About Canada 150 Gray Jay project

We are marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017, with a special puppet project, that seeks to connect people of all cultures, celebrate the land and remember our Canadian values of generosity and courage. 

WP Puppet Theatre is creating a community video of a modern-day story about Canada’s new (unofficial) avian emblem – the Gray Jay.  We are inviting one hundred and fifty or more, local, national and international participants of all ages, and their puppets, to read and film the story, The Gray Jay and the Magpie by Ken Lee, one line at a time. Why? We’re marking Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation! One line for each year.

Would you like to participate in our Canada 150 Project?  > click for more information

The Story: The Gray Jay and the Magpie

The Gray Jay and the Magpie is written by Ken Lee from Calgary, Alberta, and commissioned by WP Puppet Theatre for this project.  Ken Lee is an emerging writer, who has met ancient murrelets in Haida Gwaii, thieving corvids along the West Coast Trail, and insolent magpies outside his front door.  He has written short non-fiction articles for the Alpine Club of Canada and the University of Calgary Gazette.

How can I view the video?

Attend the screening of the video and reception (including puppet making) on November 26th at the Central Calgary Public Library.  After November 26th, the video will be released on our website and through our social media channels.  Sign up for our e-newsletter to be invited or to find out where to view the video!

Here is a teaser of line #13 from the story:

Our Participants

Photos from the workshop at James Short Memorial School

We are pleased to work with participants from James Short Memorial School, Prospect Human ServicesÉcole de la Source, the Malaysian Singaporean Bruneian Community Association, and the Calgary Girls School.  Participants will make their own puppets in a workshop facilitated by our Artistic Director Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, and their puppets will read one line of The Gray Jay and the Magpie which will be recorded and form part of our video of the entire story.

Would you like to participate in one of our Canada 150 workshops and be part of our video?  We are holding a workshop on October 21, 2017 at the Calgary YWCA as part of our Puppet Pop-Up Studio workshop series > click for info/tickets


This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.