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Calendar of Events

The High Commission works with partners in Canada and the UK to develop exhibitions, talks and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Forthcoming events are listed below, along with some of the latest Canadian cultural events planned for the UK. Please note, we do not take responsibility for events that have not been organized by the High Commission. If you would like us to include your event, please contact: ldn.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca

Upcoming Events in the United Kingdom

  • Various Glasgow venues ¦ With four feature films and 25 shorts it’s a big year for Canada at Native Spirit. Highlights include Alethea Baruq-Baril’s Angry Inuk and Chloé Leriche’s Before the Streets.

  • Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup on Portobello Road.

  • The Euston Flyer, London ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

  • Various UK venues ¦ The nine-piece Montreal group brings their blend of hip-hop, brass and synths to Manchester, London, Leeds and Reading.

  • Various UK venues ¦ Torontonian rock ‘n’ roll / country and western band The Sadies with their tenth studio album, Northern Passages.

  • Various UK venues ¦ Hear the latest from the Montreal-born experimental rock collective.

  • Aberdeen ¦ As part of their 2017/18 European tour, the Bozzini Quartet performs at Scotland’s main festival of new music. Their participation includes a BQ Composers' Kitchen Concert, working with emerging Canadian and UK composers, as well as concerts featuring Quebec’s Simon Martin, James Dillon, and a range of composers from Northern cultures.

  • Various Glasgow venues ¦ 11-day city-wide exploration of the best visual sonic arts featuring Quebec artists Maotik and Martin Messier.

  • Victoria Miro, London ¦ Canadian artist Stan Douglas presents new large-scale photographic works focusing on locations of the 2011 London riots.

  • Various venues, London ¦ This four-day event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo67 in Montreal includes film screenings, a multi-media performance and an academic symposium.

  • The Hippodrome Casino ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square.

  • The Royal British Legion hosts 390 separate plots where people can plant a remembrance cross in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. The tradition dates back to a small group of First World War disabled ex-servicemen from the Poppy Factory who grouped together around a battlefield cross reminiscent of Flanders Field and invited passers-by to plant a poppy in remembrance. Canada’s plot is Number 96.

  • Poppies

    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey and Green Park, London ¦ The public are invited to join the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Saturday, 11 November or at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13:45 on Sunday, 12 November.

  • Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery’s new exhibition brings together artists Jannick Deslauriers, Cal Lane, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Nadia Myre and Jinny Yu. Through a variety of innovative techniques, these five female artists look outward to situate themselves in the world. In an era characterised by an excessive proliferation of self-portraits, the artists deploy counter-strategies to represent themselves in their work. Mon-Sat, 11am – 5:45pm.

  • National Maritime Museum, Greenwich ¦ A major exhibition exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their fatal last journey into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. This will be the first time the artifacts found by Parks Canada will be on display in the UK.

Calendar of Academic Events

The High Commission works with Academic partners in Canada and the UK to develop conferences, lectures, and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Upcoming academic events relevant to Canada and planned for the UK are listed below. Please note that we do not take responsibility for events that have not been organized by the High Commission. If you would like us to include your academic event relevant to Canada, please contact: academic.london@international.gc.ca

7 Oct ¦ EduCanada Fair

Canada HOuse leafCanada House, London ¦ Join us for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.  This year’s event will feature a Postgraduate Studies Fair in the morning from 10am-12pm, followed by the Undergraduate Studies Fair from 12:30pm-5pm.  Admission is free, but registration is required. Canadian institutions attending include:  Bishop’s, Brock, Carleton, Centennial College, Concordia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, HEC Montréal, Humber College, Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, McGill, Mohawk College, Mount Allison, OCAD, Queen’s, Ryerson, UBC, Université de Montréal, Universities of Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, Vancouver Island University, and York.

Canada-UK Foundation, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, has created a giant circumpolar floor map for use in schools throughout the UK called Arctic Alive – this amazing opportunity will allow students to have a museum-like experience at their school. if you are interested in bringing this free program to your school you will find more information at  Arctic Alive: Teacher Seminar.

