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Canada Plus – April

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A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon Campbell

While the British are still waiting for the sunshine of spring, many Canadians know not to complain about the chill too loudly, since our friends and relatives back home are still struggling with fierce winter storms and really cold temperatures. Whatever the springtime weather it does seem to be a time when, to paraphrase the great British poet Lord Tennyson, a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Love and a true generosity of spirit often define Canada. We saw it here in London with the launch of We Day UK. We Day is a Canadian initiative and it has already encouraged thousands of young people here in Britain to commit to making the world a better place. However, the British tabloids are now abuzz with another kind of love: the rumoured romance between Rihanna and the Canadian rapper Drake.

It’s not just Rihanna who’s been won over by Drake, the rising star has just finished an incredibly successful UK tour and is in the top ten most popular artists in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Nottingham. In fact, from small venues to arena shows, the UK is alive with the sound of Canadian music.

Last week we were treated to the sounds of trans country singer Rae Spoon, who performed at a celebration for Canadian film at BFI Flare, the LGBT film festival. This month ahead is another great one for Canadian music, from the haunting sounds of Tanya Tagaq’s Inuit throat singing to the psychedelic soul of King Khan and the Shrines and the folk blues of Timber Timbre. Jazz singer Tammy Weis celebrates ten years in the UK with a special show this month and composer Tim Hecker will be creating soundscapes at the Oval Space.

One artist who rose to prominence during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and has since gone viral with his manifesto “To This Day”, which has raised awareness of childhood bullying around the world, Shane Koyczan, will be performing his poems to music here in London as well.

Students visiting for We Day UK, Macdonald HouseEvery one of these artists is doing an important job promoting and defining Canada’s rich cultural tapestry. In fact, every Canadian here is an ambassador for our country. Thanks to all of you for that.

It’s April, and I love London in the spring. I know I do. I just wish it would get here!

Signature - Gordon Campbell
 Gordon Campbell

Photograph: Students visiting for We Day UK, Macdonald House.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper has concluded a visit to Europe during which he visited Ukraine to reaffirm Canada’s strong support for the new government as it tries to restore stability and prosperity. He also condemned Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine and joined the UK and other leaders of the G7 in a summit in The Hague. Canada has imposed travel bans and economic sanctions on Russian and Ukranian individuals responsible for threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine.

Shrove Tuesday

Canadian Forces representatives celebrated Shrove Tuesday by serving pancakes, bacon and maple syrup to pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  With two Canadians in their ranks, and many Chelsea Pensioners having served alongside Canadians, there are close ties between Canada and the Royal Hospital. After sharing some of the Canadian Navy punch Moose Milk together and seeing the traditional moose call performed by Lt. Audrey Rivera, it’s sure to become a regular event.

Collage: Canadian Forces representatives and Chelsea Pensioners

Tiffany Circle

The High Commissioner was pleased to host members of the Tiffany Circle from Canada, the UK and the US. The Tiffany Circle is an organisation of women who have made a significant contribution to the Red Cross. The Honourary Chair of the Tiffany Circle in Canada is Laureen Harper, the wife of the Prime Minister.

Canada House Update

As you may have already noticed, our planned revitalisation of Canada’s longstanding diplomatic home here in London is underway.

We closed the building to the public at the end of February. Overbury, a well-known central London contractor, is carrying out the work to transform Canada House and connect it with the adjacent building at 2-4 Cockspur Street. Together the two buildings will become Canada’s permanent home for all High Commission activities here in the United Kingdom.

We anticipate scaffolding will be erected by the end of April and we intend to wrap it in a decorative cover. Hoardings will also go up around Canada House during the building works.  They will tell the story of our historic links to the United Kingdom. Work is expected to conclude by the end of November 2014.

If you have any questions about the Canada House revitalization work, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email at We’ll do our very best to answer your questions.

Further ahead, there are exciting sponsorship opportunities related to the re-opening of Canada House. Contact Stephanie MacMillan for details at

 Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

A Canadian company is helping create jobs in the UK and advance the use of sustainable wind power for farmers. Endurance Wind Power has just opened a factory in the West Midlands, which is expected to create 100 green jobs. Their turbines are smaller than standard pylons but can create enough energy to power a large farm, hospital or school. In a visit to the factory, UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said “it will unleash new opportunities to export British-made technologies to Europe and beyond. This innovative kit will also help people take energy generation into their own hands.”

Consular Corner

Question: My son is entitled to Canadian citizenship. How do I go about getting it for him? I need to replace my Canadian citizenship and passport documents which were stolen several years ago.

Answer: Information and instructions on how to apply for a certificate of Canadian citizenship for your son are available on the Citizenship page of our website. The page also provides UK-specific information about supporting document requirements, fees and timeframes. You will require the Application for a Citizenship Certificate form (*PDF version, 1.86 MB) CIT 0001. The same form should be used to make your application for a replacement citizenship certificate. Your replacement application may be submitted alongside your son’s application. Once proof of citizenship has been obtained, it will be possible to make Canadian passport applications.

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

April Events

Ongoing ¦ Diefenbaker’s North
Helmsdale, Scotland ¦ The Timespan Museum presents this exhibit on how the local area has changed since the former Canadian PM John Diefenbaker’s ancestors emigrated. A number of special events are planned around the story of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister including a 1950’s Highland Hop Weekend in May.

