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Canada Plus – January 2018

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

In a final burst of Canada 150 celebration, we are squeezing in one last event to top off a truly remarkable year.

To mark the role that the 4th Earl of Carnarvon played in bringing together key Canadians to hammer out the British North America Act, we will be planting a maple tree on the grounds of Highclere Castle. The planting will take place on January 11th, the birthday of Sir John A Macdonald, who was among the Earl’s frequent guests to Highclere in 1866 as they worked to define the future of what would soon become the Dominion of Canada.

The ceremony, kindly hosted by Lady Carnarvon, will cap off a list of Canada 150 events that is too long to recount. My highlights include the wonderful display of red and white ‘150 tulips’ blooming in Victoria Embankment back in March, the majestic tall ships racing from Greenwich to Montreal in April, the original BNA Act on display in the Houses of Parliament, Her Majesty’s Guard at Buckingham Palace being mounted by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry – and being led by a female infantry officer for the first time, one heck of a knees-up in Trafalgar Square on Canada Day, a party bus festooned with Canadian flags in the London Pride parade and a visit to Canada House by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

There is so much more, but I think that gives you a flavour of some of the ways that we chose to share what it means to be Canadian in the UK in 2017 and I suspect 2018 is going to present us with fresh opportunities to tell the world even more of what Canada is all about.

Happy New Year indeed!

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette

2017 collage


Tell us what you think

What better way to kick off a new year than with a sparkly new survey. Yes, it is time once again, dear Canada Plus readers, for you to tell us what you think about our newsletter. We would be very grateful if you would take a moment to complete our short, anonymous survey and let us know what you would like to see in Canada Plus. We are all ears!

Culture to share?

Culture CanadaCulture CanadaIf you know about a Canadian cultural event coming up in 2018 and would like to spread the news to key contacts in the creative industries in the UK, then please send us a submission for the next Culture Canada quarterly update. We are looking for information about confirmed upcoming performances, exhibitions, events or releases across dance, music, theatre, literature, film, virtual reality, design, photography, fashion, architecture and the visual arts. This link takes you to our events form, detailing all the specifics that we need from you, including how to upload photos. The deadline for submissions for the next issue is March 1.

By the Numbers

In case you missed it amid all those mince pieces and festive parties, here is your chance to take a look at our round-up of what kept us busy at Canada House in 2017 – Canada House by the numbers.

Flying the flag for Canada

There is a unique opportunity for a young Canadian in the UK to represent our country in a special Royal event. We are seeking candidates to carry Canada’s flag at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018. To nominate an outstanding Canadian between the ages of 18-29, email and tell us why they should represent Canada.

Business Brief

The Canada House Trade Commissioners expect 2018 will once again be a big year for businesses both here in the UK and in Canada to pursue new commercial opportunities. In 2017, the High Commission’s commercial team assisted 921 companies to develop new business in the UK, and supported 18 new UK investments into Canada worth £22 million ($37.5 million CAD), creating 450 jobs along the way. They also organized 251 events to support Canadian commercial interests here in the UK. As more businesses take advantage of the benefits of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), they expect an equally busy 2018!

Consular Corner

Word to the wise - be “passport aware”: The Canadian passport is a highly desirable document and should be viewed as a privilege rather than a right by the bearer. It is popular among thieves when travelling abroad and the loss or theft of a passport can lead to costly delays while officials make verifications and checks in order to issue a replacement passport. It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your passport in a place separate to the original and above all, keep them safe and secure.

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

Visa Info

Question: My partner and I married in a religious ceremony in England. Is our marriage valid for immigration to Canada?

Answer: In order to sponsor your spouse for immigration to Canada, the marriage must be valid both under the laws of the jurisdiction where it took place and under Canadian law. A religious marriage conducted in England must take place in a place of religious worship that has been officially registered for marriages. Otherwise, a civil ceremony is required for the marriage to be legally recognized. If your religious marriage was not conducted in accordance with these requirements, it will not be valid for immigration to Canada.  However, other options for sponsorship may be available. To find out more about sponsoring your spouse or partner, please consult – Family sponsorship. To learn more about marriage in England, consult – Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK.

Did You Know?

If you wish to sponsor your child for immigration to Canada, they must meet the definition of “Dependent child”. On October 24, 2017, the definition was amended, raising the age limit from under 19 to under 22. To learn more about how to sponsor your child or whether your child meets the definition, please visit – Find out if your child is a dependant.

