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Canada Plus – June 2016

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon Campbell

On July 1st Canada is celebrating its 149th birthday and we are having a celebration here at Canada House. We are having an open house between 11am and 3pm for Canadians and our many friends here in the UK. The fun starts when the doors open and there will be family-friendly activities along with traditional Canadian refreshments – with our beloved Nanaimo bars among the treats on offer!

I hope you can join us. If you would like to attend then I would really appreciate it if you would register on Eventbrite. We will send all the information you will need about our Canada Day party  via email so please do keep an eye out for more details.

If you’re planning your own Canada Day festivities, we’d love to hear about them. Do send us an email on and we can help you spread the word to Canadians across the UK.

Canada Day will top off June’s celebrations of Her Majesty’s birthday. Some of you have asked me why the Monarch’s birthday is celebrated in June when she was born in April. Blame the British weather! Edward VII was born in November and the blustery autumn weather caused him to suggest that the nation celebrate the Head of State’s birthday at a planned military parade in June. There will be a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 10 and the Trooping the Colour on June 11 ahead of a lunch on June 12 marking the work of the Queen’s many charitable causes. It is truly time for birthday celebrations, both for our Queen and for Canada. Do enjoy!
Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 


Fort McMurray helping hand

High Commissioner Campbell joined Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney along with a host of other concerned Canadians at a fundraiser last month for the victims of the wildfires that have devastated Fort McMurray. The event at the Maple Leaf in Covent Garden raised more than $4000 for the Canadian Red Cross.

Remembering the Somme

July 1st marks the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. No Canadian infantry units participated in this attack but the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, attached to a British division, suffered a crippling 324 killed and 386 wounded out of a total of 801 soldiers. Canadian forces personnel will be among the soldiers holding an overnight vigil at the tomb of the unknown warrior inside Westminster Abbey from 8.45pm, Thursday, 30 June until the morning of July 1. The Abbey will be open throughout the night.

Going Maverick

The organisers of this year’s roots music Maverick Festival have offered Canada Plus readers a chance to win two tickets to the festival, which includes a celebration of Canadian music on Canada Day. To enter to win, send us an email with your name and the email address of someone who would like to sign up to receive Canada Plus. We’ll enter you both into the draw. Good luck, music lovers!

Registered Traveller

Canadians who travel frequently to the UK are eligible to apply for the Registered Traveller service to make it easier for them to pass through UK border control quickly. The scheme permits Canadians to use the UK/EU passport entry lanes and ePassport gates at major UK airports and removes the need for a landing card. To find out more you can visit the UK border control website.

Canada House Update

Our Friday afternoon Canada House tours continue to attract visitors from Canada and right here in the UK. Tour dates for June and July are on our Tours page, please check regularly for new dates later in the summer.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

Canada House once again rolled out the stemware last week to host Taste Canada UK 2016 – our popular trade event showcasing Canada’s wine, cider and spirit producers. The tasting included representation from four regions of Canada and brought together 34 producers and more than 150 products. The industry insiders who joined us are doing more than just sampling these fine products. Last year’s event led to two Canadian wines getting new distribution deals through Bibendum, which distributes premium wines and spirits to restaurants, hotels and caterers throughout the UK. Additionally, the owners of Hakkasan restaurants now feature a Canadian wine on their menus after being introduced to the vintage at last year’s tasting day.

Collage - Taste Canada UK 2016

Consular Corner

Ahead of the summer travel season, we would like to remind all Canadians travelling to the UK that there is no reciprocal agreement between the UK and Canada on healthcare. This means that Canadians will be required to pay for services under the National Health Service to which they are not entitled. All visitors should ensure they have health insurance before travelling or they (or their family) may find themselves with a substantial medical bill. More information on NHS services for non-EEA nationals visiting the UK is available at Citizens Advice.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am a British citizen, married to a French national living in the UK. We are both bilingual (English and French) and we would like to pursue our careers in Canada. We have heard of a programme to promote francophone immigration to Canada. This is very interesting for us. How does it work?

Answer: There are francophone communities in every Canadian province and territory, and the government of Canada is actively encouraging francophone immigration to settle in minority francophone communities. As such, the Mobilité Francophone programme may be of interest to you. As of 1 June 2016, it will no longer be necessary for a Canadian employer located in a minority francophone community to undergo the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process when choosing to hire a francophone in a management, professional or skilled occupation. You can find more information about francophone immigration at Bon succès!

Did you Know?

In 2011, 77% of those outside Quebec who reported speaking French at home lived in the provinces of New Brunswick or Ontario. Of all the provinces, it was in Alberta that the growth rate of the population with French as a mother tongue or language spoken most often at home was the most important. Source: Statistics Canada.

June Events

Canada House leafA portrait of Joseph Paul by Dana ClaxtonUntil 19 June ¦ The Tremendous Elusive – Emily Carr and the Canadian Imaginary
Canada Gallery, London ¦ This exhibition pivots on the late career pieces by renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr – generously on loan from the Vancouver Art gallery – and presents them alongside a selection of photographs, paintings, drawings, textile and sculptural works by contemporary artists from across the country drawn from the wider Canada House Collection. Open daily from 11am – 5:45pm.

