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Canada Plus – February 2017

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A message from the High Commissioner

Janice Charette

I had planned this month to talk about the many ways that we Canadians in the UK can help celebrate Canada 150 this year, but events in Quebec in late January have given us all reason to pause and reflect.

In one act, that truest of Canadian values - our celebration of diversity - came under attack in the most violent way imaginable and both a community and a country were left reeling. The killing of six innocents as they practiced their faith in a place of worship was a horrific act that shattered the lives of these families.

It serves as a reminder to all of us that the values we consider to be among our national strengths, our ability to embrace our differences, cannot be taken for granted. I was heartened by the response of the Canadian people, and in particular the local community in and around Quebec City, to this tragedy. All of us at the High Commission are also very grateful for the messages of support and condolence that arrived at Canada House from our many friends here in the United Kingdom who hail from all corners of the globe.

As we proceed with the celebration of Canada 150 here in the UK, we will renew our efforts to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong.  We look forward to seeing you.

Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette

Collage - Tulips - Victoria Gardens

Embankment’s Victoria Gardens will feature Canada 150 tulips.


Battle of Vimy Ridge anniversary commemoration

Anyone planning to attend the commemorative event for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France on April 9, will be required to provide certain personal information to register such as full name, email address, date of birth, place of birth, etc. This information will be used by Veterans Affairs Canada and the French authorities to assess your admissibility to the ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Information and the link to the registration can be found at Veterans Affairs Canada’s website.

Rendez-vous 2017 tall ships regatta

You have a chance to celebrate Canada 150 and the great naval traditions of Quebec by sailing on a Tall Ship in a 7,000 nautical mile Transatlantic race, visiting seven countries. Open to all ages, you can choose the vessel you’d like to sail on and which countries and races you’d like to take part in.  No experience necessary just a willingness to have fun and make new friends along the way. Bursaries are available. Visit 'The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta'.

Fiddlers wanted

Reveley Lodge, a listed Victorian house in Bushey near Watford, is planning a Canada Day Garden Party on July 2nd to celebrate Canada 150. The family-friendly event will feature food, talks and entertainment and organizers are currently looking for a Canadian fiddler or a band to add some festive fun to the day. If you are interested in taking part or know of a fiddler who might be, get in touch with

Cambridge Union

High Commissioner Charette addresses students at the Cambridge Union, the world’s oldest debating society.

Business Brief

A leading UK property and construction consultancy has announced its first operations in Canada. Gleeds International is opening up in Calgary, Alberta and plans to focus its expertise on the energy and infrastructure industries. The company said it is confident that the province’s construction industry is set to rally and it will be poised to grow in tandem.

Consular Corner

Question:  I am a Canadian living in London and I got married in Canada last year. I would like to change my passport name to my new married name when it expires. How do I do that? Will I need my marriage license?

Answer:  Since the name you are requesting in your new passport is different from the name in your previous passport, you are not eligible for the Simplified Renewal process. Please complete the Adult Abroad General Application Form * (PDF, 140 KB) and please take special note of the documentation required, including your marriage certificate or other proof of name change.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am a British Citizen and plan to travel to Canada next summer to visit the Rockies. I have heard about the requirement of having an electronic travel authorization (eTA). It apparently costs only $7 CAD to obtain one but it appears that it costs much more when I visit the website. Can you clarify?

Answer: Beware of fraudulent and third-party sites offering services and charging a fee to clients to complete eTA applications. This issue is known to the Government of Canada.  These sites are not operating on behalf of the Government of Canada, and we advise travellers to be cautious in all dealing with companies that claim to offer help in getting an eTA.  We have taken a number of steps to combat these sites.  For example, we have posted information on our website and are using our social media channels to warn travellers about these unauthorized websites.  We have also revised our eTA website data so that the description text that appears in major search engines states that the IRCC site is the sole official website for travellers to apply for an eTA.  As well, we continue to share information with Google about these sites in an effort to prevent them from promoting their services.  Regrettably, websites outside the jurisdiction of Canada pose particular challenges. 

The Government of Canada website,, is the only official place to apply for an eTA, which costs $7 CAD.

February Events

20 Years by Salgado

Canada House leafUntil 28 Feb ¦ Andrew Salgado: TEN
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The opening exhibition in 2017 at the Canada Gallery is a survey of Andrew Salgado’s practice from the last ten years.  His bold, large scale figurative paintings have garnered him a reputation as “one to watch” by influential art critics in both the UK and North America. TEN coincides with the launch of his first monograph, also entitled TEN.

Until 23 Feb ¦ Drake
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian hip-hop superstar Drake tours the UK performing in large venues in London, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham.

