General · 2nd February 2016
Friday Flicks presents Al Purdy Was Here on Feb. 5, 7:45 at Quadra Community Centre.
An icon of English Canadian letters, the late Al Purdy was equal parts
rock star, raconteur,and rabble-rouser.
Purdy scorned the tales of rural life that dominated Canadian literature and set out to create a language from the contemporary Canadian experience. He came to prominence in the 1960's alongside a crop of exceptional talents (Leonard Cohen, Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje). A complex portrait of Purdy emerges from archival footage, television appearances, readings and reminiscences. Performances from Bruce Cockburn, Tanya Tagaq and Sarah Harmer.