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Canada Plus – November 2016

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A message from the High Commissioner

Janice CharetteNovember affords Canadians and our friends here in the United Kingdom the opportunity to come together and remember those who fought alongside our allies for the collective freedoms that we cherish to this day.

Our Canadian Defence Liaison Staff here at Canada House have organized events to mark Remembrance Day both in London and at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey. Brookwood is part of the UK’s largest cemetery and is home to the Brookwood Memorial that remembers some 3,428 men and women from across the Commonwealth who have no known grave.

This year, the Brookwood ceremony will take place on November 11, Armistice Day, at 10:30 and the ceremony at the Canada Memorial in Green Park will take place on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November at 13:45.

All are welcome and I do hope you will be able to join this year as we take some time to honour those who sacrificed so much.  Meanwhile, if you are in the neighbourhood around Trafalgar Square, Canadian poppies are available at all three entrances to Canada House. Your donations will go to support the Royal Canadian Legion.

 Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette


Anne returns

The beloved Canadian children’s books about the adventures of Anne Shirley will be published here in the United Kingdom by Virago Press, publishers of work by international female authors. A new generation will now be able to discover Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and others. Seven of the Lucy Maude Montgomery books will be published in March and May next year.

First Nations in Scotland

A little known link has been uncovered between Canadian First Nations soldiers and Scotland during The Great War. A recent exhibition at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh details a visit in 1916 by 165 men from the Canadian Expeditionary Force ahead of their departure for the Western Front. Led by four chiefs in traditional dress, the troops marched through the city to a reception where Chief Clear Sky delivered a patriotic speech. After the war, the men returned home and collected donations for the Scottish Red Cross, that were used to build homes for veterans which still stand today. There were roughly 4000 Canadian First Nations volunteers who joined the Allied forces during the First World War. The exhibition is set to move to Caledonia in Canada.

Business Brief

Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV) in British Columbia's picturesque Okanagan Valley is rapidly gaining an international reputation for their world class chardonnay and pinot noir.  The UK’s very own Marks & Spencer has worked with the winery to create an exclusive M&S 2014 Pinot Noir, blended from four sites throughout the valley.  All 169 stores now carry it, their only Canadian exclusive wine. The Times of London called this unique pinot noir their “wine of the week” and Decanter Magazine selected another of MFV’s pinot noirs as one of the best in the world (outside of Burgundy).  Steven Spurrier gave a nod to two other MFV wines in his August 2016 Decanter “Expert’s Choice” article.  A full range of the Meyer chardonnay and pinot noir portfolio are available through Ellis of Richmond, based in London contact

Consular Corner

Question: I have been meaning to apply for Canadian citizenship for my daughter (born here in the UK) but aside from her UK passport I'm unsure what other identification I can provide for her citizenship application? She's only 19 months old so ID is a bit scarce!

Answer: You are only required to provide copies of 2 pieces of signature ID for applicants over the age of 18, so fortunately additional signature ID will not be required for your daughter’s application.

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

Visa Info

Question: We are a French family living in London with two young children. We are thinking about moving to Canada. Is the province of Quebec the only option for us?

Answer: While most French-speaking Canadians live in Quebec, many live in other provinces or territories across Canada. You can find more about francophone communities, studying in French and francophone immigration outside Quebec - Francophone immigration.

Did you know?

There are francophone communities everywhere in Canada. At the end of the 19th century, during the famous Gold Rush, francophones even outnumbered anglophones in the Yukon * (PDF, 269KB) territory!

November Events

Canada House leafSculpture - hunter with kakivakUntil 30 Dec ¦ Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition that celebrates vibrant contemporary art from Nunavut. Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut brings together 18 artists and collaborators to create an exhibition that reflects the culture, spirit and challenges of this unique region.

3 – 13 Nov ¦ The Crooked Brothers
Various UK venues ¦ The Crooked Brothers deliver country and blues via Winnipeg, Manitoba. They will be playing their gritty but pretty homegrown music in small venues across the UK.

4 Nov ¦ Alejandra Ribera
Green Note, London ¦ The Canadian pop and jazz singer-songwriter who performs in English, French and Spanish comes to the Camden music club.

