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Published on October 2nd, 2014


Performers & Workshops of TEDxRenfrewCollingwood 2014!

Over the past few weeks, we have been having so much fun announcing our fourteen incredible speakers that we almost forgot to let you know about the other great stuff that’s planned for October 25th!   The TEDxRenfrewCollingwood experience always includes more than just speakers — performances, workshops and activities are carefully curated to help attendees connect, engage and learn.

Allow us to introduce you to two fabulous performers who will be sharing their talents with you on the TEDxRenfrewCollingwood stage:

Frank King  - Comedian.  An award winning, syndicated humour columnist and radio talk show personality, Frank King’s comedy explores the dark side of the stand-up comic.  Part talk, part comedy routine, his TEDxRenfrewCollingwood performance centres around the long-standing relationship between humour and mental health.

Clara Rose – Fiddler.   A Renfrew-Collingwood soul through and through, Clara began composing for violin at age 10 and is one of our city’s distinguished young musicians and performers.  Clara’s music constantly explores new ground while staying connected to classical, jazz and Celtic roots.

Both of these acts will be presented on our stage, allowing you some time to sit back, relax and appreciate their performances.  We promise that both Frank and Clara will bring a smile to your face!

TEDxRenfrewCollingwood also presents attendees with the chance to learn about and connect with projects unique to the Renfrew-Collingwood community.  These workshops were one of the most popular activities at last year’s event – but don’t worry, all attendees will be given the opportunity to sign-up in advance for these community-focused workshops!  Two that we have planned for you so far include:

Brendan ChanConnecting in the Garden.

This workshop will explore the importance of outdoor learning spaces using Windermere Secondary’s Orchard as an example. Using food and gardening as the start of our web of interconnections, participants will explore how food can transform education to one that values the learner, and one that appreciates how our past, present, and dreams, shape who we are, what we do, and what we want to see.

Paula Carr - Interculturalism in Renfrew Collingwood

Paula will share stories of neighbourhood and workplace approaches in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood of Vancouver, one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in BC.  By tapping into imagination, participants will learn practical strategies, explore values, and identify capacity-building approaches that will encourage and activate the diverse and strong leadership capabilities in their own communities.

Francis Freeman HKH – The CROCHET Project

Attendees will be introduced to The CROCHET Project, a tapestry of stories and craftwork that is manifesting itself into a crowd-sourced 1,200-square-foot blanket. Francis will talk about how his idea came about, the stories he has collected along the way and the importance of uncovering and recognizing your community’s creative assests. Listen to stories of the people right next to you and share one of your own while you try your hand at crocheting! (No experience necessary :-) )

Come join us at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood 2014 – October 25th at Windermere Auditorium.  Ticket sales are open until October 10th.  Be sure to purchase yours today on Eventbrite, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as the event approaches.


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