Event Reports

Read about some of our past events here, either to relive the moment or to see what you missed! 
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  • 30 Apr 2014 9:22 PM | Deleted user

    It was the final day of the BMW Carnival at Randwick Racecourse where 6 enthusiastic CAC attendees tried their luck and best bets at the horse races! A good time was had by all with a few Canadian club drinks & fine wine enjoyed at a trackside table. There was a mix of racing and betting experience and several betting Winners within the group! It was suggested by the group to plan a similar event for the Spring Racing later in the year! Who's in?!!
  • 28 Mar 2014 9:39 PM | Deleted user
    March 2nd - Pancake Day

  • 27 Jan 2014 3:07 PM | Deleted user
    This year has started with a bang, with TWO successful events occurring! 
    Please keep reading to find out how the CAC celebrated January....

    Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers – Sydney Festival January 8th

    On January 8th, twelve dedicated Canadians & Canadian-ized Australian’s met at the sold out Speigletent in Hyde Park, to welcome Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers to Opening Night at the Sydney Festival.

    As many of us have never been to the Speigletent before, we were amazed with how the ambiance transported us out of Hyde Park, and into a cozy, intimate setting to listen to the bluesy, gravely voice of Ben Caplan. Ben has a natural charm as he engages the audience in between songs, and is able to draw you in to release your inner “sigh’s” and inner “screams”.

    Needless to say, all the CAC member’s who went raved about the performance! Although many of us had to scatter afterwards, quite a few stayed in line by the merch tent to pick up some cd’s, and even get a photo or two! (If they had working phone batteries, of course…;p)

    In closing, Kathleen would like to thank everyone who attended! it was great to see everyone’s support for a virtually unknown Canadian artist, and we hope to organise other events like this when Canadian muscians come to town. If you know of anything happening, please keep us informed!

    SEA KAYAKING EVENT - January 19th

    On the 19 January 2014, the CAC enjoyed an afternoon in the sun sea kayaking. We paddled around middle harbour, soaked in the sun and then were treated to salmon, cream cheese, baguettes and roasted chicken. All and all, it was a great event and we intend to do it again in the near future. Thank you to all who joined us! 

    A big thank you to our new Event's Coordinator, Nalani for organising her first event with the club!

  • 28 Nov 2013 10:14 PM | Deleted user
    On a nice sunny (and slightly windy!) Friday evening, 30 sone CAC member's and guests met at a beautiful Vaucluse residence, which just so happened to be the home of our dear Consul General, Mario St. Marie.

    Thanks to the efforts of the outgoing CAC committee, there was a fantastic selection of wine and finger food, which set the scene for a very entertaining evening! 

    After an hour of mingling and wine-ing, everyone sat down inside to hear about how the CAC is doing financially and otherwise. With no major changes being announced, the AGM went swiftly, and concluded with the election of the 2014 Committee. A big thank you to the outgoing Committee, our Returning Officer Chris Warrick, and our honourary secretary, Caroline Hutchings.

    The Club is very lucky this year, in which we have 3 brand new members who have stepped up into major roles, such as President, Event Co-ordinator, and Membership Officer. Once the formal part of the evening was over, everyone was able to mingle and welcome the new Committee. 

    A very BIG thank you to Mario, Anne for opening their home, Christiane for her stellar organisation, and Sharon for locking up behind us!

  • 29 Oct 2013 1:26 PM | Deleted user

    Thanksgiving in OZ with Canadians. In the warming weather we enjoyed a lovely feast of turkey, mashed sweet potato, rosti, beetroot salad, sweet potato pie, apple and pumpkin pie, just to name a few of the goodies that were consumed. We ate and ate and ate!! The music with the East Coast musicians was so heart warming and really brought home the Canadian spirit.

    Mario St Marie, the Consul General of Canada, gave a lovely heart felt speech. His words on giving thanks for the food and for living in two great countries made it a real Thanksgiving. A wonderful time was had by all. We are indeed a very lucky group.

    The above was written by CAC member and volunteer, Gloria Bailen

    The Committee would like to thank Costco, Philip Bell, Allegria Designs, O'Canada Food & Gear, and LA Johannesson for donating some great prizes for our raffle!

    We'd also like to thank Isobel, Garth, John, Angie, Gloria, and The Warrick Family for their help on the day. 

    If you missed our posts on Facebook, here's a recap of the day....


  • 29 Sep 2013 10:55 AM | Deleted user
    Thank you Gloria and family for putting the write up together!

    The CAC visited the ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organiztation) site on September 28. What a trip. To see how Australia is playing a leading role in developing nuclear medicine, to see the particle accelerators in operations, to appreciate the size of the nuclear reactor - so much in a day trip. We came home and downloaded the ANSTO app.

    The science loving kids were completely mesmerized and want to see more. This is an amazing way to get kids loving science. We will be back!!!

    The CAC would like to thank Chris W. for the idea, and Angie for making a delish lemon poppy seed cake to share. Kathleen's chocolate macaroons didn't go amiss either! 

