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Join us to kick off Civil Debates on March 15 (New Date)

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So Mea Culpa:

Some of you may understandably have tonight as the kickoff date to the Civil Debates series. This was the case in the original announcement. As we began talking  to the array of incredible speakers who will be participating, we realized we had our order of operations out of order. Finding a day that works for all the participants first was what we should have done – then announce the dates.

Anyhow, live and learn. As we finalize our speakers lists we think these changes will be worth it and now we know how to go about it next time. Soooooo there is a: NEW DATE  


Brought to you by Praxis Theatre and The Theatre CentreCivil Debates take the passionate and articulate exchanges from out of the virtual space and bring them into a face-to-face setting.

Our debate format is based on the Canadian Parliamentary model with two speakers on either side. Just like the best performances we see on stage, each debater has a responsibility to hear the arguments and respond – not just deliver a prepared statement. At the end of the debate, the floor will be opened to the audience, who will have the opportunity to share their own responses and to register their votes on the topic.

Due to the nature of the format, the discussion requires a bold, clear statement to begin, and our intention is to ensure we have some of the best speakers on each side of that statement to address their viewpoints with passion and rigour.

On March 15, the debaters will tackle the following resolution:

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Debate 1: Creative Cities

“Be is resolved that the Creative Cities theories serve to reinforce dominant class structures.”

Speakers include Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, Martin Prosperity InstituteRoy Mitchell Executive Director, Trinity Square Video; and Darren O’Donnell, Artistic & Research Director, Mammalian Diving Reflex.

JOIN the debate at The Theatre Centre Pop-Up on Friday, March 15th or follow a live tweetcast via #civildebates.

Debate 1: Creative Cities
WHEN: March 15, 2013; doors 7pm, debates 7.30pm
WHERE: The Theatre Centre Pop-Up, 1095 Queen St. West, at Dovercourt
PWYC at the door. No RSVP required. Cash bar for the thirsty.

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