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Canada Plus – March 2016

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

Photo - Gordon Campbell

We are all about to enjoy a wave of Canadian talent visiting the UK. Over the next couple of months, some of Canada’s finest performers will arrive on these shores. I just want to be sure that all of our Canada Plus members know what could be in store for them if they book early to avoid disappointment!

Here is a taster: Sadler’s Wells is offering up a trio of key Canadian performances, starting with the UK premier of The 7 Fingers – the Canadian circus performers who the Evening Standard says “own the space where acrobatics meets dance”.  English National Ballet is up next with a triple bill of world premieres by acclaimed female choreographers, Canada’s Aszure Barton among them and National Dance Award winner Crystal Pite rounds out the spring program later in May. In theatre, Quebec playwright Catherine-Anne Toupin’s charged Right Now drama takes to the stage at the Bush Theatre from March 23.

Elsewhere, the BFI Flare film festival this month features 11 Canadian shorts and three full-length features by inspiring Canadian filmmakers and the Barbican Hall will welcome soprano Barbara Hannigan in George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin.

Throw in a long overdue UK tour by folk legend Gordon Lightfoot and – at the other end of the generational spectrum – concert dates for Grimes, who music bible the NME called “the most weird, inventive and enormously exciting pop star we've had in years, and her return can't come quick enough”.

There’s lots there to choose from so in the midst of the referendum debate, take a break and enjoy some Canadian talent. I know I am going to.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 


Margaret MacMillanHistory’s People

Historian Margaret MacMillan was chosen to deliver 2015’s Massey Lectures (named after former Canadian High Commissioner to the UK and Governor General Vincent Massey) on CBC radio. Her essays on the traits of some of history’s greatest and most controversial individuals have now been published as a book, ‘History’s People’. The book is available in the UK and was described as “wise and necessary” by The Sunday Times.

The Student WorldUni-bound?

The Student World Fair returns to Emirates Stadium in London on Saturday March 19th. Come and learn about opportunities to study in Canada. Hear about Canada at one of two presentations, and meet with representatives from the High Commission, Bishop’s University in Quebec and Queen’s and Ryerson Universities – both in Ontario. Free admission.

Canada House Update

The interest in visiting Canada House has not waned, and our tour dates are filling up. If you would like to join our Friday afternoon tours, you can find all the details on tours up to the end of March on the tour page of our website.

Please note that Canada House is closed on Good Friday, March 25 and Easter Monday, March 28.

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Business Brief

Congratulations to UK VFX company Cinesite. With support from the Canadian High Commission, Quebec Government Office in London and Montreal International, the firm is expanding its studio in Montreal to tap into the booming industry’s Canadian offer with a large-scale animation studio investment. The company’s head of animation labelled the 54,000 sq ft facility “a new creative home for the world’s best storytellers, writers, directors and animators”.  The facility is expected to create 500 jobs by 2020.

Consular Corner

Question:  I am a Canadian currently living in the UK, but I am thinking of moving back to Canada. What do I need to consider for a successful move?

Answer:  There are a number of local and federal organisations you may need to consult both here in the UK and in Canada to ensure you can make a smooth transition to living in Canada. You should check with your prospective provincial or territorial medical provider to find out when you will qualify to receive health coverage, you may need medical insurance to cover you until then. You can look at the CIC website for tips on finding work in Canada. If you have studied in the UK and would like to find out about transferring your qualifications, check out UK National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) and The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) as a starting place. If you have any pets to bring with you, these government guidelines will help.

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

Visa Info

Q: I recently graduated in mechanical engineering from a university in London. My personal research has shown that there are employment opportunities in Canada in my field, which is great! Where do I start? How can I move to Canada as a professional engineer?

A: As you have found out, your first step is obviously to perform a good internet search, where you will not only find what vacancies are available in Canada, but also the provincial requirements to become a licensed engineer in each province. Once you decide to take the next step, different routes may be available to you: for example, you may choose to go to Canada temporarily on a work permit or permanently, with a Permanent Resident visa. Why not attend one of our webinars on working in Canada on 17 and 31 March 2016 or look into the International Experience Canada Programme. You could also visit our Canada booth at the next Working International Expo in London (London Job Expo) on 12-13 March to explore your options. You will find that while some work experience is generally required to apply to one of the Canadian immigration programmes, applicants with good education and language abilities normally have excellent prospects. For more information, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Did you Know?

It has been a mild winter in Canada this year mainly due to the effects of El Niño, a warm current coming from the Equatorial Pacific. The coldest place in Canada, however, remains Eureka in Nunavut, with a daily mean temperature of -36.8 C (-34.2 F) in March! As Eureka is a small and remote research base located in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, rather than a tourist destination, most visitors to Canada should not worry too much about such extreme weather!

March Events

Until 6 March ¦ Amaluna
Albert Hall, London ¦ Cirque du Soleil returns to Albert Hall for the 20th year with a production loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

7 - 13 March ¦ Grimes
Various UK venues ¦ Vancouver-born experimental singer/songwriter Grimes performs across the UK during a European tour.

10 March ¦ Art History for Filmmakers
UK ¦ Canadian Gillian McIver’s book studies the complex relationship between painting and cinema.

March 11 – April 10 ¦ Exhibition: Andrew Wright Data Trespass
London Gallery West, London ¦ Andrew Wright’s photos suggest alternative ways of considering and interpreting image and object. For this solo exhibition London Gallery West has commissioned a large-scale photographic work for the glazed façade of the building, depicting extraordinary nocturnal images of the most geo-thermically active place on earth, to be shown alongside new work. The artist will offer an artist’s talk and free tour of the exhibition on March 24.

