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Australian Events in Canada
ImagineNATIVE shines a spotlight on Australia
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, now into its 15th year, features film, video, radio and new media works made by Canadian and international Indigenous media artists in key creative roles, such as producers, directors, and/or writers. This year, the festival focuses on Australia.
As part of this Spotlight, imagineNATIVE is working with three highly esteemed guest programmers: Rachel Perkins, Pauline Clague, and Jenny Fraser who will each present a selection of short works representative of different sectors of Indigenous life in Australia. Included in the selection is Black Panther Woman, a story told by Rachel Perkins about Marlene Cummins, a member of Brisbane's short-lived Black Panther movement who struggled with sexism within the organization.
The kick-off preview for the festival is Wednesday, 1 October with the free screening of the Australian film ‘The Sapphires’.
The festival runs 22-26 October in Toronto.
Toronto theatre production about early years in Australia
Our Country’s Good is at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West) in Toronto from 13 September to 26 October 2014.This historical drama tells the powerful, true story of the first British convicts who arrived in Australia in 1788. The ragbag group put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer.
Three Australian authors to be part of Vancouver Writers Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest, in its 25th year, turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations. Three Australian writers will be taking part this year’s event 21 to 26 October.
Tim Winton, one of the pre-eminent Australian novelists of his generation, has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award four times and has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Michael Robotham has been an investigative journalist and is one of the world’s most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction. Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels, including The Slap, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.
Australian Nobel Laureate to speak at University of Toronto
In 1998, two teams discovered that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Professor Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University, and leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe’s history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.
Professor Schmidt will be speaking at the University of Toronto on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 in Room UC 140 at 4:30pm.
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.
2015 spotlight on Australia at the Canadian Music Week
Australia will take centre stage at the 2015 Canadian Music Week, 5-9 May. CMW is one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.
Vancouver International Film Festival showing Australian movies
Six Australian movies are being screened at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Charlie’s Country won David Gulpilil the Best Actor, Un Certain Regard, in Cannes 2014. Other full length films are The Infinite Man a time travel comedy and the one day a week, every week for a year drama 52 Tuesdays. Also screening are the short films Absolution, EMO (The Musical), and Letter to Annabelle.
The 33rd annual event runs from 25 September until 10 October.
Australian acrobat part of Cirque du Soleil’s new show in Toronto
Cirque du Soleil’s new show KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities - is in Toronto from 28 August until 5 October 2014 at the Port Lands. Touring with the show is Australian acrobat Nathan Dennis.
Sneak peak look at the production:
Seven Australian movies showing at Toronto International Film Festival
One of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the 2014 edition of TIFF runs 4-14 September with over 300 movies from over 60 countries. Seven Australian movies will be playing at this year’s event in Toronto, including several international and North American premieres.
Dark comedy Kill Me Three Times, edgy comedy The Little Death, documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, short film A Single Body, thriller Cut Snake and children’s film Paper Planes will have their world premieres at TIFF.
Coming off a best actor win in Cannes, David Gulpilil stars in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, making its North American debut – trailer below.
Australian artist Shaun Gladwell has also been invited to present his projects BMX Channel and Midnight Traceur in TIFF’s Future Projections program, a crossover between cinema and art.
Check out the TIFF website for showtimes and details about all the films.
Ottawa gets visit from Australian band
OKA will be performing at the Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market Square) in Ottawa, on Friday, 22 August. The band from the Sunshine Coast creates a unique blend of folk dance music featuring a didgeridoo, bamboo flutes, and more. (Details on the event)
They also have a few shows in British Columbia in August and September. Check out their website for the dates.
Australian performers in Toronto for BuskerFest
The longest street in the world has become the venue for the largest event supporting Epilepsy in the world and North America's largest Street Performer Festival. The Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood in Toronto plays host to BuskerFest from 21 to 24 August. This year come see Australian performers like the Bearded Gypsy Band, Daniel Champagne, and the Perch Creek Family Jugband.
Summer music festivals welcome Australian acts
The Montreal Jazz festival runs 26 June until 6 July at venues around the city. You'll have a couple of chances to check out the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, as well as Wagons and Bustamento. (For more information)
The Winnipeg Folk Festival, celebrating its 42nd year, takes place 9 to 13 July at Bird's Hill Park. Check out David Bridie, Frank Yamma (pictured at left) and Boy and Bear at this year's festival. For more information
The 37th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings a world of music to one of the world's most beautiful festival settings – Jericho Beach Park. The festival runs 18 to 20 July with over 60 acts including Australians David Bridie, Roger Knox, Frank Yamma, and Wagons. (For more information)
From 24 to 27 July, the Calgary Folk Music Festival will play host to 68 artists from around the world. The 32nd annual event is at Prince's Island Park. Australian acts in the 2014 lineup include Roger Knox, David Bridie, Frank Yamma and Glenn Skuthorpe. (For more information)
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, in beautiful downtown Gallagher Park, happens each year during the second weekend in August. This year's event runs 7 to 10 August and includes Australian acts Jordie Lane, the Stray Sisters and Vance Joy. (For more infomation)
Australian comedians at Just for Laughs Festival
Award-winning Australian comedian Wil Anderson returns to Just For Laughs 2014 in Montreal. This time, he’s bringing several Australian performers with him. “Stand Up Down Under” runs from 21 – 25 July at Montreal Improv. Wil Anderson will also be doing a solo show there on the 26th and will be a guest for Canadian comedian Russell Peters' Gala on 27 - 28 July.
Win tickets to the advance screening of Tracks - in six Canadian cities
Thanks to Mongrel Media, we have tickets to give away for the advance screening of Tracks (4 June in Toronto, 5 June in Vancouver, 16 June in Victoria and 18 June in Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg).
We were pleased to show the film ahead of its release for our Australia Day celebrations and now we can share it with you. The movie, which enjoyed great reviews at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is based on Robyn Davidson’s account of her epic journey from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, across 1,700 miles of the Australian outback. The film stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver.
To win, follow us and tweet:
Win tickets for the advance screening of #Tracks in (Enter your city here) via @Mongrelmedia @AusHCCanada. Details: http://canada.embassy.gov.au/otwa/events.html
(Please follow @AusHCCanada on Twitter so we can send you ticket details by DM. First come, first served. Limited tickets available.)
The film opens 6 June in Toronto and Vancouver, and 20 June in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Victoria.
See Mongrel Media for more details: http://www.mongrelmedia.com/film/tracks.aspx
Associations and Activities
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Australian Rules Football in Ottawa
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.