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Canada Plus – September and October 2018

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

Having the chance to study abroad can enrich a post-secondary degree in many ways. The many Canadian students I meet who are studying here in the UK certainly endorse the benefits of a global education experience.

I relish hearing their stories of the benefits of studying abroad, be it for a term or a degree, as they take steps towards becoming true global citizens, armed with a unique world view.

If you know of anyone here in the UK considering studying at one of Canada’s outstanding universities or colleges, our education team has just the ticket. We are hosting two education fairs at Canada House next month, one for those looking at post-graduate studies and a separate one for undergraduates. You can find more information in our listings below.

Do make a date to visit and find out what Canada’s world-class education system has to offer for today’s students as they chart their path for future success.

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Janice Charette


Biodiversity buzz

The High Commission’s team of volunteer beekeepers has just finished harvesting this year’s honey crop. Our Canada House bees contribute to the pollination of trees, plants and flowers in the community, and help strengthen biodiversity in Central London. We then use the honey we’ve collected to add a sweet note to special events at Canada House.

Collage - Honey harvesting

Moose puppets

Pure Maple, purveyors of fine maple syrup from Quebec, has partnered with Age Concern UK to create mini-moose finger puppets to adorn their maple syrup bottle tops. For every bottle of syrup sold, they’ll donate 25p to the charity. If you want to get involved and help create the mini moose puppets, contact

Business Brief

Last month, the High Commission along with Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council, hosted an exciting “Pitch my Piece” event as part of a wider creative industries trade mission to Edinburgh. In total, 15 performing arts companies pitched their work to an audience of international presenters and promoters to terrific acclaim. At the Edinburgh TV Festival, 10 Canadian delegates also presented a session on the benefits of working with Canada. Building on a strong presence at Edinburgh’s signature festivals over the years, this summer’s delegation marked a renewed spark for Canada’s Creative Export Strategy – selling our very best to the world. The result? You can expect to see even more great Canadian arts and cultural performances in the UK and around the world in the months and years to come.

Consular Corner

With autumn just around the corner, you might be thinking about a sunny Caribbean getaway in the coming months. But before you book that great last-minute bargain, please be sure to check the weather as hurricane season is in full swing. You can find out about severe weather warnings and other travel advisories at and you can even download the app to your phone to stay up-to-date on the move.

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

September and October Events

Canada House leafGroup of Seven Guitar ProjectUntil Nov 10 ¦ Group of Seven Guitar Project
Canada Gallery, London ¦ This exhibition centres on seven Canadian masterwork guitars inspired by a member of Canada’s Group of Seven artists. The connections between each guitar maker and each Group of Seven painter are sometimes explicit and at others more subtle and subjective.

Sept 3 – 8 ¦ Paul Bunyan
Wilton’s Music Hall, London ¦ English National Opera performs Britten’s retelling of the legend of a mythical giant that leads a team of lumberjacks to create their dreams of a new world. Canadian Bass Trevor Eliot Bowes joins emerging and established UK talents in this intimate theatre project, which is part of the ENO Studio Live series. He is currently one of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists.

Sept 4 – 9 ¦ Open City Documentary Festival
Various venues, London ¦ Canadian documentary film and virtual reality feature at this festival of non-fiction storytelling. The musicality and cultural significance of Indigenous languages is the focus of Simon Plouffe’s documentary, Those Who Come Will Hear while VR projects Roxham and Homestay from the National Film Board of Canada look at the issues of immigration and diversity. The talks programme includes cinematographer Iris Ng and VR exec Sandra Rodriguez.

Sept  4 – 23 ¦ London Design Biennale
Somerset House, London ¦ Over 35 countries and cities are taking part in the second edition of this global event in response to the theme of 'Emotional States'. Canada's entry, entitled "The Canadians - An Emotional Landscape", is by Bruce Mau Design.

Sept 6 – 13 ¦ Hawksley Workman
Various UK venues ¦ Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman brings his brand of glam-rock and pop to the UK.

Sept 6 – 22 ¦ Flower Festival
AUGB Gallery, London ¦ For her first UK solo show, Toronto-based painter Maria Antoniv presents her works featuring the natural beauty and flowers of Canada.

