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Canada Plus – February

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 and Canada’s Governor General David JohnstonBy popular demand, I am delighted to let you know that we have a very special guest coming to Canada House:

Canada House leafCanada House Presents Canada’s Governor General
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Canada House
Monday, 10 February at 12:30

If you would like to come and hear about His Excellency's work in representing Her Majesty in Canada and thoughts on the importance of innovation and opportunities for Canada and the United Kingdom, please send an e-mail to

The short survey that we asked you to complete last month led to a wonderful response and some very helpful feedback – including that you would love to have Canada’s Governor General speak in our Canada House Presents series.  You ask and we do our best to deliver.

I was very grateful for many of the kind words that came in telling us that we've struck a fair balance in what we are offering, and many of you said you look forward to the monthly newsletter's events listings, the news out of Canada House and finding out who is coming up in our ever-popular Canada House Presents speakers' series. The survey also told us a lot about who is reading our monthly bulletins (it turns out you’re a very diverse group) and what you are looking for from your diplomatic mission here in the UK. Some of you would like to see more business and networking events, others are all about the information on where world class Canadian performers and artists are on show here in Great Britain. One thing we have learned is that there’s a real hunger to hear from high-profile public figures.

I hope you’ll take us up on this opportunity to meet Canada’s Governor General, a man who has a unique perspective on Canada and Canadians in the UK (he used to be one himself years ago when he studied at Cambridge).

Meanwhile, please keep those suggestions and ideas rolling in.

Did you hear about a Canadian business connection here in the UK or a band or performer heading through town? Drop us a note to make sure they’re on our radar. We want to spread the news about great Canadian talent in all walks of life.

Gordon Campbell
 Gordon Campbell

Photo: Gordon Campbell and Canada’s Governor General David Johnston



Due to a number of extenuating circumstances Canada Day International has cancelled its plans for the July 1st celebrations in Trafalgar Square. For more information please visit their website. However, as Canadians know – we can mark Canada Day in many ways, wherever we are. Here at the High Commission we’ll let you know of initiatives to celebrate our national day across the country. Keep watching this space.

Carrying the flag for Canada

There is a unique opportunity for a young Canadian in the UK to represent our country in a special event at Westminster Abbey. The High Commissioner has been asked to select a Canadian living in the UK between 16 and 25 years old to carry Canada’s flag on Commonwealth Day, March 10th. If you would like to nominate someone who has made a positive contribution to the community, especially in the area of this year’s theme: ‘Team Commonwealth’, please send an email with details and a description of their outstanding achievement to by Wednesday, Feb 5th. They will be invited to lunch in the High Commissioner’s official residence on Friday, Feb 7th.

Your ideas

Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the Canada Plus survey. We appreciate the time and thought you put in to helping us make the newsletter the best it can be. We’re also thrilled by the positive response from so many of you! We would love to hear from you at any time, so if you have any ideas, comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or on Twitter or Facebook

Hockey Night in Canada (House)

As the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, we will be holding our breath to see if Canada can recreate the incredible win from the Vancouver Men’s Hockey final in 2010. If our team makes it to the gold medal round on Feb 23rd, we’d like to watch it with you. We’re thinking positively and planning an informal gathering of hockey fans to watch Canada win the gold, sponsored by Madano Partnership, and thanks to the CBC. We won’t know until the last minute if Canada has made it through, so we’re asking you to send us an email at if you would like to register your interest. Spaces will be limited so we will draw names and will notify you of the details when we know Canada is in the gold medal round.

Language and identity in Quebec

Ruth Kircher, a linguist at Liverpool Hope University, is currently conducting a questionnaire-based study that looks at language and identity in Quebec. The study is aimed at Quebecers of all ages (except for those younger than 16), of all professions, of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and in all regions of the province. If you can help or know someone who can, you can find information on facebook.

