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Throughout our Canada 150 celebrations this year, we have occasion to pause and acknowledge the role in our nation’s story of the tens of thousands of young Canadians who travelled over prairies and oceans to the battlefields of Europe.
At Canada House, we recently celebrated the work of Never Such Innocence, a charity that has joined forces with the Royal Canadian Legion to ensure children in the UK and in Canada have a special opportunity to learn about World War I, including historic events such as the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Using unique education tools, poetry, art and song, the stories of selfless sacrifice of young men and women a century ago reach down through the generations.
Vimy Ridge began on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917 and drew together regiments from across Canada in a battle renowned for the determination and discipline of those who fought and took the ridge. In so doing, they helped forge a new sense of the Canadian identity. Their accomplishment counts among the building blocks of the nation we proudly celebrate this year.
In London this week, on Wednesday, April 5, we will be remembering their sacrifices in a public ceremony at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13.45, ahead of commemorations at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and a ceremony in Ottawa on April 9.
Given the recent terrorist attack in London, it feels that the time is right to take a moment and thank those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens. On behalf of all Canadians in the UK, our hearts go out to all of those involved in the tragic events at Westminster. I do hope you will be able to join us at Green Park this week.
Sir David Attenborough visited Canada House to receive the Royal Canadian Geographic Society's Gold Medal for his contribution to the natural world.
One of the things we hear a LOT from Canadians in the UK is that they love the idea of a big party so that we can celebrate a very special 2017 Canada Day together. Well, to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and celebrate all things Canadian, we’re throwing a party right here outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square. So please save the date - July 1st, for us! We’re hoping you’ll help us share the joy of Canada and “Bring a Brit” to the celebrations. We’ll be sharing more details on our social media channels and in the Canada Plus newsletter very soon so stay tuned.
We have copies of a special Collector’s Edition of Canadian Geographic & The Walrus magazine that attempts to tell the story of Canada in 150 objects. For a chance to win a copy, please send an email to CanadaPlus@international.gc.ca with the name and email of a new subscriber.
The High Commission team was delighted to welcome Canada’s new Minister for International Trade, the Hon François-Philippe Champagne, to London last month. The Minister participated in the inaugural Commonwealth trade ministers’ meeting in addition to connecting with Canadian and UK business leaders and speaking with the BBC about the benefits of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) that will soon take effect.
The recent terrorist attack in London has reminded us of the importance of keeping on top of the latest information and travel advice. For Canadians living in the United Kingdom, or planning on visiting for more than three months, the Registration of Canadians Abroad system helps us to keep in touch in an emergency. Additionally, for the latest updates during an emergency, we recommend that Canadians in the UK - both visitors and those living here - follow @travelGoC on Twitter, as well as @CanadianUK and @CanadaintheUK on Facebook.
For urgent consular assistance, Canadians can contact us by email at email@example.com or from the UK, call toll free on 00 800 2326 6831. Both are monitored 24 hours a day.
Question: I am a UK based employer and would like to bring over a Canadian intern for the summer months. Is there a visa that allows me to do this?
Answer: Canada and the United Kingdom have a ‘Youth Mobility Agreement’ that allows citizens of each country aged 18 to 30 obtain a work permit for up to 24 months. This visa can be used to undertake most employment, including internships, and allows participants to experience life in another country.
UK citizens can visit the International Experience Canada website to find out more about work permits for Canada. Canadian citizens who wish to find out more about the ‘Youth Mobility’ work visas for the United Kingdom can visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.
Starting May 1, 2017, citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania will be able to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if they have held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years or have a valid United States non-immigrant visa. Citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania who do not meet the eligibility criteria for an eTA outlined above will still require a visitor visa to travel to Canada.
Until 27 May ¦ Rodney Graham: Canadian Impressionist
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery is proud to present Rodney Graham: Canadian Impressionist, an exhibition featuring the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists.
