Explore new possibilities, imagine your Canada.

Friday, January 20, 2017 at the River Run Centre in Guelph.

January 20, 2017 we will present the 14th Guelph Lecture – On Being Canadian


The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to broaden the scope and number of voices that promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater  understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians. The Eramosa Institute, presenting the Guelph Lecture in partnership with Musagetes, the Literary Review of Canada, and the University of Guelph, offers a new, multi-day event called the Spur Festival Guelph. Over three days, the festival offers lectures, conversations, musical performances, literary readings, film screenings, and city walks that will consider how we imagine new possibilities for the world  beyond the status quo.  The 2017 Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian, will serve as the centrepiece of the three-day Spur Festival.

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We are very excited to once again be part of Spur Guelph as we bring together a cast of imaginative thinkers and performers who will engage audience members with an array of ideas, not just for Canadians, but for everyone.

See below to get a taste of what we presented at our last event in November 2015. 

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosophy, composer, artist, and author; a 21st century renaissance man

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Lee Maracle is an author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist and member of the Stó:lō Nation

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The Penderecki String Quartet, one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation.

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Peter Hatch is a composer, music curator and Professor at the Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University

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DJ Cyclist is a Toronto based dj, producer, event curator, and obsessive, disco-discerning tastemaker

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Spur Festival: Three days of collectively imagining new possibilities for the world beyond the status quo.

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Tickets will be available online at riverrun.ca, by phone at 519-763-300, and in person at the River Run Box Office.

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35 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3V1, Canada
Monday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm


“The ability to adapt is what helps to define us as Canadians…innovation, creativity, and fresh, new thinking.”
“An absolute world class slate of individuals to push forward our thinking as they share their views about being Canadian”

Franco Vaccarino
University of Guelph, President

“An annual event that does so much to generate the necessary conversation about how we live in a time of great difficulty and a time of great possibility”

Robert Enright,
Academic, Scholar, Author