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Canada Plus – September and October 2019

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

I hope that you all had a wonderful summer, whether you visited family & friends in Canada, escaped somewhere sunny, or enjoyed a staycation in the UK. After a great trip home to Canada in July, I was off to Edinburgh in August for the Edinburgh Festivals.  What an amazing opportunity to see first-hand the rich variety of Canadian talent that graced the stages and halls of the historic ‘Festivals’. Through our stories and our works, we can demonstrate the talents and the diversity of Canada. Bravo to all who performed!  We’re not done yet.  We will continue to share this talent with our UK friends throughout the month of September, everywhere from the London Design Festival to Fashion Week and beyond. I hope you will get the chance to visit the many festivals and events on over the next two months showcasing Canadian art, culture and expertise and share with me a chance to celebrate Canada right here in the UK. 

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Global Conference on Media Freedom

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In July, Canada and the United Kingdom co-hosted the Global Conference on Media Freedom in London. Minister Chrystia Freeland, together with her UK counterpart, then-Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the UK’s special envoy on media freedom, Amal Clooney, welcomed representatives from over 120 countries to discuss the challenges to press freedom that are being faced around the globe. The event, which spanned two days, included workshops, first-hand testimonies by persecuted journalists, films and speeches highlighting the increasing threats to journalists. Canada hopes to host the second annual conference on media freedom next year.

Canada @ Edinburgh 2019

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Edinburgh, Scotland ¦ The historic Festivals Edinburgh brought with them a wave of Canadian talent including performers, comedians, musicians, writers and more to the Scottish capital throughout the month of August. The award-winning CanadaHub returned to King’s Hall, with performances including the ground-breaking play Deer Woman, which was recently featured in The Guardian. Also following last year’s success, Pitch my Piece was back for the second year in a row, offering emerging Canadian performing artists the chance to network in hopes of securing prized international backing. Finally, Cas Public, a pioneering Montreal-based dance company, offered British Sign Language-interpreted workshops as part of their educational outreach during their run of ‘9’ at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, highlighting Canada’s commitment to increased inclusivity and accessibility through the arts.

Business Brief

EduCanada UK Fairs – 5 October, 2019

Join us for this annual event giving students and parents in the United Kingdom a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.  This year’s events on  October 5th will feature a Postgraduate Studies Fair from 9am-12pm and an Undergraduate Studies Fair from 12:30pm-5pm.  Admission is free, but registration is required. Canadian institutions attending include:  Acadia University, Bishop’s University, Carleton University, Centennial College, Concordia University, HEC Montreal, McGill University, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Vancouver Film School.

Your Business & Brexit

Recognizing that Canadian companies doing business in or with the United Kingdom may be impacted by the UK’s planned departure from the European Union, the Government of Canada has prepared 'Brexit – Summary information for Canadian companies' with information regarding the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU, and the potential impact on Canadian firms. This will be updated as new information becomes available.

Consular Corner

On October 21st, Canadians will head to the polls. Find out about your voting rights by visiting the Elections Canada website below. Follow us on Twitter for all the latest news and remember to register.

Consular Q & A

Question: I moved to the United Kingdom from Winnipeg 15 years ago. I was told that I can no longer vote because I‘ve lived outside of Canada more than 5 years. Now I hear that the rules have changed. What should I do?

Answer: You’re right! The law has changed. If you are a Canadian living abroad, you are now likely allowed to vote as long as you are a Canadian citizen, over 18 years old and have lived in Canada for at least part of your life. To find out if you are eligible, visit the Elections Canada website.

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

Visa Info

Question: I would like to speak to someone regarding my application to visit Canada. I cannot dial the 1-888 number from the UK. How can I speak to someone?

Answer: Whether your application is for a visa or an eTA, the best way to contact IRCC is by using the IRCC webform. This will allow you to securely enter your personal information and enquire about your application, whether it is processed in Canada or abroad. For reasons of privacy and due to the large of volume of applications dealt with by IRCC offices around the world, it is not possible to speak to someone over the phone. When you complete the webform, however, we suggest that you add your phone number in case an officer needs to call you to obtain additional information.

