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As I look out over Trafalgar Square in my final days here at Canada House, with St Martin-in-the Fields providing an impressive backdrop, I cannot help but think back at some of the wonderful moments during my five years here in the United Kingdom.
From the 2012 London Olympics, to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, to being invited to read from the pulpit at Westminster Abbey to mark Canada’s birthday, the occasions have been truly humbling. I recently sat beside my tennis hero, Bjorn Borg, to watch a Canadian play in the men’s final at Wimbledon for the first time. Last year, it was my privilege to be there to see the first Canadian woman seeking tennis glory on Centre court.
These memories are indelible and I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who helped me navigate through new and very special experiences in my role as Canada’s representative.
The staff here at Canada House who work in consular services, public and political diplomacy, trade, immigration, defense and in the many supporting roles that keep everything moving, do so in service to our country and they do so with considerable pride. I consider them to be Canada’s most valuable ambassadors.
To the countless Canadians living in the UK I would also like to say thank you for flourishing, for bringing your expertise to bear, be it across the arts, in business, in the aid sector or in academia. In being here, you have brought a piece of Canada to these shores and reinforced the many bonds between our two countries.
This month, High Commissioner Janice Charette will take up her new role and I know that she will be welcomed and supported at every turn. I wish Janice, and the entire Canadian community here in the UK, the very best for the future. It has been, truly, a pleasure to serve.
Congratulations to the Canadians in London group and all of those who supported their fundraising events this summer, they not only brought Canadians together for some food, fun and friendship, they raised $1,200 for those affected by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray.
The Murrayfield Junior Ice Hockey club in Edinburgh is seeking Canadians, or any young people interested in playing Canada’s favourite sport. To find out more about tryouts for boys and girls contact the team.
Have you heard about Canada In A Day? It is a worldwide film project - filmed by Canadians - that will capture one day in our lives. No matter where you are, in Canada or around the world, during 24 hours – any time from 12AM to 11:59PM on September 10th – Canadians are invited to record themselves and share their story. After you upload your clips (their website includes handy filming tips for amateurs), it will be crafted into a celebration of Canadian stories by award-winning director Trish Dolman and be a collective time capsule of a moment in Canada’s history. The finished film will air on CTV and online in Summer 2017, as part of our country’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Students considering studying at a Canadian college or university will have a chance to meet with a host of institutions at the fourth annual Canada House EduCanada UK Fair on 2 October. David Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor and President of Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia will be on hand to offer a truly trans-Atlantic perspective on the merits of studying in Canada. Dr Wheeler, an international expert in energy conservation and renewable energy policy, served as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Plymouth prior to taking up his role in Cape Breton. During a long career in both business and academia that spans both countries, Dr Wheeler held senior roles at Toronto’s York University, Halifax’s Dalhousie University, served as an advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair on sustainability issues for industry and was part of the executive team of The Body Shop in his native UK.
A new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), is now in effect for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to or transiting through Canada by air. If you are a Canadian citizen and a citizen of a visa-exempt country (dual Canadian citizen) who currently uses your non-Canadian passport to fly to Canada, you cannot apply for an eTA. This is because eTA was set up to screen foreigners for admissibility to enter Canada on a temporary basis. Starting September 30, 2016, you will need to show proof you are a Canadian citizen to travel to Canada by air. Travel documents that prove citizenship are: a valid Canadian passport; a Canadian temporary passport; or a Canadian emergency travel document. If you don’t have a valid travel document that proves your Canadian citizenship at check-in, you may not be able to board your flight.
Be prepared: Renew or apply for a Canadian passport as soon as you can before September 30, 2016. For more information on the passport application process, please visit the Passports page.
Question: Is it mandatory to have an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)?
Answer: As you may be aware, new entry requirements are now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
Note that the leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends soon, on September 29, 2016.
Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.
September ¦ Publication: Steven Price’s Gaslight
UK ¦ Critics have praised Price for a literary style that has the grace and depth of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. His second novel is an intriguing detective story that moves from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, culminating in a journey through the sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms and séance halls of Victorian London.
2 – 17 Sept ¦ Barenaked Ladies
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies bring their unique blend of folk, pop and rock to the UK.
7 Sept – 16 Oct ¦ The Pianist of Willesden Lane
St James Theatre ¦ The critically-acclaimed play adapted and directed by Canadian Hershey Felder returns to the UK. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of a young Jewish pianist and takes place in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitz.
9 Sept – 20 Nov ¦ The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video
Hayward Gallery, London ¦ Stan Douglas joins a group of leading international artists in an exhibition that showcases immersive audio-visual installations. In Luanda-Kinshasa (2013), Douglas explores the intersection of narrative, fact and fiction, and alludes to the cultural exchanges between Africa and North America.
Until 10 Sept ¦ Solids
Various UK venues ¦ Montreal’s indie duo Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette tour their latest album, Else.
Until 10 Sept ¦ BBC Proms
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ Pianist Louis Lortie and singers Barbara Hannigan (soprano), John Relyea (bass), Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano) feature prominently in this year’s BBC Proms. Hannigan will perform the London premiere of the award-winning cycle written for her by composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Grawemeyer. Boulianne will impersonate the female title role of Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. And Relyea will give voice to Bluebeard in Bartok’s gothic horror story.
