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Canada Plus – June 2017

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A message from the High Commissioner

Janice Charette

I sadly once again write in the aftermath of terrorist attacks here in the United Kingdom – atrocities that run counter to all that we hold dear and the values that we share. That a young Canadian woman was among the victims of the attack in London brings these horrors even closer to home. We can only add our voices to the chorus of millions when I say the thoughts of all Canadians are with those affected.

For those of you planning to join us for Canada Day in Trafalgar Square on July 1st, please be assured that we are working with the Metropolitan Police and London officials to ensure all appropriate safety measures are taken on the day.

Details of what we sincerely hope will be an event that brings people together to celebrate the diversity and inclusion that defines Canada and the United Kingdom are provided below and I do hope to see you on July 1st.

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Janice Charette


News

Canada Day in Trafalgar Square

Our Facebook events page is the place to be for complete details and new information about Canada Day 2017.  Our motto for this special Canada 150 day is “Bring a Brit” as we urge Canadian expats to spread the word about all things Canadian here in the UK.

On the day itself it will be “Game On” as we welcome a hockey skills workshop and host the Trafalgar Cup ball hockey competition. Canada’s coveted Polaris Music Prize is bringing some of the hottest new names to the stage featuring Pup, Tanya Tagaq, Daniel Caesar and Safia Nolin and Lululemon will be on hand to keep us all zen with a meditation bus. There is much more, including Canadian home baking, barbecue, maple goodies, poutine, beer and, of course, Timbits in addition to a host of family-friendly activities. If you’re planning your day, family fun events kick off in earnest at noon with a host of activities to choose from, including a performance by hot Montreal circus act Flip Fabrique before a formal welcome at 1.30 and a ball hockey game. The Royal Canadian Artillery Band will take to the stage not long afterwards along with a host of other acts. By 3pm, the Polaris artists take to the stage and last call is 7.30 before the day wraps up at 8pm.

Project Moose is coming

logo - Project Moose 150On July 1st, Project Moose will see the Canadian takeover of 150 venues across the UK, giving you 150 ways to party following the day’s main events at Trafalgar Square. Big, small, there will be something for all. Keep your eyes peeled on projectmoose150.co.uk for all the details and participating venues and use #projectmoose150! This Canada Day we'll be painting the town red (and white).

Canadians Mount the Guard

The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band are marking Canada 150 by mounting Her Majesty’s Guard in both London and Windsor in the coming weeks. The tentative dates for London for either the guard or the band to support the guard are June 18, 26, 27, 28, 29 and July 1, 3, 7. In Windsor, the guard will be mounted on June 20, 22 and 24.

Canadian Film Feast!

The Canadian High Commission is pleased to support Canada Now, a program of the best new Canadian cinema playing over 4 days in London, and then touring to other cities in the UK. We have a handful of free tickets to share with Canada Plus readers. Check out the program and then let us know which film you would like to attend by emailing LDNPublicAffairs@international.gc.ca with Canada Now in the subject line.

LGBTQ2 - Pride in London Parade

For the first time in its history and in celebration of Canada 150, the High Commission is pleased to be participating in the annual Pride in London parade taking place on Saturday, July 8th in London. Follow our Facebook Page and Twitter for ways in which you can take part!

Kniting clubCanada House staff’s pet project

A group of Canada House staff have donated some hand-knit blankets to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The CHC Knitting Club has been meeting regularly since last year and made the blankets as a way of learning new skills and helping animals in need.

A record year

The Maple Leaf Trust hosted its most successful fundraising ball on record at the Victoria & Albert Museum last month. The Trust raised more than £230,000 for the Veterans’ Support Committee and the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, as it reached across the generations to help both Canadian veterans and their families and young Canadians studying in the UK.

Going Maverick

The organisers of this year’s roots music Maverick Festival have offered Canada Plus readers a chance to win two tickets to the festival, which includes a celebration of Canadian music on Canada Day. To enter to win, send us an email (CanadaPlus@international.gc.ca) with your name and the email address of someone who would like to sign up to receive Canada Plus. We’ll enter you both into the draw. Good luck, music lovers

Business Brief

Yet again, Canadian wine, cider and spirit producers were a tour de force at their annual tasting in Canada House last month. The event has increased four-fold in just seven years and welcomed a record 36 producers this year, representing 170 products. One wine publication noted that Canada is quickly becoming an enviable cool climate producer of exceptional wines.

