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DKG Jahrestreffen 2022 in Frankfurt – A look back

Dear DKG members and Friends of Canada. Originally planned to take place in Frankfurt for 2020, the DKG annual meeting finally happend in Mainhattan on the weekend of July 1st to July 3rd 2022.

Like the years before, we traditionally met for our “Friday Evening Get-Together”, this time in Old Sachsenhausen.
Typical Frankfurt specialties and “Apfelwein” awaited us in one of the city’s most iconic and traditional places.
Around 50 old and new faces gathered jointly to start the weekend in a very good mood. It was a delight to see each other again and welcome new people, among them not only Canada fans but also real Canadians: there were quite a few red and white clothed people in celebration of Canada Day.

On Saturday morning, while some of us were busy in the usual “Elefantenrunde”, others participated in the organised old city tour. The meeting point was in front of the Paulskirche, which could not be visited as it is being renovated. The guides took the groups to the “Rathaus”, the “Römer”, the famous “Kaisersaal” and the “neue Altstadt” to finish off the tour at “Kleinmarkthalle”. The guests were given a lot of very interesting information about the history of Frankfurt and everyone enjoyed their morning very much.

In the afternoon, we had our annual members assembly in the offices of the “Kanzlei Arnecke-Sibeth-Dabelstein”, our deepest thanks to our President, Michael Siebold and his staff for making this possible. We were informed that our longtime board member, Bernd Brummermann, responsible for our Work and Travel Program, is leaving his place after 18 years (he will be joining the “Präsidium”). Thank you so very much Bernd for your dedication all these years in insuring that our program, one of the oldest of its kind, could still continue and thrive, even during the pandemic. Chapeau!!!

But for our greatest pleasure, we have a more than worthy candidate to follow up Bernd’s footsteps as Sina Burghardt has been elected to take over. Sina took part in our program herself, she accompanied “WSP” participants to Canada, created our Instagram account and has been taking care of the DKG presence on social media. She helped creating the task forces, the DKG volunteer group and so much more! We are very confident that our program will continue to be in good hands. Bravo Sina!

To make sure that our social media presence is not neglected, Sina handed over that task to Carolin Koch. Carolin is an ex-WSP participant and is also the recipient of the DKG scholarship of 2019. She is working with the task force teams and is very dedicated to the DKG. Thank you Carolin!!!

It is also important to mention that we have an increase in DKG membership, a very positive development.

The next DKG annual meeting will take place in Rostock from June 30th to July 2nd, 2023 (you can already save the date 🙂 ). In 2024, it will take place in Munich, in 2025 in Bonn and in 2026 in Dortmund.

On Saturday evening, around 100 people gathered at the Marriott Frankfurt (whom we would like to thank for helping make our event so successful) to celebrate with us. We had the great pleasure of welcoming the band that played for us in Lahr in 2019. Four excellent musicians playing Canadian music who call themselves “Heart of Gold”. After a word of welcome from our chairman, Stefan Rizor, the band accompanied classical singer Julie Schmitt (a Canadian who lives in Mainz) to perform the national anthems of Canada and Germany. Julie blew us all away with a very touching performance. There was barely a dry eye left in the room. We thank her very much for being a part of our celebrations!
The presenters throughout the evening were our President, Michael Siebold and yours truly (thank you Michael for the opportunity).

We had the great honour of welcoming a very prestigious guest, the Ambassador of Canada in Germany, Stéphane Dion. Ambassador Dion delivered an excellent speech as only He can do it.
Warm, welcoming, very entertaining and sincere. And although he must leave Germany to take on the position of the Ambassador of Canada in France, he told us he would ensure a continuation of the good relations between the Embassy of Canada in Germany and the DKG with his successor. As it was the last time Ambassador Dion would be able to participate in a DKG event before going to Paris, the organizers of the weekend, the DKG Team Rhein-Main, offered him a gift to remember Frankfurt and Germany by: an engraving of “Die deutsche Nationalversammlung in der Paulskirche zu Frankfurt am Main” at 1848. It represents the cradle of German democracy and it is what connects our countries so strongly. Nos sincères remerciements à Monsieur l’Ambassadeur Dion pour son engagement envers la Société canado-allemande.

After that the DKG handed over its 2021 “Ehrenpreis” to photographer Martin Weinhold whom we would like to congratulate once again! His Prize was presented by Dr. habil. Ulrich Bleyer (Präsidium). The “Ehrenpreis” 2022 is going to German journalist Gerd Braune who lives in Canada. Mr Braune was unfortunately unable to be present in person, but he will receive his Prize in due form in Rostock in 2023. Congratulations and we are looking forward to seeing you next year!

