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Canada Plus – May and June 2018

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

This month, I thought I would take a moment to convey my gratitude and that of all Canadians for the outpouring of support that we have received in recent weeks here in the UK as we have been faced with two tragedies.

The deaths of 16 young hockey players and team staff from Humboldt, Saskatchewan in a bus crash on April 6 touched the very core of so many Canadian families, mine included. We have all sent our sons and daughters off on buses to far flung tournaments and the thought of these young men who did not make it home has been heartbreaking.

Here at Canada House, we put our sticks out for Humboldt in a show of support, as did many fellow Canadians here and a great many of our UK friends who love hockey as much as we do. It is a small gesture, but one that has touched Canadians everywhere.

More recently, we had to confront the reality of a senseless attack on the streets of Toronto, which claimed 10 lives and injured many more. The kind messages from people across the UK and the wider diplomatic community in London in the aftermath of such a shocking incident have served to remind us that we are not alone in our grief – it is very much appreciated.

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Commonwealth success

It’s not often that we have a chance to host our Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development all at the same time here in London.

Collage - Prime Minister Trudeau in London

But the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that was convened here in the UK presented a unique opportunity to come together. Leaders and ministers gathered to tackle a host of issues shared across the 53-nation organization, including protecting our oceans, ensuring prosperity reaches all corners and plotting a future path for the Commonwealth, which represents more than a third of the world’s population. Prime Minister Trudeau used the visit as a chance to meet his counterparts from around the globe, speak with young Canadians making a difference in the UK across a fascinating range of fields and with LGBTQ activists who are working to ensure the rights of the community are respected across the Commonwealth.

Canada Day 2018 – Over to YOU!

This year, we are hoping to take the Canada Day celebrations straight to YOU! Canada House is not hosting celebrations this July 1st and will be closed for a long weekend, including Sunday, July 1st and Monday, July 2nd. Instead, to mark our 151st year as a country, we are shipping 151 "Canada Day Party Packs" to Canadians across the UK so that you can hang out your Maple Leaf bunting, flags, balloons, cocktail napkins and more and bring the party home to your neighbourhood. To get your red and white Canada Day festivities up and running, just send us your suggestions for a Great Canadian Playlist that we are compiling and the first 151 suggestions will get their packs in the mail in June. Please be sure to send us any snaps from your parties so that we can share them in our next Canada Plus.

Canada House tours

While we are not hosting any Canada Day activities this year, there is still a taste of Canada in the UK to be had. Our ongoing tour program for visiting Canada House will continue into the summer months. If you are interested in visiting Canada House, please check our website for details on upcoming dates and details on how to register to attend a tour. Please note that photo ID is required for all adults and all visitors to Canada House must register in advance.

Canadians Mount the Guard

The Royal Canadian Air Force and the RCAF band, are marking the centenary of the RAF by mounting Her Majesty’s Guard in both London and Windsor in June and July. The dates for London for are June 25, 27, 29 and July 1, 7 and 12. In Windsor, the guard will be mounted on July 9.

Business Brief

Congratulations to Orpyx technologies of Calgary, Canada for their amazing performance at Pitch@Palace. The wearable technology company makes smart shoes that can help diabetics manage and prevent foot ulcers that can lead to amputations. Led by Dr Breanne Everett, Orpyx placed second internationally at the event at St James’ Palace during Commonwealth week, held under the theme “Human Tech – Benefits for Humanity”. 

Consular Corner

Question: I am planning on travelling around Europe this July, starting in the UK then onward to other countries such as France, Germany and Spain. My passport expires in September 2018. Will I be allowed entry into all these countries on my current passport, or should I renew it before I travel?

Answer: Thank you for your enquiry. Please verify the entry requirements for each country you intend to visit to ensure that you meet their entry requirements before travelling. Many countries, such as those in Europe’s “Schengen Zone” of 26 countries on mainland Europe, may have passport validity requirements beyond your planned date of departure from that country. Canadian passport holders must have a minimum of 90 days’ validity remaining on their passports to be granted entry into the Schengen Zone. More information about visiting the Schengen Zone. Detailed travel reports for each country may be found on our travel website,

Please note that the current processing time for a Canadian passport application made in the UK is six weeks, so we would recommend that you apply for your new passport as soon as possible.

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

Visa Info

Question: I have a colleague at my company who is a British citizen. She’s going to Calgary to for a few business meetings with a Canadian company that we’ve been looking to partner with. Does she need any kind of special permit to go to Canada?

Answer: As your colleague is just going to Canada for business meetings, she is likely a business visitor and therefore doesn’t need a work permit to come to Canada. A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada for international business activities without directly entering the Canadian labour market. Examples of this include someone going to Canada to attend business meetings, a conference or a trade show. The main place of business, and the source of income and profits need to be outside of Canada.

As she is a citizen of a visa-exempt country (the United Kingdom), she will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) . Had she been from a visa-required country, she would need to make an application online or through a visa application centre for a visitor visa as a business visitor.

Here is further information on what sort of other activities could require a work permit.

May and June EventsMoose Cow at Fontainbleau

Canada House leafExhibition is closed ¦ Vikky Alexander: The Spoils of the Park
Canada Gallery, London ¦ For her first UK exhibition, Vikky Alexander presents colour photographs and pencil/watercolour drawings that reflect her interest in histories of architecture and design, focusing on locations such as the opulent grounds and interiors of European stately homes, places that speak to desire, aspiration, wealth, class and ideas of belonging. Monday to Saturday, 11am -5:45pm.

