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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. Agluk...

Susan Aglukark

Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright | Diversity Expert

Trey Anthony was the first Canadian black woman to have her own program on a prime-time Canadian network. Based on her ground-breaking play of the same name, ‘da Kink in My Hair was a television hit and put her on the map as a mentor and role m...

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 affecti...

Jann Arden

Cameron Bailey

Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

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

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, alo...

Jeanne Beker

Joseph Boyden

Internationally Renowned Novelist

Joseph Boyden is a national and international literary superstar. Shooting to fame with his first novel, the multi-award winning Three Day Road, Boyden has repeated his triumphs in his subsequent novels, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda. Exploring...

Joseph Boyden

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 Nob...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

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 ...

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 ...

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 wonde...

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 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 ...

Lawrence Hill

Marshall Jones

Custom Spoken Word Poetry Expert

Marshall Jones is a celebrated spoken word artist whose work is exploding around the world. His unique gift runs deep into the human experience, exploring universal themes that run the gamut from identity and culture to connection and technology. M...

Marshall Jones

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the pa...

Peter Katz

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 h...

Sarah Kay

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 Holly...

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 Soc...

Lainey Lui

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Internationally Renowned Novelist | Playwright and Actress | Television Host

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcaster, whose formal training was as an actor. As such, she is an unusual hybrid among literary figures in that she is as at home on stage engaging a live audience, as she is at her desk....

Ann-Marie MacDonald