The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards

22 March 2012

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association On March 22, Russell will Host the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards.  The event recognizes the best periodicals, stories, covers and editorial-ship during the last year from Member Publications. The Awards kick off a week-end of events at the Alberta Magazine Conference from March 22-24.

The Calgary Poet Laureate Showcase

PoetLaureateLogo On March 1, Russell hosted a special performance and public conversation with the 5 shortlisted nominees for Calgary’s inaugural Poet Laureate.  Nominees presented an example of their work and discussed the unique contribution they hope to make as Calgary’s Poet Laureate.  Follow the discussion on Twitter: #yycpoet or #yycarts OR

Lawson Lundell Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres

24 February 2012

Calgary’s finest restaurants are paired with a local celebrity, and the teams compete against the other restaurant/celebrity teams to sell the most succulent hors d’oeuvres. This no-holds-barred hors d’oeuvres competition encouraging outrageous tactics and devious schemes. Russell was one of the Celebrities on hand to champion his restaurant to the Guests and Judges.



Giller Light Bash – Calgary

8 November 2011

Russell hosted the crowd at Amsterdam Rhino who gathered to watch the live broadcast of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s top literary award.

Photo: Host Russell Bowers shows off the night’s biggest prize, the Guess the Giller statuette, with Mary Kapusta and Jo Steffens from WordFest.


Dirty Laundry Improv

31 October 2011 (and recurring)

Russell guest-starred with the cast of Dirty Laundry in their weekly improvised soap opera, this year set in Ancient Rome.  Russell played a Roman version of Elvis to hilarious effect.

Photo: Russell as “Elvis Presilicus” and actor Karen Johnson-Diamond as Roman slave “Urethra.”


TD Bank KidsLit Author Visits Edmonton School

30 September 2011

Russell interviewed children’s author Valerie Sherrard at Dr. Donald Massey School about her TD Bank Kids Literature Award nominated book, The Glory Wind.

Watch the interview here.


International Spoken Word Festival

31 March 2011

Russell hosted Smart Men Hot Words billed as the “Chippendales of poetry,” bringing sexy, engaging and sometimes scandalous male poets together to heat up the stag.


Roger Hodgson In Concert

5 March 2011

Russell was invited to introduce Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp, at his concert at the RiverCree Casino in Edmonton. Russell even got to tell fans, “When you go home tonight, you must take the long way home!”

Photo: Roger Hodgson & Russell Bowers visit backstage at his show in Edmonton, Canada.


Freedom to Read Week – Wordfest

25 February 2011

Russell hosted a conversation with John Reilly, the former judge and controversial author of Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community published by Rocky Mountain Books. The event was sponsored by The Writers Guild of Alberta and WordFest.

Photo: Don Gorman, publisher of Rocky Mountain Books, with event host Russell Bowers, and Judge Reilly.


Donovan Deschner CD Launch

24 January 2011

To celebrate the launch of his first comedy EP, Donovan Deschner threw a party and in addition to having some of his comedian friends present a very funny show, the producer of the album, Russell Bowers, was on hand to interview Donovan about the album (and a variety of other topics).