We’d like to personally invite you to spend the weekend with us in Ottawa for Spur 2014: a five-city festival of politics, art and ideas, whose capital edition kicks off next week!
From May 8-10, Spur focuses on finding the signals that matter, cutting through the noise on topics ranging from the <> (with Paul Wells) to the difficulty of writing short stories (with Rivka Galchen).
Here are just a few of the highlights:
— Explore the carefully crafted language of politics, from “deficit” to “drone,” with Power and Politics’ Evan Solomon, Vancouver pollster/strategist Dimitri Pantazopoulos, theToronto Star’s Susan Delacourt and 2011 NDP National Campaign Director Brad Lavigne.
— Join a candid conversation with internationally acclaimed novelist Heather O’Neill, author of the Canada Reads winner Lullabies for Little Criminals, about growing up and writing in Montreal, as well as her forthcoming book, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.
— Confront the shifting economic order with Armine Yalnizyan (Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), as she predicts what the rebalancing of markets and labour will mean for Canadians by 2021.
PLUS: Laugh it up with incisive wits from Meg Fraser (of the @Stats_Canada account & book) to Picnicface co-founder Brian MacQuarrie; uncover Ottawa’s hidden history, and its best coffee shops, on a walking tour with Phil Jenkins (An Acre of Time); and enjoy a unique evening of music, comedy and poetry – featuring Bruce Cockburn and other great performers – at the Signal, Verse, Noise literary cabaret.
But the festival won’t be complete without you: book tickets today, if you haven’t already.
Or better yet, buy a pass and spend the weekend with special access to all the fascinating people, art and ideas. So check out the many exciting events on offer at Spur Ottawa 2014 – then step away from your screen, and into the live conversation!
Hope to see you there,
Spur Festival Director
P.s. – Know any university or graduate students who like to think big? They could attend Spur Ottawa FREE – and get insider access to festival speakers and events – by becoming an RBC Emerging Scholars. Some spaces are still available!