About
The Bash


The 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 Canadian fiction. 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 Giller Light Bash from the very beginning.

The 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 Bash has grown into a full-scale event with over 1,800 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 and vote on the book they believe will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is a well-known and well-attended cultural event that has become a highlight of the Canadian literary scene.

Giller Light events will be held in 8 cities on one special night

Monday, November 19, 2018

HalifaxTorontoWinnipegRegina CalgaryVancouver  • Thunder Bay • Victoria (page coming soon)

Now in its 17th year, the Giller Light Bash has raised close to $1,000,000 for Frontier College. These important funds help to train volunteers to deliver vital literacy and learning support to disadvantaged children, youth and adults in locations such as Indigenous communities, women’s shelters, inner-city schools, farms and community housing. For more information on Frontier College visit www.frontiercollege.ca.

Special guests and speakers include Giller Prize winning author Will Ferguson (Calgary, 2016); Giller-nominated author and past jury member, Alexander MacLeod (Halifax, 2016); Giller-nominated author Annabel Lyon (Vancouver, 2014); and many authors, writers, and poets, who all have made significant contributions to the arts and literature landscape in Canada.