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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein (arts@calgarylifelonglearners.ca); Pat Hogan (culture@calgarylifelonglearners.ca) or Marje Wing (mwing789@gmail.com

Coming Presentations 

RESCHEDULED to Friday, 23 February 1:00 pm in consideration of road and parking conditions.


Doug Coats

7th Ave and 1st Street SW - Remaining Buildings of the early 1900's - Photo Henri Walhout

In 1901 Calgary was the biggest city between Winnipeg and Vancouver, despite a population of only 4000.  Ten years later the population had increased more than tenfold.  The city took on a whole new look as the new construction materials of steel and reinforced concrete made skyscrapers possible.  The sleepy intersection of 7th Avenue and 1st Street West became Calgary’s first “big city” intersection with the simultaneous construction of the Southam (later Greyhound) Building, Southam Chambers (later the Herald Building), and the Hudson’s Bay Company department store –  not to mention the Lougheed Building only a few steps away.  From the town’s earliest days, some of Calgary’s leading movers and shakers were involved in the intersection’s development.  This presentation tells the story of the events and personalities that have shaped this corner, from bald prairie to its latest addition – Brookfield Place, currently Calgary’s tallest building. 

Doug Coats is a native Calgarian and University of Calgary graduate who was first captivated by Calgary history when one of his teachers mentioned that you could see the date “1888” in the sandstone of the old Alberta Hotel building.  A trip downtown showed that this was indeed the case.  An almost-80-year-old artifact was pretty impressive to a kid in Grade 7!  Today both Doug and the hotel are a lot older, but still standing.  For over thirty years Doug taught junior high Social Studies, and was privileged to receive the Alberta Excellence in Teaching award.  Then he “retired” to become a Senior Interpreter at Heritage Park Historical Village.  He will soon be retiring again, to indulge his hobbies of reading, model railroading, and of course Calgary history.

When:Friday, February 23, 2018
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW


Stories of Alberta Rock Bands in the 60’s & 70’s

CDP-20180111Wilcox.jpgPhoto Courtesy of Roy Wilcox

Garage Band Rockers began as an interest, translated into a story in a bar and culminated in a digital, multi-media book that endeavours to capture the incredible legacy local musicians and their bands left for the music cultural heritage of Alberta.  

As a participant in this multi-media, interactive presentation, you can expect to:

  • Hear stories from the histories of some of the rock bands in Alberta in the 60’s and 70’s decades.
  • See photos of some of these bands and hear a little of their music. 
  • Identify some fundamentals to possess or put in place to write a book.
  • Receive innocuous and vague answers to your burning questions from a fledgling author.

Roy Wilcox – Bio Notes

  • Retired Educator – teacher & administrator
  • Business Consultant/Coach through my company InnerVision
  • Did a fair amount of technical writing in both of these dimensions of my career
  • When asked what I planned to do when I retired, I stated I planned to write a book
  • The fall of 2017 saw me complete my first book, Garage Band Rockers – Stories of Alberta Rock Bands in the 60’s & 70’s

Among other roles for CALL, Roy facilitated the immensely popular CALL interest group Music in Canada for several years, and together with his wife Linda, offered another fabulous interest group on Genealogy.

When: Friday, March 9
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room #310

Juliet's Answer: The Story of the Real Letters to Shakespeare's Fictional Heroine

With Glenn Dixon

CDP-20180204Dixon.jpgPhoto Courtesy of Glenn Dixon
Ten thousand letters a year arrive at a tiny office in Verona, Italy. All of them are addressed to Shakespeare’s Juliet. They ask about love and heartbreak and they come from all over the world. For many decades a remarkable group of women have been answering each and every letter and in 2014 author Glenn Dixon traveled to Italy to work with them. He could not possibly have expected what would happen. The result was the national best selling book, Juliet’s Answer, and he will speak in his presentation to its creation as well as show video from the beautiful and ancient city of Verona.

Glenn Dixon is an author, documentary film maker and musician. His third book Juliet’s Answer was a Globe and Mail National Best seller and has been published in twelve countries and translated into German, Spanish and Chinese. His second book Tripping the World Fantastic – about music around the world – was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell prize. He has travelled through 75 countries and written for the New Yorker, National Geographic magazine, the Walrus, the New York Post and the Globe and Mail. He lives in Calgary.

When:Friday, April 13
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

Past Presentations 

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