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Alex Colville at the AGO
August 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Featured Titles: Colville
12:00 am - 12:00 am at art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

More than 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario starting in summer 2014, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition will honour Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

 



Masterworks from The Beaverbrook Art Gallery at the WAG
September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Featured Titles: Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
9:00 am - 11:00 pm at Winnipeg Art Gallery (300 Memorial Boulevard), Winnipeg, MB

Don't miss The Masterworks from The Beaverbrook Art Gallery at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from September 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

For more information, visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


 



Mary Pratt at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
October 10, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Featured Titles: Mary Pratt
9:00 am - 11:00 pm at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street), Halifax, NS

Be sure to catch the retrospective of this great Canadian artist's work at the The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS) from October 10, 2014 – February 1, 2015.

For more information, visit The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.


 



Ian Weir at Real Vancouver Writer's Series
November 21, 2014
Headliner(s): Ian Weir
7:30 pm at INDEX Gallery, 1305 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

Join the Real Vancouver Writer's Series as they celebrate a great year of writing, books, and the vibrant Vancouver literary community at the INDEX GALLERY on Friday November 21st at 7:30PM.

There will be cocktails and music, great people convivialating, and fantastic prizes. Hear new work from Ian Weir, Phinder Dulai, Christine Lowther, Julie Paul, Matt Rader, and Trish Kelly. Doors open at 7:00PM. Suggested donation $5. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. For more information, click here.     



The Last Hockey Game skates into Etobicoke
November 23, 2014
Featured Titles: The Last Hockey Game
1:00 pm at Chapters Queensway, 1950 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON

On May 2, 1967, Montreal and Toronto faced each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. This was only the fifth time the teams had ever played each other in the Stanley Cup finals. Toronto led the series 3-2.

But this wasn’t simply a game. From the moment Foster Hewitt announced “Hello, Canada and hockey fans in the United States,” the game became a turning point in sports history. That night, the Leafs would win the Cup. The next season, the National Hockey League would expand to twelve teams. Players would form an association to begin collective bargaining. Hockey would become big business. The NHL of the “Original Six” would be a thing of the past.

It was The Last Hockey Game.

Join author Bruce McDougall at Chapters - Square One in Mississauga as he signs copies of the book that has hockey fans clamouring.



Sue Sinclair at the Ship Pub
November 23, 2014
Headliner(s): Sue Sinclair
7:30 pm at The Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth Street, St. John's, NL

St. John’s-raised poet Sue Sinclair returns to the Island to give public readings on November 23 and November 25. Sinclair is the author of four books of poetry. The Drunken, Lovely Bird, her third book of poetry, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2004. A fifth collection, Heaven's Thieves, is based on her recently completed PhD work in philosophy on the subject of beauty and will appear in 2016 with Brick Books.

Sue Sinclair's work has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award and was twice nominated for both the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. She grew in St. John's and currently lives in Montreal.
 
The readings are presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Grenfell campus, as part of its Come From Away Reading Series supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
Admission is free. All are welcome.

 



Sue Sinclair at White Horse Lounge
November 25, 2014
Featured Titles: The Drunken, Lovely Bird
8:00 pm at White Horse Lounge, 14c Herald Avenue, Cornerbrook, NL

St. John’s-raised poet Sue Sinclair returns to the Island to give public readings on November 23 and November 25. Sinclair is the author of four books of poetry. The Drunken, Lovely Bird, her third book of poetry, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2004. A fifth collection, Heaven's Thieves, is based on her recently completed PhD work in philosophy on the subject of beauty and will appear in 2016 with Brick Books.

Sue Sinclair's work has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award and was twice nominated for both the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. She grew in St. John's and currently lives in Montreal.
 
The readings are presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Grenfell campus, as part of its Come From Away Reading Series supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
Admission is free. All are welcome.



Sue and Jim Waddington at the Canadian Club of North Bay
November 26, 2014
Featured Titles: In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
7:00 pm at North Bay Canadian Club, North Bay, ON

Join In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven authors Sue and Jim Waddington Sue as they discuss their quest to locate the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. This interactive talk will compare photographs of some of the 320 painting sites the Waddington's have found with the corresponding artwork. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved and a unique tale to be shared.

What people are saying about In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven:

"Fans will drool over the stunning comparions of paintings with photos of the real-life counterparts." — Canadian Living

 "[A] love note and a thank you letter to the Group of Seven and a travelogue for our spectacular Canadian wilderness. . . . I would like to raise my glass to Jim and Sue Waddington for their dogged determination, their beautiful photographs and their passion for both the Group of Seven and Canada's native landscapes." — Joanne Fallowfield, Newsletter of the North American Native Plant Society

For more information, please contact the North Bay Canadian Club.



