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Canada Plus – June

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Canada Plus

A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon Campbell

The summer season is well underway here in London and it seems that there are more and more occasions to tempt us all. From every walk of life, Canada continues to export some of our very best talent to these shores and it is a pleasure to both welcome them here and to let you know what they are up to.

We have just had a visit from Linda Spalding, winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, here to talk about her work at both the Charleston and Hay literary festivals.

And a scan through our upcoming events listed here each month reveals just how deep the pool of Canadian talent runs. Later in June, you might find yourself at Glastonbury enjoying chart-topping Canadian singer Kiesza or Arcade Fire. Closer to London, history meets music when the Canadian Women’s Club hosts Dr. Christian Lloyd, from the Bader International Study Centre, to hear about  his research into the private life of Jimi Hendrix during his time in London. On the business side, you’ll find the chief economists from Canada’s six biggest banks sharing a stage to debate their respective forecasts for both the domestic and international economies.

June also sees a number of ministers visiting us here in London. Foreign Minister Baird will play a vital role as Foreign Secretary William Hague convenes the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict along with co-chair Angelina Jolie. Employment Minister Jason Kenney will be here to receive the first Disraeli Award presented by the Policy Exchange think tank and Finance Minister Joe Oliver will also be visiting the UK before the month is over to discuss Canada’s vibrant and growing economy.

Of course, June leads us ever closer to our Canada Day celebrations on July 1st. Check out our special Canada Day listings section below to find the party that’s right for you. While events this year do not include the large-scale celebrations in Trafalgar Square that we have seen in the past, we are not ones to let the occasion slip by.

I will be welcoming Canada Plus readers to join me and the High Commission staff at an open house in the Official Residence at Macdonald House in Grosvenor Square on the afternoon of July 1st. We will have some displays and some photos showing what’s happening at Canada House as we go through this busy year of renovations. I hope you can stop by between 3-6pm for an informal birthday celebration complete with cake and birthday treats (details of how to register your interest are listed below).

Even if you cannot join us this year, feel free to send us some quintessentially Canadian snapshots of your day. I’d love to include them in July’s Canada Plus.

Next year we’ll be back celebrating at Canada House on Trafalgar Square – and I’ll share more about those plans in the months ahead.

Signature - Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell

Canada Remembers

PoppiesCanada’s key role in the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day will be marked with a series of commemorations in France and at home in the coming days. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is among the heads of government and heads of state, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. They will be joined by veterans and their families from across Canada. The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, will meet veterans and serving members of the Regiment and afterwards tour the Juno Beach Centre.

Don Cooper, President of the Juno Beach Centre Association, said of the planned ceremonies: “We continue to honour their service and to commemorate Canada’s contribution during the Second World War.”

The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, The Parachute Regiment, will attend a commemorative parachute drop by members of the British, American, French and Canadian Armed Forces and also attend a memorial to commemorate the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.


Busy Scottish Beavers

After 400 years, beavers have been re-introduced to the natural environment in the UK. A project in Scotland has created a sanctuary for the animals, which were prized in the 17th Century for their fur to make top hats. When they had been hunted to extinction in the UK a trade route with Canada became a priority, and developed quickly. We are now pleased to welcome the beaver back to Britain. Learn more about this conservation project for the Scottish beaver.

Air Canada takes flight

From June 18 Air Canada will be moving from Heathrow Terminal 3 to the newly renovated Terminal 2. Check-in will be in Zone A. If you are travelling with Air Canada in June, it’s best to double check the time with the airline in case there are any disruptions during the move.

Footy For Food

Canadian Richard Loat has started an organisation in the UK for communities to contribute to local food banks by playing football, following the success of a similar program in Canada. Find out about their upcoming tour around the UK.

Business Brief

With the Farnborough International Airshow scheduled for July 14-20, more than 100 Canadian aerospace companies are preparing to descend on the UK to attend the premier aerospace event of the year. Canada’s aerospace industry is ranked 5th amongst OECD countries in terms of revenue and contribution to GDP. With 80% of aerospace production exported annually, Canadian firms are active participants at the Farnborough International Airshow where they are recognized as suppliers of choice and innovation partners for many international companies. With Canada and the UK both sharing a long tradition in the aerospace sector, firms from the UK and Canada have been setting-up across the Atlantic to grow into global leaders. Canadian firms such as Bombardier, Magellan and CAE are all active members of the UK aerospace industry. Similarly, UK firms such as Rolls-Royce have recognized Canada as a destination for business growth.  Have an interest in aerospace?  Farnborough isn’t just a trade show. The public are welcome to attend and take part in the showcase on July 19 and 20th.Canada House Update

Collage - Canada House, 2013 and 2014

This month, a picture is worth a thousand Canada House Updates – yes, the scaffolding is underway as the project moves ever-closer to returning the Canadian High Commission to our historic home on Trafalgar Square.

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

Drawing - Canada House

Consular Corner

Question: I was born in Canada but moved to the UK 10 years ago. Can I vote in the next federal election in 2015?

Answer: Yes, Elections Canada has recently eliminated the five-year rule for Canadian electors residing abroad. Now, Canadian citizens aged 18 or older who reside abroad may apply to be added to the International Register of Electors and to vote by mail-in special ballot in federal general elections, by-elections and referendums, provided they have at some point resided in Canada. For more information visit Elections Canada.

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

June Events

3 June and 27 – 29 June ¦ Kiesza
London / Glastonbury ¦ Fresh from chart-topping success with “Hideaway” and her recently-released cover of “What Is Love”, Kiesza tours Europe and plays Glastonbury.