Until 26 April ¦ Banff Mountain Festival World Tour
Various UK locations ¦ One of the world’s most prestigious mountain festivals showcases a selection of outstanding adventure, exploration and mountain culture films.

Will Murray - Digital print - Your Staff Love FlowersUntil 12 April ¦ Please Boss Remember Me
Vitrine Gallery, London ¦ In his first UK solo show, Will Murray includes his large-scale three-dimensional planar paintings, multiple exposure collages, and recent hand coloured photographic works.

Until 5 July ¦ Edward Adamson and William Kurelek: Two artists of the mind
Bethlem Museum, South London ¦ This exhibit brings together works by Canadian artist William Kurelek, a former patient at the hospital with the work of Edward Adamson, the British man who pioneered art as therapy for those suffering from mental health problems.

Until 26 July ¦ Encountering the Uncharted and Back
Museum of Richmond, Surrey ¦ This exhibition highlights the achievements of three men in the world of exploration: Rear Admiral Henry Lidgbird Ball, Sir Richard Burton and Captain George Vancouver.  Captain Vancouver is best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's north-western Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver are named after him.

4 April ¦ Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North
Southbank Centre, London ¦ Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq is a contemporary performance artist of an ancient art. She will perform a live accompaniment to the 1922 silent docu-drama Nanook of the North.

World Film Locations – Toronto5 April ¦ Book Launch: World Film Locations – Toronto and Vancouver
UCL, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre ¦ The editors of the Toronto and Vancouver editions of World Film Locations discuss the relationship of the cities to cinema.

6 April ¦ Tammy Weis
606 Club, London ¦ The Canadian jazz singer celebrates 10 years in London at the legendary club.

7 April ¦ Admiral Sir William Parker
Fan Museum, London ¦ Andrew and Daphne Joynes deliver a lecture on the life of Admiral Sir William Parker, who explored the coast of Newfoundland with Captain James Cook.

7 April ¦ Expat Meetup Monday Wings Madness
The Hippodrome Casino, London ¦ The meetup group for Canadians in the UK gathers once a month at the Hippodrome Casino for wings night.

9 April ¦ The Future of Tourism
Royal Geographical Society, London ¦ A free event on how travellers and travel companies can improve the world with speakers including Julia Bradbury, Tony Wheeler, the co-founder of Lonely Planet and Canadian entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip.

9 April – 25 August ¦ The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Barbican, London ¦ A collaboration between Maison Jean Paul Gaultier and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, it is the first major exhibition dedicated to the celebrated French designer.

Canada House leaf10 April ¦ Canada House Presents: Walking with the Wounded to the Antarctic
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ Master Corporal Chris Downey who was injured in Afghanistan will be speaking on overcoming adversity, including during his trek to the Antarctic with the Walking With The Wounded team and Prince Harry.  All are welcome to attend to hear this incredible young Canadian’s account of beating personal and team challenges. Email if you would like to come.

11 April – 3 August ¦ McLaren 2014
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling ¦ A project to celebrate the filmmaker, animator and artist Norman McLaren. McLaren was born in Stirling, but went on to co-found the National Film Board of Canada. This celebration, in collaboration with the NFB, lasts from the centenary of his birth to the end of the Commonwealth Games.

14 April ¦ Tim Hecker
Oval Space, London ¦ Exploring the “intersection of noise, dissonance and melody,” Canadian-based composer Tim Hecker performs as part of a double bill of sound art pioneers.

15 April ¦ Phil Bergerson – American Artifacts
Work Gallery, London ¦ In this new series photographer Phil Bergerson tracks his search across the United States in search of the remnants of the “American Dream”.  The exhibition coincides with the launch of his book, bracketed by the writings of Margaret Atwood and Nathan Lyons. Bergerson will be in conversation with photographer and writer Marco Bohr.

16 – 17 April ¦ Timber Timbre
London / Manchester ¦ Canadian folk music trio, Timber Timbre present their inimitable brand of otherworldly blues.

17 – 24 April ¦ King Khan and the Shrines
Various UK locations ¦ Berlin-based Canadian King Khan performs his unique blend of psychedelic soul.

18 April ¦ Shane Koyczan
London ¦ The Canadian poet who rose to fame during the Winter Olympics and has been compared to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell reads from his work, accompanied by music.

Canada House leaf22 April ¦ Canada House Presents: General John de Chastelain
London ¦ Ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June, Steve Paikin, anchor and editor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda, talks to Canada’s former Chief of the Defence Staff, General John de Chastelain. If you are interested in attending this event, send an e-mail to Spaces will be limited.

24 – 26 April British Association of Canadian Studies Conference
London ¦ BACS annual conference begins on Thursday 24 April with an opening keynote by General John de Chastelain, former head of the Canadian military, at Macdonald House, followed by two days of academic papers at the British Library Conference Centre. The theme of the conference is "Warrior or Peacemaker? The Battle over Canada's Identity, 1914-2014."

Further Ahead

May ¦ The Girl who was Saturday Night
UK ¦ Heather O’Neill, the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Lullabies for Little Criminals, praised for ‘her powers of observation, understanding and narrative skills,’ returns with a new novel set in the bohemian quarter of Montreal.

8 November ¦ 2014 Maple Leaf Ball
The Savoy, London ¦ The Maple Leaf Trust has announced the return of the Maple Leaf Ball, a fundraising event for the Canadian community to be held at The Savoy Hotel. Sign up for email updates using the link above.


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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