Until 26 Feb ¦ Cirque du Soleil
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ The legendary Cirque du Soleil returns to London with Amaluna, their latest production about a mysterious island ruled by goddesses.

1 – 25 Feb ¦ Florilegium
Robecca Hossack Art Gallery, London ¦ Artist Emily Filler’s new exhibition focuses on works on canvas and paper that depict wild flowers and incorporate photographic elements.  The artist has been described as a collector of patterns, colours, images and natural textures and her working process as a ‘painterly collage’. 

3 – 25 Feb ¦ Night Shift: photographs by Jakub Dolejš 
Fitzrovia Gallery, London ¦ Czech-Canadian photographer Jakub Dolejš exhibits recent photographs on the subject of hyperrealism in modern imagery.

8 – 10 Feb ¦ Andy Shauf
London and Manchester ¦ Regina-born singer-songwriter Andy Shauf performs three dates in the UK as part of a wider European tour.

13 – 18 Feb ¦ Tegan and Sara
Various UK venues ¦ Talented twins Tegan and Sara return to the UK with their unique brand of indie pop.

14 Feb ¦ Internationally Trained Lawyers Program info session
Canada House, London ¦ The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law hosts this session on a program that offers an alternative to Canada’s NCA (National Committee on Accreditation) process. 5.30-8.30. For details and to register, please email

15– 22 Feb ¦ Glasgow Film Fest: True North
Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow ¦ The Glasgow Film Festival features a variety of films from Canada in their strand True North: New Canadian Cinema in celebration of Canada 150. Films selected include Angry Inuk, an Inuit perspective on the seal hunt, and A Cool Sound From Hell, a rarely-screened view of hipster Toronto in the 1950s.

16 – 19 Feb ¦ Focus on Quebec Cinema
Institut Francais, London ¦ Cine Lumiere and the Quebec Government office in London present a selection of made-in-Quebec cinema from the likes of Denys Arcand and Xavier Dolan.

18 Feb ¦ ‘Sugar Shack dinner’
The Underground Restaurant  ¦ An underground supper club evening inspired by Canadian sugar shacks serving pea soup, salmon, poutine and other specialities. Dress code: lumberjack shirts, trapper hats and snow shoes. BYO Canadian beverages.

19 Feb ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly café social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Portobello Road.

20 Feb ¦ Talk: 'Magical Realities: Staged authenticity and the Haida People of Canada'
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ A seminar presentation by Dr Jane Lovell of Canterbury Christ Church University about her research surrounding staged authenticity in relation to the Haida People of the Pacific North West Coast. Attendance is free, but you must be registered in advance.

22 Feb ¦ London Vandoos
Draft House, London ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

23 Feb – 27 Aug ¦ Where the Thunderbird lives: cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America
British Museum, London ¦ The British Museum hosts this exhibition on the history of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit will bring together objects reflecting 10,000 years of rich cultural heritage.

24 – 28 Feb ¦ The Dears
Various UK venues ¦ Described as ‘orchestral-pop-noir-romantique’ this Montreal rock’n’roll band tour the UK including Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds and London.

25 Feb ¦ Xenia Pestova and Shawn Mativetsky in concert
St. Catherine’s Church, London ¦ Pianist/keyboardist Xenia Pestova and tabla player Shawn Mativetsky join forces to present eclectic programmes of new music for piano, toy piano, Indian harmonium, and tabla.

27 Feb ¦ Reading: Anita Anand
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ Reading by Quebec writer Anita Anand, author of the short story collection ‘Swing in the House’. Pre-registration is required. 

28 Feb ¦ U of T alumni pub night
Henry’s Café Bar, London ¦ Registration is required for this social pub night event for University of Toronto alumni.

Further Ahead

Until 18 Mar ¦ Abbas Akhavan, variations on a garden
DRAF Studio, London ¦ In this exhibition the artist presents the sculptural installation Study for a Monument, based on his research with the ‘Flora of Iraq’ archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London and living plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

2 Mar ¦ John Ralston Saul
King’s College, London ¦ Canadian thinker John Ralston Saul will be giving a public lecture on The End of Globalism: Citizenship vs. Populism.

3 – 19 Mar ¦ Les Bordéliques: Blind Date
Various UK venues ¦ Former Cirque du Soleil performers use dance, comedy and music to tell their story of three couples who have never met before and the trials of dating in the modern world.

9 Mar ¦ A Canadian Evening in London
White Mustache, London ¦ Perogies, poutine, Caesars and smores by the fire are on the agenda at this event organized by the Canadians in London group.

22 Mar ¦ Match d’improv
Clapham Grand, London¦ Celebrate the Francophonie with this lively improv comedy competition in its fourth year between teams from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Canada and Quebec.


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 ¦ 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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