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Czech National Day 2020
October 28, 2020, 8 p.m. ET
Premiere of the Documentary "Together to Victory"
Greetings from Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš; Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau; Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament Radek Vondráček; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petříček; Member of the Parliament of Canada John Brassard; Entrepreneur Thomas G. Baťa; Canadian Ambassador Sara Hradecky; World Figure Skating Champion, Former Canadian Minister, Member of Parliament & Ambassador to the Czech Republic Otto Jelínek; Entrepreneur Milan Kroupa; Ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic Ayesha Rekhi; Director & CEO of the National Museum of Canada Sasha Suda; Former Deputy Minister & Businesswoman Georgina Sehnoutka Steinsky; Entrepreneur Tom Velan; Oscar nominated Filmmaker & Visual Artist Ludmila Zeman; Czech & Canadian Troops Serving With NATO‘s Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia; Czech-Canadian Community Organizations; Host of the Program Ambassador Bořek Lizec; & Many More
Czech Stars Sing Jiří Traxler
Jiří Traxler is a Czech-Canadian songwriter, arranger, and pianist who co-defined the Czech swing era before World War II. After going into exile, he found refuge and his new home in Canada. His songs are still popular in the Czech Republic. The following Czech star singers kindly agreed to perform Jiří Traxler’s songs for this year’s celebration of the Czech National Day in Canada in his honor and in honor of Canadians & Czech Canadians who helped save Czechoslovakia during World War II.
Singer, Songwriter &
Frontman of Olympic,
#1 Czech Rock Band
& Melody Makers
Singer & Multitalented Artist,
with his Big Band Orchestra
Swing Music of 1930s & 40s
Jan Vančura & Plavci
Singer & Founding Member of The Rangers - Plavci in 1964
Country & Folk Music
Actress & TV Host Lead Singer of the German Band Die Happy
Swing Singer & Radio Host
Great American Songbook
Vocal Trio - Anna Vávrová,
of 1920s, 30s & 40s
Petr Hanzlík, Petr Jindra,
Pavel Švestka & Jiří Hruška
of 1930s & 40s
Original Documentary Film
Together to Victory
Honoring Canadians & Czech-Canadians Who Helped Save Czechoslovakia During World War II
Throughout World War II, Czechs could rely on their friends and compatriots in Canada. The most impressive stories written during those dark times include: the grand welcome to Canada of the Czechoslovak President in exile Edvard Beneš; the personal friendship between President Beneš and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King; the joint effort of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Sokols to defend the Czechoslovak Consulate General in Montreal against the Nazi takeover; the appointment of General Georges Vanier, the future Governor General of Canada, as the first Canadian Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (government in exile in London); the creation of the Czechoslovak National Alliance of Canada with 91 branches across the country; Czech-Canadian volunteers serving in the Canadian and Czechoslovak armies; major Czech-Canadian fundraising efforts; training of Czech RAF pilots in Canada; war production of the new Bata Shoe factory in the new town of Batawa; and much more. For forty years, the Czechoslovak communist regime tried to erase the stories of our transatlantic friendship, solidarity, bravery and sacrifice from our memory. It’s time to retell them.
Written, Directed and Produced by Bořek Lizec; Video Production and Editing Radek Háša; Narrated by Peter Whittaker; Graphic Design Karel Scherzer; Sound Petr Fink; Music Composed by Jiří Traxler & Oscar Morawetz
The documentary will premiere on October 28, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET as part of the online celebration of this year’s Czech National Day in Canada.
Special Issue of Czech & Canada Newspapers
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