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Canada Plus – July 2016

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon Campbell

We head into the summer months and, much like our British counterparts, there is a fair bit weighing on our minds. The impact of the referendum is still being analyzed, but one thing is evident - regardless of the season, change is sweeping the country and the effects of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union will be felt for years to come.

Canada’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with our EU partners and all the benefits that will follow will be our focus as Canada and the EU look to strengthen our trade ties. In the UK, we will continue to work with the more than 700 Canadian businesses operating here to foster continued investment and growth.  No matter where the road ahead takes us, Canada and Canadians will not lose sight of our close ties here in the UK, our shared history, our Monarchy, our common values and aspirations for the future that link our two countries together. We will be here to offer any assistance and support and wish them well on this new path.

Last week, we remembered the sobering anniversary that marked the start of the Battle of the Somme. Here in the UK, Canadians joined a vigil and stood guard at the grave of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey overnight on June 30. The battle which began on July 1st, 1916, took the lives of more than 24,000 Canadians, many of them from the Newfoundland Regiment. In total, one million soldiers died as they fought for freedom for generations to come. It is a sacrifice that we must never forget.

On July 1st, we also had Canada’s 149th Birthday party at Canada House. Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for some fun and to help us eat those great Canadian treats. With summer upon us and schools here winding down, I hope you and your families enjoy some time together while remembering the many things that unite us.

 Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 

Collage - Canada Day 2016

Canada Day included the opening of our new Science North exhibit, tasty treats, music from the Sultans of String and yoga by Lululemon.

Business Brief

Canada’s universities have enjoyed some lofty profile in the Times Higher Education supplement in recent weeks, thanks to a specialist press visit arranged by our colleagues in the Trade Commissioners Service. The Times has examined the Canadian government’s plans to attract post-secondary international students who often become high-skilled immigrants in addition to stories examining the successes of co-op programs that provide workplace training alongside first-class education and even a quirky story about the iron rings worn by Canadian engineering school graduates.

Canada House Update

Our Canada House tours on selected Friday afternoons continue to attract visitors from Canada and right here in the UK. Tour dates for July and August are now on our website but please note they book up very quickly!

Drawing - Canada House

Consular Corner

Are you a Canadian citizen? You might be if one of your parents was born or naturalized in Canada. See if you are already a citizen on our website. If you think you have a claim to Canadian citizenship please find instructions and the application form here on our website. If you have any questions please email us at:

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

Visa Info

Question: I am going to Canada on holiday and I have applied for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), with the understanding that it costs $7 CAD (approximately £ 5 GBP). When I received my credit card statement, I saw that I had been charged £ 89 GBP! Why was I charged so much?

Answer: There are many non-official websites that advertize and sell eTAs; these are not operating on behalf of the Government of Canada.  To apply for an eTA, please go to: Make sure that you apply only through this website to avoid paying extra fees charged by private companies. The cost is only $7.

Did you know?

There is no need to print your eTA. The eTA is electronically linked to your passport, so you only need to travel with the passport you used to apply for your eTA. If you have changed passports since applying for your eTA, you must reapply. Bon voyage!

July Events

Canada House leaf1 July – 17 September ¦ New Eyes on the Universe
Canada Gallery, Canada House ¦ New Eyes on the Universe showcases the Nobel Prize winning results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and experiments at SNOLAB. It shows how they are providing new insight and pushing frontiers in our understanding of the universe. The exhibition presents spectacular images and video from the deep underground laboratory that hosts international science research in astrophysics.

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

5, 8 July ¦ The Strumbrellas
London ¦ The Juno award-winning 6-piece alternative country band performs at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen and British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park.

5 July ¦ Alex Tapscott
Wall St Journal, London ¦ Alex Tapscott, co-author of “Blockchain Revolution”, will be speaking on “The Second Generation of the Internet” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

5 July ¦ Swift and Bold
Church of St John Baptist, Hugglescote, Leicestershire ¦ A commemoration in words, music and pictures of the Church Lads’ Brigade from Newfoundland and Britain during World War One.

7 July ¦ Farewell to High Commissioner Gordon Campbell
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts a farewell to departing High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and a chance to meet new member companies.

7 – 16 July ¦ Needles and Opium
Barbican Theatre, London ¦ Taking inspiration from the lives of Jean Cocteau and Miles Davis, Robert Lepage explores addiction, disorientation and the creative drive in a revival of his iconic production.

11 July ¦ Ladies Meetup: Summer Wine Night
Boot and Flogger, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is holding a women’s wine evening in south east London at the Boot and Flogger.

14 – 16 July ¦ Frazey Ford
Various UK venues ¦ Neo-soul singer-songwriter and Vancouver resident Frazey Ford performs folk and blues from her album Indian Ocean

14 – 22 July ¦ Chris Antonik
Various UK venues ¦ Maple Blues Awards-nominated musician Chris Antonik tours the UK with his band, with funding support from the Ontario Arts Council.

15 – 28 July ¦ Rufus Wainwright
Various UK venues ¦ Singer-songwriter and composer tours UK following this year’s release of his album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets.

16 July ¦ Kaia Kater
Cecil Sharp House, London ¦ “Star in the making” Kaia Kater’s first UK performance is part of the 100th anniversary of Cecil Sharp’s first trip to Appalachia.

17 July ¦ 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.

17 – 24 July ¦ Caribou
Various UK venues ¦ London-based Dan Snaith tours his psychedelic disco-rock band Caribou.

17 July – 2 Aug ¦ Proud
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ A new production by Canadian playwright Michael Healy (Generous, the Drawer Boy) explores the corrosive nature of the politics of division.

19 – 23 July ¦ Watching Glory Die
The Cockpit Theatre, London ¦ The UK premiere of Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s newest play about a teenage inmate and her conflicts with the prison system. Dramaturg Penny Farfan will lead post-performance discussions on the 19, 20 and 21 July.

20 – 29 July ¦ Don’t Look Down
King’s Head Theatre, London ¦ A one-man black comedy that takes a painfully funny look at the highs and lows of ageing and the pressures of manhood.

22 July ¦ Vandoos
Henry’s Piccadilly, London ¦ The monthly social gathering of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group. For more information about their events, visit the Meetup page.

27 July ¦ Artist talk: Romeo Gongora in conversation with Juliette Desorgues
Open School East, London ¦  During this event, Romeo Gongora, current Canada Council for the Arts artist in residence, and Juliette Desorgues, ICA curator, will discuss the obstacles and challenges faced when creating critical contemporary art projects within the public realm.

Further Ahead

5 – 29 Aug ¦ Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh¦ Over 40 acts that include theatre, music, comedy, physical theatre and poetry represent Canada at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

8 – 9 Aug ¦ Monumental
Edinburgh ¦ Two of Canada’s most uncompromising performing arts groups, the Vancouver contemporary dance company The Holy Body Tattoo and the legendary Montreal art-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, join artistic forces in what has been described as a landmark in contemporary dance.


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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