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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 –– and everyone. And now this event, featuring some the most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring thinkers and performers, is also the centre piece of a four-day exploration of ideas called ArtsEverywhere Festival.

Explore new possibilities, imagine your Canada.

Save the date! The 15th annual Guelph Lecture–On Being Canadian will take place Friday January 19, 2018.

Stay tuned! We will be adding more information about speakers and performers as we get closer to the date. 

Philosopher and cultural analyst Joseph Heath presents his lecture, “The Rise of the Counter-Cultural Right.” He is the author of Enlightenment 2.0, which brings us the concept of slow politics: promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate to restore sanity in today’s rapid-fire political and media landscape.

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Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national health care, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. As an author she is best known for Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, a finalist for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

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Okavango African Orchestra is an ambitious musical project that could happen only in a great multicultural city like Toronto. Batuki Music Society Artistic Director Nadine McNulty assembled a cast of eight accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal.

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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

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