Meet the Massey Lectures App

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Uncover the full legacy and history of the Massey Lectures Series, from 1961 to today. Learn more about selected Massey authors, their lives, achievements, and beliefs. Explore the complex web of themes within the Massey universe, and hear unique thoughts and insights from the lecturers themselves. And then contribute to the conversation yourself.


Download the Free Massey Lectures App


 “The Massey Lectures series is so unique and special. The Massey Lectures iPad app further engages with the audience and livens up the conversation, supporting the original format beyond what it was capable of before.”

— Renowned author Lawrence Hill, 2013 Massey Lecturer

For more than 50 years, the annual Massey Lecture series, broadcast on CBC Radio’s IDEAS, has brought contemporary thinkers with unique perspectives and experiences to a national and international audience. Notable Massey Lecturers include Northrop Frye, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Stephen Lewis, Thomas King, Margaret Somerville, and Wade Davis to name but a few.

During the week of the rebroadcast of Lawrence Hill’s Massey Lectures, Blood, on CBC Radio’s IDEAS, House of Anansi in co-operation with the CBC and Massey College, and with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, unveils its first iPad app. Now available for free in the iTunes App Store, the Massey Lectures iPad app lets readers explore some of the most complex and thought-provoking topics of our age, and reveals the depth and breadth of Canada’s preeminent public lectures series in a totally new way. The app includes nearly 200 hours of text, audio lectures, interviews, talks, and exclusive footage.

Massey Sets

For the first time, the audio and text of selected lectures are brought together in one specially priced package available for purchase within the app. Each selected Massey Lectures e-book is illuminated with vibrant images and videos and includes the five-hour audio lectures. At launch, the app adds nearly 40 pieces of additional video and audio content. Also available for the first time are curated bundles of books and lectures that are divided by connected ideas across lectures called “themes,” such as “Constructing and Deconstructing Identity” and “Rationalizing the Truth.”

Watch the app in action


About the Massey Lectures Series


The Massey Lectures Series was created in honour of the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, former Governor General of Canada, and was inaugurated in 1961 to provide a forum on radio where major contemporary thinkers could address the important issues of the day. Each year a noted scholar or public figure is invited to give a series of topical lectures. The Massey Lectures are co-sponsored by CBC Radio, House of Anansi Press, and Massey College in the University of Toronto. For more information, go to


The Massey App is created by House of Anansi in co-operation with the CBC and Massey College, and with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The Massey Lectures iPad App was concepted, designed and developed by Critical Mass, a global digital marketing agency.


Massey Lectures update: Neil Turok and The Universe Within


Massey Lectures Rebroadcast Details:

Tune in to CBC Radio One’s Ideas March 25-29 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in NFLD) to catch the rebroadcast of the 2012 Massey Lectures, The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok.

Watch Neil Turok on TVO’s Allan Gregg In Conversation:

(email subscribers, please click through to watch)

Massey Lectures Broadcast

This year’s CBC Massey Lectures, The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok, are a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future.

Here’s how you can experience the Masseys:

Listen to the broadcast on CBC Radio One’s IDEAS, which starts TONIGHT: November 12-16, 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in NFLD)

> Find CBC channels & frequencies across Canada
> Stream live on CBC Radio’s website

Read the book (available from our website or wherever books and eBooks are sold)

Download the podcasts from iTunes Podcasts within 24 hours of the broadcast (in iTunes, search “Massey Lectures 2012”)

Get inspired by Neil Turok (email subscribers, please click through to the full blog post to watch):




Author events this week and an important video

Anansi and Groundwood authors on the radio and across Canada this week:

Winter by Adam GopnikAdam Gopnik (Winter)

Monday, March 26 to Friday, March 30
Rebroadcast of Winter, the 2011 CBC Massey Lectures, on CBC Radio One’s Ideas
Weekdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) and Mondays at 2 p.m. (2:30 p.m. NT)


The Antagonist by Lynn CoadyLynn Coady (The Antagonist)

Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Grit Lit: Friday Night Fiction
Featuring Alexi Zentner and Will Ferguson
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St. West
Hamilton, ON

Summer in the City by Marie-Louise GayMarie-Louise Gay and David Homel (Summer in the City)

Saturday, March 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Book Launch
Babar en Ville
1235, av Greene
Westmount, QC

A video message about children’s rights:

I Have the Right to Be a Child

Please take a moment to watch the book trailer for I Have the Right to Be a Child, a gorgeously illustrated picture book that introduces young children to the concept of human rights, and more specifically to their rights as children, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This moving video was created by our talented Marketing Manager Fred Horler and stars his daughter Zoe.

(Email subscribers, please click on the heading at the top of the post to view the video.)

Vote for your favourite cover of WINTER

Which of the five covers for Winter, Adam Gopnik’s 2011 CBC Massey Lectures book, is your favourite?

Click on each cover image below for a larger version: