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Special Guests

  • Jason McCoy — Country Recording Artist, Front Man for The Road Hammers
    A 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, and two-time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason McCoy is a man of many talents. Growing up in the small town of Minesing, Ontario, Jason admired the well-rounded artistry of classic entertainers Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. Jason set out at the age of 19 to follow his own path to stardom, compiling multiple CCMA and CMA Awards, along with a Gold album and CMA Global Artist Award (Nashville CMA) along the way. As creator and frontman of the highest selling band in Canadian country music history, The Road Hammers, Jason took on the country-rock genre and guided the band to unprecedented success throughout Canada and the United States, picking up a platinum album, gold single, CCMA Band of the Year Award (2 years in a row), and a Juno Award. Ever engaging and entertaining, Jason has become a popular host on many fronts. From voicing the nationally syndicated country radio show, Sounds Canadian, (2007-2010), to stepping in front of the camera as host of Smashtown (CMT Canada/USA), two seasons of CMT’s Pet Heroes (2010/2011), and Jason McCoy Eats America. Equally comfortable behind the mic or in front of the camera, Jason McCoy has become an incredibly well-rounded ‘entertainer’. Continuing to write and record music, Jason prizes the time he spends with his wife and two children at their home farm, just two miles from the small town of Minesing where it all began. A brand new album from The Road Hammers, The Squeeze, has JUST been released!

  • Robert Thurman — President of Tibet House US, Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, Author of Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet
    Friend of the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman along with actor Richard Gere, founded Tibet House in New York. A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives. In doing so, he has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine. Thurman travels internationally lecturing to universities, companies, conferences and think tanks. He is a gifted communicator who can make complex concepts understandable, introducing challenging ideas with intelligence and humor in a down to earth and comprehensible way. He reasons passionately that H. H. the Dalai Lama, a true man with no worldly rank, is the most practical leader of world leaders, with principles that must be heeded by them to avert the worst outcomes of our present global crisis: nonviolent dialogue in place of war, environmental restoration in place of consumerist exploitation, inter-religious mutual affirmation in place of ideological competition, hope and determination in place of cynicism and denial. When these are widely implemented, we cannot fail to have a world renaissance of an amazing peace, beauty, compassionate justice, and shared joy.

  • Bruxy Cavey — Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House, Author of The End Of Religion and (re)union
    Is it possible that over the centuries the church has altered the message of Christ? Has modern Christianity wrapped itself so tightly in a fragmented, inactive version of the gospel that the life-changing message of God has been smothered? Bruxy Cavey thinks the answer is yes. He speaks to a new generation interested in Jesus but embarrassed by Christians in his latest book, (re)union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners. “The message of Jesus changed the world . . . until the world changed the message,” says Cavey. “But I’m happy to say that there is a growing movement of truth-seekers and Jesus-lovers who are calling for a return to the first and foundational good news message of Jesus. This book is inspired by them, and it is an invitation to join their ranks.” In (re)union, Cavey explains why Christians shouldn’t follow the Bible—but why they will want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus. He encourages readers to discover their true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where they might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one.

  • Dr. Jordan B. Peterson — Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Clinical Psychologist, Author of Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
    Dr. Jordan B Peterson has been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill labourer and railway line worker. He’s taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and businessmen, consulted for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an advisor to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, identified thousands of promising entrepreneurs on six different continents, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe. He has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stunt plane, piloted a mahogany racing sailboat around Alcatraz Island, explored an Arizona meteorite crater with a group of astronauts, built a Native American Long-House on the upper floor of his Toronto home, and been inducted into the coastal Pacific Kwakwaka’wakw tribe. With his students and colleagues, Dr. Peterson has published more than a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, and revolutionized the psychology of religion with his now-classic book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. As a Harvard professor, he was nominated for the prestigious Levinson Teaching Prize, and is regarded by his current University of Toronto students as one of three truly life-changing teachers. He’s a Quora Most Viewed Writer in Values and Principles and Parenting and Education with 125,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 Facebook likes. His YouTube channel has over 200 videos, 275,000 subscribers, and 12,000,000 views and his classroom lectures on mythology were turned into a popular 13-part TV series on TVO. Dr. Peterson’s online self-help program, the Self Authoring Suite, featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, CBC radio, and NPR’s national website, has helped over 150,000 people resolve the problems of their past and radically improve their future.
    *Dr. Peterson will be lecturing throughout the summer on the psychological significance of the Bible. The lectures are organized as a 12 part series on Tuesday evenings at the Isabel Bader Theatre on U of T campus.