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Canada Plus – July

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A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon Campbell

Our Canada Day celebration was low key this year but it was great to see everyone for our last Canada Day at Macdonald House. It is always a treat to hear what all the Canadians in the UK are up to, from business leaders, to ground breaking researchers, to students and actors - Canadians are making a contribution.

July promises to be another busy month. The Farnborough Air Show held July 14-19 is the largest event of its kind in the world and there will be more than 100 industry-leading Canadian companies sharing their expertise with aviation experts and international customers from around the globe. Farnborough attracts more than 100,000 people and culminates in a breathtaking aerial display.

That same week, we will be welcoming the Royal 22e Régiment – affectionately known as the Van Doos – to London. They have the honour of Mounting the Guard for Her Majesty on July 14, 15 and 18.  The Van Doos were forged at a key moment in our nation’s history. The regiment was founded 100 years ago to fight tyranny in Europe alongside our Allies here in United Kingdom. This is a special centenary honour we can all celebrate with them.

Later in July, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will be in London to join senior government members from around the world for a summit aimed at tackling the issue of child and early forced marriage. This is a critical issue that demands the world's attention and Canada is focussing new resources and efforts to bring it to an end. In October 2013, Canada introduced the first ever stand-alone resolution at the United Nations on the need to improve protection for girls and women globally. Worldwide, between 2004 and 2014, an estimated 100 million girls will have been forced to marry before their 18th birthday. This month’s summit, convened by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is intended to lead to concrete plans on what the world can do to put an end to this unacceptable practise that strips young girls of their fundamental human rights. For our part, Canada is currently funding projects aimed at bolstering the human rights of girls and women in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia and Zimbabwe and the minister has made it clear that more will be done by both Canada and our allies.

As always, we have a full list of events coming up this month that brings some of Canada’s best across the Atlantic to the UK.

I hope everyone has a great July.

Signature - Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell


Cake - Canada Day 147Canada Day(s)

With the absence of Canada Day festivities in Trafalgar Square this year Canadians have been showing once again their ability to celebrate our national day in new and creative ways. On water, on land, in a castle or down the pub, we encouraged everyone to send in their Canada Day photos. You can see how Canadians and Brits celebrated together on our Facebook pages. Thanks to everyone for sharing your day with us!

Collage - Canada Day 2014

Canada Day at the Official Residence

New leaf for Air Canada

Air Canada has officially moved its Heathrow headquarters to the newly-renovated Terminal 2, known as The Queen’s Terminal, which was opened by Her Majesty in June. The Air Canada site includes a Maple Leaf Lounge showcasing Canadian products, design and artwork.

Pipe Dreams Come True

This year The Vancouver Police Pipe Band marks its 100th anniversary, and as part of celebrations travelled to the UK to perform at a historic event. The band became the first ever non-military pipe band to perform the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palaces. While they were in London they also held a ceremony at the Canada Memorial in Green Park to honour fallen police and military colleagues, including the RCMP officers killed recently in Moncton. They left piping through Canada Gate, which was opened just for the occasion.

End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Canadians played a vital role in last month’s conference in London to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird joined Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, a Toronto Police woman and Gen. Romeo Dallaire in contributing to talks and presentations on how to end the rape of men and women in war, and how to bring those responsible to account.

General Matthew Overton and the Governor General-in-CouncilThe Order of Military Merit

Our hearty congratulations to Brigadier General Matthew Overton, Commander of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (London). He has been awarded The Order of Military Merit by the Governor General-in-Council, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, Sovereign of the Order. It is the second highest honour awarded for outstanding meritorious service to Canada.

Canada House Update

It is all go at Canada House this month. The scaffold is up and the hoardings that will aim to share information about both Trafalgar Square and Canada’s own story in the square, in the UK and at home, will soon be added. Over the summer, we will be having some large-scale construction deliveries that will necessitate the closure of Pall Mall East on two separate weekends. Here are the dates for the planned closures:

  • First closure: July 19 and 20
  • Back up date in the event of high winds: July 26 and 27
  • Second closure: August 2 and 3
  • Back up dates in the event of high winds: August 9 and 10

Meanwhile, the insides are starting to take shape as the original Canada House building is joined together with 2-4 Cockspur Street. We are aiming to keep disruption to a minimum and we work towards transforming this space and showcasing Canada in the 21st century.

