CACC members: get your skates on to get a ticket for this event!
The man affectionately known as ‘the greatest hockey player of all time’ is heading to Sydney in late June as the guest of honour at a gala luncheon presented by CACC’s corporate sponsors, Hungry Jack’s and Air Canada, and Scotiabank, Zonte’s Footstep and R4M.
The lunch, taking place on Sunday, 26 June at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, will also feature players participating in the newly named Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey Classic, the popular five-city annual hockey tour.
Ticket price includes a three-course lunch, premium wines, a player/host presentation, Q and A with Gretzky, auctions, viewings of NHL and tour memorabilia and prizes. Proceeds from the lunch and auction go to help StopConcussions, Brain Injury Australia and Ice Hockey Australia.
Several packages are available. Head HERE to buy tickets. For more information, ring 0474 145 469 or email: Cytelle@29sports.com
Can’t make the lunch? You can also see Gretzky at the Ice Hockey Classic event in Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday 25 June where he’s the event’s official ambassador. Get tickets here.
Nicknamed ‘The Great One’, Gretzky played 21 seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979-1999. He amassed almost 900 goals during his career and is an International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame player.
Australia’s High Commissioner finds renewed optimism in Canada
Tony Negus, Australia’s High Commissioner to Canada, was in Canberra in April to attend several high level meetings on the Canadian-Australian relationship, but found time in his packed schedule to make a quick visit to Sydney where he addressed 25 members of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC).
At a lunch held at Thomson Geer, a CACC corporate sponsor, Mr Negus briefed the audience on the current business climate in Canada and showcased the warm relationship Australia and Canada have long enjoyed, noting the countries had much in common and were open to business and working together.
In a wide ranging speech which touched on everything from bilateral trade and investment to coping with snow, Mr Negus said he had observed increased optimism in Canada under the new Trudeau government and a ‘lifted sense of place in the world’ with the country renewing its commitment to multilateral institutions like the United Nations, its much-lauded peace keeping role, and its reputation as a problem solver and honest broker in the political spectrum.
Mr Negus said Canadian and Australian relations remained strong at the highest level with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau having quickly forged a good relationship whilst engaging at the G20 Summit, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and other recent gatherings on the world stage.
He felt the Australian Government would be interested to watch the progress of the Trudeau Government in Indigenous Affairs after its recent announcement to invest $8 billion over five years in projects to improve the lives of its First Nations people, who share similar challenges to the Indigenous populations in Australia.
Mr Negus also said Canada and Australia share a common purpose as members of the coalition determined to defeat the terrorist group ISIL.
On a festive note, Mr Negus hoped that, whatever the outcome of the upcoming Australian Federal election, the Australian Prime Minister or Governor General might attend the celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 in Ottawa.
Helping each other’s citizens abroad
Mr Negus said relations between the countries’ two foreign affairs bureaus were amongst the strongest in the world. “Many Australians and Canadians are unaware that our governments have a policy of providing assistance to each other’s citizens abroad for emergencies in countries where one country or the other does not have an embassy,” he said.
He observed that though Canada and Australia were not ‘natural trading partners’ as they trade in similar resources, nevertheless there was a significant amount of investment –between us, with Canada investing $35 billion in Australia and Australia investing $45 billion in Canada in the last year.
He noted the lower Canadian dollar has resulted in an upturn in manufacturing and increased exports, but investment in mining and energy is decreasing. Domestic consumption remains flat, with analysts stating that people are afraid to spend due to uncertainty about the economy.
Mr Negus also discussed how Canada was trying to branch out from its dependency on natural resources to being a smart, clean and green tech-focused country for the 21st century.
He briefed the audience on Prime Minister Trudeau’s election promise and recent budget announcement to run a deficit budget of $10 billion a year over four years (now increased to $30 billion) and balancing it after that. The government will focus on environment, public transit and affordable housing, issues that are of interest to the Australian Government as well.
Mr Negus took questions from the audience on a variety of topics ranging from security to investment.
The former Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mr Negus stepped down in September 2014 after five years in the role, and took up his duties as High Commissioner to Canada in January 2015.
At the lunch, he was introduced by Chamber President Brian Hansen who acted as MC for the event. In his remarks, Mr Hansen thanked Thomson Geer partner, John Howard and Rhonda Pigott, Director of the NSW State Office for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for organising the briefing.
More than a few Queensland-based CACC members faced off in good-natured fashion over a beer and finger food at a recent reception hosted by the chamber at a Brisbane ice rink.
They were feted at Iceworld Bondall in mid-May as a warm-up to the start of a two-game ‘Brisbane Battle’ between the Melbourne Ice and Sydney Bears, organised by the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).