4 and 11 June ¦ David and Goliath
St Albans and Harpenden ¦ The St Albans Chamber Opera presents a semi-staged revival of the late Canadian composer Alan Detweiler’s opera, a tale in which a courageous individual succeeds in overcoming a powerful adversary.

5 – 11 June ¦ Neil Young
Various UK venues ¦ Legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young tours the UK in June, performing in Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds and London.

7 – 15 June ¦ Weaves
Various UK venues ¦ Chosen as Rolling Stone’s ‘Band to Watch’, acclaimed Toronto band Weaves tours across the UK.

8 and 9 June ¦ Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade, London ¦ The traditional evening pageant of music and military precision drills and fireworks will this year be celebrating the Commonwealth, in the year of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

9 – 18 June ¦ Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe Phaedra(s)
Barbican, London ¦ Featuring a rare London appearance by Isabelle Huppert,  Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new production of the classical play pulls together three versions of the Greek myth, melding fresh material from Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad with the provocative text of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love and extracts from J M Coetzee’s novel Elizabeth Costello.

9 – 12 June ¦ FRAME
Kingston Upon Thames ¦ Nine Canadian films will be screened as part of the first London Dance Film Festival, including the opening film, Eadweard, by Kyle Rideout.

10 June ¦ 7th Annual Canadian Chief Economists Panel Debate & Lunch
The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London ¦ The annual Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce event features a panel of economists from Scotiabank, TD Bank Group, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, CIBC Capital Markets and Royal Bank of Canada.

14 – 15 June ¦ Wolf Parade
Scala, London ¦ The Canadian indie band is back on tour after a five-year hiatus performing just two dates in London.

15 June – 25 Sept ¦ Barbu
London Wonderground ¦ Quebec circus troupe Cirque Alphonse return to London’s Southbank with their amazing acrobatics and immaculate beards.

18 June ¦ Tanya Tagaq
Forge in Camden,  London ¦ Inuit throat-singing force of nature Tanya Tagaq performs her unique soundscape for the classic docu-drama Nanook of the North.

18 – 19 June ¦ Angela Hewitt
Walton-on-Thames and Mold ¦ As part of her regular touring of the UK, the Canadian pianist performs programmes highlighting the works of Haydn and Schubert.

19 June ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Portobello Rd.

19 June ¦ Marc-André Hamelin
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The French-Canadian artist performs works by Liszt along piano sonatas by Samuil Feinberg and Sergey Liapunov.

19 June – 5 July ¦ Maggie and Pierre
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ The European premiere of the one-woman show telling the story of Pierre and Maggie Trudeau, from their early relationship in the 60s until its bitter end. Performances Sunday and Monday evenings, and Tuesday matinees.

20 June ¦ CD Launch: Douglas Finch
The Forge, London ¦ The first ever recording of piano and chamber music by Canadian-British composer Douglas Finch.  The compositions span Finch’s output from his early 20s, when he lived in Canada, to the present, after he moved to the UK in 1993. The CD will be available from June 1 on Prima Facie label.

22 – 28 June ¦ Mac DeMarco
Glastonbury and London ¦ Multi-instrumentalist showman Mac DeMarco performs at Glastonbury Festival and two dates in London at the start of a European tour.

22 – 23 June ¦ Tegan and Sara
Koko, London ¦ The “Everything is Awesome” musical twins bring their brand of indie pop back to London.

22 – 28 June ¦ Grimes
Various UK venues ¦ The Vancouver-born singer, songwriter, video director and producer Grimes performs at Glastonbury Festival and in Birmingham and Bristol.

Until June 24 ¦ Kristan Horton: Tabarium
WORK Gallery, London ¦ The first UK exhibition of Canadian artist Kristan Horton features a selection of new works that question the boundaries of the real, the approximate and the virtual.

25 June ¦ Canada Day Cruze
Temple Pier, London ¦ The 10th Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games. For a full listing of The London Canadian Expat Meetup Group's upcoming events.

26 June ¦ Canada Day Family Picnic 
The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is organising a second Canada Day Family Picnic in Hyde Park from 12:00 to 18:00. Bring along games and a favourite Canadian treat to help celebrate.

27 June ¦ BadBadNotGood
Village Underground, London ¦ The Toronto jazz/hip hop four piece hit London’s Village Underground.

29 June ¦ Les Poules a Colin
The Old Queens Head, London ¦ The Quebec folk group perform original and traditional music in French and English.

Further Ahead

1 July ¦ Maverick Festival
Easton Farm Park, Suffolk ¦ The UK’s North American roots music festival is celebrating Canada day with an all-Canadian programme featuring John Wort Hannam, Christina Martin, Ryan Cook, Bill Wood & The Woodies and the Sultans of String.

1 July ¦ Canada Day Riverside at The Boaters
The Boaters, Kingston, London ¦ Canadians in London are hosting a day of Canada Day events from Canadian brunch to evening celebrations with live entertainment, poutine and BBQ.

7 – 16 July | Needles and Opium
Barbican, London | Boundary-pushing theatre maker Robert Lepage’s play about addiction and the creative drive Needles & Opium imagines a meeting between artist Jean Cocteau and musician Miles Davis, and is staged within a tilting, spinning cube.


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 ¦ 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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