Until March 12 ¦ Exhibition: Erik Nieminen The Unreal
Albemarle Gallery, London ¦ Nieminen’s paintings present an independent reality, a world that is dependent on our real world yet is separate from it. The scenes that he depicts are usually closely familiar as social types and contemporary spaces, far from the outlandish or the iconic.

14 March ¦ Justin Trudeau’s First 100 Days
UCL, London ¦ UCL’s  Institute of the Americas hosts the annual Canadian Studies Lecture featuring   Professor Chris Kirkey (SUNY) on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's First 100 Days in office. Free admission, 6pm, 51 Gordon Square, room 105.

Canada House leaf15 March ¦ Safer Cities of the Future
Canada House, London ¦ Dr. Allan Bonner researched 100 cities’ emergency plans and has published his findings in Safer Cities of the Future. He will share his recommendations on how to improve emergency management plans, and ultimately, make cities safer. This event is by invitation only but to register your interest in attending please email

Canada House leaf16 March ¦ Virtual Reality at Canada House
Canada House, London ¦ Music and technology feature in an evening of discussion on the latest virtual reality content out of Canada with performances from Canadian artists taking part in London’s Convergence 2016 art + tech festival. This event is by invitation only but to register your interest in attending please email

16 March ¦ Celebrating the Francophoni (site in French) 
The Clapham Grand Theatre, London ¦ Improv skits (in French) by professional actors from Belgium, Canada, France, Québec and Switzerland will help celebrate the Francophonie.

16 – 27 March ¦ BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival
BFI Southbank, London ¦ This year’s festival features 11 short Canadian films and three features, including The Girl King, Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother and Closet Monster.

Until May 7 ¦ Right Now
Bath, London, Edinburgh ¦ Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directs a play by the award-winning Quebecois dramatist Catherine-Anne Toupin that explores one woman’s crisis and darkest desires. At the Theatre Royal Bath, the Bush Theatre London, and the Traverse, Edinburgh.

Until 19 March ¦ Contemporary Visions VI
Beers Contemporary, London ¦ Colleen Heslin joins ten emerging international artists in Beers Contemporary’s sixth annual group show. Colleen’s practice explores crossovers between painting, sculpture, fibers and photography.

19 March ¦ George Benjamin’s Written on Skin
Barbican Hall, London ¦ Under the direction of the composer, Barbara Hannigan reprises role of Agnès, premiered in 2012, in a concert performance of the opera that Le Monde called “the best opera since Wozzeck”.

19 March ¦ Student World Fair
Emirates Stadium, London ¦ The High Commission is joined by representatives from Bishop’s, Queen’s and Ryerson to share what university in Canada has to offer. Free Admission

Until 24 March ¦ Stan Douglas
Victoria Miro Gallery, London ¦ The Secret Agent is a solo exhibition by the celebrated Canadian artist Stan Douglas, featuring the UK premiere of a new multi-screen film installation along with a series of large-scale photographs.

From March 24 ¦ JW-Jones
Various venues across UK ¦ JUNO nominee, singer/guitarist JW-Jones is set to tour the UK in late March and April.

Canada House leafUntil 17 April ¦ Marion Wagschal at the Canada Gallery
Canada Gallery, Canada House ¦ Following her successful retrospective show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal last year, the Canada Gallery is delighted to present Canadian artist Marion Wagschal's first ever exhibition in the UK. Monday-Sunday, 11am-5:45pm.

Until 26 April ¦ Tuniit: Arctic Giants & Ivory Miniatures
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge ¦ An exhibition featuring miniature human figures, polar bears, caribou, walrus and birds created by pre-Inuit people living in the region of present day Igloolik in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The collection originates from a remarkable encounter between local Inuit, French missionary Father Etienne Bazin, and Cambridge trained archaeologist Graham Rowley in the 1930s.

Until May 1 ¦ Susan Caines On Demand Exhibition
Banner Repeater, London ¦ The artist employs inventive methods including collective writing that hijacks characters from popular television series to create a new piece of “textual art” that evolves over the course of the show.

Until 15 May ¦ Electronic Superhighway
Whitechapel Gallery, London ¦ The Whitechapel Gallery’s multimedia exhibition on the impact of technology on art includes the work of Canadian artists Douglas Coupland, Jeremy Bailey and Jon Rafman.

Until 30 May ¦ Hajra Waheed
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead ¦ Hajhra Waheed's first UK solo exhibition expands her project titled Still Against the Sky, with a series of drawings, collages, videos and photo-based works.

Further Ahead

1 - 2 April ¦ TRIPTYQUE
Sadler’s Wells, London ¦ The UK premiere of a programme by the Canadian contemporary circus trailblazers The 7 Fingers. The triple bill for the evening includes collaborations with some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary choreographers: Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada and Marcos Morau.

6 April ¦ ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’: The Power of Youth Networks
Royal Overseas League, London ¦ A panel discussion on how creating an inclusive Commonwealth can ensure young people are involved in social, economic and political decision-making.

13 – 16 April ¦ She Said
Sadler’s Wells, London ¦ English National Ballet presents a triple bill of world premieres that includes works by world-class female choreographers: Aszure Barton (Canada), Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Netherlands) and Yabin Wang (China). Barton creates a piece fuelled by the individuality of the dancers, set to a new score by Mason Bates.

31 May and 1 June ¦ Betroffenheit
Sadler’s Wells, London ¦ The UK premiere of a new choreography by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Crystal Pite.  In this collaborative work with Jonathon Young, Pite touches on themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery through a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance.  The Canadian choreographer was recently presented with the National Dance Award for best modern choreography.


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 ¦ The High Commission is currently hiring an academic relations officer. For more information, go to 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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