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Canada Plus – January and February 2019

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

Welcome to 2019! It’s already shaping up to be another busy year with plenty of Canadians and Canadian content to celebrate in the UK.

This month alone, we will welcome a string of West End performances of Notre Dame de Paris, co-written by the legendary Luc Plamondon. It takes to the stage at the Coliseum from January 23-27.

Right after that, the hit Broadway musical Come From Away lands at London’s Phoenix Theatre to share the tale of the small Newfoundland town that welcomed the world in the aftermath of 9/11. A story of resilience, friendship and true hospitality – mixed with a wonderful dose of Newfoundland charm - it makes me even prouder to be a Canadian.

There is plenty more to come, but I’d say that is a great start for my ‘must-see’ list this winter.

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Royal events

Each year the High Commission is issued a limited number of tickets or places for Canadians to attend Royal Events such as The Queen's Garden Parties, Trooping of the Colour or Royal Ascot. Information on how and when to apply will be posted on our website (Royal Events) once these details are available. You are encouraged to check the page regularly and to follow the High Commission on Facebook or Twitter.

High Commissioner and Lukasz Konieczka of MosaicPride of Giving

The High Commissioner and members of the Canada House Pride committee met with Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre last month to donate £742.20 towards their work supporting local #LGBT young people.

Canada House - another busy year

Each year, we look back on the work carried out on behalf of Canadians by the teams at the High Commission. The numbers tell a great story of the type of work we do. Check out our 2018 highlights.

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 Monday, March 11, 2019. To nominate an outstanding Canadian between the ages of 18-29, email before January 18 and tell us why they should represent Canada.

Business Brief

Canadian women entrepreneurs lead the charge

Late last year, the High Commission’s trade team welcomed 10 Canadian women business leaders as part of the inaugural Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) mission to Europe. Representing a range of sectors including infrastructure, healthy snack makers, digital marketing, business development and trade professionals working in diversity and inclusion, these entrepreneurs were a key part of the WeConnect International in Europe conference 2018 – an event dedicated to strengthening women’s networks through enhanced diversity and inclusion in corporate supply chains.  In London, the group sampled the fast-paced UK market while identifying Brexit challenges and opportunities. Feel free to talk to our Trade Commissioners team at Canada House for more details about upcoming trade missions for business women, events in the UK, Canada or further afield.

Consular Corner

Question: I was born in Canada but my children were born here in the UK and currently travel on UK passports. I understand that with changes in legislation they should now travel to Canada on Canadian passports. How do I start this process?

Answer: The first step will be to establish whether your children have claims to citizenship. Generally speaking, if you were born or naturalized in Canada they would have claims – more information and a self-assessment. A Canadian citizenship certificate will be needed in order to make passport applications for your children. The information and application forms for proof of Canadian citizenship are found at Citizenship. Once the certificates are received, passport applications may be made, see Applying for a passport. Please do not hesitate to contact us at for more information.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am a British citizen married to a Canadian citizen. We are going to Canada on holiday. How early does an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) need to be applied for, and does my wife need one too?

Answer: As the holder of a British passport, you are required to obtain an eTA before you travel to Canada. As a Canadian citizen, your wife does not and should travel on her Canadian passport. We recommend that you apply for your eTA as early as possible on the official government website: The vast majority of applicants will receive their eTAs within minutes; applicants whose cases are more complex, for example due to past criminal convictions or previous passport reported lost, will be advised if their application is to experience delays. We strongly advise you not to make any final travel arrangements until you have your eTA at hand, to avoid any disappointment. 

Did you know?

While you may wish to print it for your own records, please note that your eTA is electronically linked to your passport. Check-in staff and CBSA have an electronic access to eTAs using passport details and you only need to travel with the passport you used to apply for it. If you have changed passports since applying for your eTA, you must reapply. Bon voyage!

January and February Events

Canada House leafartworksUntil Feb 16 ¦ Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ In conjunction with the Royal Academy, the Canada Gallery presents a body of work by artist Barbara Rae following her four journeys through Canada’s Arctic. Her work is given added context here, presented alongside key pieces of Inuit sculpture from Canada House’s Belle Shenkman Collection.
Free admission, Mon-Sat 11:00–17:45.

