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Canada Plus – May

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellEvery election is important, from local school boards and councils to regional and national contests. On Thursday, the people of the UK have the chance to exercise their right to vote and in so doing, to help shape the future of this country.

This year also marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede by King John. I am delighted that one of Durham Cathedral’s issues of the Magna Carta will tour Canada this summer, including a stop at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg.

I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate this remarkable document and all the principles it embraces than to see voter turnout set new  records – first here in the UK this week and then later this year when Canadians go to the polls.

It is worth noting that as Commonwealth citizens resident here in the UK, Canadians are entitled to vote in Thursday’s general election. I urge anyone who calls this country home to take the time to exercise the democratic right that is the envy of so many around the globe. Every vote does indeed count and every time we vote we should reflect on just how lucky we are.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


‘The Poppies Grow’

HM Queen Elizabeth with the Royal Calgary Highlanders, who earlier paraded at Green Park

This month marks the centenary of Lt-Col John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields. The Canadian physician penned the famous words after the loss of a friend and comrade during the Second Battle of Ypres. Its reference to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers has led to the poppy’s enduring status as a symbol of remembrance.

Canada’s contribution in the First World War was marked in London last month when three Canadian regiments visited as part of a European pilgrimage to remember the Battalions of the 1st Canadian Division who took part in what was to become the Canadian Army’s first Battle Honour of the war at the Battle of St Julien and Kitcheners’ Wood.

Their trip included a reception at Canada House with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who is Colonel-in-Chief of The Calgary Highlanders, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, who is Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s).

Welcome the new Royal arrival

Indeed Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were not the only members of the Royal Family we welcomed in recent days.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed the fourth in the line to the throne with the arrival on May 2 of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be the first in British – and Commonwealth – history to take her place in line for the throne behind her older brother, Prince George after the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act that ended the practice of the male ascending the Throne ahead of females.

If you care to send along your best wishes, Canada House will have a congratulatory baby book available for Canada Plus readers to drop by and sign. Please use the Trafalgar Square entrance and be sure to bring photo identification. The book will be available until Friday, 8 May between 0900-1630hrs.

Lord Stanley’s gift

A bit of hockey trivia for you this month to mark the NHL playoffs. It comes in the form of a picture of the green plaque that marks the spot where Lord Stanley, Earl of Preston and Governor General of the Dominion of Canada stopped off in 1892 to purchase a trophy to present to a champion hockey team. The GH Collis silversmith is long gone, but thanks to the efforts of Canadians, the plaque erected in 2006 at 130 Regent Street marks the spot.

For those yearning for a dose of Hockey Night in Canada, we’ve been told that selected games are being shown at Jetlag bar in Fitzrovia, The Albion in The City and at the The Maple Leaf in Covent Garden.

Chance to win

The Polaris-prize winning contemporary artist and throat singer Tanya Tagaq, appearing at the Village Underground on 19 May, will also give a short performance at Canada House on Friday, 22 May. We have five pairs of tickets to give away to Canada Plus readers. To enter, just sign up a friend to receive our monthly newsletter and send us an email with their details to with Tanya Tagaq in the subject line.

Canada Day plans?

July 1st will be here before you know it. If you are planning a Canadian-themed public event to mark our 148th birthday and you’d like us to tell our readers all about it, then please be sure to send us details before May 20 to

Canada House Update

Canada House tours: Canada House on Trafalgar Square serves as a true showcase of our country in the 21st century and we are keen to share it with our many friends and visitors here in the United Kingdom through upcoming public tours on selected Friday afternoons. To register for the next available tour visit our website.


Business Brief

At the end of this month we’ll see the very first WestJet daily non-stop service from Halifax land in Glasgow. The High Commissioner will join Glaswegian officials to welcome the first passengers in style. The Scotland-bound flight has been given the number WS 30, in honour of St Andrew’s Day on November 30. The journey will take five hours and fifteen minutes. The route is aimed at leisure travellers, but WestJet may consider expanding the summer service or making it year-round depending on the amount of business travelers using the new route.

Consular Corner

Question:  I was born in Quebec in the 1950s and I don’t have a birth certificate. Instead, I have a baptismal certificate. My passport has expired. In attempting to renew, I find that now I must have a birth certificate. How do I get one?

Answer:  If you were born in Quebec and have a birth document – birth or baptismal certificate – issued before 1994, then you will need to update it. Quebec birth certificates are obtained from the Vital Statistic Agency, Directeur de l’état civil. To order your Quebec birth certificate, please follow the instructions on the Directeur de l’état civil website. Once you have obtained this document, it will be possible for you to make your Canadian passport application.

