The late poet Al Purdy.
A raft of impressive Canadian talent is gathering to save Al Purdy's A-frame near Roblin Lake. It's not just about the structure or even its history; it's the future that matters. If the Al Purdy Show funder Wednesday (February 6) at Koerner Hall is a success, the late poet's former home will be restored to become a writer's retreat. In addition to an auction of memorabilia - Purdyana, they're calling it - the event features readings by Margaret Atwood, Gordon Pinsent, Dennis Lee and others and music by Gord Downie, the Skydiggers and Bidiniband. See Readings.