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Media Release
January 14, 2016
Halifax, NS

Gear up for the 2016 Canadian Tire National
Skating Championships with
Perfect Landings at Pier 21

Discover the immigration stories behind some of Canada’s pioneering figure skaters, coaches and builders. Presented in partnership with Skate Canada, the temporary exhibition, Perfect Landings, expands on the thematic link between immigration and sport which is explored in the new Canadian Immigration Hall.

Perfect Landings will be on display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 from January 16 to March 20, 2016. Visitors will learn more about luminary figures such as John Knebli, a talented craftsman who arrived at Pier 21 in 1930 and Ellen Burka, a Holocaust survivor who came to Canada in 1951 and went on to train some of the country’s best-known skaters including Toller Cranston.

Quick Facts

  • The public is invited to attend a free tour and talk about Perfect Landings lead by Museum Historian Steve Schwinghamer, on January 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. The talk will be followed by a Diversity Spotlight screening of Skate to Survive.
  • Skate to Survive is a biographical film about the life of Canadian figure skating coach Ellen Burka. Ann Shaw, Skate Canada Hall of Fame Chair will provide an introduction to the film. Active in the sport since the age of seven as a skater, judge and board member, Ann is recognized as a builder of this sport.
  • Perfect Landings features a series of biographical stories along with several artifacts. Among the artifacts, visitors will be able to see Victor Kraatz’s “Riverdance” costume from the 1998 Olympics, Petra Burka’s 1964 Olympic bronze medal, and skates crafted by Starr Manufacturing in Dartmouth, NS in the 1890s.
  • During the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, the Museum will be open on January 18 and 19. Please visit pier21.ca for special hours.

Quotes

“We are proud to present Perfect Landings in partnership with Skate Canada, profiling the stories of immigrants who have profoundly influenced figure skating in this country. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to discover these stories, especially as Canadian figure skating history continues to be made at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Halifax.”

- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Perfect Landing shares the stories of the bravery and strength of these immigrants in their new homeland and how skating played an important role in helping them endure many challenges. This exhibit is a must see for anyone who cares about our heritage and the many diverse experiences that have shaped the fabric of our nation. We know that the many who will be attending the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Halifax this month will find these stories especially inspiring.

- Dan Thompson, CEO of Skate Canada

Media Contacts

Stéphanie Comeau
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 264
scomeau@pier21.ca

Jennifer Sutherland
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 228
jsutherland@pier21.ca