Canada 150

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 have invited 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 see the video?  Come to our screening on November 26th! (see below for details)

The Gray Jay and The Magpie Screening & Reception

Sunday Nov. 26, 1-3pm
(screenings at 1:10 and 2:10)
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library
616 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2M2

FREE (no tickets required, all welcome)

Drop by the John Dutton Theatre in the Central Calgary Public Library anytime between 1-3pm (screenings at 1:10pm and 2:10pm).

You are invited to the World Premiere screening of The Gray Jay and the Magpie. WP Puppet has commissioned emerging writer Ken Lee from Calgary to write a 150-line story to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation #Canada150. Over 150 local, national, and international participants of all ages took part in the video by making a puppet and having their puppet read one line of the story. Come to our screening event to see the results! We will also have puppet making, creative activities, and cupcakes! Writer, participants, and puppets will be in attendance.



The Story and the Writer: The Gray Jay and the Magpie by Ken Lee

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.

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

Our Participants

Photos from the workshop at James Short Memorial School

Thank you to our participants from James Short Memorial School, Prospect Human ServicesÉcole de la Source, the Malaysian Singaporean Bruneian Community Association, Queen Elizabeth High School, A.E. Cross School as well as local and international individual contributors.


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.