Sept 7 – 11 ¦ Chilly Gonzales
Various UK venues ¦ Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer from Canada, Chilly Gonzales tours his latest album, Solo Piano III.

Sept 8 ¦ Canadian Expat Summer Picnic
Primrose Hill, London ¦ Join the Canadian Expat Meetup Group for an afternoon picnic on London's famous Primrose Hill.

Sept 12 – Dec 1 ¦ Cicatrix
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon ¦ The Swindon gallery features the work of contemporary Commonwealth artists, including Canadian Catherine Farish, following a residency on Salisbury Plain to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Sept 13 ¦ Canadian Expat Ladies' Meetup: Coffee, Tea & Treats
Ole & Steen, Victoria ¦ Canadian women are invited for post-work coffee, tea and treats organised through the London Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Sept 14 ¦ Sun down moon up
Serpentine Pavillion, London ¦ Situated in Northwestern Greece and inhabited by a group of Eastern-Orthodox monks, Mount Athos has been out of bounds for women and female animals for the past 1000 years. Megan Rooney’s performance will tell the story of a group of female magpies that invade the “Holy Mountain”.

Sept 14 ¦ Mitchell Akiyama
ICA, London ¦ A public talk by Toronto-based scholar, composer, and artist on the themes of haunting, the embodiment of space, the animation of matter, and the interaction between human, animal and object voices and recordings.

Sept 15 – Jan 6, 2019 ¦ Canadians in Devon 1914 – 1918: War Photographs
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter ¦ A pioneering exhibition first staged at the Royal Albert Museum in 1914 showcases the bravery and skill of Canadian troops fighting in France in the First World War.

Sept 16 ¦ Café Canada
Costa Coffee, Southwark ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Costa Coffee in Southwark.

Sept 19 – Oct 3 ¦ Shania Twain
Various UK venues ¦ Five time Grammy award-winning country music artist Shania Twain tours her recent album NOW.

From Sept 20 ¦ Polar Worlds Gallery
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich ¦ Learn about the Canadian Arctic past and present at this brand new permanent exhibition. One of four new galleries opening at the National Maritime Museum in September.

Sept 20 – 22 ¦ Ben Caplan
The Lexington, London ¦ The songwriter and performer holds a three-night residency at The Lexington, touring with songs created for the award-winning Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story exploring themes of immigration, loss and love.

Sept 20 – Nov 11 ¦ From the Inside Out
Drawing Room, London ¦ A group exhibition that explores the variety of ways that female artists create personal narratives and celebrate the power of drawing to reflect the complexity and diversity of their experience. The exhibition includes London-based Canadian artist Athena Papadopoulos, along with Nilbar Güreş, Marie Jacotey and Emma Talbot.

Sept 21 ¦ James Ehnes
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ James Ehnes is joined by pianist Andrew Armstrong in a programme that features John Corigliano’s violin sonata along with works by Schumann, Ravel and Brahms.

Sept 22 ¦ London Vandoos
Henry's Café Bar, Piccadilly ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Sept 24 – 27 ¦ Festival America
Various London locations ¦ The focus of the literary festival this year is Canada and there will be a number of prominent Canadian authors speaking including Dany Laferriere, Michael Redhill, Patrick DeWitt and Cherie Dimaline. The Cundhill History Prize shortlist will be announced at an event in Canada House.

Sept 26 ¦ Jeremy Shaw: Quantification Trilogy
Tate Modern, London ¦ Berlin-based artist Jeremy Shaw discusses the UK premiere of his recently completed trilogy, which imagines countercultural behaviours at three different points in the future. 

Sept 26 – Oct 7 ¦ Raindance Film Festival
Various London locations ¦ The Raindance film festival includes a range of new Canadian cinema from shorts to documentaries to feature films. The films cover issues as diverse as female genital mutilation, wild Mongolian wolves and influential Native Americans and their place in the history of rock music.