6, 7 and 27 June and 3  July ¦ Arcade Fire
London / Glastonbury ¦ The Montreal mega-band returns to the UK playing music from their fourth album, Reflektor.

7 – 8 June and 15 – 16 June ¦ All Nations Volleyball Tournament
Beckton, London ¦ Canadian women volleyball players living in London are looking for a cheering chorus of fellow Canadians as they compete in this All Nations tournament, the largest held in the UK.

10 June ¦ Exporting to Canada
Online ¦ The Canadian High Commission and UK Trade and Investment network are hosting this free webinar for UK companies considering exporting to Canada.

11 June ¦ Cold Specks
London ¦ UK-based Canadian Al Spx, sings and plays guitar in this band with musical influences from the Deep South.

11 June ¦ Evening in recognition of Sri Lankan survivors
London ¦ On the occasion of the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the High Commission will host an evening of recognition of the Sri Lankan survivors of sexual violence. Moderated by the BBC’s Jenni Murray, guests including Bianca Jagger and M.I.A. will read short excerpts from “An Unfinished War”. For more information, please email

13 June ¦ Canadian Chief Economists Panel Debate and Lunch
London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts its 5th panel debate and lunch with chief economists. There will be experts from TD Bank, Scotiabank, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and Royal Bank of Canada attending.

16 – 27 June ¦ Vancouver Police Pipe Band
London and Windsor ¦ The Vancouver Police Pipe Band celebrates its centenary with performances at the Beating the Retreat and supporting the changing of the Guard at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

18 June ¦ Hendrix at Home
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ The Canadian Women’s Club presents this talk by Dr. Christian Lloyd, from the Bader International Study Centre run by Queen’s University. Dr. Lloyd will share his research into the private life of Jimi Hendrix while he was living in London.

18 June ¦ New Issues and Responses in Cyber Security
London ¦ A breakfast panel debate on cyber security to highlight new threats, trends, issues and responses, with guest speakers from the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance at the Cabinet Office, Pharos Security and CGI.

18 June – 12 July ¦ East of Berlin
Southwark Playhouse, London ¦ Hannah Moscovitch’s play is described as a gripping memory about redemption from the sins of our fathers. It was nominated for a Governor General Award, and toured nationally to critical acclaim.

Until 29 June ¦ Moyra Davey
Camden Arts Centre, London ¦ Moyra Davey’s exhibition of recent work includes four videos that explore her investigations into text and her interest in literary and philosophical figures.

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.

Until September ¦ Let The Right One In
Apollo Theatre, London ¦ Montreal-born producer Marla Rubin’s current stage production marks the National Theatre of Scotland’s West End debut.   Based on the Swedish novel and cult-hit film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, it is described as a chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend.

Canada Day Celebrations

Canada House leafJuly 1 ¦ Canada Day Open House
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ The High Commission will host a reception at the Official Residence. Please note that registration for this event has now closed.

June 28 ¦ Castle Canada Day
Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex ¦ Queen’s University invites Canadians and friends of Canada to celebrate Canada Day at their very own castle in the UK. Events include road hockey and there is the chance to enjoy Canadian beer, listen to live music, and relax with friends.

June 29 ¦ Canada Day Cruzes
London ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group is organizing its 8th cruise on the Thames to celebrate Canada Day. The adult cruise will be held on Sunday, June 29th from 3:00 – 7:00.

July 1 ¦ Pop-Up Canada Day London
The Two Chairmen Pub, London ¦ The Pop-Up Canada UK crew are organising this Canada Day celebration with poutine, music and Canadian beer at a pub near Trafalgar Square. Tickets are available in advance.

Canada Day at Vimy Ridge
France ¦ Tour company Spirit of Remembrance is organising an historic Canada Day battleground tour to Vimy Ridge and Ypres which will start and finish in London.

Further Ahead

3 / 12 July ¦ British Summer Time
Hyde Park, London ¦ Arcade Fire perform on July 3, followed by Neil Young and his band on the bill with fellow Canadians Half Moon Run on July 12.

Canada House leaf14 – 19 July ¦ Mounting of the Guard
London ¦ The Royal 22nd Regiment from the Canadian Army (fondly known as the VanDoos) are famously Canada’s first French Canadian regiment formed in 1914 at the outbreak of WWI. It has since fought side by side with the British Army in conflicts around the world. As part of a centennial celebration, they will be re-enacting a period in 1940 when they mounted the Queen’s Guard. They will once again mount the Queen’s Guard on 14, 16 and 18 July at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Tower of London. The public is welcome to view this very special event, starting from 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14th at Buckingham Palace, where orders will be given in French for the first time since 1940!

18 – 27 July ¦ Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland ¦ Canadian acts featured in this year’s Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival include Layla Zoe, Cyndi Cain, and Badbadnotgood. There will also be a special event dedicated to the work of jazz great Oscar Peterson featuring bassist and member of the Order of Canada, Dave Young.

23 July – 3 August ¦ Commonwealth Games
Glasgow, Scotland ¦ Two hundred Canadians will be taking on the finest athletes from around the Commonwealth. Cheer on Canada as they compete in 17 sports including swimming, cycling, gymnastics and rugby.

28 – 31 October ¦ Le Patin Libre – Vertical Influences
Alexandra Palace, London ¦ The prize-winning troupe is known for its revolutionary ice skating. They perform this double bill commissioned for Sadler’s Wells’s Dance Umbrella.

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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