EVENTS

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

Please select from the list below to view print, images and video from past offerings of The Guelph Lecture — On Being Canadian and to see details of the upcoming events.

2018

Save the Date!

The Guelph Lecture–On Being Canadian will take place Friday January 19, 2018 as part of the

ArtsEverywhere Festival January 18-20, 2018

2017

Jeannette Armstrong is a professor, storyteller, and protector of Indigenous culture, and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).

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Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail’s National Food Reporter. In 2016, she travelled across Canada for a series called Chop Suey Nation, which told the stories of Chinese restaurants and the families who run them.

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Midnight Shine. The Northern Ontario foursome with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock, and explores First Nations’ culture, tradition and life in the north with depth and meaning.

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Melanie Goodchild is an educator and researcher in Indigenous social innovation. Melanie will emcee the event.

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We are very pleased to be collaborating with Musagetes—and working with new partners across the community—to offer an entire Festival of Ideas over three days. For 14 years now, The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian has added new voices to the ongoing conversation of what it means to be Canadian and what role our country could and should play in a changing world.

This year we are helping to highlight some of the work that needs to be done within our own borders—including right here at home—to create spaces that shape a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, especially in the context of broadening awareness of the cultural genocide made visible by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If you were at our 2009 event, you heard John Ralston Saul describe Canada as founded on three pillars (Aboriginal, French, and English) and the Commission reinforced this perspective, describing “an initial period of cooperative inter-reliance grounded in norms of equality and mutual dependence.” As we come to Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we are only just beginning to understand the enormous blemish created by the “the ethos of exclusion and cultural annihilation” that followed our promising beginning.

We are determined to learn what we can do to advance reconciliation, knowing it will help all who live on this land now called Canada. We hope that you will come away from the Festival inspired to think about how you and the organisations with which you are affiliated can join in this important effort and make our future as bright as our beginning.

2015

Keynote Speaker: 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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2014

Janice Gross Stein:

As one of the world’s leading experts on peace, crisis, and security.

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Brigitte Shim:

Shares her passion for the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape and interior and industrial design.

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Basia Bulat:

Toronto singer-songwriter, 2014 Polaris short list nominated album, The Tall Tall Shadow.

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Miriam Toews:

Award winning, Canadian author

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2013

Lee Smolin: a philosopher, a theoretical physicist and a founding faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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Karen Houle:
poet and philosopher

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Lauren Mann:

singer, songwriter.

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Ambre McLean,

soulful musician

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Ric Young,

social change

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2012

Dr. Henry Mintzberg:

The world’s premiere management thinker

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Eleanor Wachtel:

Host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company

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Sarah Neufeld:

Violin virtuoso, Arcade Fire

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Andrew McPherson:

Canadian producer, composer,

remixer and multi-instrumentalist.

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2011

Madeleine Redfern:

Elected Mayor of Iqaluit on December 13th, 2010

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 Jane Bunnett:

One of Canada’s most intriguing and respected jazz performers.

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Michael Helm: 

The Projectionist, Giller Prize Nomination, 1997.

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Andrew McPherson:

Canadian producer, composer,

remixer and multi-instrumentalist.

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2010

Mark Kingwell:

Professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto’s Department of Philosophy.

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 Carolyn Mark and guest NQ Arbuckle:

Performances sure to provoke laughs, tears and toe taps – Carolyn’s music is one of a kind.

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Oni the Haitian Sensation

Internationally recognized slam poet.

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Craig Norris:

Canadian Radio Personality

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2009

 John Ralston Saul:

One of Canada’s greatest political and economic thinkers

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 Kevin Breit:

Easily one of Canada’s best guitar players.

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Sandra Birdsell:

Author of short-stories, novels, plays, radio dramas, and scripts for television and film.

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Shelley Ambrose:

Walrus Magazine’s Executive Director and Co- Publisher

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2008

Guy Maddin:

Award-winning Canadian film maker

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 Rawi Hage:

Multi-media artist

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Melissa McClelland:

The avant-garde mistress of inner-pop noire

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Sheila Heti:

 Author and cultural curator

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2007

David Buckland:

Artist, photographer, designer and filmmaker

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M.G. Vassanji:

Giller Prize-winning author

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Andrew McPherson & eccodek:

“magnetic grooves, percolating beats and bone rattling bass”

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2006

Louise Fréchette:

The first Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

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  Ndidi Onukwulu with Madagascar Slim

 Incredible music, and amazing stories

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Diane Nalini,

Singer, Rhodes scholar and U. of G. Physics professor

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2005

Atom Egoyan:

Film, television, and theatre

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 Arsinée Khanjian:

Actor, activist, and community-minded volunteer

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Jane Urquhart:

Award-winning, internationally-renowned novelist and poet.

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Nathan Coles Outfit & Ambre McLean:

Music

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2004

Alexandre Trudeau:

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist

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Mading Angeth:

A B.C. high school student who says he can see that there might be a solution to the conflict in his native country of Sudan.

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2003

Severn Cullis-Suzuki:

Activist, television host and presenter

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Reviews

“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