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

Business Brief

Canada’s presence in Northern Ireland is about to get even bigger. Already home to a busy Bombardier facility, the Toronto-based design firm Urban Strategies was selected to present a new vision for Belfast city centre, aimed at making the city a more welcoming place to live, work and to visit. Joe Berridge of Urban Strategies unveiled the plans last month, saying that among many moves to lure people to work in the city centre, Belfast needs a second major tourist draw to complement the Titanic Belfast attraction. Among the suggestions is the idea of putting a glass roof over the courtyard at City Hall in order to transform it into an exhibition space.

Consular Corner

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3. The government has created a Glasgow 2014 web page for travel advice and emergency contact information in case of any problems.

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

July Events

1 – 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.

1 – 26 July ¦ The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Tricycle Theatre ¦ Canadian playwright Adam Bock’s latest comedy is about the private lives of five high society New York sisters.

1 – 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.

3 – 7 July ¦ Snap Dance Performance Team – Dancing Through The Decades
Various locations, London ¦ This group of seventeen young dancers from Cochrane, Alberta, have dazzled audiences in Disneyland, at numerous resorts and cruise Lines. The show theme for their London tour is “Dancing through the Decades” and features tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop routines from the 1920’s right up to present day. Free performances.

3 July – 14 September ¦ Digital Revolution
Barbican Centre, London ¦ Described as the most comprehensive presentation of digital creativity to be staged in the UK, this immersive and interactive exhibition brings together a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. The exhibition includes works by two Montreal-based artists: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Amon Tobin.

4 July ¦ The Media and Business
Bloomberg, London ¦ The Canada – UK Chamber of Commerce presents this breakfast panel debate on Canadian and UK media trends, digital media and managing relationships between business and media.

10 July ¦ The Quebec Election of April 2014
UCL, Institute of the Americas, London ¦ Professor Christopher Kirkey delivers this lecture on the initial impressions and future significance of the recent provincial elections in Quebec. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

11 – 12 July ¦ London Colloquium – New Voices on Canada
UCL, Institute of the Americas, London ¦ The 2014 London Colloquium in association with the British Association for Canadian Studies will feature more than 20 young scholars from around Europe. Attendance is free but registration is required.

12 – 13 July ¦ Neil Young & Crazy Horse
London / Liverpool ¦ The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter headlines at British Summer Time Hyde Park.

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!

15 – 18 July ¦ Owen Pallett
Various UK venues ¦ The acclaimed Ontario multi-instrumentalist and Polaris prize winner plays songs from his new album, In Conflict.

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.

24 – 24 July ¦ ©alculated to death
King’s Cross, London ¦ Sebastian Laskowski’s opera examines the power our authorities have to monitor personal internet use and communication, in the name of copyrighting and crime-fighting.

July 29 ¦ Japanese “Rakugo” comic storyteller
Toronto-born Katsura Sunshine performs in London before appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. If you are interested in attending this event, send an e-mail to Spaces will be limited.

29 July – 2 August ¦ Shattered Cabaret: The Songs of Kurt Weill
Southbank Centre ¦ Quebec’s L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres presents this wild trilingual cabaret-style tribute to the work of Kurt Weill.

Further Ahead

2 – 6 August ¦ Alvvays
Various London venues ¦ Toronto indie-quintet Alvvays celebrate the release of their latest album of the same name by playing Vision Festival in London

15 August – 13 September ¦ Cockadoodle
Manchester ¦ This first European solo exhibition by Maurice Vellekoop presents his contribution to illustration and underground comics. The Canadian artist draws from a vast and familiar pool of televisual and filmic motifs.  His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, Wallpaper, New York Times and Rolling Stone.


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

Job opportunities

The Public Affairs division and the Political division of the High Commission each have a requirement for an intern for the following period:

Internships - Fall/Winter 2014

Application deadline of July 20, 2014

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