5 April ¦ Vimy Ridge Commemoration Service
Canada Memorial, London ¦ To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a service will be held at the Canada Memorial in Green Park ahead of ceremonies at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Members of the public are invited to join Canadian military representatives and 3,000 Canadian students to mark the anniversary of this defining battle. The ceremony begins at 13:45.
6 – 22 April ¦ The Elephant Girls
Draper Hall, London ¦ London premiere of the award-winning Canadian one-woman-show about the Elephant Girls, the devious all-female gang that terrorised London for over 100 years.
9 April ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Holborn.
11 April ¦ Canadian Women’s Club Coffee Morning
Canada House, London ¦ Young Canadian soprano Eve Daniell talks about her experiences breaking into the opera world in London.
11 - 12 April ¦ Betroffenheit
Sadler’s Wells, London ¦ The Dance Critic’s Top Pick of 2016, Olivier Award-nominated Betroffenheit returns to Sadler’s Wells for two nights only. Created by celebrated choreographer Crystal Pite, playwright Jonathon Young and Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre.
13 – 16 April ¦ Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta
Greenwich, London ¦ A fleet of over 30 tall ships will gather for four days on the River Thames at Greenwich and Woolwich before setting sail for Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
19 April ¦ National Canadian Film Day: Angry Inuk
Curzon Bloomsbury, London ¦ Special screening of director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s documentary Angry Inuk to celebrate Canada’s national film day. A partnership between Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Bertha Dochouse.
20 – 30 April ¦ Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions
Various UK locations ¦ Ottawa-born singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson and her band tour intimate venues in the UK to support the release of their new album Uneven Ground.
22 April ¦ London Vandoos
TBC, London ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.
24 April ¦ Louis Lortie
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The French-Canadian musician’s lunchtime programme comprises works by George Benjamin and Fryderyk Chopin.
25 April ¦ John Adams at 70: Doctor Atomic
Barbican Hall, London ¦ Gerald Finley, who has sung the leading role in Adam’s opera in productions in New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and London, reprises a role he has made his own, this time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the composer’s baton.
25 April ¦ Janina Fialkowska
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Pianist Fialkowska returns to London with a recital dedicated to Chopin. Known for her musicianship, she is also considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of the Polish composer.
27 – 28 April ¦ Shawn Mendes
Glasgow SSE Hydro / Manchester Arena ¦ Pop sensation, singer-songwriter Mendes tours his new album, Illuminate.
28 April – 6 May ¦ Japandroids
Various UK venues ¦ BC rock band Japandroids tour their long-awaited album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.
2017 ¦ Royal Events
Various ¦ Canadians are invited to apply for Royal Events. New for 2017 is a self-registration system and new page on our website regarding all Royal Events taking place this year. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, please make sure you read the information on the website carefully in order to apply correctly. We will be updating the website throughout the coming months, so please check regularly. Good luck in the ballot!
1 May | Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Hippodrome Casino | A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square.
3 May ¦ Michael Winter
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow ¦ Reading and conversation with acclaimed Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer Michael Winter.
6 May ¦ Songs in the Key of Cree
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ The UK premiere of Songs in the Key of Cree, a compilation of songs written over the past 30 years by Cree-Canadian playwright and songwriter Tomson Highway. The Cree songs will be sung by Peruvian-Canadian cabaret singer Patricia Cano, with Marcus Ali on saxophone and Tomson Highway on piano.
7 May ¦ International Opera Awards
London Coliseum ¦ Robert Carsen is shortlisted for Director of the Year in the 2017 International Opera Awards. The annual red-carpet ceremony honours outstanding achievement on stage, backstage and in the pit, with awards including Singer of the Year, Opera Company of the Year and the annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
17 May – 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.
26 May – 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.
14 & 15 June ¦ Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade ¦ Canadians are invited to the Beating Retreat this year, 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.
24 Jun ¦ Canada 150 Canada Day Cruise
Temple Pier, London ¦ The tenth anniversary Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.
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 at 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 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.
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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