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Canada Plus – August 2016

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon Campbell

This month I’m looking up – up north of the Scottish border where a tremendous roster of Canadian talent is on offer as Edinburgh’s world-renowned festival season begins in earnest.

No matter where your taste takes you, there is a Canadian on hand in Edinburgh to help. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is welcoming more than 40 acts that run the gamut of theatre, music, comedy, physical theatre and poetry. The Scottish Arts Club’s spotlight on Canada program invited Toronto-based collective Symphonica to perform as part of the festival along with Espresso Manifeso and acclaimed poets The Shaken and the Stirred.

The Edinburgh International Festival is highlighting some world-class Canadian exports, including Monumental, the collaboration between the Vancouver contemporary dance company The Holy Body Tattoo and the Montreal art-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It is being described as a game-changer in contemporary dance.

Perhaps one of the most moving works of art in Edinburgh this summer is part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival where Canadian Ciara Phillips’ commission commemorates the women of the First World War.

Phillips, a Turner-nominated artist now based in Glasgow, was commissioned to create a modern-day dazzle ship. Dazzle ships were designed to distort the shape, speed and direction of ships when viewed by enemy vessels through a telescope and were a key tool for marine traffic during the war to evade attack. Phillips’ dazzle ship – berthed in Leith until August 28th and entitled Every Woman – is encoded with reflective pigment that reads Every Woman A Signal Tower when seen at night. 

The message commemorates the lesser known story of the contribution of women to the war effort. While the concept of a dazzle ship was designed by British marine artists Norman Wilkinson, most of the dazzle designs were created by women working in newly-created section of the Royal Academy. It is just one of the many roles that women took on during the war and a fitting tribute as we recognize the work and sacrifice of so many in the Great War.

The Edinburgh Book Festival is also jammed-packed with Canadian content, including historian Margaret MacMillan, novelist Sarah Leipciger and poet Chimwemwe Undi. The festival will also show the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Alice Munro’s short stories, The View From Castle Rock, which traces the author’s roots back to Scotland. 

I do hope you get a chance to visit Edinburgh in the coming weeks and take in some of Canada’s best exports on show and I wish everyone safe travels wherever your wanderlust takes you this summer.

 Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 

Photo - Dazzle Ship, Every Woman

Ciara Phillips, Every Woman, 2016. Photo by Ross Fraser McLean/StudioRoRo


Photo - Bob DempseyA surprise visit

Canada House was delighted to welcome one of Canada’s foremost aboriginal artists on a surprise visit last month. Master carver Dempsey Bob from British Columbia dropped by while on a family trip to the UK in the hopes of visiting his totem that is part of the Canada House Collection. We were delighted to show him around and he said visiting the sculpture – which takes pride of place in the Queen Elizabeth Atrium – was “like seeing an old friend after a long time”.

Business Brief

Canada’s Minister for International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, made her first official visit to London last month, speaking with UK investors, British and Canadian business leaders, and her newly-appointed counterpart Dr Liam Fox. Minister Freeland also spoke about Canada’s progressive trade agenda to a large crowd at the London School of Economics and answered questions about Brexit on international media, emphasising the strong historic connection between Canada and Britain and a desire to deepen trade ties between our countries.

Consular Corner

During this busy travel season, don’t let unforeseen bills ruin your vacation. Purchase the best travel insurance you can afford before you go! Please see the Government of Canada’s factsheet on travel insurance*(PDF version, 410 KB).

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

Visa Info

Question: My husband and I are dual British-Canadian citizens living in the UK. We have been appointed by a UK local Court as guardians of our 12-year-old niece, who is a British Citizen. We want to go live in Canada with her. What documentation do we need for this?

Answer: While your status as legal guardians of your niece has been issued by a UK Court, it is required that you formalize her adoption before moving to Canada on a permanent basis.  Since you are a Canadian citizen, your niece could be granted citizenship once formally adopted. For complete information about adopting a child from abroad, please visit our website - Adopt a child from abroad.

Did you know?

