Giller Gala

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Event Details

Tickets available Monday, October 29th at 9 amRegister here

Did you miss our first Giller Gala in 2017? Don’t make the same mistake this year.

It was so much fun, we’re making it an annual party.

We asked some of our favourite, thought-provoking Tweeters to join us, and they said yes! Arrive on the red carpet, have a drink, vote for your favourite book, and take part in an evening of discussion about this year’s Giller shortlist. Each guest will defend one title, then we’ll watch the Giller Gala live on the big screen and announce the people’s choice winner.  



Hosted by:    



Evan Munday is the illustrator of the novels Stripmalling and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains, as well as the self-published comic book, Quarter-Life Crisis. He also wrote a Silver Birch-nominated series of novels for young adults, The Dead Kid Detective Agency. He worked for eight years as a book publicist for Coach House Books, and now does a variety of work including e-book conversion, illustration, and bookselling.



Last year's winning defender: 



Anne T. Donahue is a writer and originally from Cambridge, Ontario. Her work has appeared on The Guardian, Globe & Mail, Esquire, Playboy, and Flare. Her first book, Nobody Cares, comes out September 2018 with ECW Press. She writes a weekly letter called That's What She Said that you should absolutely subscribe to.


Thrilled to welcome to this year's Gala:


Sarah Hagi is a former Vice journalist and a freelance writer who is regularly published on sites such as GQ, The Cut, Cosmopolitan, Hazlitt, and the Verge, contributing her sharp insights on politics, race, arts and culture, and more.



Manisha Krishnan is a senior writer and host at Vice, and your current essential guide to cannabis news. She also writes about politics, crime, guns, and the power of courts and police.   



Shawn Micallef is a weekly columnist for the Toronto Star who focuses on cities and culture. He’s also the editor and co-owner of Spacing magazine and the author of four books, including The Trouble with Brunch and Frontier City. He teaches civic citizenship and design at the University of Toronto.



Ishani Nath is a senior editor at Flare magazine, where she dissects culture and fashion through the lens of the TV, movies, and celebrities we’re most obsessed with.  



Door prizes.


Drinks available for purchase from Descendants.


***Limit two tickets per valid email address. As events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.***




In partnership with the City of Kitchener, we’re hosting a new series of events that will feature fun and interesting ways to celebrate reading, writing, and literacy. Just ImagineIt – an entire community that connects through words, stories, and songs.



Event Type(s): 85 Queen, Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Adult (P)
Age Group(s): Adults