  • 29 Aug 2013 7:49 PM | Deleted user
    Sarah Polly's Stories We Tell

    This movie was the opening night film for the Possible World's Festival, and I couldn't imagine a more fitting independent film to kick off the week. My memories of Sarah Polly are mostly from her Road to Avonlea days, so it was quite a treat to see her all grown up, and understand why she gets such rave reviews as a director of film

    This film weaves a very intriguing and candid story about Sarah Polly's family, and it highlights how different perspectives of the same events can still lead to the similar version of the truth. It also highlights beautiful human traits such as family support, love and when presented with all the evidence, a sort of understanding/forgivness. 

    Luckily for CAC members, if you missed the Opening night of this film, it will be screening again in September. Keep reading to find out how you can see this fantastic film!

    The End of Time: By Peter Mettler

    The End of Time "documentary" at the Possible Worlds film festival was an ambitious attempt at experimental film-making.

    The film started off by showing Joseph Kittinger's 1960 jump from a helium balloon at over 31 km altitude. Audio of Kittinger was used to explain that falling from such a height with no substantial atmosphere was like "time was standing still" even though he knew that he was moving at speeds faster then any other unaided human had before. The movie then moves to CERN where they ask several physicists about what they think of time... 

    The main problem with the movie is that I am sure it is also an experiment in making the audience feel like time has stood still. Unfortunately I fell asleep for part of the movie and from the occasional short snore I know I wasn't the only one :)

    Parts of the movie were interesting, such as the isolated owner of the last house in an area on the big island of Hawaii whose neighbours have all been destroyed by lava flows, but the experimental nature of the filming just meant it was hard to hold any sustained focus on the movie.

    The general consensus from the Club attendees was that it was beautifully shot but it also killed a lot of time.
  • 30 Jul 2013 8:40 PM | Deleted user
    On July 1st, a dedicated group of CanAussie's descended on the Arthouse Hotel for not one, but TWO meals to celebrate Canada Day!

    Although the Molson and Kokanee were horribly overpriced, it was a great afternoon to share a few Canadian beers and Caesars.

    With a table of 8 for lunch, and almost 15 for dinner, all who attended had a great time enjoying the Arthouse festivities. The Full Mounty did not disappoint, with a smattering of strategically placed red maple leaf's on the boy's budgie smugglers (they were all from the same surf life saving club after all!).

    Thanks to all who came out, and we look forward to next year's party!
  • 30 Jun 2013 8:49 PM | Deleted user
    Thank you to everyone who came to 
    our Canada Day party!!! 

    With 75+ in attendance, 2kgs of real cheese curd for poutine, and some Canadian tunes, we managed to throw together 
    Canada Day at the King St Brewhouse. 

    Thank you to our volunteers: 
    Julie, Linda, Chris B, Sarah, Dale, Chris W, Kath and Kim, 
    it couldn't happen without you!

    Thank you to the King St Brewhouse, O'Canada, the Sydney Canadian Consulate, and CAC members Linda and Chris for 
    their donation of prizes!

    Also thank you to Marie Louise Hannan and her family for attending, and giving a wonderful little speech to kickstart the afternoon!

    One of the highlights of the day was when 
    Deborah Markovic Edwards generously
     shared some maple leaf cookies!! 

    Here's the recipe  (makes 60 cookies)

    1 cup softened butter
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup real maple syrup
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 tsps. baking soda\
    1/2 tsp salt > sift these 3 together
    4 cups plain flour /

    Preheat oven to 175. Grease cookie sheets.
    In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Stir the sifted ingredients into bowl until well blended.
    Divide the dough into 4 rolls, wrap each roll in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    Roll out and use any cookie cutter you like. Once you've cut out the shapes and placed them on a cookie sheet, put the sheet back in the fridge for about 20 minutes, so they retain their shape, and don't get too puffy.
    The red rolled icing comes for a bake shop because red food colouring only gets bright pink.

  • 29 Jun 2013 10:54 AM | Deleted user
    Event Report from CAC member and ice hockey fan, Rick Allen-Jordan.

    "Are you ready for this Sydney?!"

    "All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far"... No, no, not them, that's a bunch of blokes on horseback in the Snowy Mountains. I'm talking about another bunch of 'guys' on skates (sans horses) who recently descended on the All Phones Arena for the first ever, International Ice Hockey game played in Sydney between arch rivals Canada and the USA. 

    Unbelievable, NHL standard ice hockey right here in Oz, in Syn'y! And they brought with them 'technology' that's not too common around these parts - sticks, pucks, pads and helmets, to do battle on Aussie ice. Canada started strong and racked up a bunch of goals before acknowledging the under strength USA team, and let them slap through a couple of their own.

    There's a limit to all that Canadian tolerance, so following a traditional 'fight' in the second quarter (3 fights actually) the Canucks decided to bring the hammer down to finish the game with a Canada 9 USA 6 score line, with Canada retaining the Douglas Webber Cup. 

    What a fantastic night with a sea of red and white dominating the 21,000 record crowd. I must admit, I missed the basic 'beer and a dog' combo of Canadian arenas but at least there was a 'beer and a queue'!

    'Hockey Night in Australia'! Oh yeah, we're definitely ready for this.


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