Even bigger and better than last year, Canada House, powered by Telefilm Canada, at SXSW 2020 showcases Canada’s film, tech, and music sectors in one awesome initiative that’s sure to turn heads in Austin, Texas this year!  

Yes indeed, Canada’s innovation and creativity will be on display for five days and five nights at Canada House at SXSW, from March 15 to 19, 2020! If you’re heading to Austin for this huge interactive, creative, film, and music festival that takes place from March 13 to 22 and attracts decision-makers from some 106 countries around the world, you simply must meet us at this year’s Canada House. 

In the heart of the action  

From panels to presentations, talks to musical performances by some of our country’s hottest talent, Canada House’s diverse and inclusive programming complements the initiative’s networking events, VIP lounges, and private meeting spaces 

By day and by night, Canada House’s eco-responsible new venue is located right in the heart of it all, at The Venue (located at 516 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701). All are welcome to come feel at home and be inspired from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am on Sunday March 15, and from 10:00 am to 2:00 am Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19! Bonus: daytime admission to Canada House is free of charge!   

The world needs more Canada 

It’s all in the name of promoting Canada’s creative industries internationally, while giving international partners, tastemakers, and friends a taste of what working with Canada can offer, both in terms of our talent, and industry support when it comes to doing business. From fresh new ideas to innovative collaborations, emerging talent to leaders and legends in film, music, and tech, Canada’s got it all!  

Take it from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director at Telefilm Canada: 

Everything’s bigger and better in Texas, as they say, and this year, Canada House is no exception. We have assembled a dynamic range of industry partners and programming, highlighting the many reasons why working with Canada is a must for anyone looking for quality creatives and to expand their audience ,” Christa Dickenson explains. 

Welcome our partners 

  • Principal Partners City of Montréal, Music Export Canada, Vancouver, and Government of Canada; 
  • Major Partners Calgary Economic Development, Canadian Consulate in Dallas, Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario, Innovate Edmonton, and the Talent Fund; 
  • Associated Partners Canada Media Fund, Export Québec, and Ontario Creates;
  • Contributing Partners Canadian Media Producers Association, and Manitoba Film and Music;
  • Creative Partners for Canada House, Artistic direction is by Design par Judith Portier, with Light Show by Creative Lab, and Media capturing by Genius XR.  

More Canada at SXSW; films, music, and panels! 

Canada is also represented as part of SXSW’s official programming. Titles announced include: 

  • Charlie Tyrell’s Broken Orchestra  
  • Joey Klein’s Castle in the Ground – International Premiere 
  • Malcolm Ingram’s Clerk – World Premiere 
  • Jay Cheel’s Cursed Films – World Premiere 
  • Thea Hollatz’s Hot Flash  
  • Peter Ricq’s Humans – ‘Noose’  
  • Nicole Bazuin’s Modern Whore – World Premiere  
  • Carol Nguyen’s No Crying at the Dinner Table – U.S. Premiere 
  • Dennis Hopper’s Out of the Blue – New 4K Digital Restoration 
  • Steven Kostanski’s PG (Pyscho Goreman) – World Premiere 
  • Santiago Menghini’s Regret 
  • Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux’s Rules for Werewolves – World Premiere  
  • Felix Lajeunesse’s Space Explorers: the ISS Experience – Preview – World Premiere 
  • Ingrid Haas’s Still Wylde – World Premiere  

Canadian music acts currently scheduled for SXSW include:  

ACTORS, Ada Lea, Alex Nicol, Anachid, Art D’EccoAutomelodi, Bad Waitress, Basia Bulat, Begonia, Billy Raffoul, Bodywash, Boniface, Cadence Weapon, CARYS, Catherine MacLellan, Corridor, Dan Mangan, Devarrow, Devours, Did You Die, DJ Miss Shelton, DJ Rosegold, DJ TIZI, DJ DL, Elephant Stone, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, ELLEVATOR, Ellis, Forever, FRANKIIE, Gloin, Goodbye Honolulu, Guidestones, Gunner & Smith, Haviah Mighty, Hero, Hot Garbage, Iskwē, Jane’s Party, Jeremie Albino, Jesse Mac Cormack, Joël, Katerine Duska, Kayla Diamond, Kiwi Jr., Le Couleur, Legal Vertigo, Lido Pimienta, Little Coyote, Lou Cannon, Luna Li, Maddee, Mark Woodyard, MatiuMeltt, Meryem Saci, Miesha & The Spanks, Naya Ali, Neck of the Woods, Necking, Neon Dreams, Nonso Amadi, Partner, PONY, Port Juvee, Roman Clarke, Sarah Burton, Saya, Sebastian Gaskin, Shah, Shay Lia, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tallies, The Franklin Electric, TÖME, Vera Sola, WHOOP-Szo, and Wire Spine. 

Among Canada’s presence in a lineup of over sixty speakers and conferences, are: 

  • “The Secret to Co-Production with North and South America” with Francesca Accinelli, Telefilm Canada; Catherine Mathys, Canada Media Fund 
  • “Creating Immersive Worlds Through Film and Games” with Melissa MacCoubrey, 2K Games 
  • “AI and the Future of Musical Creativity”with Pablo Samuel Castro, Google; Alain Dagher, McGill University; and Monica Dinculescu, Google 
  • “Data to Development: How Hollywood Finds New IP” with Jocelyn Hamilton, Entertainment One; Aron Levitz, Wattpad 
  • “Featured Session: Guy Laliberté: The Importance of Play” with Guy Laliberté, Lune Rouge; moderated by Liz Plank 

We’ll keep you posted right here on updated programming, schedule, and evening admission rates, so get ready to make things happen at Canada House at SXSW 2020.