Until Mar 3 ¦ Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918
National Army Museum, London ¦ This exhibition features the work of acclaimed equine artist Sir Alfred Munnings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. The paintings are on loan from the Canadian War Museum.

Jan 11 ¦ Janina Fialkowska
Kings Place, London ¦ Renowned Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska presents a Parisian menu, prefacing a Chopin sequence with an exploration of the subtle textures and shifting colours of Debussy, Tailleferre, Fauré and Ravel.

Jan 17 – Feb 3 ¦ Celtic Connections
Various venues, Glasgow ¦ A host of Canadian acts are taking part in Glasgow’s premiere folk music festival including Andrew Collins Trio, The Once, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Yann Falquet, Madison Violet, Leeroy Stagger, Kaia Kater, Còig, Vishtèn, Pretty Archive and The Dead South.

Meet upJan  17 – Feb 22 ¦ London Canadian Expat Meetup Group
Various London locations ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group organises social events for London-area Canadians, their friends and those interested in Canada. Check the Meetup calendar for upcoming events including coffee gatherings, wing nights and ladies’ days out.

Jan 18 ¦ James Ehnes and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London ¦ James Ehnes makes a rare appearance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as soloist, performing Beethoven’s sunny Violin Concerto in a concert that is all about musical darkness.

Jan 23 – 27 ¦ Notre Dame de Paris
London Coliseum, London ¦ This magical musical by the legendary Luc Plamondon returns to London for 7 performances only, after touring in 23 countries worldwide in 9 languages over the past 20 years.

Jan 24 – 31 ¦ Dilly Dally
Various venues, UK ¦ Canadian alternative rockers Dilly Dally tour the UK following the release of their album Heaven.

Until Jan 26 ¦ The Perfume Shop
The Ryder, London ¦ Clara Ursitti joins Thomson & Craighead, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, littlewhitehead and Kentaro Yamada in a group exhibition that proposes smell as a language with which to address a series of socio-political issues.

Until Jan 27 ¦ Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham ¦ Jeneen Frei Njootli, Vuntut Gwich’in artist and founding member of the ReMatriate Collective, represents Canada at this timely exhibition exploring the role that women have played in the history of resistance movements and alternative forms of living.

From Jan 30 ¦ Come From Away
Phoenix Theatre, London ¦ The record-breaking show that has enjoyed sold-out performances on Broadway finally lands in the UK after a critically-acclaimed run in Dublin. Discover the story of the small Canadian town that welcomed the world after 9/11.

Feb 5 - 6 ¦ A Tribe Called Red
The Fleece, Bristol, XOYO London ¦ Ottawa’s Indigenous DJ collective A Tribe Called Red combines modern hip hop with traditional pow wow drums and electronic music.

February 25 – Mar 6 ¦ Bryan Adams
Various UK venues ¦ Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams performs songs from his latest album, Shine a Light.

February 26 ¦ Angela Hewitt
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Angela Hewitt demonstrates her affinity with the Baroque in a programme that features a selection of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Ravel’s tribute to Couperin along with Bach’s Partita No. 4 and Beethoven’s famous Moonlight Sonata.

Further Ahead

Until Mar 3 ¦ Hand Drawn Action Packed
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton ¦ Canadian artist Marcel Dzama joins ten international artists whose work is based in drawing as part of the Hayward Gallery touring program.

Mar 4 ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wing Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Maple Leaf Covent Garden.

April 5 ¦ Jan Lisiecki
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki interprets Grieg’s much-loved Concerto under Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  The programme includes Sibelius Suite, Belshazzar’s Feast and his Symphony No. 5 as well as Arnold Bax’s Tintagel.

May 16 ¦ Maple Leaf Ball
Natural History Museum, London ¦ The fundraising gala with a distinctly Canadian twist returns to the calendar. Save the date for this exciting evening event in May.

Until Sept 15 ¦ War Brides
Royal Air Force Museum, London ¦ Canadian artist Bev Tosh has created artistic profiles of some of the thousands of war brides from Canada and the UK who met and married foreign airmen.


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

Job Opportunities

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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