Mary Walsh


This STARFest event had to be rescheduled and we are delighted to welcome Mary to St. Albert for a 2018 event. This Canadian actress, comedian and social activist has brought timeless characters to Canadians for decades. Mary will be talking about her new book, an unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in 1960s Newfoundland.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4 2018. 7p.m. SOLD OUT

Arden Theatre

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Mary Walsh is an actor, writer, producer, TV host and director. She was the moderator for the first Canada Reads in 2002 and is the creator of the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen awards. She has appeared in both dramas and comedies, including the Gemini Award–winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she also wrote. Recently, Walsh has appeared in Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue and Slasher. She currently has several feature films in development, and this year the cast of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching have reunited for a CBC feature, Christmas Fury, which Walsh wrote, produced and stars in.

Walsh is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Her novel, Crying for the Moon, is the story of Maureen, raised on tough love, by an angry mother and a beaten-down father who tells the best stories—but only when he’s drunk. Maureen creates a new life for herself over the course of one night in Montreal. A riotous and heart-rending journey from St. John’s to Montreal and back, this debut novel explores the many ways in which one day can reverberate through a lifetime.

Host Peter Brown is the producer of CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show. He has a background in comedy writing and performance and is a regular MC at prominent events in Edmonton.

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