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Canada Plus – June

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A message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellThis month will see Her Majesty The Queen travel to Runnymede on June 15 to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John.

As the year-long celebration of this remarkable document continues – complete with a tour to Canada for an issue of the Magna Carta held by Durham Cathedral – it is a chance to reflect on the foundation for democracy that was laid in 1215. It was by no means a flawless document, but at its core were two values that continue to define both Canada and the United Kingdom - justice and freedom.

As we look ahead to marking Canada’s 148th birthday in a few weeks, Canada Day is a chance to celebrate our country’s many successes, not least of all our commitment to upholding those very principles laid down in the Great Charter.

I hope some of you will have a chance to join me at Canada House on July 1st.  I’ll be hosting an open house from 11am-4pm, so please do register and stop by to enjoy some cake and juice and a chance to tour some of our new spaces. Also, be sure to check out the listings below to find out about other celebrations happening around the UK should they strike your patriotic fancy!

Hope to see you soon,

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


Canada Gallery welcomes Ian Wallace

In the Studio (Le Livre)British-born and Vancouver-based, Ian Wallace has been an influential figure in contemporary art in Canada and abroad for the last five decades. He is recognized for the leading role he has played in the development of an internationally renowned photographic and conceptual art practice in Vancouver since the 1960s.

Wallace’s exhibition, entitled, Tabula Rasa, is curated by Kathleen Ritter and brings together nine highly representative works made over the course of the artist’s career. The exhibit runs through until 25 July and the gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11am – 5:45.

The Canada Gallery’s ongoing program is generously supported by our Principal Sponsor - Dahdaleh Foundation, chaired by Victor Phillip Dahdaleh. This exhibit is also supported by Ian Wallace’s gallery, Hauser & Wirth.

In the Studio (Le Livre), 1993 / 2008

Toronto Homecoming

This annual Toronto event scheduled for October is targeted at connecting local employers with Canadian professionals interested in returning home. The deadline to apply is June 15. Find out more: Toronto Homecoming.

Chance to win

A new musical with deep Canadian roots is now playing at the Drayton Arms Theatre in South Kensington. The Theory of Relativity runs from 26 May - 13 June and the producers are offering Canada Plus subscribers the chance to win two tickets for the June 9th performance. To enter, please sign up a friend to receive our monthly newsletter and send us an email with the subject line “Theory”.

Audiences are in for a treat as the production not only includes Canadian producers, composers and performers, but the show was developed by the Canadian Musical Theatre Project at Sheridan College in Ontario.

Photo - James EhnesAdditionally, we are delighted to be able to offer two pairs of tickets to see Canadian virtuoso violinist James Ehnes performing with the London Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, 7 June at the Barbican as part of the LSO International Violin Festival. Again, to enter, please sign up a friend to receive Canada Plus and send us an email with the subject line “Violin”.

Canada House Update

In addition to our Canada Day open house, we continue to offer public tours on selected Friday afternoons in our ongoing effort to welcome our many friends and visitors here in the United Kingdom into Canada House.

Register for the next available tour.


Business Brief

The Clipper Round the World yacht race, which last year was won by a team led by Canadian skipper Eric Holden, has just got a new Canadian connection. PRAXES Medical Group is providing global emergency medical support for the race, and is the only Canadian sponsor of the overall event. In a new joint venture PRAXES and Clipper Ventures have created ClipperTelemed+, the first team of its kind in the race. Because it’s a Canadian company, there is expected to be a large Canadian contingent on the crew, testing their skills in the world’s longest ocean race.

Consular Corner

Question: I am a Canadian citizen living and working in the UK. My British husband and I recently welcomed our first baby, born in London last year. Can you advise me how I would register my daughter as a Canadian citizen?

Answer: Generally speaking, if you were born in Canada or you naturalized in Canada, your child will have an automatic claim to Canadian citizenship. For more information go to eligibility for Canadian citizenship and for application information go to child’s proof of Canadian citizenship from the UK. Once you have obtained her citizenship document, you may wish to apply for a Canadian passport for her. If you have any further questions about citizenship or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us again at

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

June Events

1 – 30 June ¦ Canadian Indigenous Contemporary Art
81 Charlotte St, London ¦ London’s first exhibition exclusively featuring work by Indigenous artists from Saskatchewan.

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 to

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.

7 June ¦ LSO International Violin Festival – James Ehnes
Barbican Hall, London ¦ The LSO’s International Violin Festival brings together twelve superstars of the violin world for a series of orchestral concerts. The Canadian virtuoso performs a romantic score premiered by Jascha Heifetz in 1947: Korngold’s violin concerto. (See News for your chance to win two tickets).

