An intimate evening of conversation

What's the Big Idea is a different kind of series...

Part presentation, part moderated salon discussion, with a diverse line-up of guest speakers and topics that are meant to spark lively discussion, spirited debate and new ideas, in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Add a glass of wine from Henry of Pelham and the local lens of our eclectic moderators, and you have a provocative mix that offers an evening you won’t easily forget. Don’t miss the launch of the premiere series: and bring a friend, to continue the discussion on the way home!

$30/session
$15 for students
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, St.Catharines
Free parking
Price includes light snacks and one glass of wine

Speakers

October 16, 2018 8:30 AM

Presented by:
360 Energy & Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI)
The Albany Club, Toronto, Ontario
October 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Ian Brown

Presented by:
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery and Armstrong Strategy Group
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, RR1, St. Catharines

Ian Brown will read from Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year, and engage in a frank discussion on Cannabis, a piece written for the Globe and Mail.

The Moderator for this discussion will be Stephen Remus of the Niagara Artists Centre.

Ian Brown is an author and a feature writer for The Globe and Mail whose work has won many National Magazine and National Newspaper awards. His most recent book, Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize and the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His previous book, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son, was a national bestseller and a New York Times and Globe and Mail Best Book. It was also the winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the BC National Award for Canadian Non- Fiction and the Trillium Book Award. His is author the author of Freewheeling, which won the National Business Book Award, and the provocative examination of modern masculinity, Man Overboard.

November 22, 2018 7:00 PM

Puneet Dutt

Presented by:
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery and Armstrong Strategy Group
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, RR1, St. Catharines

If a book can be a mirror, The Better Monsters reflects what we see in ourselves and in each other. Replete with compelling protagonists and cross-referencing multiple identities, Puneet Dutt’s poems masterfully negotiate the cultural complexities of politics, violence, and war in the new century, and explore the lingering effect of racism and the ideas of borders, belonging, and home in North America and beyond.

The Moderator who will lead the discussion with Puneet is playwright and Brock professor David Fancy, whose play Our Lady of Delicias was produced by Essential Collective Theatre and ran at the Performing Arts Centre this past February.

Puneet Dutt received her MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She was born in India and raised in New Jersey. She now resides in Toronto with her husband, where she is an editorial board member at Canthius and a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective.

December 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Laurie Brown

Presented by:
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery and Armstrong Strategy Group
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, RR1, St. Catharines

What 10 years of hosting late night radio taught me about music, you and the night

Laurie Brown is a passionate advocate for the arts and artists in Canada. She has built a reputation as an accomplished interviewer and seasoned broadcaster by bringing out the best in Canadian artists. Laurie hosted The Signal on CBC Radio 2 for the last 10 years, a much loved late night music program. Now, she hosts her own podcast called Pondercast. www.lauriebrown.ca

Joining Laurie as Moderator of what will definitely be an interesting and lively discussion is local interdisciplinary artist and musician Joe Lapinski.

February 7, 2019 7:00 PM

George Elliot Clarke

Presented by:
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery and Armstrong Strategy Group
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, RR1, St. Catharines

Locating Home: The First African-Canadian Novel and Verse Collection

A revered poet, George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, in 1960. A graduate of the University of Waterloo Dalhousie University and Queen's University (Ph.D., 1993), he is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. Dr.Clarke has been appointed to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer, and holds eight honorary doctorates. He has recently completed his three year term as the City of Toronto’s Poet Laureate.

March 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Peggy Baker C.M.

Presented by:
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery and Armstrong Strategy Group
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, RR1, St. Catharines

Figures in Motion with Peggy Baker, C.M

Join Peggy Baker for an intimate presentation in which she delves into photographs that capture the history of contemporary dance, to reveal intriguing parallels with major visual arts movements of the 20th century

Local interdisciplinary artist Elizabeth Chitty will lead the discussion with Peggy.

Peggy Baker is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding and influential contemporary dancers of her generation.She began her professional career in Toronto in 1974, as a founding member of Dancemakers, toured internationally as a prominent member of Lar Lubovitch’s celebrated New York company throughout the eighties, and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project in 1990, subsequently forging important creative relationships with Paul-André Fortier (Montreal), James Kudelka (Toronto), and Doug Varone (New York) through numerous performance projects. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing, and accolades for her collaborative partnerships with extraordinary musicians and designers.

Ms Baker has been honoured with numerous awards for her extraordinary achievements and contributions including the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009), the 2006 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She is a 2017 fellow with the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy.

April 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Catherine Hernandez: Scarborough

Presented by:
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery and Armstrong Strategy Group
Henry of Pelham Estates Winery, 1469 Pelham Road, RR1, St. Catharines

Catherine Hernandez's debut novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press), is a moving multi-voiced story about a neighbourhood that refuses to fall apart in the face of poverty and crime. Weaving together the stories of three children growing up in difficult circumstances with the stories of three adults who are doing their best to help them out, Scarborough is a vibrant and emotional novel.

Moderating a discussion with Catherine and the audience will be Ronald Cummings, Assistant Professor, Brock University.

Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, theatre practitioner, award-winning author, and the Artistic Director of b current performing arts. Her one-woman show, The Femme Playlist, premiered at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2014 as part of the afterRock Play Series co-produced by b current, Eventual Ashes and Sulong Theatre. She has served playwright residencies at Theatre Passe Muraille, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Shaw Festival Theatre, Blyth Festival Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nightswimming Theatre. Her plays Kilt Pins and Singkil were published by Playwright’s Canada Press. Scarborough won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards and Evergreen Forest of Reading Award and longlisted for Canada Reads. Catherine was named one of 17 Writers to Watch by CBC Books.