We then all enjoyed a nice buffet with Canadian touches. Afterwards people started to mingle and enjoy each others company. Although we did not have a proper “dance floor” per se, the excellent band prevented us from being still; all of a sudden almost everybody started to dance!
In between we had a funny quiz and 4 of us were able to snatch high quality Canadian products, gracioulsy offered by Mélody Roussy-Parent of Melody’s Canada: thank you very kindly Melody for your generosity!!

This summary would not be complete without thanking our friends of “McGill Alumni Association of Germany” for taking part in our celebrations. It was really great to have you and we hope to see you again in Rostock next year!

As we usually do, we ended the evening with a chill out. And at least half of the crowd met downstairs at the Champions bar; even the Ambassador joined in.

On Sunday morning, the guests were all invited on a small cruise on the Main River. The weather was perfect and it was a very pleasant way to end the weekend.

I would like to thank our Regional Director Rhein-Main, Michael Hahn and my fellow team members, Frank Herrnschmidt and Ulrich Barths, as well as the DKG “Geschäftsstelle” and Stefan Rizor for making this successful weekend possible, in spite of many obstacles along the way.

Let me just finish my “résumé” by saying how proud I am to be part of the DKG community. So many different people united by their love for Canada, my own home country. Young and old and in between, all working together to build a place where everyone fits in, where we can all connect and somehow make the world a better place. I have been around for many years now, and there has never been a better time to be invloved in the DKG. A DKG open to the world and the future, a DKG that is constantly reinventing itself, for the love of people, and the love of Canada.

*Pictures will follow

Happy Canada Day to all DKG members and Canada Fans!

We wish you a happy Canada Day, wherever you are – maybe with us in Frankfurt as we come together for our annual meeting, in the comfort of your home/garden or at some special celebration or maybe even in Canada.

Let’s acknowledge everything that is good in the world and celebrate the German-Canadian friendship!

DKG Podcast – Eure Ideen willkommen

Liebe DKG Mitglieder und Freunde Kanadas,

die neue Episode ist jetzt raus. Drei WSP Teilnehmer:innen lassen uns an ihre Abenteuer Kanada in eine Serie von 3 Episoden teilhaben. Vor der Reise, während des Aufenthalts und nach der Reise.

Wir haben für das neue Medien noch viel vor. Aber auch eure Ideen sind willkommen: über welche Kanada Themen würdet ihr euch freuen? Oder wollt ihr selbst gerne Gast des Podcasts sein? Schreibt uns gerne an: dneuhaus@dkg-online.de.

Der DKG Podcast ist auf Apple Podcast und Spotify und natürlich hier auf unsere Website zu finden.

Drei Teilnehmer:innen des diesjähriges Werkstudierenden, oder Work and Travel Programms der DKG lassen uns in 3 verschiedene Interviews an ihre Abenteuer Kanada teilhaben. Hier ist der 1. Teil: Die Vorfreude….Hier zuhören

Endlich wieder live!

Endlich darf man sich wieder „live“ treffen. Schaut auf unser Kalendar, die Veranstaltungen der DKG und DKG Freunde werden wieder in Person abgehalten. Es ist für jeden etwas dabei. Unter anderem gibt es ein Vortrag von Journalist Gerd Braune, ein Maple Rendez-Vous der DKG Regional Gruppe Rhein-Ruhr in Düsseldorf, ein Maple Table in Bergisch Land, ein Vortrag von Professor Bernhard Leistle und natürlich das DKG Jahrestreffen in Frankfurt wofür Ihr Euch noch bis zum 7. Juni anmelden könnt!!

Wir freuen uns auf Euch!!!

Summer festivals in Canada this year

Traveling to Canada this Summer? Fancy some live music and culture along with the nature and the great outdoors? After all, it has been a while since we have been able to really appreciate getting close to each other and enjoy great songs, culture in general and some laughs.

Here are some festivals you shouldn’t miss while on the other side of the Atlantic, province by province or territory by territory:

(Summer Festivals in Canada are plenty! These are mostly random chosen. Click on the Province/Territory or Festival Name for more informations)

NEWFOUNDLAND:

The Iceberg Festival from June 3rd to June 12th 2022: This is a celebration of Spring coming and the arrival of icebergs. It takes place at various locations and includes food, live music and culture. Surely one of a kind!!

-Canada Day celebrations in St-John’s, if you want to be the first in Canada to celebrate. It starts with the sunrise on Signal Hill and involves birthday cake, concerts and fireworks…what’s not to like?