January Events

Canada House leafGuardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of SovereigntyUntil February 17 ¦ Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Time Immemorial (You’re Just Mad Because We Got Here First)
Guardian Spirits on the Land - YuxweluptunCanada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery hosts the first UK solo exhibition by contemporary Indigenous artist Yuxweluptun. A noted advocate for Indigenous issues in Canada, Yuxweluptun brings his perspective and adds his voice to discussions around Canada 150 and the idea of nationhood. Free admission. Monday to Saturday, 11am -5:45pm.

Image: Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty (2000)

Jan 15 – Feb 7 ¦ Tosca
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Under Dan Ettinger's baton, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka returns to Covent Garden to sing the title role of Puccini’s operatic thriller. Canadian bassbaritone Gerald Finley joins her as Scarpia.

Jan 18 – 21 ¦ Lumiere London
Various outdoor locations, London ¦ Three Canadian projects join the roster of more than 40 UK and international artists that merge cutting-edge technologies with spectacular visual concepts, offering new perspectives on the capital’s iconic architecture, streets and landmarks.

Jan 18 – 21 ¦ Sultans of String
The Stables, Milton Keynes ¦ The band brings its energetic genre-hopping mix of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban Rhythms to The Stables.

Jan 18 – Feb 4 ¦ Celtic Connections
Various locations, Glasgow ¦ Among this year's Canadian contingent at this annual folk, roots and world music festival is Northern Star – Scotland Sings Canada, The Weather Station (aka singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman) performing songs from her self-titled fourth album, Montreal-based trio The Barr Brothers and East-coast soul sensation Cyndi Cain.

Jan 21 ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup on Portobello Road.

Jan 22 ¦ London Vandoos
Henry's Piccadilly, London ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Jan 25 ¦ A Tribe Called Red
Oslo, London ¦ The Ottawa-based group performs “powwow-step” – music that mixes hip hop, reggae and other contemporary music with First Nations vocal chanting and drumming.

Jan 26 ¦ Angela Hewitt – Bach Odyssey
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Known for her legendary Bach interpretations and as part of her Wigmore Hall Bach Odyssey, Angela Hewitt performs the first book of 24 Preludes and Fugues.

Further Ahead

Feb 3 ¦ Kaia Kater
The Stables, Stage 2, Milton Keynes ¦ Kater’s new album casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of colour in North America every day.

Until Feb 4 ¦ The Baldwin Gallery’s Betwixt
The Hospital Club, London ¦ An exhibition exploring the organic and psychic transference between selves and species, featuring the shape-changing photography of Canadian David Ellingsen and Plains Cree sculptural-photographer Meryl McMaster.

Feb 5 ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Maple Leaf Covent Garden.

Feb 8 ¦ Gender Equity in STEM: In Conversation with Women Leaders in Science
Canada House, London ¦ In the second in our Women Leaders Speaker series, Canada House invites you to this discussion that brings together leaders from both Canada and the UK in science, technology, engineering and math to discuss the lack of female representation and how to break barriers. With key speakers Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University, and Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University. 18:30-20:30. Pre-registration is required.

Feb 8 ¦ Michael Ignatieff at the LSE
LSE, London ¦ Michael Ignatieff speaks about academic freedom and the new populism.

Feb 14 – May 7 ¦ David Milne – Modern Painting
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of work by the Canadian painter, David Milne (1882-1953). This exhibition brings together more than 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist.

Feb 16 – 17 ¦ Come Rhyme With Me
London and Brighton ¦ Canadian slam poet Andre Prefontaine makes his UK debut along other lyrical artists at this night of rhyming, rice and peas hosted by Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger, with a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you.

Feb 17 ¦ Principal Sound - Bozzini Quartet
St John’s Smith Square, London ¦ The Montreal-based Bozzini Quartet makes a rare London appearance to perform Nono’s masterful response to the poetry Hölderlin alongside a quartet by Claudia Molitor inspired by lines from Rilke. Members of the ensemble will also perform on February 18 as part of the Principal Sound Festival.

Feb 21 – March 4 ¦ Glasgow Film Festival
Various locations, Glasgow ¦ Keep an eye out for Canadian films at the Glasgow Film Festival 2018. The festival regularly features an array of filmmaking talent from mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation.


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

Job Opportunities

Canada House, London ¦ The High Commission is currently recruiting a trade commissioner (climate finance) and a senior investment officer.

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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