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Canada Plus – November 2017

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A message from the Deputy High Commissioner

Photo - Janice CharetteNovember is the month when we pause, alongside our Allies and good friends, to remember the fallen.

This week, I will travel to France to participate in the Passchendaele Salute, which is one of the events that gives us the opportunity to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of one of the most significant and costly battles of the First World War. In the words of soldier and poet Siegfried Sassoon, “I died in hell – they called it Passchendaele”.

It began on July 31st 1917 and ended with the capture of Passchendaele by the Canadians on 10 November 1917. The battle left more than 1 million dead and injured on both sides, or 100,000 casualties for each mile gained.  With that courage on the battlefield, and through decisive yet costly victories, Canada earned the respect of our friends and Allies and our place at the table when it came time – at long last – to negotiate our peace.  

Our bond with our Allies in the UK, in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and beyond have remained strong ever since as we worked to ensure peace whenever possible.

From today’s perspective, I would say that the gathering in France – and our Remembrance Day plans at the Canadian military cemetery at Brookwood on November 11, along with our London ceremony in Green Park on November 12 – are not just about the sacrifices made by those we lost in far flung conflicts decades ago, they also recognize the many brave men and women who respond to the call to help within all of our nations today; be they members of the Armed Forces, the Police or Gendarmeries, or Emergency Responders. I hope you are able to join in our commemorations this year and pause with us to remember them all.

 Signature Sarah Fountain Smith
Janice Charette

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What’s in the Culture Canada diary?

The High Commission of Canada is delighted to announce the launch of “Culture Canada”, our quarterly electronic newsletter dedicated to the Canadian cultural scene in the UK. To help us promote the vibrant and growing choice of Canadian culture on offer, we need to hear from you about what’s in the diary for 2018. We are looking for information about confirmed upcoming performances, exhibitions, events or releases across dance, music, theatre, literature, film, virtual reality, design, photography, fashion, architecture and the visual arts. Our first issue will cover January 1 – March, 31, 2018 and this link takes you to our events form, detailing all the specifics that we need from you. The deadline for submissions – including any images you would like us to consider for inclusion - is November 22nd.

Granta celebrates Canada

Granta magazine will unveil its dedicated Canada 150 issue this month, guest edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien. From Canada’s global cities to its Arctic Circle, the writers in this issue upend the ways we imagine land, reconciliation, truth and belonging, revealing the histories of a nation’s future.

EduCanada takeover

Last month Canada House welcomed students, parents and careers advisors to this year’s EduCanada UK Events, held on Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th. Over a very busy two days, we welcomed 30 Canadian universities and colleges, 40 UK career advisors, and more than 700 students and parents – a significant increase over last year’s events, which shows that students in the UK are increasingly interested in educational opportunities abroad, and that Canada is becoming a popular study destination!

Business Brief

Last month, the High Commission was delighted to host Birks Jewellery to mark their UK launch, with the support of Aurum Group Holdings. A special selection of Birks contemporary jewellery will be available at Mappin & Webb and Goldsmith locations across the UK, including the flagship Mappin & Webb boutique on Regent Street.

Consular Corner

Advice to travellers at airports: Your consular team would like to remind anyone going through airport security to be mindful of their valuables. Any valuables – such as wallets, watches, jewellery, mobile phones - that are not required to be separated by airport security should be placed inside a zipped bag or jacket pocket before being sent through security scanning machines.

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

Visa Info

Q: I want to sponsor my spouse to come and live in Canada with me, but he has a criminal conviction. Does that make him inadmissible? What should we do?

A: While it is not possible to give a definite answer without knowing the details of your husband’s criminal conviction, to perform an admissibility assessment an officer will need to examine your  spouse’s police certificate, as well as any other relevant documentation such as Court records or memorandum of conviction. If more than 5 years have elapsed since the end of your spouse’s sentence, he may be eligible to apply for rehabilitation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. For more information about criminal inadmissibility, please see our website.

Did You Know

The annual number of immigrants in Canada has fluctuated considerably over the last 150 years. Some of these fluctuations can be linked to immigration policy changes, others to Canada's economic situation or world events connected with the movement of migrants and refugees. The highest number ever recorded was in 1913, when more than 400,000 immigrants arrived in the country. The lowest numbers of landed immigrants were recorded during the Great Depression in the 1930s and during World War II. Since the early 1990s, the number of landed immigrants has remained relatively high, with an average of approximately 235,000 new immigrants per year.

Source: Statistics Canada

November Events

7 – 8 Nov ¦ Harrow Fair
Bristol and London ¦ The Toronto-based roots duo perform music from their debut album “Call to Arms” in small venues across the UK.

8 – 12 Nov ¦ Alex Turgeon – The Tilting at Windmills
Tate Liverpool ¦ A spoken word performance by Alex Turgeon initiated by considering the voice as a subject within the act of protest.

9 Nov ¦ Celebrating the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Canada House, London | Join us at for an evening with four Canadian writers nominated for this year’s prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. All guests must be registered in advance and valid government-issued photo ID is required for entry.

9 Nov ¦ Paul Berkowitz
St John’s Smith Square, London ¦ The Canadian pianist, described by the Sunday Times as being “in the royal class of Schubert interpreters”, performs a program dedicated to Schubert sonatas.

9 Nov ¦ Tomato Tomato
Beverley Masonic Hall, Yorkshire ¦ Husband and wife duo John and Lisa McLaggan bring their traditional East-Coast folk music to Yorkshire.