Garnet Radford, CACC’s Queensland Chair, was “impressed by the 600-strong crowd and the enthusiasm shown by the 25 CACC members who attended the reception.”
An avid hockey fan himself, Garnet had co-founded a local team, the Blue Tongues, which represented Queensland and played from 2004-12 in the AIHL. He was delighted the AIHL had organised a series in the sunshine state after a hiatus of four years, noting the league has many talented Australian and overseas players, with some being drafted into the NHL.
“It was great to see so many familiar faces from the Blue Tongues’ days,” he reminisced.
The members came from a variety of organisations including Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Air Canada, Golder & Associates, Logan Office of Economic Development, QADO and Balance Advisory.
Erin Burchill, Managing Director of online retailer O Canada, which specialises in Canadiana, said the reception was a great opportunity to network with business connections in a ‘familiar’ rink setting and then watch some excellent hockey.
“I had valuable conversations with a few local businesspeople, which I’m confident will lead to partnerships in the future, and I was pleased with the quality of the attendees. My guest had never watched a hockey game before, and neither had a few of the other attendees, so it was a unique setting for the non-Canadians amongst the group,” she said.
“During the game, we enjoyed rinkside hospitality where we could continue the conversations that we had initiated prior to the game. All in all, a fantastic afternoon and it would be a setting that I would seriously consider for future business engagements, for both Canadian and non-Canadian clients and guests,” she added.
In the AIHL’s first game in Brisbane, since 2012 and at Boondall since 2007, the teams were greeted with a sell-out crowd and a cheering atmosphere, making for an absorbing contest.
In the first game, the Melbourne Ice came away 3-2 winners in a shootout against the Sydney Bears. The Ice then went on to sweep the Brisbane Battle weekend with a 3-1 win over the Bears at Iceworld Acacia Ridge the following evening.
O Canada was a sponsor for the Brisbane Battle series and Erin gave a Player of the Match award to the Melbourne Ice's goalie, Troy Davenport, after the Saturday game.
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JUST FOR LAUGHS SYDNEY RETURNS!
CELEBRATING ITS 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN COMEDY
OCTOBER 19 TO 25, 2015
Australia’s favourite comedy festival
includes top international and local comedians
RUSSELL BRAND – JOHN BISHOP – DANNY BHOY – TOMMY TIERNAN
STEPHEN K AMOS – AL MURRAY – WIL ANDERSON – DAVE HUGHES
OMID DJALILI – CELIA PACQUOLA – SAMMY J & RANDY!
The Comedy Channel’s Just For Laughs: The Stand-Up Series hosted by DAVE THORNTON with Joel Creasey, Tom Ballard, Gretel Killeen, Em Rusciano, Akmal, Lehmo, Cal Wilson, Hannah Gadsby, Joel Creasey, Anne Edmonds plus many more!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Sydney, Oct 2, 2015 – Just For Laughs Sydney kicks off its 5th anniversary celebration with the first announcement of this year’s amazing line-up, featuring some of the world’s biggest and funniest international and Australian comedians. Taking place Monday, October 19, through to Sunday, October 25, 2015, the annual week-long event will return to the prestigious Sydney Opera House. This year, the festival will expand with performances to also be held at the State Theatre and Qantas Credit Union Arena. Tickets for Just For Laughs Sydney go on sale Monday, July 6 at 9:00 AM.
RUSSELL BRAND – acclaimed comedian, presenter, author, actor and international artist – will lead the lineup for this year’s festival. Brand will perform his new show Trew World Order at the Opera House on Friday, October 23, and a massive arena show at Qantas Credit Union Arena on Saturday, October 24. Following his phenomenal success as a stand-up, Brand turned his attentions to Hollywood, where, in 2008, he played rocker “Aldous Snow” in the box office hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, Brand has starred in several films including Rock Of Ages, Arthur, Hop, Get Him to the Greek, Bedtime Stories, The Tempest and Paradise. He also voiced the character “Dr. Nefario” in the hugely successful Despicable Me animated movie franchise. In February 2015, Brand launched The Trews, a YouTube series where he offers his unique take on current affairs, and which has a fanbase that has rapidly grown to over one million subscribers. He also started a twice-weekly podcast, The Russell Brand Podcast, where he reunited with his former radio partners Matt Morgan and poet Mr. Gee.
JOHN BISHOP will join the JFL Sydney lineup with his latest show. Bishop is one of the UK’s biggest names in comedy, and will perform at the Opera House on Wednesday, October 21. Within three years of his first-ever gig, Bishop was playing to sell-out arenas, and was crowned the fastest-selling stand-up on DVD in UK history. Bishop has had huge success with his own comedy entertainment series, including John Bishop’s Australia, John Bishop’s Christmas Show, John Bishop’s Britain, John Bishop’s Only Joking, and his latest The John Bishop Show. He spent 2012 writing his autobiography, How Did All This Happen?, and completed a triathlon challenge in aid of Sport Relief, raising over £1.6million for the charity. His autobiography was released October 2013. This multi-talented award-winning performer, writer and producer has established himself as one of the most sought-after talents in the UK.
