About
The Bash


The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, in support of Frontier College, is an exciting evening where people come together to celebrate Canadian literature and raise money for Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is a prestigious honour awarded annually for excellence in Canadian fiction. The Scotiabank Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in memory of his late wife, Doris Giller. Jack Rabinovitch himself was once a Labourer-Teacher for Frontier College and has shown his support for the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash from the very beginning.

The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash combines a taste of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala formalities with an affordable price in an exciting party environment. Originally organized as a house party by a group of friends in 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has grown into a full-scale event with over 1,000 people celebrating Canadian literature and supporting literacy from coast-to-coast.  Guests watch the live broadcast of the Gala on the big screen, socialize with fellow guests and vote on the book they believe will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is a well-known and well-attended cultural event that has become a highlight of the Canadian literary scene.

Organized by dedicated volunteers from the publishing industry, including literacy advocates, book retailers and members of the community, each regional event takes on a different design, from a cocktail reception and tasting dinner in Winnipeg to a rollicking debate between celebrity panelists in Halifax.

Giller Light events were held in eight cities on one special night.

Monday, November 19, 2018

HalifaxTorontoWinnipegRegina CalgaryVancouver  • Thunder Bay • Victoria

Since 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has raised over $900,000 for Frontier College. These important funds help to train volunteers to deliver vital literacy and learning support to disadvantaged children, youth and adults in locations such as Indigenous communities, women’s shelters, inner-city schools, farms and community housing. For more information on Frontier College visit www.frontiercollege.ca.

The Giller Light Bash is a national fundraiser that is held annually in support of Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization. This is a wonderful cultural literary event with a very important cause: literacy. Organized by dedicated volunteers, the Giller Light Bash is an opportunity for writers, readers, book lovers, live broadcast lovers, and anyone interested in the arts to gather and celebrate Canadian literature and the Giller Prize, while raising funds for literacy.  

 

The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash is poised to grow significantly over the next few years. Over 1800 people attend Giller Light Bash events hosted in eight Canadian cities: Halifax, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, and new this year, Victoria. Guests watch the live broadcast of the Giller Prize Gala on the big screen, socialize with fellow guests, and vote on the book they believe will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize. Each regional event takes on a different design, from a cocktail reception and tasting dinner in Winnipeg to a rollicking debate between celebrity panelists in Halifax. Special guests and speakers include Giller Prize winning author Will Ferguson (Calgary, 2016); Giller-nominated author and past jury member, Alexander MacLeod (Halifax, 2016); Giller-nominated author Annabel Lyon (Vancouver, 2014); and many authors, writers, and poets, who all have made significant contributions to the arts and literature landscape in Canada.

 

Now in its 17th year, the Giller Light Bash has raised more than $900,000 for Frontier College’s literacy programs delivered in high-needs communities across the country.