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Australian Events in Canada
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.
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:
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.
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.