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Canada Plus – May and June 2019

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

It feels like summer is right around the corner. Before we jump into summer festivities, I would like to share with you some of my most memorable Canada House moments of the past months.

In March, I had the immense honour of welcoming Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada House to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The event offered us the chance to showcase the many talented young Canadian men and women who call the UK home (at least temporarily)!

As April came along, we learned that the Canadian-produced musical Come From Away was nominated for nine Olivier Awards. The show won four of these awards, including Best New Musical! Canada House had the opportunity to congratulate the producers of the show in person and take a close look at the Olivier Award statuette, which is really heavy – let me tell you!

In June, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Canada’s key role in the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy will be marked by a series of commemorative events in the UK, France and at home. For the 14,000 Canadians who were involved in the June 6 battle, for those who lost their lives or were wounded, and for their families and descendants, we will continue to gather, remember and be deeply grateful.

Of course, June also leads us to our Canada Day festivities on July 1. To celebrate our country’s 152nd birthday, we are shipping Canada Day party packs to Canadians across the UK so that you can hang out maple leaf flags, balloons, cocktail napkins and more. Check out the section on Canada Day Party Packs below to find out how you can bring the party home to your neighbourhood. I wish you all, in advance, a happy Canada Day!

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette

 Congratulating the producers of the show in person and take a close look at the Olivier Award statuette

A close look at the Olivier Award statuette


The Duke and Duchess of SussexRoyal Visit

On March 11, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an event at Canada House to mark Commonwealth Day 2019. The event celebrated the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses had the opportunity to talk to groups of young Canadians from a wide range of sectors including fashion, the arts, business and academia. The Duke and Duchess also met young people who demonstrated the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy in a “Cabane à sucre”, and watched a performance by the Inuit singer Riit.

Women Deliver

On Monday, April 8, Canada House co-hosted an event with the President and CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iversen, to raise the profile of Women Deliver in the UK, promote the 2019 Conference in Vancouver and mobilize support for gender equality. The event reflected the 2019 Conference theme of Power and included a panel discussion on The Power Of Partnerships followed by a networking reception. Over 150 guests attended, representing London’s rich diversity of stakeholders working in gender equality, including NGOs, non-profits, academic institutions, media and diplomats. The event was live streamed on Facebook and Twitter, reaching an even larger audience, with over 1,400 combined views and 390 interactions (likes, shares, comments, clicks). The event hashtag, #WomenDeliverLDN, generated significant traffic on Twitter, reaching over 570,000 users.

Here’s a snapshot of what happened!

Giving Back to the Neighbourhood

On 1 May, High Commissioner Janice Charette, Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Fountain Smith, and a group of High Commission staff crossed Trafalgar Square and visited The Connection at St-Martin-in-the-Fields to mark the donation of £1,767 as part of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign 2018. The Connection is one of London’s leading homelessness charities, and was chosen to be the High Commission’s local charity partner for this year’s campaign in a staff poll, in recognition of the invaluable work that The Connection does to help some of the most disadvantaged in the High Commission’s own neighbourhood, as well as in keeping alive the memory of Christine Archibald, a Canadian social worker who tragically lost her life in the London Bridge terror attack on June 3, 2017.

Canada Day Party Packs!

Want to celebrate Canada Day with your friends and family in the UK? We’ll be giving away 152 Party Packs to help you mark this July 1st. Be one of the first 152 people to email us with your favorite thing about summer in Canada, as well as your full name and UK residential address, at and we’ll send you a few things to get your party going. Don’t miss out!

Business Brief

WestJet at Canada House

WestJet introduced the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet with an inaugural flight from Calgary to London Gatwick on April 29th.  Flight WS1 also carried tribal chiefs from Alberta’s First Nations and representatives of Indigenous tourism companies. Unique and diverse travel experiences for visitors to Canada were showcased at a travel industry gathering that evening, and discussed at an industry panel event on April 30th at Canada House.  For more information on Indigenous travel in Canada.

