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Canada Plus – May 2017

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Canada Plus

A message from the High Commissioner

Janice Charette

If you are visiting the Houses of Parliament here in London in the coming months, you will have a chance to see a signature piece of Canadian history. To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the British North America Act of 1867 has been put on display in the Palace of Westminster, accessible to people who have booked a tour of Parliament.

On March 29, 1867 the Act became law and the idea of Confederation, which began in the Maritimes in 1864 and led to the Charlottetown Conference, in turn led to nationhood.

With a nod of thanks to the authors of the forthcoming Roads to Confederation, The Making of Canada, 1867, I can tell you that in introducing the bill in the House of Lords, Lord Carnarvon stated it was “laying the foundation of a great State”, while Lord Monck, who was to become the first Governor General of our new nation, said it would enable the people of Canada to “choose their future position in the world”.

And as Canadians, we did indeed choose our position in this world. In the 150 years since those words were spoken, we have expanded it to include ten provinces and three territories. Together, we have chosen to create a country that champions diversity, pluralism and inclusiveness; an innovative, globally competitive economy and a country that strives to play a constructive role on the world stage.

This Canada Day, Canadians around the world will be celebrating not just how our country started, but what it has become. Next month, we’ll be sharing the line-up for our Canada Day party in Trafalgar Square – so don’t forget to save the date. 

Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette


A study in success

The annual British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) conference took place at Canada House last month. The theme of this year’s conference was: “A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation”. We welcomed 160 guests from 15 different countries over the course of the three days. High Commissioner Charette opened the conference which featured a number of fascinating panels and discussions. We were delighted to provide BACS members and “Canadianists” the chance to come together to celebrate the study of Canada in the UK and beyond.

Canada 150 tulips

Collage - Canada 150 tulips

Embankment’s Victoria Gardens Canada 150 tulips.

Tim Hortons - Canada HouseBusiness Brief

There were one or two “double-doubles” on offer at Canada House last week for the UK launch of Tim Hortons first outlet, poised to open in Glasgow this month and with a promise of more openings across the UK. Between the Timbits, the donuts and the fresh brewed coffee, the Canadian early morning mainstay proved an early hit with food and drink press here in the UK. Londoners with a love of Tim Hortons need not despair, they will be on hand serving up their very best at our Canada Day festivities.

Consular Corner

As a result of the new requirement for dual nationals to obtain a Canadian passport for travel to Canada, the consular section has experienced a dramatic increase in the volume of passport applications. We anticipate that this extremely high volume will continue throughout 2017. Our processing times have increased significantly, and we now expect most General and Child applications to be processed in approximately 8 weeks rather than the usual 4 weeks, with Simplified Renewal applications expected to take 4-6 weeks.

We are unable to confirm receipt of applications. If you are not submitting your application in person, please send it by traceable mail and refer to the Royal Mail website to confirm that the application has been received at our office. You will be contacted if your application is incomplete or if we require additional information. If your application is complete, you are unlikely to hear from us during the process. If you have submitted a credit card authorization form for payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation when the payment is taken, however this does not necessarily mean that your application has been finalized.

We realize that you may have travel plans and that our longer-than-usual processing times may cause difficulties. If you have an impending travel plan, please send an e-mail to with the subject line “Passport application – travel date”. Please include your full name as it appears on the application form, date of birth, the date the application was submitted along with the Royal Mail tracking number, and the date you plan to travel and we will do our best to accommodate. Please note that passports are printed in Canada, so we would require a minimum notice of 7 business days to finalize your file and get the passport back to you.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am a Canadian citizen (or permanent resident of Canada) and my partner is a British citizen.  I am returning to Canada permanently.  Since my partner is a British citizen he does not need a visa to travel to Canada but does that mean that he can live with me permanently without a visa?

Answer: No.  British citizens require an eTA and are visa-exempt if they are coming to Canada for a temporary purpose such as visiting or studying. Any person who intends to come to Canada to reside permanently must apply for and be granted a permanent resident visa.  To find out if you meet the requirements to sponsor your spouse or partner for immigration to Canada and if they meet the requirements to apply for a permanent resident visa, please consult 'Apply to sponsor your spouse, partner or children'. 

