Imagine On Air is Wordfest’s new on-demand channel, where you’ll discover extraordinary conversations with the world’s best writers. Think of it like a streaming platform that fuels curiosity and empathy, packed with big ideas, life-changing insights, and authentic connection. Subscribers can watch 100+ shows anytime, anywhere, on any device or screen.
All your favourite authors are here: Margaret Atwood, Cherie Dimaline, Lawrence Hill, Thomas King, Joshua Whitehead, Emma Donoghue, Kathy Reichs, Jodi Picoult, Esi Edugyan, Roddy Doyle, Billy-Ray Belcourt and so many more. Let your interests be your guide: music, social activism, thrillers, Indigenous voices, foodie culture, politics, environmentalism, the craft of writing, award winners, and so much more.
Immediate, Unlimited Access to our vault of original shows to watch whenever works best for you. Missed our live broadcasts? After a show airs on our website, it can only be accessed on Imagine On Air On Demand.
An Always-Expanding Library. New shows every week – even events previously only enjoyed by book with ticket holders! Coming up, watch for Thomas King, Dr. Jen Gunter with E. Jean Carroll, Brandi Carlile, and Kathy Reichs with Bones creator Hart Hanson.
Exclusive Bonuses. including an ad-free viewing experience, bonus clips, invitations to subscriber-only events, and easy book purchasing links to your favourite independent booksellers.
24/7 Technical Support. You have access to personalized care from the technical troubleshooters on the full-time digital support team.
Accessibility. Affordable subscription cost. Enjoying shows without parking fees or crowded spaces. No need to turn your camera on. Closed-captioning is being added for all programming.
Up-To-The-Minutes News. You’ll be the first to know who is coming to #ImagineOnAir via our weekly e-blasts.
Imagine On Air beams out from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Treaty 7 territory. It’s powered by Wordfest, an entrepreneurial arts non-profit founded in 1996 as one of Canada’s leading literary festivals. Our small team’s mission (which is to connect the world’s best audiences with the world’s best authors) has evolved to include producing 100+ lively, accessible experiences every year – virtually and in theatres in Calgary. We operate on Mountain Air, which we define as a breath of fresh air, and it’s our absolute joy to create fine-tuned, idea-based experiences for you.