Curious Minds Weekend
Every year at the Hot Docs Festival our audiences encounter unforgettable stories about some of the world’s most challenging issues and ideas. And when the films are over, the conversations begin—extending into the lobby and beyond.
At the Curious Minds Weekend from March 3 to 5, presented in partnership with The Globe and Mail, we continue that delightful exchange of ideas. Over three days of in-depth on-stage discussions, you will meet innovative thinkers and explore the most urgent and exciting issues of our time.
- Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 – SOLD OUT
- Tickets: $26–39
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $21–34
- VIP Tickets (includes reception and event): $69–79
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $61–74
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
IN CONVERSATION WITH NAOMI KLEIN
with Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard
Award-winning journalist and thinker Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis in the wake of the US election and points the way forward after the protests at Standing Rock.
Naomi’s event is preceded by the Curious Minds Weekend opening night reception (appetizers, drinks and early seating access) from 5–6 p.m. Limited reception tickets available.
WHO YOU ARE IS GORGEOUS
Barbara Kopple, Gigi Gorgeous, Scott Fisher, David Lazzarato
with Globe and Mail fashion editor Odessa Paloma Parker
Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, executive producer Scott Fisher, transgender YouTube megastar Gigi Gorgeous and her father David screen and discuss their new doc This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
WRITING CANADIAN HISTORY
Cecil Foster, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden, Lee Maracle
with Globe and Mail journalist Denise Balkissoon
As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, four of its greatest storytellers discuss the country’s evolving narrative and their passion for bringing the past to life.
AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza
with Globe and Mail Washington D.C. Correspondent Adrian Morrow
What’s at stake with Donald Trump in the White House? Join The New Yorker’s chief political correspondent as he breaks down the political machinations under way in Washington.
THE NEXT SEXUAL REVOLUTION
with Globe and Mail journalist Lisan Jutras
Reception (with special appearance by Dan): 4:00–5:00 PM
Event: 5:30 PM
Best-selling author, syndicated sex-advice columnist, chart-topping podcaster and impassioned activist Dan Savage brings his trademark frank, humorous and insightful voice to the stage.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
with Globe and Mail journalist Hannah Sung
Reception (with special appearance by Craig): 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Event: 1:00 PM
Best-selling author and co-founder of the WE charity Craig Kielburger discusses the lessons he’s learned from the world’s greatest humanitarians and what we all can do to effect civic change.
BUILDING BETTER CITIES
Jennifer Keesmaat, Mitchell Silver
with Globe and Mail Toronto columnist Marcus Gee
Join Toronto’s Chief Planner and New York City’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for a lively discussion on building vibrant, inclusive cities for the 21st century.
THE SECRETS TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE
Emily Esfahani Smith
with Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist Carly Weeks
Psychology writer Emily Esfahani Smith discusses her new book The Power of Meaning and a life-changing idea: instead of pursuing happiness, why not pursue meaning?
BREAKING MUSICAL BOUNDARIES
with Globe and Mail arts editor Craig Offman
Join this genre-defying musical powerhouse from Nunavut for an exclusive world premiere of a new music video and a candid conversation on her creative process and political awakening.
JOIN THE CLONE CLUB
Cast of Orphan Black
with Globe and Mail journalist Simon Houpt
9:30 PM – PLEASE NOTE: NEW TIME
Emmy Award–winner Tatiana Maslany is joined by the Orphan Black cast for a live table read of an iconic episode, followed by a discussion on the genre-bending hit from Space.