Some Canadian provinces and territories (PT) have suspended adoptions from the following countries: Cambodia (all PTs except Quebec), Georgia (all PTs), Guatemala (all PTs), Haiti (only Nova Scotia), Liberia (all PTs) and Nepal (all PTs). In addition, there are currently 24 countries that do not allow international adoptions.  To avoid great disappointment please ensure that you have the latest information on international adoption restrictions before deciding to adopt a child from abroad.

August Events

Canada House leafNew Eyes on the UniverseUntil 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.

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.

11 – 29 Aug ¦ Edinburgh Book Festival
Edinburgh ¦ A number of Canadian writers and poets feature in this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival including historian Margaret MacMillan, novelist Sarah Leipciger and poet Chimwemwe Undi. The festival will also show the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Alice Munro’s short stories, The View From Castle Rock.

15 – 22 Aug ¦ Cut Throat
Camden Fringe, London ¦ Fourteen characters speak their minds about race, religion, relationships, bodies, sex, money and the meaning of life, walking the thin line between comedy and cruelty. Matt Cunningham’s English version of Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard’s play is the first production of Trip & Guts Theatre, a company that promotes new writing from Quebec in the UK.

16 – 21 Aug ¦ The Besnard Lakes
Various UK venues ¦ Montreal indie rock band The Besnard Lakes touring their latest album, A Coliseum Complex Museum LP.

21 Aug ¦ 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.

Until 26 Aug ¦ Le Vent du Nord
Various UK venues ¦ Traditional folk music from Quebec with foursome, Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind).

Until 28 Aug ¦ Ciara Phillips: Every Woman
Prince of Wales Dock, Leith ¦ Ciara Phillips’ Every Woman, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, is the fourth in a series of ‘Dazzle’ ship designs developed by contemporary artists to commemorate the First World War. Phillips’s design draws from the fact that the vast majority of dazzle designs were devised by a largely female team, thus recognising the lesser known histories of women in the war.

19 Aug ¦ Charles Pachter
The Charterhouse, London  ¦ The renowned Canadian painter, historian and Officer of the Order of Canada will be present at a private viewing of his works on the British Loyalist Legacy and the Creation of Modern English Canada. Canada Plus readers are invited to attend, but please register by email

23 Aug ¦ Arkells
Lexington, London ¦ Indie rockers from Hamilton, Ontario appearing hot on the heels of their new album Morning Report due for release Aug 5.

24 Aug ¦ The Strumbellas
The Borderline, London ¦ “Poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics” from the Ontario bred six-piece touring their new album, Hope.

29 Aug – 11 Sept ¦ Pup
Various UK venues ¦ The Toronto punk band tours their recent LP The Dream is Over.

Until 10 Sept ¦ BBC Proms
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ Pianist Louis Lortie and singers Barbara Hannigan (soprano), John Relyea (bass), Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano) feature prominently in this year’s BBC Proms.  Hannigan will perform the London premiere of the award-winning cycle written for her by composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Grawemeyer.  Boulianne will impersonate the female title role of Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. And Relyea will give voice to Bluebeard in Bartok’s gothic horror story. 

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

Until 22 Oct ¦ History Machines
Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh ¦ A UK premiere exhibition of new commissions and existing artwork by Toronto artists Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel.  Part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures and talks and an off-site installation.

Further Ahead

9 Sept – 20 Nov ¦ The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video
Hayward Gallery, London ¦ Stan Douglas joins a group of leading international artists in an exhibition that showcases immersive audio-visual installations.  In Luanda-Kinshasa (2013), Douglas explores the intersection of narrative, fact and fiction, and alludes to the cultural exchanges between Africa and North America.

Canada House leaf2 Oct ¦ EduCanada UK Fair
Canada House ¦ Join representatives from 25 Canadian universities and colleges at the 4th annual EduCanada UK Fair, and learn about studying opportunities in Canada.  Free to attend.  Confirmed schools attending include UBC, McGill, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser, Ryerson, Humber, Bishop’s, Carleton, Sheridan, Guelph, Queen’s, University of New Brunswick, Emily Carr University for Art and Design, and Cape Breton University.


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

Job Opportunities

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