Consular Corner

Question:  I’m planning a trip this summer. Do you have any travel tips to recommend? Where can I get more information on security recommendations?

Answer: Access the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories on over 200 destinations worldwide. You’ll find information on local safety and security conditions, entry and exit requirements, local laws, and details on where to find help while abroad. We’d also recommend downloading the Travel Smart app to remain connected while you travel. You should be certain to purchase the best travel insurance you can afford to ensure you are covered for any unexpected health expenses. You should also ensure that your passport has enough validity for your destination; Canadians living in the UK should take particular note of the requirements for Schengen zone countries if they are planning any city breaks in continental Europe. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

If you have a question for us, please email ldn.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca with the subject line “Consular Corner”.

Visa Info

Question: Do I need an eTA if I already have a valid study permit for Canada?

Answer: Yes, you need an eTA. A study permit is not a travel document. However, as of August 1, 2015, eTAs are automatically issued with approved study permits. As well, since May 1, 2017, an eTA is also automatically issued to you when you renew your permit in Canada. If you do not already have a valid eTA, you will need to apply for one separately only if:

  • your permit was issued before August 1, 2015; or
  • you have renewed your permit in Canada before May 1, 2017; or
  • you have obtained a new passport since you received or renewed your permit.

If you need to apply for an eTA or learn more about it, visit Canada.ca/eTA.

Did You Know?

An eTA can be valid for up to five years or until your passport expires whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you will need to get a new eTA. With a valid eTA you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to six months at a time).

June Events

4 – 13 June ¦ Footprints on the Moon
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ Finborough Theatre celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with a new production by one of Canada’s most acclaimed playwrights, Maureen Hunter. A finalist for Canada’s most prestigious literary award – the Governor General's Award, Footprints on the Moon premiered in Winnipeg in 1988 and has since been produced in New York City, and all over Canada. This is its European premiere.

5 June – 7 July ¦ An Almost Perfect Thing
Mountainview Academy, London ¦ Daniel Austin-Boyd (director) and Peevara Kitchumnongpan (producer) join forces in this play by Nicole Moeller.  Part of a dynamic season of theatre showcasing the fresh talent of 2017’s MA Directors and Creative Producers from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

7 – 13 June ¦ Arcade Fire
Various UK venues ¦ The energetic acclaimed group from Quebec perform in four venues across the UK including the Isle of Wight Festival and the Belsonic Festival.

Until 10 June ¦ 887
Barbican, London ¦ Canadian theatre-maker Robert Lepage’s 887 is an emotional and architectural exploration of his childhood home in 1960s Quebec.

Until 10 June ¦ Reading Patterns
LUX, London ¦ Montreal artist Kim Kielhofner presents two works which explore how an individual’s subjectivity encounters the outside world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a video program including works of Quebec-based artists Anna Hawkins, Kandis Friesen, Elisabeth Belliveau, Claudie Lévesque, Frances Adair McKenzie and Fréderic Lavoie.

10 June ¦ John Bell
Broadway House, London ¦ A day-long workshop with Canadian diplomat John Bell and British author-therapist Ivan Tyrrell on the roots of the global political crisis.

10 – 25 June ¦ Origins Festival of First Nations
Various London venues ¦ Canadian highlights at the biannual festival include award-winning throat singer Tanya Tagaq, screening and Q&A with Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and outstanding theatre with HUFF, written and performed by Cliff Cardinal.

12 June ¦ Wintersleep
London ¦ Juno award-winning indie rock from Nova Scotia.

12 June ¦ Cliff Cardinal in Conversation with Michael Walling
British Library, London ¦ The writer and performer Cliff Cardinal discusses his award-winning play HUFF, set in the world of young First Nations Canadians. One of several talks in association with the Canada Through the Lens exhibit at the British Library.

12 June – 1 July ¦ Remnants by Erratica
Print Room, London ¦ Patrick Eaking Young brings to London a new music theatre work about one woman’s encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family’s connection to the Holocaust in Bosnia 50 years before. Performed by four singers and a dancer, it mixes Balkan folk songs with original vocal arrangements and compositions by award-winning composer Christian Mason and electronic soundscapes by DJ and installation artist Shelley Parker.

