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Detour for Rufus Wainwright

The University is to host a talk by a renowned singer-songwriter.

Rufus Wainwright is to address the University’s Centre of Canadian Studies about the culture and music scene of Montreal.

Mr Wainwright, who is currently on tour to promote his new album, Out of the Game, will talk informally with students and colleagues ahead of a concert at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

As well as being an internationally renowned performer, Rufus Wainwright is also part of a musical family dynasty.

His father, Loudon Wainwright III, his mother, the late Kate McGarrigle, and sister Martha Wainwright are all also famous singer-songwriters.

Rufus Wainwright

All are welcome.

Thursday 13 December 2012, 2.00pm

Thursday 13 December 2012, 2.30pm

Chrystal Macmillan Building, 6th Floor Common Room

We are delighted to welcome Rufus Wainwright. Students at the Centre of Canadian Studies are really engaged in the study of contemporary Canadian culture. It is fabulous that they have this opportunity to hear a major Canadian songwriter talk, first-hand, about the vibrant cultural life of Montreal.
Annis May TimpsonDirector, Centre of Canadian Studies

University and Montreal

The University has a long history of engaging with Canada and Montreal.

Earlier this year, McGill University - ranked as Canada’s leading university - awarded an honorary degree to Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, an honour that celebrated the long historical ties between McGill and Scotland.

Many of the Canadian university’s founders, such as James McGill, studied at Scottish institutions, and Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities are seen as having inspired the creation of McGill University.

Mr Wainwright’s visit comes ahead of a series of planned University events in Montreal to engage with Edinburgh’s global community of alumni and supporters.

In June 2014, the University plans to host an alumni reception, gala dinner, honorary degree ceremony, and an academic symposium in conjunction with McGill University.

Canada and Edinburgh

Today, the University is one of the leading host destinations in the UK for Canadian students, and has active undergraduate exchange links with the University of British Columbia, Carleton University, McGill University, Queens University and the University of Toronto.

Our Centre of Canadian Studies is also internationally recognised as the leading centre for studying Canada in the UK.

Located in the University’s School of Social and Political Science, the Centre’s graduate programmes provide opportunities to develop research projects that focus directly on Canada or situate Canada in relation to broader research.

Its expertise includes indigenous studies, nationalism and diaspora studies.