Royal Events

Each year the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom is issued a limited number of tickets or places to Royal Events taking place that year to allocate to Canadians.

Information on how and when to apply will be posted on this page when these details are available. You are encouraged to check the page regularly and to follow the High Commission on Facebook or Twitter. You can also subscribe to the Canada Plus monthly e-newsletter.

Please note that all events receive far more applications than spaces and a random electronic ballot will be run for each. No correspondence will be entered into over the results of the ballot.
If you have any questions, please contact LDN.PublicAffairs@international.gc.ca 

Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we may not be able to respond to your email if the answer is contained in these pages. Please read all information carefully.

New for 2017

In order to streamline applications, the High Commission is pleased to offer online registration for all Royal Events. Please use the links below to apply. Email or paper applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. All are encouraged to apply online.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted and we may not have a chance to review all applications until after the deadline, therefore please ensure you fill out the form completely.

Before inputting your information, please prepare all your documents.  For each Royal Event, you will be asked for a scanned copy of the information page of your passport (main applicant and guest(s)).  Instructions will be provided in an automatic reply email

New for this year, the application period is now a fixed time period, usually about 2 weeks long.  Applications cannot be accepted before or after this period. This is a change to previous years, so please make careful note of the application period for each event. 

Please note that the online registration systems for some events are held on a third party website. Personal information on this site will be used solely by the High Commission of Canada for the purposes of Royal Events.

Canadians may apply for each of the three Royal Events, if they are eligible for all.


Royal Garden Parties

This year, HM the Queen will hold three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace in London and one Garden Party at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

2017 dates

Buckingham Palace

Applications are now closed
Successful Applicants have been notified

Holyroodhouse

Applications are now closed
Successful Applicants have been notified

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants and their designated guest must not have attended a Garden Party previously. We are under strict instructions to ensure that everyone on our nominated list have not attended a Garden Party previously. To avoid embarrassment and disappointment, please do not attempt an application if you have previously attended a Garden Party. 
  • Applicants and guests must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passports.
  • Nominated guests may be of any nationality. All applicants are encouraged to attend with a guest.
  • Applicants may also apply to bring their unmarried, adult children, aged 18-25. Only two children per applicant will be considered.
  • Applications will be rejected if the form is incomplete, if you enter multiple times, if you enter over multiple dates and/or if our records indicate previous attendance.
  • Garden Party invitations are strictly non-transferable. If there is any chance that you or your nominated guest will not be able to attend on the day, please do not apply. If you find yourself unable to attend, your space cannot be re-allocated under any circumstances nor can you attend on a different day. If your guest is unable to attend with you, you cannot nominate another person.  Unused invitations must be returned to us for security purposes – failure to return your invitation, if it goes unused, must be reported to the Lord Chamberlain’s office.
  • Older guests or guests with disabilities who require assistance must be accompanied. If you have accessibility concerns, please indicate this on your form as you may be given alternative entry instructions.
  • Please remember to send a copy of the information page of a valid Canadian passport (Main applicant) and the information page of a valid Canadian or foreign passport (nominated guest). Without these documents, your application will be considered incomplete.

Only successful applicants will be informed by email. Instructions for invitation collection will follow. Invitations must be collected from Canada House on Trafalgar Square and we encourage you to collect these several days before your Garden Party.  We are not able to mail your invitations. Detailed dress code information, entry points, security instructions are included in the information pack with your invitation.  Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we cannot respond to enquiries if the answer can be found in the information pack.

General dress code information:
Ladies: Day dress with hat or Uniform (No medals). Trouser suit may be worn. Gloves are optional
Gentlemen: Morning Coat, Lounge Suit or Uniform (No medals).
*National Dress may be worn
*Chains of office may be worn

General entry times:

15:00 – Gates open
15:30 – Tea service begins
18:00 – Event formally ends


Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour, or HM the Queen’s Birthday Parade, takes place in June of each year. The Parade is organized by the Household Division and Canadians are allocated a limited number of spaces to the Parade itself and the full dress rehearsal Parade, the Colonel’s Review.

