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Canada Plus – January

Your monthly email newsletter from the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. Subscribe now to Canada Plus.

Canada Plus

A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon Campbell

Happy New Year! I hope that 2014 brings only good things your way. We are looking ahead to an exciting few months as our plans to reinvent Canada House on Trafalgar Square shift into high gear and we consolidate all High Commission work in our traditional diplomatic home in Central London.

To get there, Canada House will close its doors at the end of February for several months, but we will aim to keep up a lively calendar of diverse events at other locations around town.

In the meantime, there is plenty to look forward to, with events featuring Canadian scholar Margaret MacMillan and author Margaret Atwood planned for the coming weeks.

This month I would like to find out more about what our team here at the High Commission can do for Canadians and friends of Canada here in the UK.

To that end, we are hosting a short Canada Plus survey this month and I would ask anyone with a few minutes to spare to send us some constructive feedback that will help us to keep in touch with you and to deliver the type of events and news that you can truly use. We will be entering the names of everyone who completes our survey in a draw to win a copy of Margaret MacMillan’s acclaimed new book, The War That Ended Peace.

I look forward to hearing from you and, again, please accept my very best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2014.

Gordon Campbell
 Gordon Campbell


Rocket Man down to Earth

We were delighted to welcome astronaut Chris Hadfield to wrap up the 2013 season of Canada House Presents. It was an evening of music, humour and inspiration, as we were joined by Professor Stephen Hawking, the new presenter of the Sky at Night, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and comedian Rory Bremner. Chris Hadfield was supporting the music charity Nordoff Robbins, which held a silent auction of a guitar he used to perform Space Oddity on stage. You can see how the evening played out on Twitter.

Collage - Canada House Presents Chris Hadfield

Moving tribute

This year marks 70 years since the death of six Canadian airmen during a training exercise in Yorkshire. Every year, a memorial is held in the village of Oakworth to honour them. Canada’s Defence Attache to the UK, Brig. Gen. Matthew Overton attended the ceremony, describing it as "tremendously heartwarming" to see these men remembered by the villagers.

Never Forgotten

More than 114,000 Canadians have died in wars around the world. Last summer, a foundation was created to raise funds for a new national memorial in Canada for those who died fighting overseas. It will be placed along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Winter images

Winter in the UK usually means rain and plenty of it, but for many of us winter is not complete without a sprinkle of snow. We have started a photo album of Canadian winter scenes, submitted by our readers. What does winter in Canada mean to you? Check out our album on Facebook, where you can submit your own photos.

Royal Events 2014

The Canadian High Commission in London usually receives an allocation of invitations and tickets to Royal events such as the Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse, Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour, and can give a number of these to Canadian citizens living in or visiting the UK.

If you would like to find out more about these events, please send an email to quoting "Royal Events 2014" in the subject line.

The application process for the Garden Parties has now started, and the deadline to apply is on the 27th February. Applications for the other events will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Canada House Update

While preliminary works continues on the inside of Canada House and 2-4 Cockspur Street, the renewal project will also be turning its attention to external cleaning of both buildings in the coming weeks.

The aim is to minimize the use of scaffolding if possible and rely on other methods to restore the original stonework of both buildings to their former glory. The two still won’t look alike of course, as Canada House is made of Bath stone, while 2-4 Cockspur is built of Portland stone.
Drawing, Canada House

Consular Corner

Question: I am Canadian and just obtained Canadian citizenship for my daughter. How do I get her a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card?

Answer: Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards are issued by Service Canada in Canada. You will find information about the application process on the Service Canada website. As you will note, you are able to make the application by post. However, this involves sending original documents to Canada. As some clients are not comfortable sending their original documents via international mail, we would recommend that you apply in person at a Service Canada centre next time you are in Canada.

If you have a question for us, please email with the subject line “Consular Corner”.

Business Brief

We’ve seen some of the remarkable contributions to space science and research done by Chris Hadfield during his time at the International Space Station. He may be back on Earth, but Canadian technology is still pushing the limits of exploration. Researchers at Simon Fraser University are working on a lizard-like robot, inspired by the gecko, which could be used in space. The European Space Agency has said the Canadian prototype that climbs walls could be used to clean and maintain the insides of spacecraft. Find out more.

