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la Bataille de l’Atlantique Gala / Cadets Attend Battle of Atlantic Gala

Bruciepalooza – 15 May – 3PM – Parade Square

 

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la Bataille de l’Atlantique

Jeudi dernier 20 Aspirants de marine du Collège militaire royal du Canada, sous la direction de l’Aspirante de marine 26669 Anna Childerhose, se sont rendu au Musée canadien de la guerre à Ottawa pour participer au Gala de la Bataille de l’Atlantique 2016. Cet évènement est organisé chaque année par l’Association navale canadienne. Cette année, les Aspirants de marine du Collège ont pu participer au gala grâce à la généreuse contribution de Jim Carruthers, le président de l’Association Navale canadienne.

Le Gala commémore l’effort de la Marine royale canadienne ainsi que de l’Aviation royale canadienne lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. C’est avec force de caractère et courage que les marins et les aviateurs canadiens ont obtenu la victoire dans l’Atlantique. Cette bataille fut la plus longue de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et la victoire a ouvert les portes de l’Europe aux Alliés.

Pour les élèves du Collège, ce fut un moment de commémoration, mais aussi une opportunité d’en apprendre plus sur la marine qu’ils vont joindre après leur commission en parlant aux officiers présents. Ce fut aussi une occasion pour les officiers présents d’en apprendre sur les activités au Collège militaire royal du Canada et de faire la connaissance de leur relève.

Encore un merci à Jim Carruthers pour sa généreuse contribution, et à l’Association navale canadienne pour un évènement aussi inspirant.

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Battle of Atlantic Gala

On the 28th of April 2016, 20 Naval Cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada went to the Battle of the Atlantic Gala at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. They left early in the afternoon and arrived just before 1700. Upon arriving, some cadets participated in a special VIP event, while the remainder participated in the initial gathering and cocktail party. Later, all guests were invited to take their seats at their tables with the traditional naval pipe “hands to dinner.”

Throughout the dinner, cadets were able to speak to serving naval members, veterans of the Battle of the Atlantic, representatives from the many companies that support the RCN, and serving members of allied navies. The gala featured a speech from Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander RCN, the unveiling of a statue, a video commemorating the battle, and the recognition of several important events and people.

This gala commemorated the Battle of the Atlantic, one of the most significant battles in the history of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Second World War. The evening was filled with a mixture of remembrance and laughter.

This event gave cadets the unique opportunity to talk with veterans of the battle and learn their stories, as well as interact with current serving members of the RCN and its allied navies. This served to create an invaluable connection between the past, present, and future members of the RCN. The Naval Cadets of RMCC were able to attend thanks to the generous invitation and efforts of Jim Carrruthers, the Naval Association of Canada, and the RMC Foundation. Thanks to their support, the Cadets were given an extremely valuable experience which will benefit them in their future careers as officers in the RCN due to their deepened connection with the history of Canada’s navy.

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Link for more offical gala photos

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On the RMC Parade Square next Sunday, 15 May, at 1500 hrs, The RMC Unit Fund proudly presents Bruciepalooza 2016.

This festival of College musicians will showcase a number of groups featuring RMC students and staff. Mike Pitre and Jambeque, will start the festivities with a 3-piece rock band; Trevor Wilson and band Revmatic will play their crowd-pleasing brand of heavy metal music; OCdts Ryan Hutchinson and Eliza Bruce will combine pop and beatboxing as the duo Pop Fusion; Joseph Harding and rock group Tighten Up will play it tight; OCdt Adison Bliek and the RMCC Jazz Group will play it cool; and the RMCC Rhythm and Blues Band will funk you up!

Singer-songwriters Terry Foote and Amy Thomas will perform original works, and chanteuse Sandra Gauthier will grace the big stage for the first time. Veteran Kingston musicians Judy Duguay and Rick Melanson will perform as Judy and Me, and there will be performances by sidemen OCdt John Peck, WO Albino, and Jin Park.

RMC’s Bandmaster, WO Aldwin Albino has been overseeing the musicians and organizing the line-up for the festival. “Staff and cadets alike will be showing off some truly amazing musical skills,” he remarks, “many of them from outside the multi-talented RMC Band, including some special performances from both inside and outside of the College.”

Bruciepalooza Concert OPI, Albino has been supported by Cadet OPIs OCdt Ferrier and NCdt Ho, who will oversee the stage crew on the day of the festival. MC for the event will be the incomparable College Chief Warrant Officer Keith Davidson.

The Sunday afternoon concert will feature guest artist Miss Emily, a celebrated Kingston singer-songwriter and performer.

One reviewer has described Miss Emily’s performances as “foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm & blues, jazz, and rock & roll.” She has played opening spots for The Tragically Hip, The Trews, and other notable acts, as well as shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen!

Miss Emily’s most recent recording Rise features The Hip’s Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker as well as Chris Brown of Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and Eric Schenkman of the 90s band Spin Doctors. Some of these world-class musicians will join her on the Bruciepalooza stage. There will be other surprise appearances as well.

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