Royal Tour

Canada’s Governor General David Johnston has announced that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Canada in May. The Royal Tour is expected to include stops in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Sports Update

The Canadian Olympic Team has announced its flag bearer for the Sochi Winter Olympics as five-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser. Hayley has won three gold medals and a silver for Canada, and will be carrying the flag into Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7th. For more updates and information on Canada’s Olympic team check out the Official Canadian Olympic Team Website.

The Canadian government has recommended that anyone planning to travel to Sochi for the Games should take precautions to ensure their safety by being vigilant of their surroundings and signing up with the Registration Service for Canadians Abroad.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, has written to his Russian counterpart to express Canada’s concerns about recent legislation against LGBT rights in Russia, and to encourage the country to extend full human rights protections to all its citizens and foreign visitors.

Business Brief

A specially-created tomato, developed in Britain and grown in Canada, could be one of the world’s next superfoods. The purple tomatoes have been genetically modified to give tomatoes the same health benefits as fruit such as blueberries. An Ontario company is producing the tomatoes and scientists say 1,200 litres of juice is now ready to be shipped back to the UK for further research. Read more

Consular Corner

Question: I am a Canadian citizen married to a British citizen and currently living in the UK. We are expecting our first child this April and I'm curious about how we would apply for Canadian citizenship for him or her?

Answer: Your child’s eligibility for Canadian citizenship will depend on how you obtained citizenship. As a general rule, if you were born in Canada or were granted Canadian citizenship through naturalization prior to the child’s birth, your child should have an automatic claim to citizenship. Please refer to the following online self-assessment tool and answer the questions as if your child were answering them. If the results indicate that your child has a claim to citizenship, please refer to our website for additional information about the procedure to follow to submit an application for a proof of citizenship document. Applications are submitted to the High Commission but citizenship certificates are printed in Canada, and processing time is 15 months.

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

February Events

5  February ¦ Doing Business in Canada webinar
The Canadian High Commission is co-hosting a webinar with UK Trade and Investment to highlight tax considerations for anyone doing business in Canada. It will cover Canada’s tax structure, corporation tax, sales tax and other considerations. It is free, but please register using the link above.

5 – 16 February ¦ Christina Martin
Various locations, England ¦ With a style described as alt-country meets rock, multi-award-winning singer / songwriter Christina Martin plays intimate venues across England, from London and Brighton to St Ives and Stowmarket.

Canada’s Governor General David JohnstonCanada House leaf10 February ¦ Canada House Presents: Governor General David Johnston      
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston will join us at Canada House at 12:30 to give a speech on his work representing Her Majesty in Canada, the importance of innovation, and opportunities for Canada and the UK.  If you are interesting in coming, send us an e-mail to to ask us to add your name to the list.

Photo: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Photo by: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall. © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada 
represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2010)

Markarfljót RiverCanada House leaf11 February ¦ Edward Burtynsky      
Canada House Gallery, London ¦ Have you stopped by the Canada House gallery this month?  We’re exhibiting large-scale photographs by Ed Burtynsky, one of Canada’s best-known contemporary photographers. The Canada House gallery is open weekdays until 5:45 until Canada House closes on Feb. 20.  On February 11th, we will keep the doors open until 8 p.m.  You have no excuse now … hurry in before it closes.

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

11 February ¦ Tech Forum Breakfast Briefing
Butchers’ Hall, London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts this event focussing on e-discovery, Risk Management and Compliance. Guest speakers from Global Relay, Hootsuite, HSBC Bank Plc, and Kinetic Partners.

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. She will travel through London, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. Music lovers in Leeds or Birmingham who would like to see this acclaimed singer / songwriter, email and we will enter you to win a pair of tickets to the show.

12 February ¦ Tim Richards
High Commissioner’s Residence, London ¦ The Canadian Women’s Club hosts Tim Richards, the CEO of Vue Entertainment, at this luncheon held at the High Commissioner’s residence as part of the Maple Leaf Trust Luncheon series.