Until 11 Sept ¦ Pup
Various UK venues ¦ The Toronto punk band tours their recent LP The Dream is Over.
14 Sept ¦ OMFIF City Lecture with Carolyn Wilkins
Grocer’s Hall, London ¦ The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum hosts the first deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, Carolyn Wilkins, to discuss the long game for economic growth and returns, and the implications for financial stability.
15 Sept ¦ PopUp Painting
Trafalgar Hotel, London ¦ PopUp Painting celebrates the Canadian painter Charles Pachter and his residency at the Trafalgar Hotel with this hands-on event to help you recreate one of his iconic pieces, such as the Queen on a moose.
16 – 18 Sept ¦ Greater Toronto: New Artist Textiles
Fashion and Textile Museum, London ¦ The Textile Museum of Canada presents an exhibit of new digitally printed fabrics by ten Canadian artists as part of the London Design Festival.
16 Sept – 29 Oct ¦ Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans| Essential Elements
Flowers Gallery, London ¦ Burtynsky returns to London with two parallel exhibitions: a series of geometric compositions photographed from the air above the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and a selection of photographs weaving an evocative journey through his past projects. The exhibitions will coincide with the publication of a major new monograph, Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, edited and curated by William A. Ewing.
Until 17 September ¦ New Eyes on the Universe
Canada Gallery, Canada House ¦ New Eyes on the Universe showcases the Nobel Prize winning results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and experiments at SNOLAB. It shows how they are providing new insight and pushing frontiers in our understanding of the universe. The exhibition presents spectacular images and video from the deep underground laboratory that hosts international science research in astrophysics.
18 Sept ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Portobello Rd.
20 Sept ¦ International Tasting: Wine, Spirits, Beer
Draper’s Hall, London ¦ The Canadian UK Chamber of Commerce joins other chambers from around the world at this tasting event featuring beverages from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
22 Sept ¦ London Vandoos
The Chapel Pub, London ¦ Join fellow Canadians for a drink at this monthly gathering.
Until 25 Sept ¦ Barbu
London Wonderground ¦ Quebec circus troupe Cirque Alphonse return to London’s Southbank with their amazing acrobatics and immaculate beards.
28 Sept ¦ Russell Braun and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London ¦ Canadian baritone Russell Braun joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo’s baton for the UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hellgate.
29 Sept ¦ Book launch: Wild New Territories
The Linnean Society of London ¦ Wild New Territories was an exhibition shown in galleries as well as outdoor spaces in restored or protected wildlands in London, Vancouver and Berlin and generated new ideas in understanding an evolving urban and wild dynamic. With a series of essays, talks, projects and related documentation, this publication reflects and explores the themes explored by the exhibition.
2 Oct ¦ EduCanada UK Fair
Canada House ¦ Join representatives from more than 20 Canadian universities and colleges at the 4th annual EduCanada UK Fair, and learn about studying opportunities in Canada. Free to attend. Confirmed schools attending include UBC, McGill, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser, Ryerson, Humber, Bishop’s, Carleton, Sheridan, Guelph, Queen’s, University of New Brunswick, Emily Carr University for Art and Design, Cape Breton University, Mohawk College, Centennial College, OCAD University, Concordia, NSCAD University, the University of Winnipeg and Seneca College.
2 Oct ¦ Terry Fox Run of Hope
Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire ¦ The legacy of Canadian hero Terry Fox continues in the UK, with this annual 5k or 2k walk or run to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation and The Brain Tumour Charity. The event includes food, music and recreational activities, appropriate for all ages.
6 Oct ¦ Margaret Atwood
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Margaret Atwood discusses her new novel Hag-Seed, a reimagining of The Tempest.
9 and 16 Oct ¦ Thanksgiving Roast
The Larrik Inn, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is hosting two Thanksgiving dinners in Marylebone with the addition of poutine, as well as a traditional roast dinner.
10 Oct ¦ A Canadian Thanksgiving in London
White Mustache, London ¦ The popular turkey and pumpkin pie fest run by the Canadians in London group comes to Camden, complimented by Canadian beverages.
6 – 22 Oct ¦ Red Moon Road
Various UK venues ¦ Manitoba folk trio Red Moon Road performs in a number of small venues from Northumberland to Cheshire after the release of their latest album ‘Sorrows and Glories’.
21 – 22 Oct ¦ Discover Western Canada
Business Design Centre, London ¦ Health care recruiters from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia will be exhibiting at the British Medical Journal Careers Fair to answer questions about opportunities for medical professionals in some of the most beautiful provinces in Canada.
Until 22 Oct ¦ History Machines
Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh ¦ A UK premiere exhibition of new commissions and existing artwork by Toronto artists Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel. Part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures and talks and an off-site installation.
31 Oct ¦ Headstones
229 The Venue, London ¦ What better way to celebrate Halloween in London than rocking out in an intimate setting with the legendary Headstones?
For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.
Canada House, London ¦ For information about working at the High Commission, visit the Job Opportunity page on our website. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.
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