The Role and Services of the Australian High Commission in Canada
The Australian High Commission is hosting an information session in Montreal on Monday, 8 February, outlining our role in Canada and the services we provide:
Monday, 8 February 2016 at 5pm
Sofitel Montreal, Gaugin Room
1155 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
RSVPs welcome at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Season’s Greetings Card Contest
Thank you to all of the young artists that participated in our Australian season’s greetings card contest!
We are pleased to announce the following winners:
Grades 1-2 category:
Winner: Skyla Jo Leafloor – St. Michael Catholic School
First runner-up: Tina Gao – Lakeview Public School
Second runner-up: Maddy Hamilton – St. Michael Catholic School
Honourable mention: Emma Dalgleish – St. Michael Catholic School
Grades 3-4 category:
Winner: Amelie Broda – Lakeview Public School
First runner-up: Chelsea Spence – Lakeview Public School
Second runner-up: Andrea Stacey – Lakeview Public School
Honourable mention: Diya Bajpai – Lakeview Public School
Grades 5-6 category:
Winner: Kiana Marcotte – Greely Elementary School
First runner-up: Ella Asselstine – Lakeview Public School
Second runner-up: Safeya Matar – Greely Elementary School
Honourable mention: Finley Russell – Greely Elementary School
Lifelines: Indigenous Contemporary Art from Australia
Lifelines: Indigenous Contemporary Art from Australia is an exhibition at Québec City’s Musée de la civilisation running from 21 October 2015 to 5 September 2016. The contemporary Australian Indigenous art attests to the cultural vitality and rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, carrying on powerful artistic traditions dating back more than 60,000 years.
Lifelines exhibits close to 100 works selected by guest curator Professor Françoise Dussart of the University of Connecticut. They are displayed in an open space that evokes the vastness of Australia— its earth tones, vegetation, and blue skies. The exhibition features three thematic zones: "Land of Dreams", "Land of Knowledge", and "Land of Power".
At the entrance to the exhibition is Karrku, an immense collective work by 36 artists from the community of Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert. Two interactive terminals detail the ancestral stories that underpin the piece. Further on, three creative video montages take a look at the human presence dating across the millennia. There are also 11 family learning stations to spark young people\'s curiosity.
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations on tour in Canada
Following sold-out appearances at Canadian Music Week in Toronto and a headline date in Montreal, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations return to Canada with numerous shows across the country. Catch a show near you:
29 October - Winspear Centre - Edmonton, AB
30 October - O’Brians Event Centre - Saskatoon, SK
31 October - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
3 November - Théâtre Granada - Sherbrooke, QC
4 November - Théâtre La Taverne – Saint-Casimir, QC
5 November – Métropolis - Montréal, QC
6 November - The Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
7 November - Bronson Centre - Ottawa, ON
8 November - Le Théâtre Capitole - Québec City, QC
Vance Joy on tour in Canada
Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy proved himself a breakout artist of 2014 with the song Riptide (voted number 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100) from his debut full-length album Dream Your Life Away. He is currently on tour with Taylor Swift and will be playing numerous shows in Canada. See Vance Joy live across the country:
• 5 July - Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
• 6 July - Canadian Tire Centre w/ Taylor Swift, Ottawa, ON
• 7 July - Bell Centre w/ Taylor Swift, Montreal, QC
• 9 July - Le Festival d\'été de Québec, Quebec City, QC
• 26 July - WayHome Music & Arts, Barrie, ON
• 1 August - BC Place w/ Taylor Swift, Vancouver, BC
• 4 August - Rexall Place w/ Taylor Swift, Edmonton, AB
• 5 August - Rexall Place w/ Taylor Swift, Edmonton, AB
• 7 August - Loggers Sports Grounds, Squamish, BC
• 9 August - Regina Folk Festival, Regina, SK
• 2 October - Rogers Centre w/ Taylor Swift, Toronto, ON
• 3 October - Rogers Centre w/ Taylor Swift, Toronto, ON
Australian films selected for the Montreal World Film Festival
Two films by Australian directors have been selected for the Montreal World Film Festival, which runs from 27 August to 7 September and presents films from 86 different countries to 350,000+ attendees.
Emma Jaay’s Beijing Being provides a unique look at the life of the foreign community in Beijing, showing an alternate side of life there. The film showcases new Australian talent, with Australian artistic and technical expertise in sound design, graphic design, editing and the original score, while key songs in the soundtrack were sourced from the Sydney and Melbourne music scenes. More information on Beijing Being.
