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Canada Plus – February

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellWe are now just weeks away from officially reopening our public spaces here at Canada House. It has been a hectic time as we prepare to open our front doors on Trafalgar Square and resume what I hope will be a full calendar of events, talks and networking opportunities. We are all anxious to reopen and welcome both Canadians and our many friends here in the United Kingdom.

This is a momentous time for the Canadian High Commission, one that signals a return home to a historic building that has served Canadians in the UK since 1925.

To mark this event, I would like to invite one of our Canada Plus subscribers and a guest to join us in a special reception to mark the opening, in the afternoon of 19 February. If you would like to join us, please email me a short paragraph on what Canada House means to you, how it inspires you, or what it symbolizes. We will publish the winning entry in next month’s newsletter. Please send your thoughts to with Canada House Opening in the subject line.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


Representing Canada

Once again the High Commissioner has been asked to nominate an outstanding young Canadian in the UK to carry our flag at the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey, in the company of Her Majesty the Queen and other dignitaries. The chosen nominee must be between 15 and 25 years old, and have made a positive contribution to his or her community or be engaged in Commonwealth activities. If you would like to nominate an exceptional candidate (including yourself!), please email with information about why they should carry Canada’s flag. Note, this one has a tight deadline of  Friday, February 6, 2015.

Tea with The Queen

The Canadian High Commission usually receives a small allocation of invitations and tickets to Royal Events such as Her Majesty’s spring Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and Holyrood House in Edinburgh, Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour. Canadian citizens living in or visiting the UK are eligible to apply to attend. If you would like to find out more about these events, please send an email to quoting "Royal Events 2015" in the subject line. The application process for the Garden Parties has now started, and the deadline to apply is on the 20th February. Remember, you can only attend once in your lifetime. The application forms for Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot will be released soon.

Inspiring young Canadians

Three Canadians have been chosen to be among the first recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders award, a prize that recognizes the accomplishments of young people around the world. Congratulations to Aaron Joshua Pinto, Melissa Kargiannakis and Rosimay Venancio, who have demonstrated strong leadership on issues of poverty and education. They will get special training, mentoring and networking opportunities and will travel here to the UK to collect their awards from The Queen.

Canada House Update

Goodbye to Macdonald House and hello to Canada House

We are now just weeks away from the big “reveal” of our new space in Canada House. You’ve been reading about it for months now, so if we’ve managed to pique your interest and you would like to see what it’s all about, we are hosting public tours on Saturday, February 28 to showcase our extensive renovations and a new collection of Canadian art and design. Spaces are limited, so please register on Eventbrite.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

As part of the celebrations around the reopening of Canada House, alumni from all Canadian universities and colleges are invited to attend this reception at Canada House between 6:00 and 8:00p.m. on March 12 to meet with their fellow alumni, and network with other Canadian graduates in the UK. Please email with your name, the institution and the year you graduated, to register your interest.

Consular Corner

Question:   I am a Canadian citizen living in the UK. Am I eligible to vote in the Canadian federal election later this year?

Answer: Any Canadian citizen aged 18 or older who resides abroad may apply to be added to the International Register of Electors and to vote by mail-in special ballot in federal general elections, by-elections and referendums, provided they have at some point resided in Canada. In order to be added to the International Register of Electors, you should get the special ballot application form for Canadians who live abroad. You can get this from the Elections Canada website. It is a good idea to register early! Once you have completed the form, it can be posted or faxed directly to Elections Canada. When an election is called, Elections Canada will then send you a special ballot voting kit by post.

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

February Events

Tree (spiralling upward) - oil on paperUntil 8 March 2015 ¦ From the Forest to the Sea, Emily Carr in British Columbia
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ The first UK exhibition dedicated to Emily Carr, a pioneering modernist painter, has received rave reviews. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is showcasing more than 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939, including a focused selection of her watercolours and sketchbook drawings. The exhibit also highlights the importance of indigenous art as a key influence.

Emily Carr, Tree (spiralling upward), 1932 - 1933, oil on paper.

4 - 8 February ¦ Viet Cong
Various UK venues ¦ This group from Calgary has been described as “one of the best new Canadian bands in quite some time”. They’re touring UK venues before the release of their first full-length album.

Until 8 February ¦ Cirque du Soleil – KooZa
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ The international circus brand returns to the Royal Albert Hall with KooZa, a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil combining acrobatics and clowning.

10 February ¦ Amelia Curran + guests
Servant Jazz Quarters, London ¦ Amelia Curran is a Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Newfoundland.  The National Post describes her music as “a bit like Leonard Cohen being channelled in a dusty saloon by Patsy Cline.” 

12 February ¦ Barbara Hannigan
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Barbara Hanningan returns to London to perform one of her signature pieces, Dutilleux: Correspondances, under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.  Her recording of this song-cycle for soprano & orchestra garnered praise from the critics, who described her singing as simply superb (BBC Music Magazine).

Until 15 February ¦ Pig Girl
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ The controversial award-winning Canadian play Pig Girl gets its European debut on Sunday and Monday nights at the Finborough Theatre.

13 – 15 February ¦ Nightwalks with Teenagers
Bristol ¦ Mammalian Diving Reflex participates in the IBT15 Bristol International Festival with a bespoke project that invites you to take a poignant, rebellious walk on the wild side. Their unique collaboration will challenge local Bristol teenagers to create a performative journey while they guide you deep into their suburbs at night.

23 – 24 February ¦ Consular Clinic
Radisson Blu, Edinburgh ¦ The High Commission’s Consular Section will be holding a passport and citizenship clinic in Edinburgh for Canadians in Scotland. If you would like to make an appointment to submit a passport or citizenship application in person, please contact us with a daytime phone number at with CONSULAR CLINIC in the subject line.

Canada House leaf24 February ¦ Canada House Presents an Evening with Thomas Tait
Canada House, London ¦ Thomas Tait, winner of the prestigious LVMH prize for Young Fashion Designers, comes to Canada House to discuss his work in fashion design, which began in Montreal. To register your interest email

28 February ¦ Canada House Tours
Canada House, London ¦ Canada House has undergone a stunning refit which includes extensive renovations and a new collection of Canadian art and design. We will be giving a limited number of guided tours of the building on Saturday February 28. Sign in here to register.

Further Ahead

Canada House leaf2 March ¦ Canada House Presents Design and Architecture evening
Canada House, London ¦ The designers and architects behind the Canada House Revitalization Project share the story behind the transformation of Canada House and the adjacent building on Cockspur Street into a state-of-the-art chancery that showcases the very best of Canadian art and design. Hosted by the Canadian High Commission and Canada-UK Sustainable Building Network.

3 March ¦ Canada Club Reception
Canada House, London ¦ Nobel Prize-winning Professor Muhammad Yunus will be a guest speaker discussing how companies can benefit families living in poverty.

20 March ¦ Celebrating the Francophonie
Ciné lumière, London ¦ Actors from Belgium, Canada, France, Québec, Switzerland and Tunisia will help celebrate the Francophonie through improv skits around random themes.


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

Job Opportunities

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Closing date: Sunday, 8th February 2015

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