Social networking on Dec 18

CNNC is joining Triangle British-American Business Council, Organization of Women in International Trade-Greater Triangle, British Expats Meet Up Group, British Ladies Around Raleigh, and Daughters of the British Empire for an evening of lively networking and festive conversation at the joint Holiday Social.

Network and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres with family, friends and colleagues on Tuesday, December 18th (6PM – 8PM) at the Tra’Li Brier Creek location, Raleigh, NC. Cost is $10 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres; there is a cash bar. Please click on the link to register on the BABC website:




This event is organized by the British-American Business Council

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes 11/21

A bit delayed, but here is our sports correspondent’s report on the first time the Leafs were in town. Enjoy!

It was an exciting American Thanksgiving Eve at PNC Arena as the Carolina Hurricanes took on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time this season. Curtis McElhinney started in net against his old team, his 7th start this season, a feat for a team that has three goalies in rotation. He earned the first star of the game for his impressive performance between the pipes.

The Hurricanes came out with the ammunition making a whopping twenty-nine shots on goal, a record for shots in the first period. They scored on two of their many opportunities, the first being a disputed play. Coach Mike Babcock called for a review for goalie interference on Trevor Van Reimsdyk’s backhanded goal, claiming Frederick Andersen was denied a viable chance to stop the shot after having his blocker knocked off his hand. The offending play occurred well outside the crease, the call on the ice stayed true and the Hurricanes got the lead. The barrage on Andersen continued and twenty-two seconds later Justin Williams scored his 100th Goal as a Carolina Hurricane off a centering pass from Calvin de Haan.

Late in the first, Toronto’s top goal scorer, John Tavares, a sentence that I am still getting used to saying, fired a shot straight past McElhinney’s blocker, pocketing his 14th goal and closing out the first twenty minutes 2-1 for the Hurricanes.

The Leafs held the Hurricanes to just three shots on net in the second period, all of which were made in the last three minutes of play. Taking the opportunity to stage a comeback, Toronto made plenty of solid chances, all of which were turned aside by phenomenal goaltending on the part of McElhinney. Toronto has one of the most terrifying powerplays in the league, but nobody told Carolina that; the Leafs were held scoreless on two powerplay opportunities.

The Hurricanes scored a beautiful powerplay goal at 12:15 in the third. Teuvo Teravainen kept the puck in the zone after a shot by Sebastian Aho broke his stick. The play was 4 on 4 as Aho skated back to the bench to grab a new one, but the pass from Teravainen to Michael Ferland found its mark and Carolina’s top scorer, Ferland, fired it before Andersen could get back in position.

Everybody can appreciate goals where Kasperi Kapanen proves he is no mere mortal. A pass from Brown connected and the puck was in the net before the Carolina defense could even think of recovering. Unfortunately for Toronto, Kappy’s goal was not enough to get them the momentum they needed to win and the Hurricanes pocketed two empty net goals to make the final score 5-2.

The Hurricanes play the Maple Leafs again tonight in what should be a great rematch with Michael Ferland back from a concussion and Auston Matthews and William Nylander back in the lineup for Toronto. I can’t wait to see everyone out there.

Leafs in Raleigh on Dec. 11

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be in town again on December 11 at 7pm. If you are interested in attending the game, you can get your CNNC discounted tickets using our CNNC Canes page:

This is a limited time offer, so get your tickets soon! (There is a countdown on the page.)

Wicked Grin Trio at The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte

Ottawa-based original roots blues/rock band Wicked Grin Trio is playing at The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte on November 10.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.  Interested to know if other Canadians are attending? Check with the Canadian Living in Charlotte Meetup Group.

Wicked Grin Trio

Music event at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte

The Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta is collaborating on a signature partnership event with Canadian conductor Dr. Jonathan Govias, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of UNC Charlotte Orchestras. Dr. Govias is spearheading a performance called “Prayer for Peace” at the Booth Playhouse, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte on November 8 at 7:30pm.
Admission is free.

The performance is characterized as a symphonic remembrance of war, holocaust, and hope, It commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Click on the link for details

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Canada Cultural Booth at the Raleigh International Festival was a success again this year.  We could not have done it without the partnership of the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, the sponsorship of RBC Bank and the enthusiasm and dedication of our wonderful Canadian volunteers.  THANK YOU!

Vancouver Canucks @ Carolina Hurricanes 10/9

CNNC has a new sports correspondent… a Canadian on the ice crew at PNC Arena! She sent her report amidst the flurry of posts about the Canada Booth, so we held it until you could truly enjoy her commentary of the recent game.

The Carolina Hurricanes faced off against the Vancouver Canucks this past week in what proved to be another show of Carolina’s offensive strengths. The Canes brought their record to 3-0-1 with the 5-3 win, their best start since the Hurricanes relocated here in 1997.

Jordan Staal started the scoring out just fourty seconds into the first period with an unassisted shot down the middle, straight past the blocker of Jacob Markstrom, The Canucks answered minutes later with a long pass from Alex Edler to Sven Baertschi who outmaneuvered Curtis McElhinney with a faked backhand, tying the game at one. Brett Pesce scored his first of the season with 8:43 remaining in the period, from a similar location to Staal’s earlier goal, this time with an assist from Teuvo Teräväinen. Sebastian Aho extended his point streak to four games with the secondary assist. With 2:10 left in the first Michael Ferland caught a rebound and served it up hot to Sebastian Aho who made the one-timer goal, closing out the period 3-1.

The second was opened up fast with a beautiful goal from the slot by Bo Horvat, assisted by Baertschi. Not to be outshined by Vancouver’s promising first round draft pick, Elias Pettersson, Canes’ second overall pick, Andrei Svechnikov poked a rebound past Markstrom, his second goal this season, making him the first player born in the 2000s to score in the NHL and the first to score twice. Baertschi scored his second of the night, banking a shot in off Justin Faulk’s skate, giving the rookie, Pettersson, his sixth point. He currently leads the league in goals and points by a rookie with five goals and three assists.

Warren Foegle, another of this year’s top rookies, got the insurance goal in the third, finishing it out 5-3.

The victorious Hurricanes showcased their new postgame celebration, led by Ferland, charging the glass with a true “Storm Surge.”

Curtis McElhinney was 2-0, facing 22 shots in this game after being claimed off waivers from Toronto on October 2nd. He is currently 3-1 after this past Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Sunday @ the Booth

Another wonderful day at the International Festival. Lots of Canadians dropped by the Booth and found out about CNNC. We hope to see you at our events, new friends!  Many other visitors wanted to ‘spend winter in Canada’ and get their photo taken in front of our mural. Enjoy the few pics below.

Thank you to all our volunteers who worked the booth today. Send us photos if you have any!