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The Fellows Show

Photo: Ben Powless

Each year the Royal Canadian Geographical Society hosts the College of Fellows Annual Dinner, its largest fundraising event of the year, to raise critical support for its educational programming initiatives.

With COVID-19 limiting large group gatherings, the Society has taken the event virtual, producing a one-hour made-for-broadcast special, dubbed the Fellows Show, which is streamed live on YouTube and Facebook

Join us for the 2021 Fellows Show!
When: November 17, 2021, at 8 p.m. EST
Where: Online

Canadian broadcaster Aliya Jasmine Sovani will once again host this year’s show, which will feature a women-in-science panel moderated by science journalist Alanna Mitchell and featuring Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, astronomer Sara Seager, and ecologist Maydianne Andrade. We’ll also hear from some exciting VIP guests. Who, you ask? You’ll have to tune in to find out. 

VIP pre-show

Although we will miss seeing you in person, we are once again offering some exciting VIP perks for the Society’s supporters. Those who purchase a $150 VIP ticket will be treated to an exclusive pre-show Zoom call with RCGS Westaway Explorer-in-Residence and bestselling author Adam Shoalts. Shoalts will discuss his recent adventures, including the expedition he undertook in Labrador to research his most recent book, The Whisper on the Night Wind, and will take part in a Q&A with guests. All VIP guests will receive a signed copy of The Whisper on the Night Wind. Upgrade to a VIP Gold ticket for $50 more and you’ll receive a complete Adam Shoalts library, including signed copies of his other bestselling books, Beyond the Trees, Alone Against the North and A History of Canada in Ten Maps.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from one of Canada’s foremost explorers! 

About the show

In person, our College of Fellows Annual Dinner typically attracts about 600 guests. In 2020, our first virtual Fellows Show was made available for free to more than 200,000 social media followers across multiple Canadian Geographic platforms. 

The program featured a performance by Adrian Sutherland, presentations from literary legend Margaret Atwood and Survivorman Les Stroud, bestselling author and Monty Python star Michael Palin and the first Canadian woman in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar.

Watch it below: