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Memphis in May International Festival Salutes Canada in 2016

The Memphis in May International Festival International Week brings cultural events to community centers, museums, galleries, performing arts centers and schools throughout the city. Luncheons and lectures unite the resources of local government and professional cultural agencies with speakers, artists and celebrities from the honored country, opening doors for international commerce and exchange. While the cornerstone events like the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest incorporate elements from the honored country’s culture, the International events pay special homage to the country’s past, present, and future. Ambassadors and Dignitaries from each honored country join in the fun by attending many of the Festival’s events, including a glamorous evening of dinner and dancing at the Memphis in May International Festival Gala.

Performances from Canada

Canadian performances will be announced in March 2016.

World-Class Exhibits from Canada


Capture Canada shares the beauty, uniqueness and hidden gems of Canada through the eyes of photographers. This exhibition will showcase: cities, sports, landscapes and the overall Canadian spirit. CUTLER Gallery’s “Canada House Project” will include the photography exhibition as well as other Canadian features & talks. Details to come soon.

Presented in conjunction with E=MC2 Evenements & Avenue Art Gallery of Montreal, Quebec.       

Canada House at The TVESCO Electric Warehouse 
(901) 254-8777
296 ADAMS Memphis, TN 38103
May 1 – May 31, 2016
Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm 
Admission: - Free

Stories Told: 100 Years of the Jewish Public Library  

When it first opened its doors in 1914 under the name Folks Biblyotek, the Jewish Public Library was intended to be a public institution serving the entire Jewish community, regardless of political allegiance, religious denomination, language or cultural origin.
One hundred years later, this exhibition demonstrates how the Jewish Public Library still marvelously fulfills this mission for Jewish and non-Jewish communities alike.
Memphis Jewish Community Center
(901) 761-0810
6560 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38138
May 1 – May 31, 2016 
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 am – 9:45 pm, Friday: 5:30 am – 5:45 pm
Admission: Free

Cultures on Cloth

This exhibit is a collection of native textiles and prints from Baker Lake in the arctic region of Canada.

Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park
(901) 576-7241
125 N Front St Memphis, TN 38103
May 1 – May 31, 2016 
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Admission: Adults - $10, Seniors (60+) - $9 Youths (5-11) - $7, Children (4 and under)  - Free 

Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad   

“Passage to Freedom” provides an opportunity to travel back to the 1800s to learn about slavery, the escape route called the Underground Railroad, and the challenges freedom seekers faced if they finally reached the “Promised Land” of Canada.
The exhibit is divided into three parts: 1) Slavery: stories of capture and life as a slave; 2) Escape: illustrations and narratives about the dangers of escape; signs, codes and symbols used; the messages in spiritual songs; the importance of the stars; the inventive escape methods including a box like the one used by Henry “Box” Brown to mail himself to freedom; and 3) Freedom: stories from former slaves and their descendants who found freedom and prosperity in Canada, and also those who found discrimination, racism, and even lynching.  
National Civil Rights Museum
(901) 521-9699
450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103
May 1 – May 31, 2016 
Hours; Closed Tuesdays, Monday & Wednesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm,  Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Admission: Adults - $15, Seniors & Students (with ID) - $14 Children (4-17) - $12, Children (3 and under) - Free 

Lace Up: Canada’s Passion for Skating

Lace Up explores the history and importance of skating in Canada and gives a glimpse of three major ice sports: figure skating, speed skating and hockey.

Skating is more than a great Canadian tradition. It is an important part of their national identity. The exhibition puts Canada’s love of ice sports into a historical and social context.

Presented in conjunction with the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.      
Goodwyn Gallery at Memphis Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave.,  Memphis, TN 38111
May 1-May 31, 2016 
Monday-Thursday: 10AM-8PM,  Friday & Saturday: 10AM-5PM, Sunday: 1PM-5PM
Admission: Free

International Tour to Canada

The 2016 International Tour of Canada is April 1-9, 2016. Download the informational brochure here.

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Speakers + Lectures

Architects of the World Lecture Series in partnership with AIA Memphis: Bruce Kuwabara

The Distinguished Architects of the World Series lecture is presented annually with AIA Memphis to celebrate the outstanding architecture and design of the celebrated country. Join us as we explore the unique architectural, cultural, social and economic environment of this year’s featured country – Canada. 

Bruce Kuwabara is one of Canada's leading architects. He is the recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal (2006) and in 2012 was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for shaping ‘our built landscape in lasting ways.

A founding partner of KPMB Architects, he has earned public and critical admiration for projects of national significance such as Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival, and Manitoba Hydro Place. Also committed to raising the profile of Canadian architecture, he has taught at the University of Toronto and Harvard University and acts as an advocate for excellence in architecture, urbanism and sustainable design.

Location: The University Club of Memphis
1346 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38104
May 3, 2016 at 11:30am
Cost: $20 which includes lunch
To purchase tickets please email (901) 525-3818

Cinema of Canada

International Week films will be announced beginning March 2016.

Cuisine of Canada

Chef Guillaume Cantin

Guillaume has always been able to enjoy good food during his childhood. Thanks to the culinary talents of his mother! Originally from Lévis, he made his entry into the restaurant business at the age of 15 years as a dishwasher. He was later discovered as the winner of the first season of Les Chefs!, Radio-Canada’s TV culinary competition. Avid traveler and fierce competitor, the chef always feeds from competitions and challenges. Holding several trainings (cooking, pastry, sommelier and management), his career has led him to Clocher Penché (Quebec), Panache (Quebec) and Maison Boulud (Montreal). At 31 years old, his motivation for great work and his passion are undeniable.  

Peabody Hotel’s Chez Philippe
149 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
901-529-4000 for information and reservations
May 6 & 7

Saskatchewan Smokers 

Rob Reinhardt - Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ and cooking team. Owner and operator of a barbecue cooking school, currently #1 team in Canada, repeat winner in the in the Jack Daniels Invitational.

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
May 12-14

International Gala

International Gala information will be announced beginning March 2016.