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Canada Plus – February 2018

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

Today is a special day here in the UK – February 6th marks exactly 100 years since women (albeit they had to be over 30) were given the right to vote in the UK. Full voting rights did not come for women until 1928, but the path was set with the Representation of the People Act of 1918.

In provinces across Canada, the suffrage process happened in large part around the same time – albeit with notable exceptions that excluded many women from voting for decades to come.

Women in Quebec were not granted the vote until 1940, Asian-Canadian women in 1948, the Inuit in 1951 and Canada’s First Nations were finally given their right to vote in 1960.

In many ways, it feels like a world away from where we are today and I am proud that a key aim of Canada’s presidency of the G7 this year is the promotion of gender equality in all as aspects of the agenda.  There is always more to do to empower women and girls to participate equally and fully in the economy and society.

Here at Canada House, we are contributing to this work through a range of special events. Today, we hosted the Orchid Project along with our UK counterparts to raise awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) and later this week, we are hosting what promises to be an inspiring event about the future of women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

There will be much more throughout the year, so do keep in touch with us through our social media channels to find out more.

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Dundee V&A

From Scotland comes news that prominent Canadian artist Ciara Phillips has been commissioned to create a piece for the grand opening of the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s dedicated design museum and the only Victoria & Albert Museum aside from the London original. Phillips, who is based in Glasgow, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2014 and created a World War I commemoration dazzle ship for the 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival that celebrated the role of women in the creation of the marine camouflage technique.

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If 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.

Business Brief

High Commissioner Charette joined forces with Dr Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo to represent Canada at King’s College, London. They took part in a discussion on ‘Future of Universities: UK-Canadian Collaboration’, along with Professor Edward Byrne, Principal and President King’s College London and Dr Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General of The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The group discussion about how collaboration between universities, organizations and governments can support the countries’ national agendas, including around security, prosperity and society, is available as a podcast.

Consular Corner

Question: We are planning a trip home to Canada with our UK-born children. What do we need to do?

Answer:  You will need to have the children’s Canadian citizenship certificate in order to obtain a passport and this can take between four and six months to obtain if you do not already have it. Please don’t delay in applying for citizenship certificates for your UK-born children

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

Visa Info

Question:  What happens if I get a new passport after I received an electronic travel authorization (eTA)?

Answer:  Your eTA is electronically linked to your passport. If you get a new passport, you will need to get a new eTA. Be extra careful when you enter your passport information. If you enter the wrong passport number, you may not be able to board your flight to Canada. The eTA application help guide *(Version PDF, 1.62MB) provides you with detailed instructions on how to enter your passport details.

Did You Know?

Whether you want to find out more about eTA, are experiencing technical difficulty with an eTA or have a question about your eTA in progress, you can contact IRCC to get help. It is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Please go to;
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “contact us” link;
  3. Click on the “Get help with you eTA application” link and follow the instructions.

February EventsGuardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty

Canada House leafUntil February 17 ¦ Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Time Immemorial (You’re Just Mad Because We Got Here First)
Canada 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)

Canada House leafFeb 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. Those not able to join us at Canada House are invited to connect to the event via livestream video.

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

Until Feb 11 ¦ Mo Kenney
Various UK venues ¦ Singer / songwriter Mo Kenney, dubbed “Nova Scotia’s rising star” performs at intimate venues in Scotland and England.

13 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. 6.30-8.30. For details and to register, please email

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 15 ¦ Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal
St John’s Smith Square, London ¦ The  Montreal choir will perform early choral music from New France, including the earliest piece of classical music composed in Canada, as well as music sung in the Abenaki language, along with a contemporary piece by a young  Montreal composer. Maurice-Gaston Du Berger.

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 – 18 ¦ Bozzini Quartet
St John’s Smith Square, London ¦ Making a rare London appearance, the Montreal-based Bozzini Quartet perform two mixed programmes that includes the works of Nono, Claudia Molitor, Aldo Clementi and John Lelys.

Feb 20 ¦ Dead Man Walking
Barbican, London ¦ Canadian Measha Brueggergosman joins Joyce DiDonato for the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s powerful operatic exploration of the US justice system and capital punishment.  Mark Wigglesworth will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in this semi-staged performance which is part of Barbican’s special programme The Art of Change.

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.

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

Until Feb 24 ¦ Magic Loop
Modern Art Gallery, London ¦ For his fifth solo show with Modern Art Gallery, David Altmejd presents a dozen haut-reliefs in which casts of hands seem to be moving plaster around to form figures. In these dynamic pieces, the acts of formation and disintegration become part of the same material loop.

Feb 27 ¦ Louis Lortie
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Louis Lortie returns to Wigmore Hall with a programme that highlights his legendary status as one of the best interpreters of Chopin.  Programme includes the composer’s early and late works with two of Thomas Adès’s glittering Mazurkas.

Further Ahead

March 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.

March 20 ¦ Francophonie : Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes Final
London ¦ The Institut français and Francophonie UK present the national final of the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes, concluding months of French debating competitions involving hundreds of sixth form students from across the UK. This event will be followed by a screening of the documentary Speak-Up (À voix haute) by Stéphane de Freitas.

March 24 – 31 ¦ Port Cities
Various UK venues ¦ The Halifax band, fresh from sweeping 5 awards at Nova Scotia Music Week, tour port cities (and others) in the UK.

improv comedy competition between artists from France, Canada and QuebecMarch 28 ¦ Match d’improv
The Tabernacle, London ¦ Celebrate the 5th lively international fifth edition of an improv comedy competition between artists from France, Canada and Quebec.


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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