4 Nov ¦ Peter A. Allard School of Law Graduate Program Information Session
Canada House, London ¦ Join experts from the Peter A. Allard School of Law from 17:30 – 20:30 at historic Canada House. They will explain how to apply, program requirements and the accreditation process for internationally trained lawyers. To attend, RSVP by email

5  Nov ¦ Guy Fawkes Night / Bonfire Night
Blackheath Common, Lewisham ¦ Join Canadian expats in the annual celebration of Guy Fawkes Night with a bonfire and fireworks.

5 – 20 Nov ¦ UK International Jewish Film Festival
Various UK venues ¦ Five Canadian films will be featured as part of this year’s festival including Aida’s Secrets, Natasha, The Second Time Around, The Settlers, and Hi, It’s Your Mother.

6 – 16 Nov ¦ Basia Bulat
Various UK venues ¦ Singer-songwriter Bulat tours her new album, ‘Good Advice’.

7 Nov ¦ Junior Boys
Corsica Studio, London ¦ Canadian electropop from Hamilton, Ontario.

7  Nov ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
Hippodrome Casino, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square.

7 – 10 Nov ¦ Sarah Neufeld
Various UK venues ¦ Montreal-based violinist, composer and Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld is touring Europe performing songs from her second full-length album, ‘The Ridge’.

7 – 17 Nov ¦ Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers
Various UK venues ¦ Rough and textured tones from Ben Caplan with his 'Massive European Vinyl Release Tour!'

9 Nov ¦ Organ recital with Rachel Mahon
Temple Church, London ¦ University of Toronto alumni and friends are invited to an exclusive organ recital and reception with Rachel Mahon, the first woman organist at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Registration required.

10 Nov – 19 Nov ¦ The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
The Royal British Legion hosts 390 separate plots where people can plant a remembrance cross in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. The tradition dates back to a small group of First World War disabled ex-servicemen from the Poppy Factory who grouped together around a battlefield cross reminiscent of Flanders Field and invited passers-by to plant a poppy in remembrance. Canada’s plot is Number 96.

Poppies11 and 13 Nov ¦ Canadian Remembrance Services
Green Park, London and Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey ¦ The public are invited to join the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13:45 on Sunday, 13 November, or at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Friday, 11 November. Canadian poppies are available at all three entrances to Canada House for a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion.

Until 12 Nov ¦ Exhibition – Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
David Zwirner Gallery, London ¦ As a continuation of the collaboration between the Canadian and the American artists, this exhibition ‘Let Us Compare Mythologies’ includes drawings originally made for the zine published by David Zwirner Books, works produced jointly for their recent New York show, as well as new compositions and a mural-sized work on paper.

14 November ¦ Cirque du Soleil – and Beyond : Quebec’s Expanding Circus Worlds
London ¦ Lecture by Professor Charles Batson from Union College, New York. UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN, 6pm. This is a free event, open to all, registration required.

14 Nov ¦ Cocktails and ‘Cheeky Christmas Crafting’
Drink, Shop & Do, London ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup group’s monthly ladies event with the addition of a seasonal crafting session in Kings Cross.

14 – 17 Nov ¦ Black Mountain
Various UK venues ¦ The psychedelic rock band from Vancouver comes to the UK touring their new album ‘IV’.

Until 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, Douglas explores the intersection of narrative, fact and fiction, and alludes to the cultural exchanges between Africa and North America.

11 – 23 Nov ¦ Colin James
Various UK venues ¦ Juno Award-winning Canadian blues singer-songwriter Colin James tours the UK supporting artist Beth Hart, and performs a solo show in London on Nov 20.

20 Nov ¦ 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.

26 Nov ¦ Eh! Afternoons: National History Museum
Natural History Museum, London ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group visits one of London’s landmark buildings to explore hundreds of exhibits.

28 November ¦ ‘Happy Go Lucky Fellow’
London ¦ Lecture by Dr Steve Hewitt of the University of Birmingham on the 1966 bombing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Lone-Actor Terrorism in Canada. UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN, 6pm. Free and open to all.

Further Ahead

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

5 Dec ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
Hippodrome Casino, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square.


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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