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The 2017 Festival Pass provides access to opening night celebrations, Living Room Sessions, workshops and conversations for the whole weekend! Festival passes ensure savings of up to 30% off Writers Festival events. Festival pass holders have the opportunity to select their sessions in advance to ensure availability. Events are selected as part of the ticket sale purchase process. The Saturday morning brunch with authors of FEAST An Edible Road Trip, that includes a signed copy of the book and brunch with a beverage, is sold separately. Festival Passes will not apply.



7:00pm – 8:30pm
Canada 150 Festival Opening @ Gananoque Inn & Spa
Celebrating the Power of Words: Our Identities, Our Stories
Opening Remarks & Presentation of Youth Awards; Slam Poetry Performance by Prufrock Shadowrunner; and "One Brother Shy", Book Launch and Keynote with Terry Fallis

9:00pm - 10:00pm
FREE COMUNITY EVENT | The Great North Challenge
Canada 150 Pub Quiz with Quiz Master Sam MacLeod
@ Muskie Jake's Tap and Grill


10:00am – 11:30am
Writing Slam Poetry & The Power of Spoken Word Art

With Prufrock Shadowrunner @ Gananoque Brewery

9:00am – 12:00pm
The A – Z of Engaging Children:
Stories and Illustration, Writing and Design

With Claudia Dávila, Jess Keating and Paul Covello
@ Local School TBA

9:30am – 10:30am
On Blogging, Writing, and Social Media

Two for One: Kerry Clare and Lindy Mechefske
10:45am – 12:15pm
Why Food Writing Matters with Lindy Mechefske

10:45am – 12:15 pm
The Art of Blogging with Kerry Clare
@ Gananoque Inn & Spa

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Writing the Truth in a Post Truth World - Creative Non-Fiction

With Marni Jackson @ Gananoque Inn & Spa


Living Room Sessions (1)
10:00am – 11:00am Terry Fallis @ Sleepy Hollow B&B
10:00am – 11:00am Ian Hamilton @ Turtle Island B&B
10:00am – 11:00am Cathy Marie Buchanan @ Trinity House B&B
10:00am – 11:00am Marni Jackson @ Seaway Manor B&B
10:00am – 11:00am Karolyn Smartz Frost @ Gananoque Inn & Spa
10:00am – 11:00am Maggie Wheeler @ Riverwalk B&B

Living Room Sessions (2)
11:30am – 12:30pm Terry Fallis @ Sleepy Hollow B&B
11:30am – 12:30pm Ian Hamilton @ The Stonewater B&B
11:30am – 12:30pm Maggie Wheeler @ Riverwalk B&B
11:30am – 12:30pm Cathy Marie Buchanan @ Trinity House B&B
11:30am – 12:30pm Marni Jackson @ Seaway Manor B&B

SATURDAY AFTERNOON - Candid Canadian Conversations

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Setting in Storytelling: Location and Setting in Fiction

With Ian Hamilton & Cathy Marie Buchanan
@ Gananoque Inn & Spa

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Without Apology: On Being Mom Enough

With Kerry Clare @ Gananoque Public Library

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Choosing Canada: The Many Faces of Immigration/
Stories of Freedom Seekers

With Karolyn Smardz Frost & Prufrock Shadowrunner
@ Gananoque Inn & Spa

SATURDAY AFTERNOON & EVENING | Celebration of Canadian Food

2:00pm – 5:00pm Joel Stone's Own Community Farmer's Market
@ The Arthur Child Heritage Museum

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Feast: An Edible Road Trip, Stories of Food Across Canada
With Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller
With tastings of our own local flavours
@ The Arthur Child Heritage Museum


9:30am – 11:00am
Breakfast Over Easy: Fun and lively conversation with our visiting writers
No additional festival fee for pass holders. Enjoy a three-course decadent brunch for only $15.
@ A NEW RESTAURANT - a secret riverside venue in the forest by the river.


1:00pm – 2:00pm
1000 Islands Stories | Memories of River Life from 1650 to 2017

With Susan W Smith @ The Thousand Islands Boat Muesum
Conversation led by Anne (Blu) Mackintosh of the Thousand Islands Area Residents’ Association (TIARA) St. Lawrence River, Heritage River Designation Committee


The Socialist Pig Event

SATURDAY 9:00am - 10:30am
EXCLUSIVE | All inclusive Books & Breakfast $65

FEAST Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip: Two Friends, Five Months, One Car
With Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller @ The Socialist Pig

Enjoy a breakfast to remember at our community's favorite local coffee house, The Socialist Pig, while taking part in entertaining conversation with Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller, winners of Saveur’s “Best Culinary Travel Blog" award. Enjoy your choice of one of four mouth-watering meal options as the authors share their food adventures from their 37,000-kilometer road trip across Canada. Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North. This exclusive event includes a signed copy of Lindsay and Dana’s book, “FEAST Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip,” full of stories, photographs and great recipes. Breakfast includes a beverage (tea, coffee, juice or mineral water), tax and gratuity.

SATURDAY 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Gananoque and Area Choral Society Spring Concert Presents Canada 150

Directed by Anna Basten | Accompanist Paul Harding
Featuring the Works of Canadian Songwriters and Composers
@Thousand Islands Playhouse Firehall Theatre
Adults $10 Children $5 (up to maximum of $25 per family) Free prize draw and refreshments.

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