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Canada Plus – March and April 2019

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

This month we mark International Women’s Day. I thought it would be timely to think about how we work to advance gender equality in our day-to-day work at Canada House, and with those we interact with here in the UK. 

Throughout the year, we try to tackle our varied priorities and challenges with an exclusive lens that considers how the decisions we make, the events we host and the people we ask to participate play a part in providing equal access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender. Sometimes that means taking extra time to source a woman to moderate a panel on a traditionally male-dominated subject, timing a discussion so that parents with child care obligations are best able to attend or ensuring that the artists considered for the Canada Gallery are representative of modern, progressive Canada.

We have no shortage of inspiration for our work but we know that we can do more. I would welcome your thoughts on other steps that the team at the High Commission can take to reduce barriers and value different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender, to achieve even more.

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Photo - Dr Donna StricklandScience and Tech excellence

Dr Donna StricklandCanadian excellence in science and technology were out in force last month as we welcomed Nobel Prize Laureate Dr Donna Strickland – one of only three women to be awarded the Nobel prize for physics - to Canada House for the University of Waterloo Innovation Summit. This event featured prominent scientists, researchers and investors interested in knowing more about Canada’s world-leading R&D environment, support for start-ups and opportunities for leading academics to further their work.

Poutine supper club anyone?

Chef Bruno Breillet of Shoreditch-based Bruno’s Bakes & Coffee is holding a series of supper clubs centred on poutine. He is promising a gourmet take on the signature Canadian dish in case there are any Canadians looking for a taste of home in trendy east London.

Business Brief

Canadians set trends for fashion week
Last month, Canada House welcomed eight designers for a London Fashion Week showcase in partnership with Toronto Fashion Incubator. Press from British fashion bibles such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar joined buyers and influencers for this year’s showcase which stressed sustainability and diversity, Indigenous design and also emphasized innovation in the industry through materials and machine-free creations.

Collage - Canada House welcomed eight designers for a London Fashion Week

An evening with Canadian Designers at Canada House”, with DHC Sarah Fountain Smith, Toronto Fashion Incubator Executive Director Susan Langdon, and the eight designers Hania Kuzbari, Vandal, Azure Lazuli, Chloe Angus, Krippit, Angela DeMontigny, Sans Soucie, Ron White Shoes.

Consular Corner

Question: I hear there’s been a change to who can vote in federal elections.  How do I find out more about this?

Answer:  That is correct.  On January 11, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a Canadian elector, living abroad, who has previously resided in Canada, is entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections regardless of how long they have been living abroad.  For more information, please read Information for Canadians Living Abroad.

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

Visa Info

There are many commercial or private websites that offer immigration or citizenship services. Some promote legitimate representatives’ services that you may need to pay for.  But don’t fall prey to websites that guarantee you a visa for Canada. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

A website might be a fake or a scam if:

  • You are asked to pay to access application forms and guides. IRCC only charges fees to process your application – the forms themselves are free.
  • It looks like an official Government of Canada website, but it is not in French and English and does not have the URL or a URL that ends with “”
  • You are asked to provide personal information, financial information or make a deposit before you even start the application process.

Learn more about immigration website scams.

March - April Events

Canada House leafBirds 2019Mar 1 - June 8 ¦ Myfanwy MacLeod: Neighbours
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The first solo UK exhibition by Myfanwy MacLeod presents a selection of recent works alongside maquettes for public commissions. Revealing her process and interest in materiality, scale and meaning, these combine to embody the underlying playful humour of her practice while encompassing her ongoing interest in more profound environmental concerns.

Mar 5 ¦ Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret
artsdepot, London ¦ This scintillating cabaret by trained opera singer and knitting historian Melanie Gall features over a dozen historic knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France.

Mar 10 ¦ Marc-André Hamelin in recital
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The Canadian virtuoso presents a personal programme that includes music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Schumann, Weissenberg, Fauré and Chopin

Mar 10 - 13 ¦ Colter Wall
Various venues, UK ¦ Singer-songwriter Colter Wall from Swift Current, Saskatchewan tours his latest album, Songs of the Plains.

Mar 10 - Apr 19 ¦ Drake
Various venues, UK ¦ The Toronto rapper kicks off his European 'Assassination Vacation' Tour in the UK.

Mar 21 ¦ Pentaèdre and Christoph Prégardien in concert
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ With their prize-winning recording having already received widespread acclaim, the wind ensemble are joined by German tenor Christoph Prégardien for the arrangement of Schubert’s great cycle by the group’s artistic director, Normand Forget.

Mar 21 - 23 at Artsdepot and Mar 29–31 at Cambridge Junction ¦ MINE
Inspired by a real-life mother-son relationship, this live performance uses the computer game Minecraft as a theatrical exploration of gaming obsession.

Mar 21 - 31 ¦ BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival
BFI Southbank, London ¦ Don’t miss the best of queer cinema at this year’s Flare.

Mar 25 ¦ The Strumbellas
Bush Hall, London ¦ Self-described “country, folky band” The Strumbellas tour their latest album, Rattlesnake.

