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An Evening of Wine and Words

Beginning in 2008 An Evening of Wine and Words has become the Centre for Family Literacy’s premier fundraising event.

We are pleased to have the commitment of Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, who has come on board each year as guest speaker and performer. With him, Jim Cuddy has brought a special guest artist to share their passion for writing and music with those in attendance.

  • 2019 - Barney Bentall
  • 2018 - Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
  • 2017 - 10th Anniversary Celebration: Jim with Danny Michel, Devin Cuddy, Jeremy Fisher, and Andy Maize of Skydiggers
  • 2016 - Oh Susanna
  • 2015 - Devin Cuddy
  • 2014 - Danny Michel
  • 2013 - Wayne Petti
  • 2012 - Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland
  • 2011 - Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson
  • 2010 - Kathleen Edward
  • 2009 - Greg Keelor
  • 2008 - Jim Cuddy (solo)

Traditionally hosted at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in the Empire Ballroom, we have been able to set an intimacy that is the hallmark of the evening. The annual event typically promises great food, fine wine, and heart-felt stories and songs that deliver the profound meaning of words.

Because of COVID-19, this year we are proud to present

2020 Wine & Words Reimagined 🍷

Kick start your Thanksgiving long weekend with a live, interactive evening with Jim Cuddy and Sam Polley.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$275 ticket/household

Household ticket purchase includes:

  • your own unique link to the event with Master of Ceremonies Chris Scheetz
  • 2 performances by Jim Cuddy and Sam Polley
  • a guest performance by Martin Kerr
  • a guest performance by Mary Pinkowski
  • access to the live and silent auction items
  • special delivery to your Edmonton and area door of:
    * 2 bottles of excellent wine
    * 1 200ml bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin with the special event drink recipe
    * and a bouquet of beautiful flowers

SILENT AUCTION! Get in on some of the fun without buying a ticket! Starting now, until the end of the event, you can bid on our fantastic silent auction items here.

Canteen, Nineteen, and Cartago are creating special menus for guests to order in.

Sorry, ticket sales are now closed for this event.

For more information, please email the Centre at

View the great photos of the 2019 event!

Over the years the funds raised have supported the Centre’s family literacy programs including:

  • Classroom on Wheels (C.O.W.) Bus
  • Books for Babies

Mary Pinkowski, Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton from 2014-2016, is a dynamic spoken word performer who has travelled throughout North America to represent Edmonton's poetry scene. For four years Mary performed at Wine and Words, and she wrote the following poems for the event auction:

Sponsor of the Event:

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