12 February – 5 July ¦ Edward Adamson and William Kurelek: Two artists of the mind
Bethlem Museum, south London. This exhibit brings together works by Canadian artist William Kurelek, a former patient at the hospital with the work of Edward Adamson, the British man who pioneered art as therapy for those suffering from mental health problems.

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.

Canada House leaf19 February ¦ Canada House Presents Margaret Atwood        
London ¦ Canadian literary legend 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. If you would like to attend, please email with the name of a friend who would like to receive our newsletter and we will enter you both in a draw.

Peaceful Resting21 – 22 February ¦ Parallax Art Fair

Chelsea Town Hall, London ¦ Considered one of the biggest art fairs of its kind, Parallax attracts around 200 exhibitors and international artists working in all media including painting, photography, textiles, pottery, jewellery and ceramics. Alfredo De Curtis and Rosemary Metz are representing Canada.

Peaceful Resting by Alfredo De Curtis

23 February ¦ Quatuor Bozzini
Bristol University, Bristol ¦ This Quebecois group is an original voice in contemporary, experimental and classical music in the Montreal scene.

27 February – 26 March ¦ National Career Guidance Show
Leeds, Leicester, London ¦ National conference for guidance councillors where they can find out how to advise young people about going to study in Canada.

Further Ahead

7 March ¦ We Day UK
Wembley Arena, London ¦ The movement that was started in Canada to motivate young people to make a difference in the world comes to the UK for the first time. Speakers will include Al Gore, Ellie Goulding, Sir Richard Branson and Malala Yousafzai.

11 March ¦ Canadian Carnival
Watford Colosseum ¦ Bringing together music from Canada and Britain, the BBC Concert Orchestra presents this Commonwealth celebration featuring Benjamin Britten’s Canadian Carnival, Robert Farnon’s Lake of the Woods, and Canadian composer Howard Shore’s Mythic Gardens.

20 March ¦ La Francophonie improv evening (in French only)
The French Institute, London ¦ International teams will compete in a good natured celebration of Francophonie countries. Participants representing Belgium, Canada, France, Quebec and Switzerland will develop improv skits around a randomly chosen theme.

28 – 29 March ¦ The Annual Canadian Studies Conference
UCL, London ¦ This year the focus is on historic and present-day Canadian cities, and will feature speakers from Brock University, Simon Fraser University, Université de Montréal, York University and INRS Montreal. Registration is free, but required in advance.

7 April ¦ Admiral Sir William Parker
Fan Museum, London ¦ Andrew and Daphne Joynes deliver a lecture on the life of Admiral Sir William Parker, who explored the coast of Newfoundland with Captain James Cook.

9 April – 25 August ¦ The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Barbican, London ¦ A collaboration between Maison Jean Paul Gaultier and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, it is the first major exhibition dedicated to the celebrated French designer.

11 April – 3 August ¦ McLaren 2014
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling ¦ A project to celebrate the Scottish – Canadian filmmaker, animator and artist Norman McLaren. McLaren was born in Stirling, but went on to co-found the National Film Board of Canada. This celebration, in collaboration with the NFB, lasts from the centenary of his birth to the end of the Commonwealth Games.

8 November ¦ 2014 Maple Leaf Ball
The Savoy, London ¦ The Maple Leaf Trust has announced the return of the Maple Leaf Ball, a fundraising event for the Canadian community to be held at The Savoy Hotel. Sign up for email updates using the link above.

Keeping in touch with Canadians

If you would like to follow what Canadians are doing in the UK or get involved in events, there are a number of community groups you can be a part of. Canadian ex-pats meet regularly for wings at the Maple Leaf through the London Expat Meetup Group. The Canadian Women’s Club also has over 200 members and holds regular events. In academic circles you can follow the British Association for Canadian Studies for information about talks, lectures and events or @Canada_BACS on twitter. The Canada UK Chamber of Commerce offers business networking opportunities and hosts Canadian speakers on a regular basis, such as Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois. And of course if you are on social media you can follow the High Commission on Twitter (@CanadianUK) and facebook (CanadaintheUK). 


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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