Susan Evans Shaw at the Dundas Museum & Archives
November 27, 2014
Headliner(s): Susan Evans Shaw
Featured Titles: Canadians at War Vol. 2
7:00 pm at Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas, ON

Join author and historian Susan Evans Shaw and photographer Jean Crankshaw at the Dundas Museum & Archives for a journey into the past as they retrace the footsteps of Canadian soldiers as they depart from Canada, endure a bleak winter on the Salisbury Plain, and then cross into France to face their final battles. An immersive experience, this presentation will take you inside the pages of Canadians at War Vol.2: A Guide to the Battlefields and Memorials of World War II and into the lives of men and women who risked everything to serve their country.



Victoria Launch: Will Starling by Ian Weir and The Evolutionist by Avi Sirlin
November 27, 2014
Headliner(s): Ian Weir
7:00 pm at Russell Books, 734 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

Join authors Ian Weir and Avi Sirlin in celebration of the launch of their new novels at Russell Books.

BC resident Ian Weir is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author. Steeped in scientific lore, laced with dark humour, Will Starling is a rollicking, bawdy, and haunting novel about love and redemption, death and resurrection. Published by Goose Lane Editions, the book has been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans. The Globe and Mail has proclaimed Will Starling "a remarkably subversive novel" and the Vancouver Sun called the novel "all very ’orrible, and a lot of fun."

Victoria resident Avi Sirlin's The Evolutionist  has recently been published by Aurora Metro Press. The Evolutionist tells the story of one of Britain’s most controversial and misunderstood Victorians, the forgotten father of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace.



Colville at the AGO
November 28, 2014
Featured Titles: Colville
2:00 pm at Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

As part of the Alex Colville major restrospective exhibition, the Art Gallery of Ontario presents a day of special screenings. On November 28, beginning at 2:00 pm, a number of films will be shown with connections to Alex Colville.

Sarah Polley's The Stories We Tell explores truth and memory, aging and loss. These themes feature prominently in Alex Colville, particularly in the paintings of Rhoda and Alex Colville, which emphasize a lifetime of engagement between artist and model, husband and wife. 

Set in 1965, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom features the repeated visual quoting of Alex Colville’s iconic painting of the same year,To Prince Edward Island.

Alex Colville was deeply interested in the work of the Coen brothers, filmmakers who, like Colville, engage with the potential for evil, violence and danger within deceptively simple tales. No Country for Old Men with its layers of damaged and flawed characters, all profoundly marked by history and who reflect diverse embodiments of good and evil is set in a very distinct rural landscape. 

Stanley Kubrick, a filmmaker as obsessive about detail as Alex Colville, included four of Colville’s works in his masterpiece of horror The Shining with Horse and Train centrally positioned in a critical opening scene.

For details go to  http://www.ago.net/events-adult



The Puritan Black Friday
November 28, 2014
Headliner(s): Stevie Howell
Featured Titles: ^^^^^^ [Sharps]
7:30 pm at Loft404, 263 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON

Stevie Howell will be at The Puritan Black Friday on Friday, November 28.



Ian Weir at Chapters Kamloops
November 29, 2014
Featured Titles: Will Starling
1:00 pm at Chapters Kamloops, Kamloops, BC

Ian Weir returns to his hometown of Kamloops on November 29. Join him as he signs copies of Will Starling and find out why the Globe and Mail has called it "a remarkably subversive novel."



Books, Beethoven, and Beer
November 29, 2014
Featured Titles: Home
7:00 pm at Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB

Join the Saint John Public Library (Central Branch) for a special, afterhours evening of words, music, and refreshment on Saturday, November 29th.

Award-winning author Beth Powning will be reading from Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life. The Saint John String Quartet will be playing, and Big Tide is set to cater and supply a specially crafted beer.

Tickets are $10 and include snacks. A cash bar will offer beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets available at Central, West and East Branches of the SJFPL. For more information, call 643-7236.

About Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life

After twenty-five years on a New Brunswick farm, award-winning Canadian author Beth Powning came to understand the land she calls home. Now, almost twenty years after the initial publication of Home, readers may once again experience the spirit of home in nature in this new edition of her seminal book.

“A wandering serenity you can hold in your hand.... In a world increasingly cynical and numb, Powning puts a light in the window for us all.” — Chicago Tribune



Stevie Howell at Rowers Pub Reading Series, Best Canadian Poetry Night
December 1, 2014
Headliner(s): Stevie Howell
Featured Titles: ^^^^^^ [Sharps]
6:15 pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street, Toronto, ON

Join Stevie Howell as she reads from ^^^^^^ [Sharps]at the Rowers Pub Reading Series, Best of Canadian Poetry Night.