January Events

Canada House leafMarkarfljót River #1, Iceland, 2013January-February ¦ Edward Burtynsky photo exhibition
Canada House, London ¦ The latest exhibit at Canada House gallery brings together a small selection of the works of world renowned photographic artist Edward Burtynsky. The predominant theme of Edward Burtynsky’s work is ‘nature transformed through industry’. His photographs search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear and are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence. The ongoing exhibition is free, open 11:00a.m. – 5:45p.m. Mon – Fri.

Markarfljót River #1, Iceland, 2013
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

1 January – 1 February ¦ When The Grid Goes Soft
MOT Projects, London ¦ Canadian artists Nathan Bomford and Cedric Bomford construct an installation that functions as a sculptural form. When the Grid Goes Soft is framed as an experimental project within the history of MOT as site for curatorial and artistic innovation.

4 January – 16 February ¦ Cirque du Soleil
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ The internationally-acclaimed performers bring their production Quidam to London, a show celebrating those people lost in the crowd in an anonymous society.

15 January ¦ Gerald Finley
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Gerald Finley’s Wigmore Hall Residency opens with Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise. Over the past quarter century Finley has matured in stature to become a regular feature at the world’s leading opera houses to sing everything from Mozart to Wagner, Handel to John Adams.

16 & 18 January ¦ Yves Lambert Trio
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and The Arches ¦ Quebecois folk musician Yves Lambert brings traditional French Canadian music to Glasgow.

Until 18 January ¦ Stan Douglas
Victoria Miro Mayfair, London ¦ Stan Douglas’ critically acclaimed free photographic exhibit Disco Angola uses the visual imagery of popular culture and documentary to reveal social and political truths about particular places and historic moments.

20 January ¦ Rotman School of Management Expert Speakers Series
Thomson Reuters Building, London ¦ The authors of Network Advantage – How to Unlock Value from your Alliances and Partnerships, Tim Rowley and Andrew Shipilov, will discuss the principles behind the book.

Canada House leafThe War That Ended Peace20 January, 17:30 – 19:30 ¦ Canada House Presents: Professor Margaret MacMillan
London, Canada House ¦ Historian and Professor Margaret MacMillan will talk on themes of her latest book, ‘The War That Ended Peace’.

25 January ¦ Jessica Eaton: Ad Infinitum
London ¦Photographer Jessica Eaton’s debut exhibition in London consists of new works from her acclaimed series Cubes for Albers and LeWitt shown at the Hospital Club. The Photographers’ Gallery is hosting an artist’s talk and presenting one of Eaton’s photographs as part of its Touchstone programme.

27 January ¦ Talking with First Nations about Food
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦Professor Alan Hallsworth of Surrey University presents his research on food purchasing and consumption amongst First Nations peoples in British Columbia. All welcome, no charge - please contact Dr Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies to attend.

30 January ¦ Canadian Oil and Gas Webinar Series
This webinar, run by UK Trade and Investment, focuses on business opportunities in the Canadian Oil Sands. UK companies will be able to question the speakers, who will include Suncor Energy, AMEC Oil and Gas and URS Flint.

31 January ¦ De Temps Antan
Mitchell Library, Glasgow ¦ Three former members of Quebec’s famous La Bottine Souriante join to form De Temps Antan, a band that features three-part vocals, fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and foot percussion.

Further Ahead

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for scholarships from Canadians who are currently enrolled on a multi-year postgraduate (or equivalent) programme of study at a UK university, college or institution. To be eligible, students must be continuing their program of study in the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline for applications is Friday 7 March 2014. Full eligibility rules, application forms and contact information can be found at

14 February ¦ Call for London Colloquium Papers
UCL, London ¦ A major colloquium in Canadian Studies will be held in London in July entitled, “Issues in Canadian Studies: New Voices on Canada.” It will showcase innovative research by new scholars working on Canadian issues. A deadline of 14 February has been placed on proposals for contributions to the colloquium.

11- 15 February ¦ Basia Bulat
Various UK venues ¦ The young Ontario artist is touring the UK after the release of her third full-length album.

Canada House leaf19 February ¦ Canada House Presents Margaret Atwood
London ¦ Margaret Atwood returns to Canada House for a conversation with Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Reviewer for the Sunday Times to discuss her poetry and fiction, and will read from her work.  


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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