The Bash

The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, in support of Frontier College, is an exciting evening where people come together to celebrate Canadian literature and raise money for Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is a prestigious honour awarded annually for excellence in fiction in Canada. The Scotiabank Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in memory of his late wife, Doris Giller. Jack Rabinovitch himself was once a Labourer-Teacher for Frontier College and has shown his support for the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash from the very beginning.

Are you a fan of Canadian literature? The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash combines a taste of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala formalities with an affordable price in an exciting party environment.  Originally organized as a house party by a group of friends in 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has grown into a full-scale event with over 1200 people celebrating Canadian literature and supporting literacy from coast-to-coast.   Guests watch the live broadcast of the Gala on the big screen, socialize with fellow guests, vote on the book they believe will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize and drink special “Doris-tinis” in honour of Doris Giller, the prize’s namesake. It is a well-known and well-attended cultural event that has become a must-attend event and a highlight of the Canadian literary scene.

Organized by dedicated volunteers from the publishing industry, including literacy advocates, book retailers and members of the community, each regional event takes on a different design, from a cocktail reception and tasting dinner in Winnipeg to a rollicking debate between celebrity panelists in Halifax.

Scotiabank Giller Light events will be held in seven cities on one special night.

Monday, November 20, 2017

HalifaxTorontoWinnipegRegina CalgaryVancouver  • Thunder Bay


Since 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has raised over $600,000 for Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization. These important funds help to train volunteers to deliver vital literacy and learning support to disadvantaged children, youth and adults in locations such as aboriginal communities, women’s shelters, inner-city schools, farms and community housing. For more information on Frontier College visit www.frontiercollege.ca.