The Walrus Talks Comes to Winnipeg and the WAG

TK, 2015 (TORONTO)—The Walrus Foundation is pleased to bring its national event series, the Walrus Talks, to Winnipeg for the first time, with TD Presents the Walrus Talks Arctic, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on March 26.

The Walrus Talks format features eight compelling speakers for eighty minutes of lively, smart ideas on topics relating to a single theme. From history to art, climate to sovereignty, TD Presents the Walrus Talks Arctic will focus on the issues and opportunities that make the North truly unique.

“The Walrus Foundation is committed to conversations vital to Canadians, and the future of the Arctic is one of the most important issues facing Canada today,” said Shelley Ambrose, executive director of the Walrus Foundation and publisher of The Walrus magazine. “We’re thrilled to bring the Walrus Talks series to Winnipeg and especially to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.”

The event will feature Walrus Talks from eight leading thinkers:

-       Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
-       Ruben Komangapik, artist and sculptor
-       Whitney Lackenbauer, historian, author, and Fulbright Scholar
-       Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre
-       James Raffan, author, explorer, and geographer
-       Lola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead
-       Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Music Prize winner
-       Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human-rights activist

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is thrilled to partner with The Walrus Foundation to bring the Walrus Talks to Winnipeg for the first time,” says Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “As we look forward to the development of our new Inuit Art Centre, these Arctic-themed talks and the conversations they will inspire couldn’t be more timely.”

TD Presents the Walrus Talks Arctic will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (300 Memorial Boulevard). General-admission tickets are $20, and tickets for students and WAG members are available for $15. They can be purchased at thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-arctic.

TD Presents the Walrus Talks Arctic is produced by the Walrus Foundation in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery. All attendees are invited to an on-site reception following the talk that includes access to Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, Canada’s official exhibition at the prestigious 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

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ABOUT THE WALRUS FOUNDATION
The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, in print, tablet, and smart phone editions; curating the Walrus Talks, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; posting original, high-quality content at thewalrus.ca; and through such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks. The foundation also partners with Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other programming at thewalrus.ca/tv; and trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

For more information, or to book an interview with any of our speakers, please contact Miranda Newman at miranda.newman@thewalrus.ca or
(416) 971-5004, ext. 227.

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