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

May Events

Boy falls from treeUntil 15 May ¦ Jeff Wall
Canada House Gallery, London ¦ Renowned Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s unique large-scale photographs are the first to be featured in our newly-reopened Canada Gallery. Free. Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 5:45. Access through the Pall Mall entrance.

Boy falls from tree (2010)

Until May 17 ¦ Ydessa Hendeles – From her wooden sleep
ICA, London ¦ Ydessa Hendeles is renowned for her large-scale, site-specific curatorial compositions.

6 – 7 May ¦ Barbara Hannigan
Barbican and Milton Court Concert Hall, London ¦ Barbara Hannigan returns to London to conduct and sing with the Britten Sinfonia, offering two evenings of music featuring the Neo-Classical and late romantic repertoire.

8 - 28 May ¦ Miss Caledonia
Various UK venues ¦ Melody Johnson’s comedy about an Ontario farm girl’s quest to become a movie star through entering beauty pageants tours venues in the North.

10 May ¦ Wreath Laying
St Peter’s Church, Petersham ¦ There will be a service and wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Captain George Vancouver at 11:30.

11 May ¦ Patrick Watson
Bush Hall, London ¦ One date only for Montreal-based Patrick Watson, touring his new album ‘Love Songs for Robots’.

12 May ¦Arkells
The Old Blue Last, London ¦ The Ontario rockers play London and Brighton for the Great Escape Festival.

12  May ¦ Building Taller and Bigger in Wood
Canada House, London ¦ Experts from the Canadian Wood Council will talk about the surge in interest and capability of wood design.

12 – 15 May ¦ Andy Shauf
Various, UK ¦ The Regina singer-songwriter is known for his intimate live show, and will be passing through the UK on a tour of Europe.

13 May ¦ Shifting Visions: Collections, Memory and Archives
ICA, London ¦ Curator Karen Alexander chairs a panel discussion in response to From her wooden sleep… by Ydessa Hendeles. Panellists include curator Phillip Larratt-Smith and Mark Sealy, curator of current Photographers' Gallery exhibition Human Rights, Human Wrongs.

14 - 16 May ¦ Canadian Blast
The Green Door Store, Brighton ¦ The Canadian showcase at The Great Escape festival will feature up-and-coming music from Ontario, Nova Scotia and a BreakOut West BBQ with bands from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

14 May ¦ Canadian Cruise on the Thames
London ¦ Join the Canadian Men’s Rugby Sevens team for a fundraising cruise along the Thames with music, Ceasars, and a Canadian goodie bag.

15 May ¦ Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce Golf Day
Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club  ¦ An opportunity to network on the green with members of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce.

16 May ¦ Elijah
Mountain Ash, Wales ¦ The Mountain Ash District Choral Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, featuring Canadian baritone Jason Howard.

18 May ¦ Takacs Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London ¦ Hamelin’s piano playing has been described as producing 'prodigies of sound seemingly without effort'. He joins the Takács quartet in a concert featuring French masterworks.

19 May ¦ Tanya Tagaq
Village Underground, London ¦ The Polaris-prize winning contemporary artist and throat singer returns to London after last year’s amazing performance of Nanook of the North at Southbank.

21 May ¦ Cold Specks
100 Club, London ¦ The Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter performs her most recent album, Neuroplasticity.

27 May ¦ CETA panel discussion
Queen Mary Centre for Commercial Law Studies, London ¦ A panel discussion on the policy and the legalities of the CETA agreement with Arbitrator Sophie Nappert. For more information & registration please contact: LDNAcademic/

31 May ¦ 10th Anniversary of the Trasimeno Music Festival
Wigmore Hall London ¦ Angela Hewitt joins Gerald Finley and the Cremona Quartet to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Trasimeno Music Festival that she started in the Italian Village of Magione.

Further Ahead

1 June ¦ Join Canadian Law Schools Alumni Reception
Canada House¦ Graduates from Canadian law schools are welcome to join the third annual alumni reception. Please RSVP by Friday, May 15 at

4 June ¦ York Alumni Event
Canada House ¦ York University will be hosting an alumni reception at Canada House, on Thursday June 4th, 2015 : Space is limited, please RSVP by Thursday, May 28th.

Until 6 June ¦ Orbits and Occults
Gerald Moore Gallery, London ¦ Suzanne Caines joins contemporary artists from North America and the United Kingdom, in a show that explores the ways in which we navigate complex and ever growing networks of cosmologies.

12 June ¦ Canadian Chief Economists Panel Debate + lunch
Grange City Hotel¦ The annual event is hosted by the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce.

23 June ¦ Shane Koyczan
The Jazz Café, London¦ The Canadian author and spoken word artist returns to London with his album and book ‘Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To’.

June 27 ¦ Canada Day Cruise
London ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group is organizing its 9th cruise on the Thames to celebrate Canada Day. The cruise will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.


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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