For more information and to view the full lineup, visit http://rowerspubreadingseries.wordpress.com/.



Discovering our Short Stories: Igniting the Big Bang
December 1, 2014
Headliner(s): Margaret Sweatman
7:00 pm at SWG Regina Office, 1150 8th Ave., Regina, SK

Join Winnipeg author Margaret Sweatman in this two and a half hour master writing workshop on short story writing. This workshop is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and is for writers with some publication history.

About the workshop:

Participants will talk through their ideas for stories, the ones they haven't yet written, and they'll imagine several ways in which they can be structured for very different effects. They will be experimenting -- verbally, and with short writing exercises -- in the differing effects of structure and narrative technique, of voice, and a story's relationship with time. Participants will also devote part of this workshop to a session editing stories that they're already engaged in writing. To make that portion work well, please submit one as yet unpublished short story by email to the Guild offices, to be forwarded to Margaret Sweatman by November 24th.

To register please fill out the registration form and email registrations and a writing sample to swgevents@skwriter.com or mail to PO Box 3986, Regina, SK S4P 3R9. For more information, please visit http://www.skwriter.com/home.

About Margaret Sweatman:

Margaret Sweatman is a novelist, playwright, and lyricist. She teaches literature and creative writing and performs with the Broken Songs Band. Her three previous novels garnered Sweatman the McNally Robinson Prize for the Manitoba Book of the Year, the John Hirsch Award for the most promising Manitoba writer, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Award. Her latest novel, Mr. Jones, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2014 to critical acclaim.



Write After Lunch with Margaret Sweatman
December 2, 2014
Headliner(s): Margaret Sweatman
12:15 pm at Suite 100, 1150-8th Avenue OR online at http://new.livestream.com/home, Regina, SK

How do we recognize our stories as they come to us through the busyness and confusions of ordinary life? Stories might first approach our imaginations as a shape, a gesture, a feeling, and these rather ghostly apparitions can then become more fully inhabited by characters and by voicings and images. Join Mr. Jones author Margaret Sweatman for the latest instalment of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild's Write After Lunch series: Igniting Our Stories.

To attend in person, bring a bagged lunch to the Regina office of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (Suite 100, 1150-8th Avenue).

Join on Livestream

The SWG is pleased to announce that they are now able to live stream their free Write After Lunch series to anyone who has access to high speed Internet.

If you’d like to participate from your home, office or favourite Wi-Fi spot, you can easily do so. This is a free service, but you do need to Login to Livestream with your email and a password to access content. Set this up ahead of time.

To do so, either Google "Livestream," or go to this URL: http://new.livestream.com/home. Set up your login and then search for Write After Lunch with Margaret Sweatman.

For more information about the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the Write After Lunch Series, please visit http://www.skwriter.com/home/618.



The Last Hockey Game in Mississauga
December 6, 2014
Headliner(s): Bruce McDougall
Featured Titles: The Last Hockey Game
1:00 pm at Chapters - Square On, 189 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga, ON

On May 2, 1967, Montreal and Toronto faced each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. This was only the fifth time the teams had ever played each other in the Stanley Cup finals. Toronto led the series 3-2.

But this wasn’t simply a game. From the moment Foster Hewitt announced “Hello, Canada and hockey fans in the United States,” the game became a turning point in sports history. That night, the Leafs would win the Cup. The next season, the National Hockey League would expand to twelve teams. Players would form an association to begin collective bargaining. Hockey would become big business. The NHL of the “Original Six” would be a thing of the past.

It was The Last Hockey Game.

Join author Bruce McDougall at Chapters - Square One in Mississauga as he signs copies of the book that has hockey fans clamouring.



Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books Authors' Brunch
December 7, 2014
Headliner(s): Bruce McDougall
10:00 am at Vanity Fair Ballroom, King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. East , Toronto, ON

Join authors Bruce McDougall, Conrad Black, and Alison Pick for the Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books Authors' Brunch.

The Last Hockey Game by Bruce McDougall (Goose Lane Editions) On May 2, 1967, Montreal and Toronto faced each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. This was only the fifth time the teams had ever played each other in the Stanley Cup finals. But this wasn’t simply a game. That night, the Leafs would win the Cup. The next season, the National Hockey League would expand to twelve teams. Players would form an association to begin collective bargaining. Hockey would become big business. The NHL of the “Original Six” would be a thing of the past.

Rise to Greatness by Conrad Black (McClelland & Stewart) From Champlain to Carleton; Baldwin and Lafontaine to MacDonald, Laurier, and King; Canada's role in peace and war to Quebec's quest for autonomy; Black takes on sweeping themes and vividly recounts the story of Canada's development from colony to dominion to country. Brilliantly conceived, this major new re-examination of our country's history is a riveting tour de force.