9 to 18 Nov ¦ Doc’n Roll Film Festival
London ¦ The international music documentary festival includes two offerings by Canadians producers: Play Your Gender, and Death by Metal.

9 Nov – 19 Nov ¦ The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
London ¦ 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.

10 – 15 Nov ¦ Edward Hillel – UrbanPhotoFest
London ¦ Edward Hillel, Festival Artist for UrbanPhotoFest, will show his work at MMX gallery and participate at Urban Encounters at Tate Britain.

10 – 30 Nov ¦ Gabrielle Papillon
Various venues ¦ Award-winning Nova Scotian singer songwriter Gabrielle Papillon tours her latest album, Keep the Fire.

Canada House leaf11 and 12 Nov ¦ Canadian Remembrance Services
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey and Green Park, London ¦ The public are invited to join the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Saturday, 11 November or at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13:45 on Sunday, 12 November.

11 Nov – 9 Dec ¦ First Nations Now II: Contemporary Innovations
The Baldwyn Gallery, London ¦ Indigenous Canadian artists, from the Northwest Pacific Coast to the Cree heartland, explore hybridity and autobiography.

Until Nov 14 | The Paperboys UK tour
Various venues ¦ Join Vancouver's favorite Celtic/Folk/Rock band The Paperboys tour the UK as part of their 25th Anniversary Tour.

14 – 16 Nov ¦ BadBadNotGood
Various UK venues ¦ Post-bop electronica from “the jazz group the rap world runs with” - The Guardian

Until 17 Nov ¦ Trouble in Tahiti
Opera North, Leeds ¦ Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta stars in Leonard Bernstein’s first opera, rich with jazz rhythms that evoke the bygone days of Hollywood and Broadway.

17 - 19 Nov ¦ TOPS
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian Indie rock with Montreal four-piece TOPS touring their latest album, Sugar at the Gate.

17 – 27 Nov ¦ Mac DeMarco
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist and rock ‘n’ roll showman, Mac DeMarco swings by London on his world tour.

Thread, Cal Lane Canada House leaf Until 18 Nov ¦ Self-Abstractions
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery’s latest exhibition brings together artists Jannick Deslauriers, Cal Lane, Marie-Eve Levasseur, Nadia Myre and Jinny Yu. Through a variety of innovative techniques, these five female artists look outward to situate themselves in the world. In an era characterised by an excessive proliferation of self-portraits, the artists deploy counter-strategies to represent themselves in their work. Mon-Sat, 11am – 5:45pm.
Image - Thread (2016), Cal Lane (synthetic hair, tire, steel stand)

18 – 19 Nov ¦ James Ehnes
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The Canadian violinist, known for his probing musicianship, explores the full range of Bach’s invention in two concerts over the course of one weekend. Programmes to include the vioin sonatas and partitas.

19 Nov ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup on Portobello Road.

20 Nov ¦ ‘Loyalty, Security and Homosexuality: Canada’s Gay Purges in a North Atlantic Context’
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ Dr. Hector Mackenzie, Senior Historian at Global Affairs Canada will talk about Canada’s Day Purges in the 1950s in comparison with Britain and the US.

20 Nov ¦ Granta 141: Canada Panel Discussion
Canada House, London ¦ A panel of Canadian writers will launch a special edition of the acclaimed literary magazine Granta. Catherine Leroux, Falen Johnson and Alexander MacLeod will discuss the current state and impact of Canadian literature in a discussion led by former Times literary editor Erica Wagner. You must be registered to attend.

21 Nov ¦ Quatuor Bozzini
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield¦ The Canadian quartet is joined by pianist Philip Thomas in a concert featuring two World Premiere performances of works by UK composers Bryn Harrison and Mary Bellamy.

22 Nov ¦ London Vandoos
Brewhouse and Kitchen, Clerkenwell ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Further Ahead

2 Dec ¦ X Ring Day UK
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ Alumni of St Francis Xavier University are invited to a family-friendly gathering at the Maple Leaf Pub in Covent Garden on Saturday afternoon.

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

Until 9 Dec ¦ Vikky Alexander – Group Show
Project Native Informant Gallery, London ¦ Vikky Alexander joins DIS collective, Ad Minoliti, Wang Newone and Lynn Hershman Leeson in a group show that explores gender, domesticity and technology.

Until 10 Dec ¦ Megan Rooney: MOMMA! MOMMA!
Tramway, Glasgow ¦ First solo exhibition in Scotland by the Canadian artist, including painting, performance, written and spoken word, sculpture and installation.

10 Dec ¦ National Canada 150 Skating Day 
Natural History Museum, South Kensington ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group has organised an afternoon of skating for the National Canada 150 Skating Day.

10 Dec ¦ Little Canada Christmas Market
Surrey Street Market, Croydon ¦ This Christmas market inspired by Quebec City’s winter Carnival will include seasonal Canadian food and drinks, festive family entertainment and carol singing.

Until 20 Dec ¦ Stan Douglas
Victoria Miro, London ¦ Canadian artist Stan Douglas presents new large-scale photographic works focusing on locations of the 2011 London riots.

Until 1 Jan ¦ Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester ¦ This is the largest UK retrospective of the work of the Canadian-born rebel artist, Wyndham Lewis. Lewis was an official war artist for the Canadian and British governments, and this exhibition is timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of his death.

Until 2 Jan ¦ The Only Power is No Power
Vitrine, London ¦ Wil Murray, the Berlin-based Canadian artist presents a new large-scale print series which uses a hybrid of photography and painting to highlight the role of time and substance within a journey.

Until 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.

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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