persuasive case for the contemporary value of these ancient cultures, not least because of what we might learn about how human societies can live sustainably on the planet." --Canadian Geographic

    Over the past decade, many of us have been alarmed to learn of the rapidly accelerating extinction of our planet's diverse flora and fauna. But how many of us know that our human cultural diversity is also going extinct at a shocking rate? Biologists estimate that 18% of mammals and 11% of birds are threatened, while botanists anticipate the loss of 8% of flora. Meanwhile, of the 7,000 languages in the world today, 50% will disappear in our lifetime. Languages are merely the canaries in the coalmine: what of the poetry, songs, knowledge, and ways of seeing encoded in these disappearing voices?

    Acclaimed anthropologist Wade Davis, author of The Wayfinders, offers a gripping account of this urgent crisis. He leads us on a fascinating tour through a handful of indigenous cultures and worldviews while reminding us of the encroaching dangers posed by unchecked globalization. An enlightening, awe-inspiring, and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from one of the world's most celebrated and distinguished anthropologists.


8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

  • EXTRAORDINARY CANADIANS
    John Ralston Saul hosts Adrienne Clarkson, Mark Kingwell and Douglas Coupland
    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

    We conclude the 2010 Spring Edition with the latest installment of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians. John Ralston Saul, Executive Editior of the series and newly elected president of PEN International leads the discussion on three Canadian titans on the world stage: Adrienne Clarkson on Norman Bethune, Mark Kingwell on Glenn Gould, and Douglas Coupland on Marshall McLuhan. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

 

 

 

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