Between Gods by Alison Pick (Doubleday Canada) Alison Pick was born in the 1970s and raised in a supportive, loving family. As a teenager, she made a discovery that instantly changed her understanding of her family, and her vision for her own life, forever. She learned that her Pick grandparents, who had escaped from the Czech Republic during WWII, were Jewish--and that most of this side of the family had died in concentration camps.

Brunch takes place in the Vanity Fair Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the King Edward Hotel. Tickets are $50.00 each (taxes included). Please call Ben McNally Books at (416) 361-0032 with your credit card information to reserve a ticket.



Catherine Bush at York University
January 27, 2015
Headliner(s): Catherine Bush
Featured Titles: Accusation
7:00 pm at York University, Toronto, ON

Accusation author, Catherine Bush, is participating in York University's Canadian Writers in Person reading series on January 27, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

This event is supported by the Canadian Council.

 



Margaret Sweatman Performs!
January 30, 2015
Headliner(s): Margaret Sweatman
Featured Titles: Mr. Jones
12:00 pm at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Novelist/singer/musician Margaret Sweatman performs with composer, pianist/guitarist Glenn Buhr along with Paul Pulford on cello and Mike Anderson on guitar/keyboards/vocals.

Music by Buhr, Sweatman, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Arvo Pärt. For more information go to http://glennbuhr.com/



Freeman Patterson workshop on Great Barrier Reef
February 7, 2015 - February 14, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
9:00 am - 12:00 am at Lady Elliot Island, Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia,

Freeman Patterson, one of Canada’s most distinguished nature photographers, will be conducting a week-long photography workshop in February with Darran, Julia and Pearce Leal on Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Sponsored by World Photo Adventures. For more information, call 07 5446 6538 or email julia@worldadventures.com.au.



Freeman Patterson workshop in New Zealand
February 16, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
9:00 am - 12:00 am at , New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound,

Join renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson for a workshop titled Edge of Perception with co-instructor Sally Mason. Patterson will focus on creativity, and using the building blocks of visual design for clear, effective, personal expression while Sally will challenge you to restore and refresh the energy found in your photography.

Comments from previous participants:

"It will be a week that I will remember forever. It really touched my heart and it has made a big impact on my life". H.S.

"It's always great to be immersed in photography in such a wonderful location and with such inspirational tutors" V.W.

For more information, email photosally@gmail.com.



Freeman Patterson workshop in New Zealand
February 23, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
9:00 am - 5:00 pm at , New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound,

Join renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson for a workshop titled Edge of Perception with co-instructor Sally Mason. Patterson will focus on creativity, and using the building blocks of visual design for clear, effective, personal expression while Sally will challenge you to restore and refresh the energy found in your photography.

Comments from previous participants:

"It will be a week that I will remember forever. It really touched my heart and it has made a big impact on my life". H.S.

"It's always great to be immersed in photography in such a wonderful location and with such inspirational tutors" V.W.

For more information, email photosally@gmail.com.



Arts and Nature Wilderness Camping Experience with Freeman Patterson and Rosie Burton
March 15, 2015 - March 29, 2015
Headliner(s): Freeman Patterson
Featured Titles: Freeman Patterson
5:00 am - 5:00 pm at Kamieskroon Hotel , South Africa,

Embark on an arts and nature wilderness camping experience with renowned nature photographer Freeman Patterson and field naturalist  Rosie Burton.

Week One: Atlantic Coast Wilderness
Week Two: Richtersveld (mountain desert wilderness)

Please note that this is a wilderness experience and not a workshop.

For more details contact Maryna/Helmut Kohrs at 011-27- 27-672-1614 or kamieshotel@kingsley.co.za.kamieshotel@kingsley.co.za



On exhibit until April 2016 - A Matter of Abstraction
April 4, 2016
Featured Titles: Jacques Hurtubise
11:00 am at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 185 Sainte-Catherine Ouest (corner Jeanne-Mance), Montreal, QC

A personal encounter with the artists and artistic movements that have defined the development of abstraction since the 1940s in Québec and across Canada: that’s what is in store for visitors to the exhibition A Matter of Abstraction, on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal starting April 12, 2012. The broad overview provided by the exhibition covers the period from 1940 to 2010, in a display of 110 pieces produced by 60 artists. This multidisciplinary selection encompasses painting, drawing, video and sculpture, with particular emphasis on Québec works in the Collection.

A Matter of Abstraction is laid out in a series of groupings. The circuit continues with spaces devoted to pieces by the Automatists, the Early Plasticians, and gestural expression and structural dynamics as represented in the works of artists like Jacques Hurtubise.

Full information, including hours and prices, may be found on the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal website.

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