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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 broadly-educational programming initiatives.

With COVID-19 limiting large group gatherings, the Society decided to take the event digital, producing an hour-long made-for-broadcast special, dubbed the Fellows Show, which was aired online and across Canadian Geographic‘s social media platforms.

It was held on November 18, 2020, on small screens across the country, and was hosted by Canadian journalist Aliya Jasmine.

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

When: November 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Online

In person, our College of Fellows Annual Dinner typically attracts about 600 guests. This year, our digital Fellows Show was promoted to more than 200,000 social media followers across multiple Canadian Geographic platforms.

But that didn’t stopping us from offering some VIP perks for the Society’s supporters. Viewers who purchased a $150 VIP ticket received a hardcover copy of Michael Palin’s North Korea Journal, along with a copy of Can Geo’s new Group of Seven special issue. VIPs were also treated to an exclusive Zoom call with RCGS Honorary Vice-President and renowned author Wade Davis, where talked about his new book Magdalena and answered questions from those in attendance. One lucky viewer took home a copy of his new book. VIP tickets are an opportunity to support The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and its vital mission.

The event was made available for free to all social media users through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn — and Canadian Geographic‘s digital audience of more than 1.3 million monthly viewers.

Always follow @RCGS_SGRC or @CanGeo on social media for more details on our annual event.

Please note that VIP ticket holders will receive a tax receipt for the value of their donation less the cost of goods.