The Golden Years: Rediscovering Canada in the 1960's. Will We Experience Such Transformation Again?

With Eric Koch & Host Jesse Hirsh

The 1960’s was a defining era in Canada’s history. Much of what we currently take for granted as Canadians - socially, culturally, and politically - was shaped by events in that decade. The list of pivotal moments are breathtaking: the launch of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec; First Nations and Inuit people gaining the right to vote; the Canadian Bill of Rights; the opening of the Trans Canada Highway;  Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s anti-apartheid speech that led to the withdrawal of South Africa from the Commonwealth; universal healthcare; the ending of the death penalty; French President Charles de Gaulle inflaming separatist yearnings with his call - “Vive le Québec Libre; Marshal McLuhan’s coinage of “The medium is the message”; CBC’s This Hour has Seven Days and the reshaping of investigative journalism; a new flag; the liberalization of laws on abortion and homosexuality; French and English recognized as Canada’s official languages; the groundbreaking Royal Commission on the Status of Women; Trudeaumania and all the hype of the swinging ‘60’s – to name but a few.

Will we ever know and experience such a transformative moment again?

Author and broadcaster Eric Koch, was in the centre of the action as a keen observer of those times, in particular, the extraordinary personalities who shaped the era’s zeitgeist. Join us in conversation with Eric Koch as he reintroduces us to the some of these personalities whom he features in his new book The Golden Years: Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, Lester B. Pearson, René Lévesque & John G. Diefenbaker, Five Stories (Mosaic Press, 2013). The event is being co-presented by The Academy of the Impossible and hosted by Jesse Hirsh.

Let’s rediscover the ingredients of a moment in time that reshaped Canada’s social and cultural trajectory.


About Eric Koch

Eric Koch has been an active member of the Couchiching Institute for over half a century. He is an author, lecturer, and former broadcaster. Born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, in 1919, he left for England as a refugee in 1935, where he attended St. John’s College, Cambridge. In May 1940, he was interned as an “enemy alien” and later shipped to Canada. He was released in 1941 and continued his studies at the University of Toronto.  Eric began his distinguished 35-year career with the CBC’s International Service in 1944. An author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, he also writes a daily blog —Sketches. His new book, The Golden Years: Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, Lester B. Pearson, René Lévesque & John G. Diefenbaker, Five Stories (Mosaic Press, 2013) was launched in March.


About Jesse Hirsh

Jesse Hirsh is a Toronto-based internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC radio on the latest technology trends and developments. Jesse owns Openflows Networks Ltd., which specializes in using free and open source software for advanced interactive platforms, and Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models. Jesse is a co-founder and faculty member of The Academy of the Impossible (AOTI) and is also actively involved with MacLaren McCann, one of North America's most successful multi-disciplinary advertising agencies, as a member of their Idea Council, which serves as a combination advisory board and think tank for the company. For two years, he was the host of an interfaith show on the Rogers and OMNI networks called 3D Dialogue. Educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology.

Thank you to Jesse Hirsh and Emily Pohl-Weary of The Academy of the Impossible for hosting this event.

Free event with limited seating, so please register. 

Location: Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Avenue, Toronto view map

(North of Bloor and Lansdowne subway station)

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Admission: Free

Light snacks will be served

RSVP: T: 416-494-1440 Ext. 225

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