Tribal chiefs from Alberta’s First Nations

Tribal chiefs from Alberta’s First Nations

Consular Corner

Traveling with Children

With the summer holiday season approaching, we often see an increase in the number of children travelling with a non-parent guardian or solely with one parent. We strongly recommend that the person travelling with a minor child be in possession of a consent letter from the legal guardian(s) to make entry and exit from one country to another easier. Additional information and examples of letters.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am British and planning to travel to Canada this summer. Should I apply for my Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) at the same time as I buy my plane ticket?

Answer: In the world of immigration, earlier is better!  You should also apply for and obtain an eTA before you purchase your plane ticket to Canada.  Most eTAs are issued in a matter of minutes.  In some cases, however, applications require further review.  If you have previously reported a lost a passport, have a criminal record, or have a previous immigration history in Canada, your application may take longer to process. This is why applying early is always the safest idea. Find more information on eTAs.

Did you know?

Despite its name, the Canada goose (Branta Canadensis) is a very common bird in the UK. It was introduced in Britain in the late 17th century as an addition to King James II's waterfowl collection in St. James's Park. Most Canada geese that you now see in the UK and Ireland are resident birds, not migratory.

May and June Events

May 3—June 2  ¦ Brighton Fringe Festival
Various Venues, Brighton ¦ The largest annual arts festival in England showcases a diverse range of shows, performances and artists from across the world, with several Canadians featured in this year’s lineup.

May 12—14 ¦  Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra's 50th Anniversary European Tour
Cambridge and London ¦ Canada’s NAC Orchestra kicks off its 50th Anniversary European Tour in the UK led by renowned British Music Director Alexander Shelley. The orchestra offers a dazzling programme, with UK stops at Saffron Hall in Cambridge on May 12 and at Cadogan Hall in London on May 14.Maple Leaf Ball

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 support of the Veteran's Support Committee and the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund.

May 16  ¦ Out-Spoken
Southbank Centre, London ¦ Singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan and Latin-infused jazz collective Cloudsley join poets Raymond Antrobus, Inua Ellams and Rebecca Tamás for the first of a new collaborative series with spoken word and music.

Meet upMay 18 ¦ Café Canada
Southwark, London ¦ Meet with fellow expat Canadians and enjoy a Saturday afternoon brew during The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group’s monthly coffee social at Costa Coffee in Southwark. Board games or other items you feel will add to the atmosphere are welcome.

Meet upJune 3 ¦ 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.

Canada House leafImage: The Birds (2008)Until 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. 

Image: The Birds (2008)

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.

Border Crossings - ORIGINSJune 11—23  ¦ Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival
Various venues, London ¦ The ORIGINS Festival of First Nations includes several works that focus on Canadian Indigenous identities. Artists and activists from across the world converge in London for two weeks in a celebration of cultural resistance, environmentalism and spiritual tradition.

Canada House leafStarting June 21 ¦ Sonny Assu: A Radical Mixing
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ From sci-fi to superheroes, Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Curated by The Baldwin and a part of Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival.

Image: Detail - Gibbs Fjord Iceberg

Meet upJune 29 ¦ Annual Canada Day River Cruise
Temple Pier, London ¦ The annual Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.

June 29—30 ¦ Grand Celebration of 25 years of Teaching and Learning at The Bader International Study Centre
Bader International Study Centre, East Sussex ¦ This year, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) marks its 25th anniversary. Celebrations will be taking place over the Canada Day weekend, with all Castle and Queen’s alumni and their families invited to attend.

Meet upMeet upJune 30 ¦ 2019 Annual Canada Day Family Picnic
Hyde Park, London ¦ 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.

Further Ahead

July 6 ¦ Atmospheric Memory at Manchester International Festival
Science and Industry Museum, Manchester ¦ The immersive audio-visual installation Atmospheric Memory, a major new commission by the Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, will be unveiled at the Science and Industry Museum as part of the 2019 Manchester International Festival.

August 17–26 ¦ Harlow Campus 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration
Old Harlow, Essex ¦ Anyone with a connection to Memorial University’s Harlow Campus is invited to join in celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Join in commemorating a half-century of learning, discovery, adventure and friendship in the UK.

For more great arts & culture listings, see our Culture Canada site!


The High Commission works with partners in Canada and the UK to develop exhibitions, talks and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. 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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