DANNY BHOY will return to Australia with his brand-new show Please Untick This Box, with shows at the Sydney Opera House and State Theatre. Bhoy began his stand-up career in 1998 and, a year later, he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award in the UK. In 2001, he debuted his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim. Since then, he has had nine return visits to the Edinburgh Fringe, packing the biggest venues at the festival. Bhoy has become one of the most globally successful and prolific comics working in the world today. He has built up a massive following in Australia and New Zealand where his tours have broken attendance records. Bhoy’s unique brand of storytelling and razor-sharp wit has been described as “effortlessly funny” and “the stand-up equivalent of Bill Bryson.”
Twenty years ago, Britain’s favourite publican turned politician AL MURRAY, aka The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one-man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense. He has since become one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK with his alter-ego The Pub Landlord, selling out venues including The O2 arena. To celebrate this 20-year milestone, The Guv will bring his new live show One Man, One Guvnor to JFL Sydney, performing over three nights at the Opera House Playhouse on October 19, 20 and 21. Murray has won the Perrier Award (after a record four successive nominations) and secured Olivier Award nominations for both his celebrated sell-out West End runs. His book The Pub Landlord’s Book of British Common Sense was a best-selling title, selling over 300,000 copies. He then released Think Yourself British, and his ultimate pub quiz book The Pub Landlord’s Great British Pub Quiz Book. He also released his first out-of-character book, Watching War Films With My Dad, in 2013. Murray’s British comedy award-winning television series Al Murray’s Happy Hour has delighted viewers and critics alike with his no-nonsense treatment of celebrity guests.
OMID DJALILI, internationally renowned stand-up comedian/actor and winner of the Time Out Comedy Award, will bring his show Iranalamadingdong to the Opera House on Thursday, October 22. Djalili’s first significant stand-up career success was at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Short, Fab Kebab Shop Owner’s Son, followed by The Arab and the Jew in 1996. He has performed sold-out shows around the world including Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and the USA, the latter of where he had his own HBO Special and did 22 episodes on the NBC sitcom Whoopi with Whoopi Goldberg. Djalili has appeared in a number of films, most notably Gladiator, The Mummy, The World Is Not Enough, Spy Game, Notting Hill, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Sex and the City 2.
Multi-award-winning comic CELIA PACQUOLA will perform at the Opera House on Sunday, October 25. Pacquola has cemented her position as one of the most in-demand comedians in Australia, while also forging a comedy career in the UK and abroad. Her stand-out solo festival shows Let Me Know How It All Works Out, Delayed, Flying Solos, and Am I Strange? have all garnered top reviews wherever they were performed, from Melbourne to Edinburgh. In 2014, Pacquola was nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for Best Show, won the Amused Moose Laughter Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and in 2013 and 2015, she was nominated for Best Comedy at Adelaide Fringe. Pacquola has also appeared at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Pacquola has acted in television shows including the AACTA-award-winning Laid, the Logie-Award-winning drama Offspring and in Working Dog’s latest series Utopia. Her wit and jokes have led her guest appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Project, Good News Week, Dirty Laundry, Have You Been Paying Attention? and more. Internationally, Pacquola has been a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Chelsea Lately and The Rob Brydon Show.
The Comedy Channel’s JUST FOR LAUGHS: THE STAND UP SERIES, hosted by one of Australia’s favourite comedians, DAVE THORNTON, returns for a third season this year. Six live shows will be filmed exclusively for Foxtel in front of a live audience from the Playhouse at the Sydney Opera House from Thursday, October 22, to Saturday, October 24. It will feature over 30 top international and local guests including Ronny Chieng, Cal Wilson, Hannah Gadsby, Joel Creasey, Tom Ballard, Anne Edmonds, Damien Power, Tommy Little and many more to be announced. The 10-part series will broadcast exclusively on The Comedy Channel later in 2015 only on Foxtel.
JUST FOR LAUGHS SYDNEY – OCTOBER 19 TO 25, 2015
Tickets On Sale Now!
Sammy J & Randy
JFL Stand-Up Series
hosted by Dave Thornton
7:15 PM &
JFL Stand Up Series
hosted by Dave Thornton
The Just For Laughs All-Star Gala
7:00PM & 9:30PM
Qantas Credit Union Arena
JFL Stand-Up Series hosted by Dave Thornton
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