Tickets to Trooping the Colour are £35.00 each and tickets to the Colonel’s Review are £10.00 each.

Dates for 2017

Trooping the Colour: 17 June 2017
The Colonel’s Review: 10 June 2017

Applications are now closed

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passports.
  • Nominated guests may be of any nationality. All applicants are encouraged to attend with a guest. 
  • Applicants may apply for two tickets.  Up to four tickets can be applied for by one applicant provided this is for immediate family.
  • Children must be over 10 years old to attend Trooping the Colour and over 8 years old to attend the Colonel’s Review. Children must hold an individual ticket. This event is not suitable for babes in arms.
  • You may apply if you have attended the Trooping the Colour parade previously.  However, priority will be given to those who have not attended previously. Please note that we anticipate four times the number of applications as spaces, so your chances of attending again are limited.
  • Applications will be rejected if the form is incomplete or if you enter multiple times. 
  • Please remember to upload a copy of the information page of a valid Canadian passport (Main applicant) and the information page of a valid Canadian or foreign passport (each guest).

Only successful applicants will be informed by email, with instructions on payment methods and ticketing. Invitation collection instructions will follow. Detailed dress code information, entry points, security requirements are included on the back of the ticket. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we cannot respond to enquiries if the information is found on the back of the ticket.

Unsuccessful applicants will be held on a waiting list. If any tickets are returned, they can be reallocated.

Useful information

  • The Parade will take place in Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A
  • Ticket holders must be seated by 10:00AM. Late arrivals will not be permitted on the Parade ground.
  • If you have accessibility requirements, please indicate this in your application as alternative instructions will be given.

Royal Ascot

Each year the Royal Ascot meeting takes place at Ascot Racecourse.  Canadian citizens are able to be nominated to attend in the Royal Enclosure by applying through the High Commission. The nominated list is compiled at the High Commission’s discretion.

Dates for the Royal Ascot: 20 – 24 June 2017

Attending the Royal Enclosure at Ascot in four steps:

  1. Complete the registration form online and provide scanned passport copies when prompted.
  2. After the deadline, if you are successful, you will be sent a Royal Enclosure Badge Request Form.
  3. Complete the Badge Request Form and send it directly to the Royal Enclosure Office.  Do not send the form to the High Commission of Canada. Form sent to the High Commission will not be re-directed on your behalf. You may miss your chance to apply for a badge.
  4. The Royal Enclosure Office will contact you with information on how to obtain your Badge.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Unlike other Royal Events, all members of the party must be Canadian with valid Canadian passports. Foreign nationals can contact their respective embassy or High Commission for information on how to attend. UK Nationals should contact the Ascot Racecourse.
  • If you have attended Ascot for five or more years, you may not need to be nominated on the High Commission’s list. Please contact the Royal Enclosure office at the Ascot Racecourse.
  • Children over the age of 10 may attend. Children aged 10-17 will be issued a children’s badge but may only attend on Friday 23 June or Saturday 24 June.  Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted. Proof of age may be requested by the Royal Enclosure Office.
  • Adults between 18-25 can attend on reduced rates. Further information will be provided with the badge request form.

Full details regarding the Royal Enclosure can be found on the Ascot website.

Useful information

Prices for badges in the Royal Enclosure:

  • Adult one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £155.00/day
  • Junior (age 18-25) one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £105.00/day
  • Children (age 10-17) on Friday and Saturday only: £25.00/day
  • Car parking: £35.00/day per car

Dress code in the Royal Enclosure is strict. Full details can be found on the Royal Enclosure website. Failure to comply with the dress code may result in the removal of your Royal Enclosure badge.

Please note that the dress code at the Royal Enclosure was modified in 2012. All guests, whether new or returning, are strongly advised to review the dress code carefully.

Applications are now closed: 13 April -27 April 2017

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Date Modified:
2017-10-05