May 2 – June 3 ¦ RPR
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian roots-rock group RPR comprising three members of the folk band Tanglefoot play across the UK.

May 9 ¦ Roxanne Bouchard in conversation
Canada House, London ¦ Award-winning author Roxanne Bouchard comes to the UK for the first time to celebrate the first English translation of her work. You can hear her in conversation with journalist Katy Guest at Canada House.

May 10 – 11 ¦ Opera in Space: Liederkreis
The Bussey Building, London ¦ Sylvie Gallant (soprano) and Carl Philippe Gionet (pianist) are joined by Philippe Léonard (photographer, filmmaker) in reimagining Schumann's masterpiece for piano and soprano voice.

May 10 – 12 ¦ Canadian Showcase at Focus Wales music festival
Wrexham, North Wales ¦ Focus Wales’ annual emerging music showcase features 17 Canadian bands including: Indigenous Albertans; nêhiyawak; Quebec‘s Wake Island; and Declan O’Donovan from the Yukon.

May 10 – 26 ¦ Lessons in Love and Violence
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Barbara Hannigan returns to Covent Garden to sing the role of Isabel in the world premiere of George Benjamin’s new collaboration with Martin Crimp.

May 13 ¦ Café Canada
Costa Coffee, Southwark ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Costa Coffee in Southwark.

14 – 15 May ¦ Laila Biali
The Pheasantry, London ¦ The jazz singer-songwriter performs her debut in London at The Pheasantry.

May 15 and 18 ¦ Common Holly
London and Glasgow ¦ Montreal indie-rock band Common Holly embarks on their first European tour, with stops in London and Glasgow. Common Holly puts unpredictable compositional elements into a singer-songwriter/folk framework, packaged in textured, eclectic electro-acoustic production.

May 16 ¦ Lisa LeBlanc
Sebright Arms, London ¦ Montreal singer-guitarist-banjo player and “folk-rock renegade”, Lisa LeBlanc plays London on her latest tour.

May 17 – 19 ¦ Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Old Vic, Bristol ¦ The award-winning Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid returns to the UK for Mayfest after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer.

May 17 – 19 ¦ Canada at The Great Escape
Brighton ¦ Nineteen Canadian bands perform at this year’s 3-day new music festival including Basement Revolver and Peach Pit.

May 18 – 25 ¦ Helena Deland
Various UK venues ¦ Montreal artist Helena Deland brings her self-described “sincere pop” to the UK,  performing at Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival, Dot to Dot Festival and shows in London and Glasgow.

May 20 ¦ Ladies Meetup : Sunday Thames Walk
Canada Water, London ¦ This month the expat women enjoy a Sunday Walk along a quiet part of The Thames.

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

May 24 – 31 ¦ Bryan Adams
Various UK venues ¦ Legendary Canadian rocker Bryan Adams travels around the UK on his “Ultimate Tour 2018”.

May 28 – June 3 ¦ Imaginate – Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
Edinburgh ¦ Two Quebec theatre companies who specialise in work for young audiences come to Edinburgh for the acclaimed Imaginate Festival.  Look out for Ogo by Theatre des Petites Ames and Gretel and Hansel by Le Carrousel.

May 29 – June 2 ¦ Broken Social Scene
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian indie rock music collective Broken Social Scene tour their latest album, Hug of Thunder.

June 1 – 30 ¦ London Festival of Architecture
London ¦ Appearing at this year’s London Festival of Architecture author Hadani Ditmars talks about Vancouver's changing civic, cultural and architectural identities.

June 3 – 14 ¦ Lindi Ortega
Various UK venues ¦ Torontonian country performer Lindi Ortega tours her newly released album Liberty.

June 4 ¦ 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.

June 6 ¦ Lido Pimiento
DIY Space for London ¦ Polaris Music Prize-winning Columbian-Canadian singer songwriter Lido Pimiento is in the UK for one night only.

June 8 ¦ Canadian Chief Economists Panel Debate & Lunch
Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London ¦ The Canada UK Chamber of Commerce hosts their 9th annual Chief Economists Panel with six chief economists from Canadian banks moderated by Reuters UK & Ireland Bureau Chief Guy Faulconbridge.

June 15 ¦ Robin Ince and Chris Hadfield’s Space Shambles
Royal Albert Hall,  London ¦ Canadian astronaut, musician and author Chris Hadfield hosts an evening of science, music, comedy and wonder with special guests at the Royal Albert Hall.

June 20 – July 1 ¦ Edinburgh International Film Festival
Various Edinburgh venues ¦ Canada focus at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, check the programme for details.

June 21 – July 3 ¦ Rufus Wainwright
Various UK venues ¦ The Canadian singer-songwriter starts his UK Summer Tour 2018.

June 22 ¦ Canada Day Warm-up London Vandoos
The Silver Cross, Trafalgar Square ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.  Poutine, chicken wings, Caesars and Canadian beer will be available.

June 30 ¦ 11th Annual Canada Day River Cruise
Temple Pier, London ¦ The eleventh annual Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.

Further Ahead

July 1 ¦ 2018 Annual Canada Day Family Picnic
Hyde Park, Lancaster Gate ¦ Celebrate Canada's national birthday in a family atmosphere in central London in one of the capital's most famous parks. Attendees are encouraged to bring games and a favourite Canadian treat.

July 1 ¦ Canada Day
The Silver Cross, Trafalgar Square, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group hosts a family-friendly, free Canada Day celebration near Trafalgar Square including real poutine, chicken wings, Caesars and Canadian beer.

July 2 ¦ 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.
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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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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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