14 and 15 June ¦ Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade ¦ Canadians are invited to the Beating Retreat, an annual pageant of music and military precision drills, including music, cannons and fireworks. This year includes the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Tickets are available from the Household Division.

15 – 17 June ¦ Britain, Canada and the Arts Conference
Senate House, London ¦ This international conference, designed to coincide with Canada 150, brings together practitioners and scholars from around the world. With discussions of theatre, television, film, music, literature, the visual arts, dance, architecture, and cultural history, it promises an exploration of the unique post-war relationship between Britain and Canada in the arts. Highlights include a screening and a Q&A with award-winning director Susan Coyne.

15 – 18 June ¦ Canada Now
London ¦ Telefilm’s inaugural showcase of New Canadian Cinema in the UK, beginning with a weekend programme at the Curzon Soho. From Saturday July 1st, in celebration of Canada Day, the films will begin a nationwide tour of cinemas and become available to stream on Curzon Home Cinema.

16 and 17 June ¦ M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Canadian electronic talents Crystal Castles and young ‘fetish’ rapper and visual artist Tommy Genesis are on the list of ‘outlaw musicians’ performing at the festival curated by M.I.A.

16 – 18 June ¦ Grrrl Con 2017
Manchester ¦ Poet Theresa Munoz joins fellow authors, publishers, and editors and in a 3-day program of talks, workshops and advice that celebrates writing by women.

19 June ¦ Trump, Canada and the future of NAFTA
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ The UCL Canadian Studies Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Earl Fry (Brigham Young University). It will highlight the development of US-Canada relations since Trump’s inauguration.

20, 21 and 25 June ¦ Céline Dion
London, Manchester ¦ The legendary French Canadian singer tours Europe before returning to her residency in Las Vegas.

20 – 26 June ¦ Kiefer Sutherland
Various UK venues ¦ The Canadian actor tours the UK with his band after the release of his first album Down In a Hole.

21 June ¦ Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies
Bush Hall, London ¦ Alan Doyle, actor and one of the lead singers of Great Big Sea, performs in London’s Bush Hall with the Beautiful Gypsies.

21 June ¦ Royal Canoe
Surya, London ¦ “Something got lost between here and the orbit”, Manitoban indie pop band Royal Canoe tour their new album.

22 – 24 June ¦ A Tribe Called Red
London and Glastonbury ¦ The Ottawa-based group performs “powwow-step” – music that mixes hip hop, reggae and other contemporary music with First Nations vocal chanting and drumming. They will be performing in London and at Glastonbury festival.

22 June – 3 July ¦ 12 Days of Canada 150
London ¦ 12 days events for Canadians, their family, friends, and those interested in learning more about Canada. Brought to you by The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, Canadians of London and The Maple Leaf Pub.

24 June ¦ Canada 150 Canada Day Cruise
Blackfriars Pier, London ¦ The tenth anniversary Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.

27 June – 9 July ¦ Women in Art
Burgh House, Hampstead ¦ Canadian Leslie Watts will participate in Women in Art, a project that supports and assist women artists who are at the beginning of their artistic careers. Her work will be part of a group exhibition of successful women artists and she will be one of the judges for The Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize 2017, a prize celebrating the most promising woman artist of 2017.

30 June – 2 July ¦ Maverick Festival
Easton Farm Park, Suffolk ¦ For its 10th anniversary the annual roots music festival is featuring Award-winning East Coast songwriter Amelia Curran and roots rocker Terra Lightfoot on Canada Day, as well as a selection of other alternative country, bluegrass, blues and roots music performers from both sides of the Atlantic.

June ¦ The Artist In You
Across UK ¦ Julie Brunelle and Peter Wood take some the world's greatest art and artists as its starting point in this book to introduce to young audiences the basics of art and the art making process in an easy and accessible way.

June ¦ 300 Reasons to Love London (in French only)
Across UK ¦ Canadian broadcaster, writer, and TV presenter Genevieve Borne launches her book about London as part of the series dedicated to discovering cities around the globe. The concept is to show 300 places within the city, helping readers to discover unusual neighbourhoods, cultural places and restaurants that are off the beaten track.

