Buy a 2017 Platinum Pass

$350 for an all-inclusive year at Wordfest ($1,000+ value)*

(available until September 1, 2017)

This is your all-inclusive point of entry to a full year of life-changing ideas at Wordfest for audiences of all ages and interest. The 2017 Platinum Pass covers admission to the 22nd annual Wordfest from October 6 to 15, 2017, and any Wordfest shows held throughout the year until December 31, 2017. If you trust our programming, are looking to unlock an exclusive VIP experience and know you’ll have a fun, memorable experience this season regardless of which international best-sellers, groundbreakers and up-and-comers we bring to Calgary’s stages, this pass is for you!

*$350 price includes GST and all box office surcharges.

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What's Included

Includes special events, workshops and catered parties (RSVP required).

Includes special events, workshops and catered parties (RSVP required).

Receive the VIP guest experience at all events in our main venues.

Receive the VIP guest experience at all events in our main venues.

Access all events, including year-round programming and main October Festival featuring 90+ writers ($1,000 value)

Access all events, including our year-round programming and Wordfest’s main October Festival featuring 90+ writers ($1,000 value)

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Coming Up Next

Platinum Pass Holders are invited to attend all ticketed and free events at Wordfest as our VIP guest. If you are already a 2017 Pass Holder, please email with your RSVP.
Thur, Feb. 23

SOLD OUT – Wordfest presents Terry O’Reilly – $25

For over a decade on CBC Radio, Terry O'Reilly has covered countless marketing topics, from the origins of modern marketing to how the advertising industry invented the happy housewife. Following his bestselling, Age of Persuasion, in This I Know: Marketing Lessons Under The Influence O’Reilly tackles the question: How does a little business compete with the big guys? This event features an on-stage interview, audience Q&A and book signing. Books by Terry O’Reilly will be available for purchase at the venue after the event.
Terry O’Reilly
Patti Derbyshire
Fri, Mar. 10

Wordfest presents Heather O’Neill – $20

Join Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library for an evening with Heather O'Neill, author of the critically acclaimed Lullabies for Little Criminals and two-time Giller Prize shortlisted nominee. O’Neill presents her latest novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, a dazzling circus of a story set in the seductive underside of Montreal and New York between the wars. The event includes an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.
Sun, Apr. 9

Wordfest presents George Saunders – $20

Join Wordfest, Penguin Random House and the Calgary Public Library for the much-anticipated Calgary appearance of George Saunders, who presents his new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, at the dawn of the American Civil War. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, the novel is an exploration of struggle, death, love and the powers of good and evil. This event is hosted by Zsuzsi Gartner.
George Saunders
Zsuzsi Gartner
Tues, May 2

Wordfest presents Mary Walsh – $20

Canadian actress, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in 1960s Newfoundland. This event includes an on-stage interview followed by a signing of her new book, Crying for the Moon. Hosted by comedian Cory Mack.
Mary Walsh
Cory Mack
Thur, May 18

Wordfest presents Barbara Gowdy – $20

Meet the author and explore the limits of the human mind. Barbara Gowdy's latest fictional tour de force, Little Sister, is an impassioned tale of a woman's determination to help a stranger, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. Barbara Gowdy is an internationally acclaimed author of seven previous books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels. This Wordfest event is presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and includes an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.