#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 6

#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 6


It is admittedly odd for someone who wishes to see Canada evolve from a Constitutional Monarchy to a Republic in his lifetime to put together an edition of speeches from The Governor General’s Literary Awards.

I pursued this because it seemed important in the spirit of what SpiderWebShow has attempted to do since its inception – to amplify and connect artistic voices across Canada. Each year, Canadian writers in both official languages from across Canada gather to accept awards for excellence. Each winner crafts a short acceptance speech. In some ways, it is The Oscars of #CdnCult. Despite the fact these texts have been honed and struggled over by some of our greatest writers, these words are rarely communicated outside of the first time they are spoken to a room in Ottawa.

This edition contains speeches by three writers who continue to inspire. More than just digitized historical documents, these words are insights into the ideas and passions that inform some of our most talented writers.

Michael Wheeler
Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times



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About the Author

Michael is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow, which he co-created with Creative Catalyst Sarah Garton Stanley. He was previously Executive Director and Transformation Designer of Generator, where he led the transition from a fee-for-service model named STAF, to the current capacity-building model it operates on. Since 2003, he has run Toronto-based Praxis Theatre, with which he has directed 14 plays and curated several festivals while writing for and running performance-based websites. He teaches regularly at The National Theatre School and Queen's University, where SpiderWebShow is currently in residence.