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Canada Plus – December 2017

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Canada Plus

A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice CharetteAs our year of celebration of Canada 150 draws to a close, I wanted to thank all of you who helped us spread a little bit of Canada across the UK throughout 2017.

You have shared your photographs, your Tweets, your Instagram-ready Canadian recipes, your red and white fashion choices and your love of all things Canadian to our many friends on this side of the pond. You have been vital in making this year feel very special indeed and contributed mightily to our “Cool Canada” reputation!

The year has also offered moments of sombre reflection as we paused to remember the fallen at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, and your participation in our commemorative events is truly valued.

I would like to also thank the wonderful team at Canada House responsible for organizing all of the amazing celebrations and commemorations – they really went above and beyond for all of us in 2017 and I am very grateful for their superb work. Bravo!

I hope you all find time in the coming weeks to seek out friends and family both here and back home in Canada for good cheer and new memories as we look forward to 2018.

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Calling all Hipsters

Canada House has worked with the Bertha DocHouse at the Curzon Bloomsbury to arrange a special screening of Long Time Running, the acclaimed feature-length documentary that follows the Tragically Hip’s final cross-Canada tour. Please do join us for a special evening celebrating the life and work of Gord Downie and the band. A portion of proceeds from the December 12 screening will go to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund that works to advance Indigenous reconciliation.

Popular Poppies

The Royal Canadian Legion’s poppies were sought-after again this year. Sales at Canada House and at our Remembrance Day ceremony at Green Park raised almost £1200 for the Legion. Thanks to all who dropped by to pick up your Canadian poppy.

Granta celebrates Canada

Lovers of great writing will not want to miss the current issue of leading UK literary journal Granta, which is entirely dedicated to the work of Canadian writers. Guest edited by Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux, the Canada edition offers a modern vision of a complex and evolving country.

Canada House - Granta

Business Brief

Shopping Canada this Christmas

Did you know you can find many favourite Canadian brands in the UK this holiday season?  If you’re looking for that perfect gift, why not look north? Even here in the UK you can cross Arc’teryx, Canada Goose, Lululemon, Deciem and Birks off of your wish list. And of course, with Second Cup in cities across the UK, and Tim Horton’s continuing to expand with shops opening in Glasgow and Cardiff this month and Belfast soon, they’ll keep you caffeinated and fed so you can keep on shopping.

Warm up on Regent Street

Canada House - Canada Goose

In November, the High Commission was delighted to host Canada Goose as they launched their first European flagship store in London. Photo: Ian Gavan.

Consular Corner

Question: My 14-year-old daughter is heading to Canada on her own this Christmas to visit her Mom. Is there anything I need to consider?

Answer: The holiday times are one of the most frequent occasions for children and teens to travel unescorted to visit a non-custodial parent. To make sure that flights and international border crossings are smooth, please consider filling out a consent to travel document. It’s best to also ensure that your child travels with contact phone numbers so that custom officials can contact both parents to confirm that everything is as it should be.

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

Visa Info

Question: I am interested in becoming a permanent resident in one of the Atlantic provinces. I have heard there are opportunities available for skilled workers. What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

Answer: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The program allows Atlantic provincial governments to choose immigrants according to the economic needs of the province. A Labour Market Impact Assessment is not required under this pilot. You may apply under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program as a skilled worker if you meet the eligibility requirements and plan to settle permanently in one of the Atlantic Provinces. Before you can apply to IRCC to immigrate to Canada under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you must first receive an Endorsement Letter from an Atlantic Province and have a valid job offer in one of the Atlantic Provinces. For more information please visit Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Did You Know?

Effective 1 December 2017, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria do not require Temporary Resident Visas to visit Canada. Instead, they will be eligible to apply for Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA) for travel to Canada. For more information, please visit Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA).

December Events

Canada House leafGuardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of SovereigntyUntil February 17 ¦ Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Time Immemorial (You’re Just Mad Because We Got Here First)
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery hosts the first UK solo exhibition by contemporary Indigenous artist Yuxweluptun. A noted advocate for Indigenous issues in Canada, Yuxweluptun brings his perspective and adds his voice to discussions around Canada 150 and the idea of nationhood. Free admission. Monday to Saturday, 11am -5:45pm.

Image: Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty  (2000)

Dec 3 – Feb 4 ¦ The Baldwin Gallery’s Betwixt
The Hospital Club, London ¦ An exhibition exploring the organic and psychic transference between selves and species, featuring the shape-changing photography of Canadian David Ellingsen and Plains Cree sculptural-photographer Meryl McMaster.

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 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 10 Dec ¦ Jeremy Shaw: Liminals
Studio Ten, London ¦ The first UK solo exhibition by Jeremy Shaw, the Canadian artist representing Canada in 2017 at the 57th Venice Biennale. The show features Shaw’s latest work, a pseudo-documentary science fiction film about a marginalized society of the future.

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 organized an afternoon of skating for the National Canada 150 Skating Day.

10 Dec ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup on Portobello Road.

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.

December 12 ¦ The Tragically Hip - Long Time Running
Bertha DocHouse at Curzon Bloomsbury ¦ A special screening of acclaimed documentary Long Time Running in tribute to The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which works to advance Indigenous reconciliation in Canada. This is part of a series of screenings to mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

14 Dec ¦ University of Toronto Alumni Holiday Happy Hour
The Chapel, Marylebone, London ¦ Join fellow University of Toronto alumni and friends for some festive drinks and canapes. Registration required.

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.

22 Dec ¦ London Vandoos
The Chapel Marylebone, London ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Further Ahead

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 is the first time the artifacts found by Parks Canada are on display in the UK.

8 Jan ¦ 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 Covent Garden.


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 ¦ The High Commission is currently recruiting a consular officer and the Ontario office is recruiting a senior commercial officer.

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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