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Canada Plus – July 2017

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Canada Plus

Janice Charette

A message from the High Commissioner

Canada Day 2017 was one for the record books in London. We had a terrific crowd who enjoyed first rate entertainment along with superb Canadian treats, all wrapped up in red and white.

We are very grateful to all who helped bring the day together and to all of you who joined us to mark Canada 150 in such wonderful fashion.

Next up, we hope to see you on Saturday for the Pride London Parade – look for us on the Canada House float and the Canadian cheering squad will be on Cockspur Street and stay tuned for more Canada 150 events still to come.

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Janice Charette

Canada Day 2017

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Canadians had a fantastic time celebrating in Trafalgar Square.

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Canadian sports were a highlight of the day.

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It was a true display of Canadian hospitality.

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Trafalgar Square was a sea of red and white for the festivities.


Canada Hub in Edinburgh

For the first time Canadian culture will have its own home at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in a Canada Hub celebrating the best of new Canadian theatre. During the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, five productions will take place alongside an evolving live art performance. Themes addressed include Indigenous Canadian identity, Islamophobia, refugees and artificial intelligence. You can find out more on the Fringe site.

An array of Canadian writers will also be present at the International Book Festival, and the International Festival will feature a number of singers and musicians. From comedy to opera, literature to VR, dance to circus. Without a doubt, there’s a dose of Canada for everyone in Scotland this summer.

Consular Corner

The passport office at the Canadian High Commission is still experiencing very high demand, and it is currently taking up to 8 weeks to process passport applications. For any dual citizens travelling to Canada who do not have enough time to renew their passport there is the option to receive a special authorisation to travel without a Canadian passport. You may be eligible if you have a flight to Canada that departs in less than 10 days and have a valid passport from a visa-exempt country, such as the UK. You can find out more about the special authorisation here.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am a 28 year old British Citizen. Can I apply for another Working Holiday under the International Experience Canada Program (IEC) if I had already participated for 10 months in 2014?

Answer: Yes, if you participated in IEC before 2015 for a period of up to 12 months, you are eligible for a second participation of up to 24 months. Those who participated in IEC more than once before 2015 are no longer eligible to apply.

For more information about the IEC program.

Did You Know?

IEC offers British citizens between the ages of 18 to 30 the opportunity to travel as well as gain work experience and earn money in Canada on an open work permit for up to 24 months.

July Events

Canada House leafLament for National Histories - Marianne NicholsonUntil 2 Sept ¦ Felled Trees
Canada Gallery, London ¦ The latest exhibition at Canada House focusses on the maple leaf, the centrepiece of Canada’s flag since 1965. This collection of work from both established and emerging artists examines the symbolism of the maple leaf and what it says about the complexities of Canadian national identity today, 150 years since Confederation.

Image - Lament for National Histories, 2013-2017 | Marianne Nicolson | Acrylic on board with coins and military buttons

2 July – 1 Oct ¦ Zoe Kreye
SPACE Gallery, London ¦ For her commissioned first solo exhibition in the UK, Kreye is collaborating with St Joseph’s Hospice to explore the complexities of loss. In addition to the solo exhibition and performative interventions occurring at the hospice, her project is presented with contextual critical writing, workshops, performances and discussions all open to the public.

4 July ¦ Talk: The Early Chewetts
Reveley Lodge, Hertfordshire ¦ As part of Canada 150 celebrations local historian Katharine Whitaker will be giving a talk on the legacy of the Chewetts, the owners of Reveley Lodge. The discussion will cover the life of William Chewett, who moved to Canada from London in 1775 and his son James and their role in Canadian history. There is also an exhibition titled ‘Canadian Pioneers: William Chewett and Son’ for the month of July.

Until 5 July ¦ Edward Burtynsky - Masterpiece London
Flowers Gallery, London ¦ Flowers Gallery will be curating a special presentation of works by Edward Burtynsky, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada and Masterpiece London.

Until 8 July ¦ La Strada
The Other Place, London ¦ Bart Soroczynski plays The Fool, one of the three leading characters at Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of the cult Fellini film. This play that features a multiplicity of circus skills closes its UK tour in London for the summer.

Until 9 July ¦ Flip FabriQue
Southbank, London ¦ The hit circus act that charmed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer arrives in London for an extended run as part of the Underbelly Festival promising family fun in two shows a day.

Until 9 July ¦ You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred
Zabludowicz Collection, London ¦ Sara Cwynar, Erin Shirreff and Jeff Wall join a roster of international artists at this group exhibition featuring artists who use photography as a tool with which to question the boundaries between past and present, the factual and the fictional.

11 July ¦ Ladies’ Meetup After Work Drinks
Central London TBC ¦ Join fellow Canadians for post-work drinks organised through the London Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

14 July – 7 Jan ¦ Death In The Ice: The shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich ¦ A major exhibition exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their fatal last journey into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. This will be the first time the artifacts found by Parks Canada will be on display in the UK.

Until 15 July ¦ Otello
Royal Opera, London ¦ Under Antonio Pappano, Canadian tenor Frédéric Antoun returns to the Royal Opera House as Casio in a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera. Antoun made his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Tonio (La Fille du régiment) and will sing Fenton (Falstaff) in the 2017/18 Season.

22 July ¦ London Vandoos
The Champion, Notting Hill ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Until 29 July ¦ Seasons End: Painting Healer
Rodeo Gallery, London ¦ In Tamara Henderson’s second solo show at Rodeo, the artist revisits the figures shown at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library in 2016 as part of Glasgow International. Assembled from materials collected while travelling, the figures themselves are constant travellers, nomads in flux, gatherers of stories and memories, carriers of maps and postcards.

Further Ahead

7 Aug ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Maple Leaf Covent Garden.

Until 27 Aug ¦ Where the Thunderbird lives: cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America
British Museum, London ¦ The British Museum hosts this exhibition on the history of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit will bring together objects reflecting 10,000 years of rich cultural heritage.

Until 10 Sept ¦ Canada Through The Lens
British Library, London ¦ Highlights from the British Library’s Canadian photographic collection are on display to celebrate Canada 150. The photos, acquired between 1895 and 1924, show Canada as a young and growing nation.

Canada House leafCanada House - leaf7 October ¦ EduCanada Fair
Canada House, London ¦ Save the date for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.

7, 8, 9 and 15 Oct ¦ Meetup Canada 150 Thanksgiving Roasts
The Larrik Inn, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is hosting FOUR Thanksgiving dinners in Marylebone with the addition of poutine, pumpkin pie, as well as a traditional roast dinner.


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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