Sept 28 – Oct 23 ¦ Salome
ENO, London ¦ Following his recent appearance in ENO’s Lulu, Michael Colvin joins the cast as Herod for a new production of Strauss’ masterpiece. Trevor Eliot Bowes, currently one of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists, will sing the role of a Cappadocian.

Sept 29 ¦ Michael Bublé
O2 Arena, London ¦ Old-school jazz standards and contemporary pop for one night only from charismatic crooner Michael Bublé.

Sept 29 ¦ Milk & Bone
Camden Assembly, London ¦ Montreal-based electropop duo Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin perform songs from their second album Deception Bay.

Oct 1 ¦ 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 Pub, Covent Garden.

Oct 3 – 7 ¦ Fleurs de Villes
Covent Garden, London ¦ The show features a dozen fresh floral-dressed mannequins, presented in the elegant Central Avenue corridor of the historical Covent Garden market building, and will present stunning art through partnerships between some of London’s best floral designers and leading brands.

Oct 3 – Sept 15, 2019 ¦ War Brides
Royal Air Force Museum, London ¦ Canadian artist Bev Tosh has created artistic profiles of some of the thousands of war brides from Canada and the UK who met and married foreign airmen. The exhibit will be hosted in the art gallery of the Royal Air Force Museum until 2019.

Canada House leaf4 and 6 Oct ¦ EduCanada Fair
Canada House, London ¦ Join us for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.  This year’s events will feature a Postgraduate Studies Fair from 10am-3pm on Oct 4 and the Undergraduate Studies Fair from 9am-5pm on Oct 6.  Admission is free, but registration is required. Canadian institutions attending include:  Acadia, Bishop’s, Carleton, Concordia, Conestoga College, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, McGill, OCADU, Queen’s, Ryerson, St Mary’s University, UBC, Universities of Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, Whistler Adventure School and York.
Oct 4 ¦ Angela Hewitt
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Angela Hewitt continues her Bach series with one of the cornerstones of Western musical literature. Her recital focuses on the second volume of book II of The Well-tempered Clavier, the composer’s magnum opus.

Oct 4 ¦ Marie Davidson
Electrowertz, London ¦ Montreal-based genre-bending musician and producer Marie Davidson brings her own Quebec electronic dance pop to the UK.

Oct 6 ¦ Tim Hecker
Barbican Centre, London ¦ Reflective electronic noise, experiential sound design, and modern composition from ground-breaking electronic artist Tim Hecker following the release of his ninth solo LP Konoyo.

Oct 6, 7, 8 and 13 ¦ Canadian Expat Meetup 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. First seating; second seating; third seating; fourth seating.

Oct 8 – 10 ¦ Foreign Radical
Arts Depot, London ¦ Foreign Radical is an intriguing theatrical game exploring security, privacy and freedom of expression in the age of cyber surveillance. Each performance is different.

Oct 9 ¦ Dilly Dally
Sebright Arms, London ¦ Toronto-based alternative rock band Dilly Dally tour their sophomore album Heaven. The record follows their critically acclaimed 2016 debut, Sore.

Oct 11 – 21 ¦ 12th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival  
It’s another big year for Indigenous Canada with over 30 films at Native Spirit. Highlights include special guests Jules Koostachin Butterfly Monument, Chrisann Hessing and Classic Roots Turning Tables, Kevin Bacon Hervieux Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing, Frédéric Julien 3 Magalys and Wapikoni Mobile Shorts.

Oct 12 – 13 ¦ Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Arts Depot, London ¦ This energetic Klezmer-folk-musical is inspired by the story of two Jewish Romanian refugees immigrating to Canada in 1908. A chance to see this winner of the Herald Angel Award and Scotsman Fringe First award in London.

Oct 14 ¦ Café Canada
Costa Coffee, Southwark ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Costa Coffee in Southwark.

Oct 16 – Nov 14  ¦ Royal Canadian Regiment Public Duties
Various UK locations ¦ The Royal Canadian Regiment (Army) will be performing Public Duties on guard at Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor.

Oct 18 ¦ In Search of a Better Life: Esi Edugyan & Aida Edemariam
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ As part of London Literature Festival Edugyan and Edemariam discuss their latest novels and present stories about characters who are looking for a better life.