Further Ahead

Canada House leaf1 July ¦ Canada Day
Trafalgar Square, London ¦ Bring a Brit to this very Canadian party in the centre of London with live music, food, drinks and activities for all ages. Sign up on our Facebook page to get the latest updates on what to expect for Canada 150 in the UK.

1 July ¦ Taste of Canada Festival
The Boaters Inn, Kingston ¦ This free festival includes Canadian treats, live music and face-painting while visitors feast on Chef Brian Marchetti’s Montreal smoked meat extravaganza, perogies, poutine and more. The day starts with brunch at 11am and runs until 11pm. Thirsty revellers can choose from Sleemans beers, Bloody Caesars and Canadian whiskeys. Guests must register in advance. This is a Canadians in London signature event, so be sure to visit their website to keep up with all of their planned celebrations.

1 July ¦ Canada Day
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, Wales  ¦ The traditional steam train through the Welsh countryside is offering free travel to anyone with a valid Canadian passport on Canada Day. They will also have a display of Canadian railway posters and a chance to win souvenir prizes.

1 July ¦ Canada Day service
The Southern Cemetery, Manchester ¦ The Royal British Legion will be hosting a special service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site in Manchester to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Anyone is invited to attend the service near the Canadian graves at 3:15p.m.

1 July ¦ Canada Day Cruise
Blackfriars Pier, London ¦ The alumni associations of McGill, Western and Queens universities have joined forces to host a pre-Trafalgar Square Canada Day afternoon cruise along the Thames. Everyone is welcome to this Canadian-themed boat party.

2 July ¦ Canada Day Garden Party
Reveley Lodge, Bushey Heath, Herts ¦ Celebrate Canada 150 at historic Reveley Lodge, a Victorian Gentleman’s Cottage formerly owned by Canadian artist Albert Ranney Chewett. The afternoon garden party will include demonstrations, live fiddle music, food and beverages and children’s entertainment.

2 July – 24 Sept ¦ Zoe Kreye
SPACE Gallery, London ¦ For her commissioned first solo exhibition in the UK, Kreye is collaborating with St Joseph’s Hospice to explore the complexities of loss. In addition to the solo exhibition and performative interventions occurring at the hospice, her project is presented with contextual critical writing, workshops, performances and discussions all open to the public.

4 July ¦ Talk: The Early Chewetts
Reveley Lodge, Hertfordshire ¦ As part of Canada 150 celebrations local historian Katharine Whitaker will be giving a talk on the legacy of the Chewetts, the owners of Reveley Lodge. The discussion will cover the life of William Chewett, who moved to Canada from London in 1775 and his son James and their role in Canadian history. There is also an exhibition titled ‘Canadian Pioneers: William Chewett and Son’ for the month of July.

Until 8 July ¦ La Strada
The Other Place, London ¦ Bart Soroczynski plays The Fool, one of the three leading characters at Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of the cult Fellini film.  This play that features a multiplicity of circus skills closes its UK tour in London for the summer.

Until 9 July ¦ Flip Fabrique
Southbank, London ¦ The hit circus act that charmed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer arrives in London for an extended run as part of the Underbelly Festival promising family fun in two shows a day.

Until July 9 ¦ You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred
Zabludowicz Collection, London ¦ Sara Cwynar, Erin Shirreff and Jeff Wall join a roster of international artists for this group exhibition featuring artists who use photography as a tool with which to question the boundaries between past and present, the factual and the fictional.

Until 29 July ¦ Seasons End: Painting Healer
Rodeo Gallery, London ¦ In Tamara Henderson’s second solo show at Rodeo, the artist revisits the figures shown at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library in 2016 as part of Glasgow International. Assembled from materials collected while travelling, the figures themselves are constant travellers, nomads in flux, gatherers of stories and memories, carriers of maps and postcards.

Until 27 Aug ¦ Where the Thunderbird lives: cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America
British Museum, London ¦ The British Museum hosts this exhibition on the history of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit will bring together objects reflecting 10,000 years of rich cultural heritage.

Until 10 Sept ¦ Canada Through The Lens
British Library, London ¦ Highlights from the British Library’s Canadian photographic collection are on display to celebrate Canada 150. The photos, acquired between 1895 and 1924, show Canada as a young and growing nation.

Canada House leaf7 October ¦ EduCanada Fair
Canada House, London ¦ Save the date for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.

More...

For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

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