Mar 27 ¦ Tanya Tagaq
The Garage, London ¦ Inuit avant-garde throat-singing artist Tanya Tagaq performs in London following the recent release of her book, the part-fiction, part-memoir Split Tooth.

Mar 27 ¦ Edge of the Knife screening
The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival, Bristol ¦ Celebrating the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages, the RAI Film Festival opens with Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna) – the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language.

Mar 31 ¦ Voicelab Explores: St John Passion - Workshop
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Mary King, former artistic director of Southbank Centre's Voicelab, assisted by Canadian tenor Daniel Auchincloss, guides singers in an exploration of extracts from Bach’s dramatic choral masterpiece.

Meet upApr 1 ¦ Monthly Monday Wing Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Maple Leaf Covent Garden.

Apr 1 - 4 ¦ Rose Cousins
Various venues, UK ¦ Halifax-based folk rock singer-songwriter Rose Cousins performs her Grammy nominated album Natural Conclusion.

Apr 2  ¦ Tim Hecker
Summerhall, Edinburgh ¦ Musician and sound artist Tim Hecker performs from his latest LP, Anoyo, a companion to last year’s album Konoyo.

Apr 4 - 7 ¦ Dan Mangan
Various venues, UK ¦ Award-winning Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Dan Mangan tours his fifth album, More or Less.

Apr 4 - 14 ¦ Le Vent du Nord
Various venues, UK ¦ See the award-winning and highly acclaimed folk music band from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, on their UK tour.

Apr 5 ¦ Jan Lisiecki in concert
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki interprets Grieg’s much-loved Concerto. The programme includes Sibelius Suite, Belshazzar’s Feast and his Symphony No. 5 as well as Arnold Bax’s Tintagel.

Apr 6 - 19 ¦ Shawn Mendes
Various venues, UK ¦ Singer-songwriter and model Shawn Mendes tours his self-titled third studio album.

Apr 9 - 12 ¦ PUP
Various venues, UK ¦ Toronto punk rockers PUP play songs from their latest album, Morbid Stuff.

April 11 - 12 ¦ International Draft Works 2019
Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London ¦ The National Ballet of Canada joins the Royal Ballet in an international showcase of emerging choreographic talent and trends. The programme includes choreography still in the making alongside fully-fledged works.

Apr 12, 13, 16 ¦ Jeremy Dutcher
Various venues, Wales and Scotland ¦ Polaris-prizewinning indigenous musician Jeremy Dutcher blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots with pop and classical influences on his debut release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.

Apr 18 - 27 ¦ Monster Truck
Various venues, UK ¦ Hamilton, Ontario rock band Monster Truck tour their latest album, True Rockers.

Apr 21 - 25 ¦ Rufus Wainwright
Various venues, UK ¦ The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter hits the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album, All These Poses.

O2 Academy 2, London ¦ Montreal rockers THE DAMN TRUTH play one night in London with their newest full-length album, Devilish Folk.

Apr 24 - 27 ¦ Canada Now
Curzon Soho, London ¦ A showcase of film from the past year celebrating the diversity of Canadian cinema.

Apr 28  ¦ Louis Lortie in recital
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The French-Canadian pianist celebrates his 60th birthday this year with a recital dedicated to Lizst and his Années de pèlerinage.

Apr 29 - May 9 ¦ Daniel Romano
Various venues, UK ¦ Producer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and graphic designer Daniel Romano tours his latest album, Finally Free.

Until May 6 ¦ Anna Boghiguian
Tate St. Ives ¦ Egyptian-Canadian artist Anna Boghiguian's first retrospective in the UK features work that comments on global trade, mass migration, colonialism and war.

Until May 12 ¦ Is This Tomorrow?
Whitechapel Gallery ¦ Creative practitioners from around the world, including Canada's Kapwani Kiwanga, are brought together for Whitechapel Gallery's headline exhibition Is This Tomorrow?

May 16 ¦ Maple Leaf Ball
Natural History Museum, London ¦ The fundraising gala with a distinctly Canadian twist returns to the calendar. Save the date for this exciting evening event in May.

Until May 27 ¦ Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2
This exhibition showcases queer acts of resistance from history to the present and includes work from several talented Canadian artists.

Further Ahead

Canada House leafJun 2, 9 ¦ Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour, or HM the Queen’s Birthday Parade, takes place in June of each year. Canadians are allocated a limited number of spaces to the Parade itself and the full dress rehearsal Parade reviewed for HRH The Duke of York, taking place the weekend beforehand. Please see the Royal Events calendar on our website for more information and a link to the sign up form.

June 7 - 23 ¦ Barbara Hannigan at The Aldeburgh Festival
Snape Maltings, Suffolk ¦ Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is one of the Artists in Residence at the festival, along with composer Thomas Larcher and tenor Mark Padmore. Hannigan will curate concerts in the final week, performing four events with the Ludwig Orchestra from the Netherlands.


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

Job Opportunities

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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