Did You Know?

As a Canadian citizen residing abroad, you may submit an application to sponsor your spouse or partner for immigration to Canada while residing abroad.  However, you must be prepared and ready to return and reside in Canada with your spouse or partner when they become permanent resident.  For more details, visit 'Apply to sponsor your spouse, partner or children',

May Events

Canada House leafCanadian HumouristUntil 27 May ¦ Rodney Graham: Canadian Impressionist
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery is proud to present Rodney Graham: Canadian Impressionist, an exhibition featuring the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

3 May ¦ Michael Winter
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow ¦ Reading and conversation with acclaimed Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer Michael Winter.

4 May – 3 June ¦ Portrait (for a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon
Tenderpixel Gallery, London ¦ Gareth Long joins a group of artists in this exhibition inspired by Walter Tevis’ The Queen’s Gambit, a novel that follows the life of an orphan who is discovered to be a- chess prodigy. The works included are not portraits, but studies, notes in the margins, dog-eared pages and collected Post-it notes towards the idea of a portrait.

5 May ¦ Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce AGM and Lunch
House of Lords, London¦ The business networking organization hosts its 95th AGM and lunch with guest speaker The Hon. Peter MacKay, former Minister of Justice, Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

6 May ¦ Songs in the Key of Cree
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ The UK premiere of Songs in the Key of Cree, a compilation of songs written over the past 30 years by Cree-Canadian playwright and songwriter Tomson Highway. The Cree songs will be sung by Peruvian-Canadian cabaret singer Patricia Cano, with Marcus Ali on saxophone and Tomson Highway on piano.

7 May ¦ International Opera Awards
London Coliseum ¦ Robert Carsen is shortlisted for Director of the Year in the 2017 International Opera Awards.  The annual red-carpet ceremony honours outstanding achievement on stage, backstage and in the pit, with awards including Singer of the Year, Opera Company of the Year and the annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

7 May – 10 June ¦ Reading Patterns
LUX, London ¦ Montreal artist Kim Kielhofner presents two works which explore how an individual’s subjectivity encounters the outside world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a video programme including works of Quebec-based artists Anna Hawkins, Kandis Friesen, Elisabeth Belliveau, Claudie Lévesque, Frances Adair McKenzie and Fréderic Lavoie.

Until 8 May ¦ The Exterminating Angel
The Royal Opera, London¦ Frédéric Antoun, the Quebec-born tenor returns to the Royal Opera House as part of an ensemble cast of world-class singers for the UK premiere of Thomas Adès’ latest opera.

16 May ¦ ‘Made in Canada’
The Slaughtered Lamb, London ¦ A sneak peek at four Canadian bands lined up for The Great Escape festival before they head to Brighton: Youngblood, Port Cities, William Prince and Poor Nameless Boy.

Underbelly17 May – 9 July ¦ Flip Fabrique
Southbank, London ¦ The hit circus act that charmed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer arrives in London for an extended run as part of the Underbelly Festival promising family fun in two shows a day.

18 May - 4 June ¦ The Fitzgeralds
Various UK venues ¦ Fiddling and step-dancing family from the Ottawa Valley, the Fitzgeralds, will perform in small venues across the UK.

18 – 20 May ¦ The Great Escape
Brighton ¦ A huge Canadian lineup of 27 artists are billed for this year’s festival when the Green Door Store will double as “Canada House”. Look out for Hannah Georgas, Mo Kenney, DGS Samurai Champs and many more.

18 – 21 May ¦ Photo London
Somerset House, London ¦ The UK’s flagship showcase of excellence in international photography includes works from Toronto’s Bau-Xi Gallery and features Canadian artists Ed Burtynsky, Jeff Wall, Joshua Jensen-Nagle and Marianna Rothen.

21 May ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup,  London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Holborn.