Oct 19 and 21 ¦ Glass Tiger
London and Nottingham ¦ Award-winning 80’s hair rockers Glass Tiger are still performing together after 31 years.  They will be playing two shows in London showcasing their extensive back catalogue of songs.

Oct 19 – 22 ¦ Suuns
Various UK venues ¦ Montreal four-piece electro-indie rock artists Suuns tour their latest album, Felt.

22 Oct ¦ London Vandoos
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Blackfriars ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Oct 22 ¦ Karina Gauvin
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The Canadian soprano, accompanied by Maciej Pikulski, presents an entirely French programme, with many of the best-known songs of her four chosen composers: Reynaldo Hahn, Debussy, Poulenc and Bizet.

Oct 23 ¦ Quebec Annual Lecture featuring Jean Lemire
Royal Geographical Society, London ¦ Quebec’s famed modern explorer, award-winning filmmaker and environmental biologist talks about his adventures including one of the greatest expeditions in recent history, covering 430 days of sailing, isolation and adventures in the extremes of Antarctica. (The lecture will be in English). Entry free, tickets via Eventbrite.

Oct 24 – Nov 10 ¦ The Curious Voyage
Various London venues ¦ Canada’s Talk Is Free Theatre takes site-specific secret theatre to a whole new level in this daylong immersive adventure that unfolds across central London. Participants will don new identities as they explore urban sites, encounter mysterious strangers, and piece together a narrative trail of clues.

Oct 26 – 28 ¦ Hot Docs London
Bertha Dochouse, London ¦ North America’s largest documentary film festival, Hot Docs, returns to London with a three-day selection of great Canadian and international films.

Oct 27 – Jan 27, 2019 ¦ Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham ¦ Jeneen Frei Njootli, Vuntut Gwich’in artist and founding member of the ReMatriate Collective, represents Canada at this timely exhibition exploring the role that women have played in the history of resistance movements and alternative forms of living.

Until Oct 28 ¦ Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful world, where are you?
Various venues ¦ Liverpool Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK. The 10th edition Beautiful world, where are you? is co-curated by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Kitty Scott and takes over the city’s public spaces, galleries and museums. The citywide exhibition features new commissions and existing works by Canadian and First Nation artists Brian Jungen, Duane Linklater, Annie Pootoogook, Joyce Wieland and Janice Kerbel.

Oct 29 – 31 ¦ Mac DeMarco
Various venues ¦ Multi-instrumentalist and indie-rock showman Mac DeMarco plays three UK gigs performing songs from his This Old Dog LP.

Further Ahead

Nov 1 – 17 ¦ La Bayadere
Royal Opera House, London ¦ For his first engagement as First Soloist with the Royal Ballet debut, Cuban-Canadian dancer Cesar Corrales, dances the role of Solor in Natalia Makarova's production of Petipa's 19th-century classic ballet.

Nov 2 ¦ Janina Fialkoska
Barbican Hall, London ¦ Conductor Michal Nesterowicz is joined by Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, in a celebration of Polish independence and the nation’s rich musical legacy.

Nov 2 ¦ Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The Canadian contralto, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, presents a programme of lieder featuring texts by Goethe and Baudelaire set to music by Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn, Wolf, Chausson, Fauré, Charpentier, Debussy and Duparc.

Nov 5 ¦ 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 Pub, Covent Garden.

PoppiesNov 11 ¦ Canadian Remembrance Service
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey ¦ Members of the public are invited to join the Deputy High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Sunday, 11 November.

Dec 1 ¦ Christmas Holiday Party
The Albion, Blackfriars ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group hosts a holiday party with food and drinks.

Jan 23 – 27 ¦ Notre Dame de Paris
London Coliseum, London ¦ The musical returns to London for 7 performances only, after touring in 23 countries worldwide in 9 languages over the past 20 years.

From Jan 30 ¦ Come From Away
Phoenix Theatre, London ¦ The record-breaking show that has enjoyed sold-out performances on Broadway comes to the UK in 2019. Discover the story of the small Canadian town that welcomed the world after 9/11.


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

Job Opportunities

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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