Megan Riakos’ Crushed is a thriller shot in the wine region of Mudgee, New South Wales. It follows the story of Ellia, a young woman estranged from her family who is forced to return home after her father dies in a winery accident. But when his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect, she must stay to uncover the truth. More information on Crushed.
Australian rugby union Wallabies coming to North America
The Wallabies’ final preparations before the Rugby World Cup in England will include a two week tour of the USA and a match against the USA Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday 5 September.
For Wallabies fans in Canada, this is an opportunity to watch your team not far from the border.
Consular services briefing in Bermuda
The Australian High Commission in Canada, with responsibility for Bermuda, will be hosting a briefing on consular services for Australian citizens in Bermuda on Thursday 3 September 2015. Australian Consul, Melissa Stenfors, will be available to discuss services that the Australian Government provides to Australian citizens abroad. The briefing will take place on 3 September at 2:00pm at the Paradise Lounge, 55 White Sands Road, Bermuda. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please register in advance by contacting Linda Wilt (email@example.com or +1 613 783-7601) to provide the names and Australian passport numbers of each attendee.
Australian playwright’s This is Where We Live comes to Toronto
Born and raised in Vancouver before moving to Australia at the age of ten, playwright Vivienne Walshe is “still referred to in Australia as the Canadian playwright,” she says. And yet, this is the first time her work is being produced in Canada.
This is Where We Live, winner of the 2012 Griffin Award for an outstanding play that displays an authentic, inventive, and contemporary Australian voice, is a darkly poetic two-hander about the space in which we live - both physically and emotionally – as told through its two teenage characters: Chloe and Chris. Recent transplants to a small rural town in Australia, Chloe and Chris find themselves outcasts among their peers in their new home and attempt to find solace in one another. The play runs from 7 to 16 August at the Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.
Mama Kin tours Canada
As mischievous as she is charming, Australia’s Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer. With a reputation for her unique blend of foot-stomping soul, heart-wrenching ballads, and stirring live shows, Mama Kin is returning to Canada with new songs and a shift in sonic direction. You can catch her on tour from coast-to-coast:
• 7 July - The Carleton, Halifax, NS
• 12 July - Evolve Festival, Antigonish, NS
• 14 July - Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON
• 16 July - Dakota Tavern, Toronto, ON
• 17-19 July - Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC
• 21 July - Streaming Cafe, Kelowna, BC
• 22 July - Spirit Bar, Nelson, BC
• 23-26 July - Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, AB
Australian carillonist performs guest recital on the Peace Tower Carillon
Amy Johansen, Carillonist of the University of Sydney, will be playing a guest recital on the Peace Tower Carillon in Ottawa on Tuesday 7 July from 11am to noon. She will be playing a number of Australian classics, including ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
Circa performs Beyond at Montréal Complètement Cirque
Since 2004, Australian company Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill, and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in thirty-two countries across six continents.
Circa will be performing their show Beyond at La TOHU as part of Montréal Complètement Cirque. Beyond blends dynamic circus acts like trapeze and Chinese pole with cheeky feats of strength, set to a bewitching mix of show tunes, ballads, and electronica. The show will be at 8:00pm from 1 to 4 July and 2:00pm on 5 July.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015
The Australian national women\'s football (soccer) team, the Matildas, will be competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 starting on 6 June. The tournament will be hosted in six Canadian cities from coast to coast.
Australia’s First Families of Wine – Unlocked Tour
Twelve of Australia’s leading family owned wineries, who together form Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), are coming to Canada in May, bringing a tour de force of quality Australian wine, unlocking the history and stories behind every bottle. This is a rare opportunity to experience some of Australia’s iconic wines from the families’ private cellars. The AFFW Unlocked Tour will be in Montreal from 22-24 May, Toronto from 25-27 May, and Vancouver from 28-30 May.
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.
Gudirr Gudirr at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto
The North American premiere of Gudirr Gudirr is coming to the Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage in Toronto, showcasing award-winning Australian artist Dalisa Pigram in a captivating solo dance performance. Gudirr Gudirr explores the contemporary experience of Indigenous people in northwest Australia, where desert meets sea, Australia meets Asia and where cultures fuse and morph. Gudirr Gudirr runs from Wednesday 6 May to Saturday 9 May.
Associations and Activities
Expatriate groups across Canada
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.