22 May ¦ London Vandoos
The Volunteer, Baker Street ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

23 – 24 May ¦ Broken Social Scene
London and Manchester ¦ Touring their first album released since 2010 the Canadian indie rock collective perform at Manchester’s Albert Hall and Brixton Academy in London.

23 – 30 May ¦ The Besnard Lakes
Various UK venues ¦ The Montreal indie-rock band celebrates their new EP, The Divine Wind, with a European tour.

24 – 26 May ¦ Rodney Graham and David Carswell
Gateshead, London and Somerset ¦ To mark his new album release, ‘Gondoliers’ and his exhibition at BALTIC, ‘That’s Not Me’, Rodney Graham will offer rare live performances with David Carswell in various UK locations.  Taking in influences from Steve Gunn to King Tuff and Joan Jett, and sounds from shoegaze, to bubblegum metal, country music and the sea shanty, each of Graham’s albums are filled with quotations and homages to other musicians.

25 – 28 May ¦ Bedouin Soundclash
Various UK venues ¦ Power trio Bedouin Soundclash perform their brand of reggae, rock, punk and soul fusion.

26 May – 10 Sept ¦ Canada Through The Lens
British Library, London ¦ Highlights from the British Library’s Canadian photographic collection are on display to celebrate Canada 150. The photos, acquired between 1895 and 1924, show Canada as a young and growing nation.

Further Ahead

Until 3 June ¦ Tentacle Tribe
Various UK venues ¦ Montreal-based dance duo Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund bring their conceptual hip-hop with a contemporary twist to the Breakin Convention tour across the UK.

5 Jun ¦ 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 Pub, Covent Garden.

10 June ¦ John Bell
Broadway House, London ¦ A daylong workshop with Canadian diplomat John Bell and British author-therapist Ivan Tyrrell on the roots of the global political crisis.

10 – 25 June ¦ Origins Festival of First Nations
Various London venues ¦ Canadian highlights at the biannual festival include award-winning throat singer Tanya Tagaq, screening and Q&A with Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and outstanding theatre with HUFF, written and performed by Cliff Cardinal.

14 & 15 June ¦ Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade ¦ Canadians are invited to the Beating Retreat this year, an annual pageant of music and military precision drills, including music, cannons and fireworks. This year includes the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Tickets are available from the Household Division.

16 and 17 June ¦ M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Canadian electronic talents Crystal Castles and young ‘fetish’ rapper and visual artist Tommy Genesis are on the list of ‘outlaw musicians’ performing at the festival curated by M.I.A. 

20, 21 and 25 June ¦ Céline Dion
London, Manchester ¦ The legendary French Canadian singer tours Europe before returning to her residency in Las Vegas.

20 – 26 June ¦ Kiefer Sutherland
Various UK venues ¦ The Canadian actor tours the UK with his band after the release of his first album Down In a Hole.

24 Jun ¦ Canada 150 Canada Day Cruise
Temple Pier, London ¦ The tenth anniversary Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.

Canada House leafI July ¦ Canada Day
Trafalgar Sq, London ¦ Bring a Brit to this very Canadian party in the centre of London with live music, food, drinks and activities for all ages. Sign up on our Facebook page to get the latest updates on what to expect for Canada 150 in the UK.

2 July ¦ Canada Day Garden Party
Reveley Lodge, Bushey Heath, Herts ¦ Celebrate Canada 150 at historic Reveley Lodge, a Victorian Gentleman’s Cottage formerly owned by Canadian artist Albert Ranney Chewett. The afternoon garden party will include demonstrations, live fiddle music, food and beverages and children’s entertainment.

Until July 9 ¦ You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred
Zabludowicz Collection, London ¦ Sara Cwynar, Erin Shirreff and Jeff Wall join a roster of international artists for at this group exhibition featuring artists who use photography as a tool with which to question the boundaries between past and present, the factual and the fictional.

Until 27 Aug ¦ Where the Thunderbird lives: cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America
British Museum, London ¦ The British Museum hosts this exhibition on the history of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit will bring together objects reflecting 10,000 years of rich cultural heritage.


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

Job Opportunities

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