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Australian Events in Canada

ANZAC Day Memorial Services in Canada in 2014

Each year, the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions join to host commemorative ANZAC Day events in Canada.

Anzac Day events in Canada this year will be held in Ottawa (shown below), as well as Toronto, London, St John’s, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Details of the Ottawa service are as follows:

Ottawa, Ontario
Date: Friday 25 April 2014
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place
Details: Service will be followed by a ‘gunfire’ and buffet breakfast in the Museum's cafeteria.
Dress: Uniform/business attire
Contact: Mr Dallas Frazer (613) 783 7617 or

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Australian Art Orchestra coming to Toronto

Members of Australia's leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra, will join an ensemble of Canadians for an adventurous homage to one of the masterpieces of classical oratorio – J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Tickets are now available for the Passion After St. Matthew performance on Tuesday, 15 April at 8:00pm at the Trinity-St.Paul’s Centre.

Arrive early (7:00pm) for a free pre-concert chat hosted by Lawrence Cherney. Paul Grabowsky and Peter Knight from the Australian Art Orchestra join composer Nicole Lizée to explore the art of weaving improvisation together with composition, and discuss the works on the concert program.

As well, on Friday 11 April at 7:00pm, Soundstreams is hosting a panel of composers and improvisers including Peter Knight from the Australian Art Orchestra to discuss the arts of composition, improvisation, and the music that lies in-between.

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Australian Documentaries to premiere at Toronto Festival

Four Australian productions will be premiered at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. The Festival is the largest international documentary festival in North America.

Hot Docs, running 24 April to 4 May 2014, will be showing the following films from Australia:

The Darkside - a collection of Indigenous ghost tales gathered from across Australia.
From the Bottom of the Lake – a behind-the-scenes portrait of Jane Campion, famed New Zealand director of The Piano, as she writes and directs her latest project, the series Top of the Lake.
Ghost Train – an 84-year-old man finds a new community at a vampire-themed cabaret.
Ukraine is not a Brothel – an Australian-Ukrainian co-production about a group of topless feminist activists, exposing gender inequality and government corruption through their provocative public protests.

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Turning the Page exhibition with artists of Arts Project Australia

Turning the Page will feature a group exhibition of works on paper by over 70 artists from H’Art of Ottawa and Arts Project Australia, two not-for-profit organisations that provide opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to make art.

The exhibition runs 22 March – 3 May 2014.

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"Architecture for Place - The Work of Glenn Murcutt"

The Université du Québec à Montréal Centre de Design is hosting an exhibition on the work of Glenn Murcutt, Australia's most internationally recognized architect. It profiles a selection of the architect's work through drawings and photographs illustrating 40 years of his practice and working method.

The exhibition runs 6 February – 13 April 2014.

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Australia named theme country for Vancouver International Wine Fest 2015

Australian wine will be centre stage at next year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), with the festival organisers announcing Australia as the theme country for 2015, and Australian wineries are invited to get on board. The 37th festival, which will run from 23 February to 1 March 2015, is Canada’s premier wine show and one of the largest consumer wine festivals in North America.

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Past Events

Circus Oz comes to Montreal

One of Australia's first contemporary circus acts will be at La Tohu (Montreal's Circus Arts centre) from 27 February - 9 March. Circus Oz is based out of Melbourne and has been delighting audiences worldwide for over 35 years. The show is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus that adults and children can enjoy together.

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Victoria Film Festival

The Rocket, Australia's submission for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards, is being screened this month at the Victoria Film Festival. The film, a production with Laos and Thailand, follows a young boy who is believed to be bad luck to all who surround him.

Showings are Thursday, 13 February and Saturday, 15 February.

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Public Lecture: Australian planners compare Vancouver and Brisbane

Brisbane and Vancouver have many similarities - roughly the same population, age and growth rate. So how are the regions dealing with pressures of growth and the realities of climate change? What new urban forms are working? What have been the lessons learned from the massive investments in highway infrastructure?

Join Simon Fraser University and Australian planners Greg Vann and Warren Rowe for a free public lecture on Thursday, 21 November at 7:00pm at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodwards (149 West Hastings St) in Vancouver.

Greg Vann is one of Brisbane’s best known and respected planners, a co-author of the Next Generation Planning Handbook, and former chair of the State’s Transit Oriented Development Taskforce. Warren Rowe recently stepped down after 18 years as Director of Planning, Environment and Transport of the Gold Coast.

For more information and to reserve tickets


Win a year of school in Australia

You could win a free year of study at an Australian university by entering an exciting new competition launched by the Australian Government.

From now until 18 November, enter to win tuition, flights, accommodation and more! Each week for the next seven weeks a finalist will be selected, who will be sent to Australia in December to tour Australian universities and attend the announcement of the winner.

Find out how Australian education generates future professional and personal success.

Click here for more information and to enter

Australian dance company coming to Ottawa

Melbourne-based choreographer Lucy Guerin has created an atmospheric new dance work, an homage to the breathtaking power of the elements. Lucy Guerin Inc performs Weather in the Studio of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on 7-9 November at 8:00pm.

See the full release here


14th annual imagineNATIVE festival featuring several Australian films

Several Australian films are being screened 16-20 October in Toronto at the imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival. ImagineNATIVE showcases, promotes, and celebrates emerging and established Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. Follow imagineNATIVE on twitter.

The Opening Night Gala Screening is the impressive Australian movie Mystery Road – the story of an indigenous police detective returning to his rural hometown to work on his first homicide case. It is showing Wednesday, 16 October at 7:00pm.

For more information on the event and showtimes for other films


Canadian Women’s AFL Championships in Ottawa

Teams from across the country will be travelling to Ottawa to compete in the national championship at the Rideau Carleton Raceway (4837 Albion Road) on 12 and 13 October.

The Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club will be hosting women’s teams from Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

For more information or to see the schedule



Vancouver International Film Festival

Five Australian movies are being shown at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Tracks is the true story of a woman’s trek across the deserts of west Australia. The Rocket (a co-production with Laos and Thailand) won the Audience Award this year at the Sydney Film Festival. Also screening are the short films Butterflies, Off Course and December 25.

The 32nd annual event runs from 26 September until 11 October.

More information


Associations and Activities

Expatriate groups across Canada 

Australian residents of Ontario may also visit the Ottawa Canadian Australian Network or Aussies and Kiwis in London.

Australians in Western Canada may join the DownUnder Social Club of Calgary, the DownUnder Social Club of Edmonton or the DownUnder Club of Winnipeg.  

Australian Rules Football in Ottawa

Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club welcomes new players, volunteers and spectators as it competes in the Ontario Australian Football League, part of AFL Canada.

Cricket in Ottawa

The Ottawa Valley Cricket Council runs cricket in Ottawa through summer. For cricket in other Canadian cities, go to Cricket Canada.

Australian and New Zealand Wine Society of Ottawa

The Australian and New Zealand Wine Society of Ottawa hosts regular events. Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver also have Australian wine appreciation societies.


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