-Downtown Busker Festival August 5th to August 7th, with 20 shows a day.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND:

The Charlottetown Festival from June 18th to September 3rd, this is a Canadian theatre festival with various plays with among them: „Anne of Green Gables the Musical“ and many more.
Cavendish Beach Music Festival from July 7th to July 9th. A very popular weekend of great live music and thousands of visitors.

Tyne Valley Oyster Festival: oysters, food, live music and various activities await you from August 3rd to August 7th! Sounds like lots of fun!

NOVA SCOTIA:

Cape Breton Jazz Festival from June 16th to June 19th with various Canadian jazz artists.


Nova Multi Fest 2022 from July 22nd to July 24th: culture, live music, diversity, food and beer, what more can one ask for?

Acoustic Roots Festival from September 2nd to September 4th, live music and activities all around.

NEW-BRUNSWICK:

Apple Blossom Festival in Memramcook from June 3rd to June 11th, enjoy the beautiful blooming apple trees along with live music.

The Shediac Lobster Festival from July 2nd to July 10th various activities for all ages, live music and lots of lobster…the perfect mix.

Festival acadien de Caraquet from August 5th to August 15th. Live music and plenty of activities for the whole family, beaucoup de plaisir en perspective!!

QUÉBEC:

Festival d’été de Québec from July 6th to July 17th, live music (international and local artists) on various stages around the city and activities for „grands et petits“, plaisir garanti!

Montreal International Jazz Festival from Jun 30th to July 9th a favourite for all Montreal lovers!

Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal from July 13th to July 31st, with the best stand-up comedians from all over the world.

ONTARIO:

Sound of music Festival in Burlington from June 12th to June 19th, live music, ferris wheel, food, parade and much more!

Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury from July 7th to July 10th, music and arts, the perfect combination!

-Muskoka Music Festival & Dockside Festival of the Arts from August 19th to August 21st, gourmet food, artisans, activities and more.

MANITOBA:

Agassiz Chamber Music Festival from June 5th to June 11th with various local and international artists.

Winnipeg Folk Festival from July 7th to July 10th, local and organic food, camping, activities for the whole family and live music for everyone to enjoy!

Rainbow Trout Music Festival from August 19th to August 21st, campfires, food, dancing, live music, everything that makes us happy.

SASKATCHEWAN:

Ness Creek Music Festival from July 14th to July 17th, all kinds of music in one place.

Saskatoon Fringe Festival from July 28th to August 6th, live music, theatre, dancing and more.

Regina Folk Fest August 5th to August 7th, a live music festival with renown artists not to be missed!

ALBERTA:

Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival June 17th to 18th. Live music and dancing.

Calgary Stampede July 8th to July 17th. No need for introduction here, an all time favourite!

Country Thunder Alberta from August 19th to August 21st. Can’t come to Alberta without some country music!

BRITISH COLUMBIA:

Bard on the Beach Festival from June 8th to September 24th. 3 plays, opera, bbq, dinning, fireworks, the place to be!

Theatre under the stars from July 2nd to August 22nd. Two musical hits.

Parksville Beach Festival from July 15th to August 21st, sand sculpting competition, artisans, music and more.

YUKON:

Adäka Cultural Festival from June 29th to July 5th. Aboriginal artists and performers gather in Whitehorse. Traditional music, arts, storytelling and more.

Dawson City Music Festival from July 15th to July 17th.

Yukon Discovery Days from August 11th to 15th. All about the gold rush.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Arctic Development Expo Artisan Market June 14th to June 15th.

Great Northern Arts Festival July 8th to July 17th, arctic art and music.

Folk on The Rocks July 15th to July 17th in Yellowknife. Live music and culture, six stages, beer garden and good food.

NUNAVUT

Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit at the end of June.

-Nunavut Day July 9th. Various activities to celebrate the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims.

-Inummarit Music Festival, music and activities in September.

„Haunted Prairies“

The Canadian Prairies are very often underrated.  But there is more than meets the eye in the Land of living skies!  I hope you like this episode and my talk with SEO Copywriter, Vanessa Vollhardt about her experience in Manitoba and Canada.
This episode is in English and German.  Please forgive my accent :). Listen here.

Epsiode 2 – Interview mit Lilly Gutzeit und Micha Gunkel

Lilly und Micha erzählen uns über ihre Erfahrung mit der DKG Work and Travel Programm in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Hier zuhören.

Teaser Episode

Teaser Episode – Was-Wie-Wann

„Jazzahead.de meets Canada!!“

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Entdeckt Canadian Jazz at its best!

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