8 June ¦ 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/

8 June ¦ The North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA)
UCL Institute of the Americas ¦ University College London welcomes Professor Earl Fry from Brigham Young University for this talk on 'Prospects for an Expanded NAFTA and the Creation of a NAFTA-EU Trade and Investment Partnership'. To attend please contact Dr Tony McCulloch -

8 – 21 June ¦ The East Pointers
Various UK venues ¦ PEI-based trio The East Pointers bring their East Coast Canadian style to several folk music venues across the UK.

9 – 17 June ¦ Sarah Leipciger
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian author Sarah Leipciger talks about her first novel, The Mountain Can Wait at The Kew Bookshop, Foyles and Blackwell’s in Oxford.

9 – 25 June ¦ Origins: Festival of First Nations
Various ¦ Showcasing the very best of First Nations culture this year’s festival features two Canadian films, Uvanga and Standstill.

12 June ¦ Canadian Chief Economists Panel Debate + lunch
Grange City Hotel ¦ The annual event is hosted by the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, featuring economists from Scotiabank, TD Securities, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada and National Bank of Canada.

Until 13 June ¦ The Theory of Relativity
The Drayton Arms, London ¦ The principles that underpin Einstein’s belief that “only a life lived for others is worth living” infuse this new chamber musical, composed, written and directed by a Canadian team. (See News for your chance to win two tickets).

15 – 23 June ¦ Royal St George’s Boys Choir Tour
Various UK venues ¦ The Toronto choir performs in churches and abbeys across the UK.

22 June ¦ The Challenges of Cyberspace for Canada and the UK
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ The Canada-UK Colloquium presents its 2014 report with Philip Peacock and Nicolas Maclean KMG. To attend please contact Dr Tony McCulloch -

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’.

23 – 29 June ¦ Alden Penner and Michael Cera
Various UK venues ¦ The Canadian musician from The Unicorns is joined on a UK tour by actor / musician Michael Cera.

28 June – 4 July ¦ ‘Till the Boys Come Home
Various UK venues ¦ The North Lakeshore Chorus, a community choir with singers from Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia perform their choral tribute to the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who sailed to Europe in WWI.

29 June – 17 July ¦ Gioachino Rossini: Guillaume Tell
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Gerald Finley sings the title role in a new Royal Opera House production of Rossini’s final opera.  Finley recently won the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance at the Canadian JUNO Awards 2015 for his recording with Julius Drake of Schubert's Winterreise.

Canada Day 2015

26 June ¦ Countdown to Canada Day Girls’ Night Out
TBC, London ¦ The London Canadian Expat Meetup group is organising a few pre-Canada Day drinks and nibbles in Central London.

27 June ¦ 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.

28 June ¦ Canada Day Family Picnic
Hyde Park, London ¦ Join fellow Canadians for a picnic from 12:00 – 5:00 near the Lancaster Gate entrance of Hyde Park. Bring food and games.

Canada House - leaf1 July ¦ Canada House open house
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London ¦ Join High Commissioner Gordon Campbell for birthday cake and juice during an informal open house, complete with guided tours of parts of the building, to mark Canada’s 148th birthday. Visitors need to register to attend between 11am-4pm. Please note, regretfully, this event is now fully booked.

1 July ¦ Canada Day Pond Hockey Tournament
Queens Ice and Bowl, London ¦ Hockey, Canadian beer and poutine will be on offer for this Canada Day celebration.

1 July ¦ Canada Day Picnic and Pub
Primrose Hill, London ¦ From 2:00 Canadians will be gathered at the summit of Primrose Hill for a picnic, travelling to a nearby pub in the evening.

1 July ¦ Canada Day in Maiden Lane
Maiden Lane, London ¦ The Maple Leaf will be open as usual from 11 – 11 on Canada Day, as will the Porterhouse across Maiden Lane with live music for Canada Day.

1 July ¦ Canada Day at Vimy Ridge
Tour ¦ Spirit of Remembrance tours offers this visit to Vimy Ridge with a focus on its importance in Canadian history. The day-long trip includes the Vimy Memorial, Vancouver Corner and Menin Gate.

Further Ahead

2 July ¦ Annual Canadian Studies Lecture and Reception
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ Sir Nicholas Bayne, the British High Commissioner to Canada from  1992-96 presents the lecture: 'So Near and Yet So Far: Lessons from the Quebec Referendum of 1995'. To attend please contact Dr Tony McCulloch -

2 July ¦ Arandora Star 75th Commemorative Anniversary
St Peter’s Italian Church, London ¦ A mass will be held to commemorate the sinking of the Arandora Star, which was sunk while travelling to Canada during WWII. Survivors were rescued by the Canadian Navy.

6 July ¦ The Benares Baaj Story
The  Nehru Centre, London ¦ An interactive touring multi-media exhibition on the work of Pandit Sharda Sahai, with musical performances.


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

Job Opportunities

Canada House, London ¦ The Canadian High Commission is hiring a supervisor-level Information Technology Professional. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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