Did You Know?

Commercially offered blueberries are usually from species that naturally occur only in eastern and north-central North America. Canada is the largest producer and exporter of blueberries in the world. The North American blueberry season and harvest runs from April to late September.

September and October Events

Canada House leafUntil 26 October ¦ Sonny Assu: A Radical MixingChalk paint and collage on panel
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ From sci-fi to superheroes, Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Curated by The Baldwin and a part of Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival.

Detal: The Speculator Boom: Careful, Shugah, You’re Almost Smiling 2018

4 September - 12 October ¦ Robert Polidori: Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis
Flowers Gallery, London ¦ In this exhibition, iconic frescoes by famed Italian Renaissance painter, Fra Angelico, are brought to life through the lens of Montreal-born photographer Robert Polidori, whose captivating, highly-detailed, large-scale photographs have earned him worldwide acclaim. See the Opus Operantis series, presented by Flowers Gallery, on display in the UK for the first time.

Meet upSeptember 24 ¦ London Vandoos
The Volunteer, Baker Street ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

September 29 ¦ RBC Race for the Kids -Jersey
Elizabeth Marina, Jersey ¦ Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is bringing RBC Race for the Kids back to Jersey in support of Mind Jersey, Youthful Minds for the second year in a row. The global family fun run series has raised over CAD $47 million for charities and is a fully inclusive run, open to islanders of any age and ability. The race will take place on the second day of the RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey weekend.

October 3 – 6 ¦ Frieze Art Fair
London ¦ Tanya Wagner Gallery presents Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga as part of Frieze Focus, the special section of the fair that highlights new artists. The gallery was one among only 10 emerging galleries selected with new commissioned projects.

Canada House leafOctober 5 ¦ EduCanada UK Undergraduate and Postgraduate Fairs
Canada House, London ¦ Any students and families interested in opportunities for study in Canada at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels are invited to Canada House for our EduCanada UK Fairs, which will include representatives from a number of institutions across Canada. To receive registration information, please email:

Meet upOctober 7 ¦ 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.

October 12 & 13 ¦ RBC Running Weekend
London ¦ RBC is hosting a weekend of running in London’s Hyde Park in October with RBC Race for the Kids, a 5km family fun run and festival on Saturday, followed by the Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by RBC, on Sunday. All kids go free! Sign up and help support charity partner Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Meet upOctober 12, 13, 14, & 20 ¦ Annual Thanksgiving Roasts 2019 
The Larrik, London ¦ It’s that time of the year again to bid farewell to summer and give thanks for a great harvest. Following the success of previous years’ events, there will now be four seatings of the Annual Thanksgiving Roast 2019 hosted by the Canadian Expat Meetup Group. Make your reservations

October 14 ¦ Canadian Thanksgiving
White Mustache, Camden ¦ Canadians in London are holding their annual Thanksgiving event back at the White Mustache in Camden with both an early and later sitting. With an experienced team, the record is 90 dinners on the plate in 40 mins last year! So expect fast service, fresh, generous portions, and a great selection of Canadian beer and other beverages.

Meet upOctober 22 ¦ London Vandoos
The Castle, Farringdon ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Further Ahead

October 18 – November 23 ¦ Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre, London ¦ Catch Canadian playwright and author Jordan Tannahill’s UK premiere of Botticelli in the Fire—a playful re-imagination of Italian Renaissance life that features a young Botticelli forced to choose between love and survival.

November 21 – 24 ¦ Hélène Blackburn’s ’Les Beaux Dormants’
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Hélène Blackburn, artistic director of Cas Public, returns to London with a piece created for Le Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin, a family ballet, freely inspired by Sleeping Beauty, suitable for children ages 5 and up.

This autumn is filled with exciting and fascinating arts & culture events across the UK, highlighting great Canadian talent from Mac DeMarco to Michael Bublé. For more great arts & culture listings, see our Culture Canada site!


The High Commission works with partners in Canada and the UK to develop exhibitions, talks and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Check out our Calendar of Events.

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