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Arts & Culture Speakers

When it comes to music, literature, film, spoken-word, and culture, Speakers' Spotlight represents many of the world’s most brilliant, talented, and influential minds.

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Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B

Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Aglukark’s ta...

Susan Aglukark

Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright | Diversity Expert

Trey Anthony is a visionary creator, comedian, television writer, and award-winning playwright of international significance. The first African Canadian woman to have her own program on a primetime Canadian network, she is the writer of the critically acclaime...

Trey Anthony

Jann Arden

Renowned Musician | Bestselling Author

Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories...

Jann Arden

Cameron Bailey

Artistic Director & Co-Head, Toronto International Film Festival

Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The artistic director and co-head of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his posi...

Cameron Bailey

Jeanne Beker

Iconic Fashion Journalist

Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Television, along with wh...

Jeanne Beker

Choir! Choir! Choir!

International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! has sung with Tegan and Sara at the Junos, performed at a David Bowie tribute in New York, and have even taken to the Radio City Music Hall stage with Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. A collective led by creative directors Nobu Adilman ...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

Jessi Cruickshank

Television Personality

As the host of many of television’s most popular programs, Jessi Cruickshank knows how to capture eyes and ears. Acclaimed for her hilarious humour and friendly demeanour, Jessi showcases her unique abilities as an emcee, moderator, or on-stage interviewer f...

Jessi Cruickshank

Tyrone Edwards

Anchor, etalk

With his extensive pop culture knowledge and an innate ability to ease his guests into intimate and candid conversation, Tyrone Edwards brings his expertise to Canada’s most-watched entertainment program as the anchor of etalk. A versatile presenter and ...

Tyrone Edwards

Will Ferguson

Award-Winning Novelist and Travel Writer

Will Ferguson is as Canadian as canoes and hockey. The hilarious author of numerous acclaimed books, including Canadian History for Dummies, How To Be a Canadian, and even (counter-intuitively) Why I Hate Canadians, Ferguson wears his nationalism on his sleeve...

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York

Internationally recognized for her inspiring story, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is an acclaimed author, humanitarian, broadcaster, and spokesperson who has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. Speaking candidly about her person...

Sarah Ferguson by Brian Aris

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonder he was n...

Richard Florida

Allan Hawco

Star, Republic of Doyle, Frontier, Caught

Allan Hawco is a renaissance man. The creator, writer, executive producer and star of television’s hit shows Republic of Doyle and Caught, he is also the executive producer and star of Frontier, a Discovery Canada and Netflix original series. In addition, A...

Allan Hawco

Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, mental health, an...

Lawrence Hill

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz is a JUNO Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 15 years touring internationally, sharing the stage and studio with legendary musicians and releasing five albums. A gifted storyteller, Katz infuses his pr...

Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamor...

Sarah Kay

Kai Kight

Violinist | Composer | Innovator | Entrepreneur

Kai Kight has inspired thousands to reach their creative potential. An innovative violinist, composer, and speaker, Kai uses music to fuel his mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. He performs mesmerizing, o...

Kai Kight

Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida

Acclaimed Musicians | Award-Winning Humanitarians

One of Canada’s most influential cultural couples, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida have earned nearly every accolade their country can give them, including a joint appointment to the Order of Canada for their humanitarian efforts. But ask them what the...

Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida

Spike Lee

Revolutionary Filmmaker

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly―and with authority―about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, usin...

Lainey Lui

Co-Host, The Social | Correspondent, etalk | Founder, LaineyGossip

Elaine “Lainey” Lui has been breaking entertainment news since the launch of her world-famous celebrity gossip website, LaineyGossip.com, and as a correspondent on CTV’s Canada’s #1 entertainment show, etalk. Also a co-host on CTV’s The Social, Laine...

Lainey Lui

Ben Mulroney

Co-Host of CTV's Your Morning and Anchor of CTV’s etalk

A co-host of CTV’s daily morning program, Your Morning and contributor to CTV’s eTalk, Ben Mulroney is regarded as one of Canada’s premier television hosts. Despite being the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, having a law ...

Ben Mulroney

Steven Page

Iconic Musician

Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingly honest s...

Steven Page - Photo by David Leyes

Serena Ryder

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Mental Health Advocate

For Serena Ryder, music is medicine. Her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances, have made her a favourite amongst fans, peers, and critics alike. The award-winning singer-songwriter has won six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchM...

Serena Ryder

William Shatner

Legendary Hollywood Actor | Philanthropist

William Shatner is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, having cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, and recording artist. In 1996, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T...

William Shatner

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

How do you get to be named Classical Music’s “No.1 Maverick?” By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances, and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a “musical force of nature”, Jade Simmo...

Jade Simmons

Tara Slone

Co-Host, Hometown Hockey

Tara Slone’s eclectic resume and unique perspective have made her one of the most recognizable faces in the Canadian entertainment industry. The co-host of Hometown Hockey, Tara speaks about her intriguing career path which saw her transition from rock star ...

Tara Slone

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Optimist | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a Syrian refugee camp to surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala and spending 10 years documenting the journey of an undocumented boy living in New York City, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. ...

Alexandre Trudeau

Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his bold views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism and for his brave iconoclasm and fierc...

Alexandre Trudeau

David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity & AI Expert

When innovative companies like Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Rogers, and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. He doesn’t just talk creativity and artificial intelligence (AI) — he lives it. Drawing from...