Canada Reads from coast to coast

CBC is putting together great events and programming about Canada Reads from coast to coast! Be sure to check out all the events, whether they took place in person, online or on the radio, below.

Canada Reads 2014 will take place March 3-6, 2014. You can check out the debates in person, online, on the radio or on television -- all the broadcast details can be found here.


Victoria: Blues for Esi

What:  All Points West hosted fan evening of conversation and music at Herman's Jazz Club. This live panel discussion will focus on music in times of oppression, both past and present, and include a live performance by guitarist Patrick Boyle. Admission will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Esquimalt High School jazz program. More details to come, so stay tuned. LISTEN HERE >>


Vancouver: Canada Reads One Paragraph Contest

NXNW hosted a writing challenge. Entrants wrote a fictional paragraph about a character (or characters) in some place (literally or figuratively) they didn't want to be and from which they are trying to escape.

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Calgary: Celebrate Canada Reads

CBC Calgary's afternoon show, The Homestretch, took a closer look at the novel, Annabel. Host Doug Dirks interviewed a unisex person born in Calgary in the 1960's and discussed the rise of gender neutral bathrooms in Canada. LISTEN HERE >> What: CBC Calgary's morning show, The Calgary Eyeopener's will be hiding shiny new Canada Reads book at several little free libraries around the city. Tune into the show for clues on where to find the loot!

When: March 3-6 on CBC Radio One


Sudbury: A Storytelling Festival

 CBC Sudbury hosted a Canada Reads Storytelling Festival. They hosted lively conversations that explore how the lives of northerners intersect with themes found in the five novels chosen for Canada Reads. We'll have a panel on storytelling, introduce the city's new poet laureate and give you a chance to share your stories and poems. EXPERIENCE IT HERE >>


Ottawa: Aboriginal Reads

Part gala, part gathering, part debate. Canada Reads author Joseph Boyden joined CBC personalities and author Waubgeshig Rice for "Aboriginal Canada Reads: A celebration of indigenous storytelling through literature." WATCH HERE >>


Montreal: Black History Month with Donovan Bailey

Former Olympic champion Donovan Bailey participated in a special Canada Reads / Black History Month event at Indigo Chapters in downtown Montreal. They discussed his chosen book - Half-Blood Blues -examined Montreal's rich jazz history, and speak with specialists about the history of Montreal's black community. LISTEN HERE >>


St. John's: Newfoundland Writes

Every day, a new, well-known N.L. writer added a new tweet to the Twitter-based story using the hashtag #NLwrites. READ THE STORY HERE >>

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