Canuck Power: Five Canadians Based in Germany
By Nadja Sayej



If you’re ever down and out in Germany, sometimes you just need a slice of home away from home. Canadian friends.

Here are the best, most prolific artists that have come my way since moving to Germany in 2010.


Profession: Curator, architecture writer
Has been in Germany since: 2006
Awesome factor: Carson is the co-director of Program Gallery, a non-profit space in Berlin devoted to architecture and art. He has also been appointed the co-curator of the 4th Marrakech Bienniale of art in 2012.
How we met: We met in the lobby of the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin, while waiting in line for a glass of wine. He got his, I never got mine. Intermission was over and we went back upstairs to watch Peaches, the Musical.


Profession: Artist and all around shit disturber
Has been in Germany since: 2009
Awesome factor: Pretty awesome. Drew is one of the last standing realist painters today, showcasing his work in Berlin, Paris and Madrid. His painstaking, perfectionistic work shows a world that is classical, war-ridden and creepy, all at once. He has been called by one curator as “one of the Darklings.”
How we met: Drew and I met in 2007 at one of his backyard BBQs on Lansdowne Ave. in Toronto. We kept in touch over the years, even when he moved to Berlin. He was my first friend here, shows me around at the best bars, new friends and has got me addicted to the doner place at Rosenthaler Platz. We spent Christmas together.

Profession: Photographer
Has been in Germany since: 2006
Awesome factor: Trevor is a photographer in Berlin who works in fashion, photographs artists and does some live event stuff, too. He basically captures the cultural fabric of the city – as it happens.
How we met: We met at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin – the Berlinale bash featuring Guy Maddin. He was shooting the event for Telefilm, I was reporting. But here’s a better anecdote: In the pit of despair in Prenzlauer Berg, I called Trevor for advice, ready to move home to Canada. He told me he was in the same place 5 years ago, and that as luck would have it, it all worked out in the end. We’ll see, I guess.
 Emmy_Skensved_and_Gregory_Blunt_250px.jpg NAME: EMMY SKENSVED & GREGORY BLUNT
Profession: Artists
Have been in Germany since: 2008
Awesome factor: Emmy and Greg are great friends who have gone out of their way to help me. They have made me feel at home in Germany, and have all the best tips on galleries, ‘hoods, and life in general.
How we met: We met at their beautiful apartment in Wedding, where I was interviewing them for a profile I was writing for Sketch magazine. We have stayed in touch ever since.
Profession: Musician and performance artist better known as Peaches.
Has been in Germany since: 2000
Awesome factor: Peaches is out and about at all the art openings and parties in Berlin, and her theatre, music and art shows prove to shake the world, even after all this time. She never fails to impress with her work and stay at the top of her game.
How we met: We met in Toronto in 2009 when I interviewed her on Queen Street West for my web-TV show, ArtStars*. She was on the set for the Chilly Gonzales film, Ivory Tower, and I doubled as an extra and an interviewer. Our paths crossed again in Kreuzberg. I interviewed her for my show in Roses, the fun-fur bar on Oranienstrasse. Hopefully, we can keep this up.
Watch the video here: ArtStars* 53 - Peaches

Photos by Trevor Good

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NADJA SAYEJ, host of ArtStars*, writes about art for artUS, Border Crossings, C magazine, Canadian Art, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times and was splashed the cover of Eye Weekly as “the next Jeanne Beker.” She was called “Center Stage in Toronto in an Art in America cover story. She is a columnist for enRoute and is busting her ass in Berlin, Germany, and surrounding countries. Follow the adventurous fun on Twitter or her ever-popular Facebook fanpage or even on LinkedIn, as well.


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My experience in Germany has been invaluable. In addition to learning German and taking part in another culture, I have learned so much about myself. I am confident that I can thrive away from the comforts of home and that I am dynamic and flexible. This is exactly what today’s employers are looking for – giving me a competitive advantage in the working world.
Kate from British Columbia – working for an international not-for-profit organisation.