Admission to LIVE IN-PERSON event at DJD Dance Centre, 111 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Z9.
The Way We Connect
Wordfest is showcasing six of Calgary's most captivating authors, as well as one brave Edmontonian, in an evening focused on the power of connection: with stories, with books, with each other, with all that we've desperately missed over the past two years. Sponsored by RISE UP Calgary, we invite you to revel in powerful open-mic style performances by Ali Bryan, Bertrand Bickersteth, Will Ferguson, Larissa Lai, Omar Mouallem, George Webber, and Teresa Wong.
The 90-minute show, presented at DJD Dance Centre, starts at 7 p.m. Support Owl's Nest Books on site or bring pre-purchased books for authors to sign after the show. Tickets are $15, plus GST.
Our Collective Safety & Comfort
To provide a community-first return to live programming for patrons, authors, Wordfest staff, volunteers and the venue staff, we will be temporarily extending the mandatory mask and vaccination policy for this show.
- All attendees are required to show proof of vaccination (2 doses) via scanned QR code upon check-in at the main entry (on 12th Avenue S.W.).
- Masks are required upon entering the DJD Dance Centre and must be worn at all times when not consuming beverages.
- Bar Service will be available on the main floor pre- and post-show. No beverages will be allowed on the second floor lobby or in the theatre.
- Theatre seating capacity will be reduced to 70%.
- Masks are required in the post-show signing lines on the main floor.
- We will also offer “London Book Service” as an alternative to the post-event book signing* (patrons can pre-purchase books through Owl’s Nest in advance or at the door and authors will sign these copies prior to the event, allowing pre-purchased copies to be picked up before and after the show from a table separate from the book signing line)
Shelley Youngblut is the CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest. She was the recipient of the 2020 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the Arts and the 2018 Rozsa Award for Arts Leadership. She also won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Magazine Awards. Youngblut was the founding editor of Calgary’s award-winning Swerve magazine and has created magazines for ESPN, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Nickelodeon, Western Living, and The Globe and Mail. A former pop-culture correspondent for ABC World News Now and Canada Am, she is now often unconventionally opinionated on CBC Calgary’s Eyeopener.