Various dates through 2018/2019
What's the Big Idea is a different kind of series...
Part presentation, part moderated salon discussion – and our diverse line-up of guest speakers and topics is meant to spark lively discussion, spirited debate and new ideas, in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Add a glass of wine from Henry of Pelham and the local lens of our eclectic moderators, and you have a provocative mix that offers an evening you won’t easily forget. Don’t miss the launch of the premiere series: and bring a friend, to continue the discussion on the way home!
7:00PM - 9:00PM
October 18th, 2018 - Ian Brown
Ian Brown will read from Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year, and engage in a frank discussion on Cannabis, a piece written for the Globe and Mail. Ian Brown is an author and a feature writer for The Globe and Mail whose work has won many National Magazine and National Newspaper awards.
November 22nd, 2018 - Puneet Dutt
If a book can be a mirror, The Better Monsters reflects what we see in ourselves and in each other. Replete with compelling protagonists and cross-referencing multiple identities, Puneet Dutt’s poems masterfully negotiate the cultural complexities of politics, violence, and war in the new century, and explore the lingering effect of racism and the ideas of borders, belonging, and home in North America and beyond.
December 6th, 2018 - Laurie Brown
Laurie Brown is a passionate advocate for the arts and artists in Canada. She has built a reputation as an accomplished interviewer and seasoned broadcaster by bringing out the best in Canadian artists. Laurie hosted The Signal on CBC Radio 2 for the last 10 years, a much loved late night music program.
February 7th, 2019 - George Elliott Clarke
A revered poet, George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, in 1960. A graduate of the University of Waterloo Dalhousie University and Queen's University (Ph.D., 1993), he is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.
March 21st, 2019 - Peggy Baker C.M.
Join Peggy Baker for an intimate presentation in which she delves into photographs that capture the history of contemporary dance, to reveal intriguing parallels with major visual arts movements of the 20th century. Peggy Baker is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding and influential contemporary dancers of her generation.
April 25th, 2019 - Catherine Hernandez: Scarborough
Catherine Hernandez's debut novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press), is a moving multi-voiced story about a neighbourhood that refuses to fall apart in the face of poverty and crime. Weaving together the stories of three children growing up in difficult circumstances with the stories of three adults who are doing their best to help them out, Scarborough is a vibrant and emotional novel.
$40/session in advance. $50 at the door
Price includes lights snacks and one glass of wine.