Let’s all help fellow Brit Kerry find a job!

Kerry Bond

Kerry is heading to Toronto next month and looking for a job!

Incoming! Kerry is a Brit heading to Toronto next month and, being well organized, has already requested a free plug to see if there’s any interested people or companies out there willing to consider her for a job.

Here’s some deets …

Kerry says she’s open to any kind of job but hopefully something in hospitality or personal training/fitness. Some highlights include: Confident speaker in front of large crowds or just on a one-to-one basis; Active team member and also self-motivated individual; Positive attitude to any situation which is shown through work in the prison service.

Kerry also has some experience in event promotion, social media and as a home carer. A pretty varied skill set if you ask us.

So, if you — or someone you know — can help Kerry out, please e-mail her at kerryannebond AT hotmail DOT CO DOT UK or contact this keen Brit via her LinkedIn profile.

Good luck, Kerry!

Win two pairs of tickets to Rhythm of the Dance on St. Patrick’s Day!

Rhythm of the Dance

Rhythm is a dancer, it’s a soul’s companion, you can feel it everywhere. Lift your hands and voices, free your mind and join us, you can feel it in the air

The Sony Centre and Attila Glatz Concert Productions are pleased to present the National Dance Theatre of Ireland’s Rhythm of the Dance this St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17.

This magical, mystical showcase also features the Young Irish Tenors and a vibrant assemblage of musicians, introducing classic Irish instruments, while an integrated multimedia presentation adds vivid perspective on Ireland’s incomparably rich heritage and natural beauty.

Brits in Toronto has two pairs of tickets to give away. Simply leave a comment below or tweet us why you’d like to see the show with a guest.

On Wednesday night we’ll pick two lucky random winners, connect them with the show’s marketing person to arrange the tickets and that’s your Friday night sorted.

Here’s a clip of what to expect …

Looking for Brits’ opinions on expat and new immigrant meetup/support groups


“Come and join our Punching The Air While Celebrating On-Cue Expat Group … it’s really fun!”

Been a busy week for people wanting to pick our readers’ brains!

Next up is Ryerson student Lauren who wants your opinion on expat and similar groups. We featured the Toronto Brit Meetup Group a while back, but there must be more out there that Lauren can chat to.

“I’m a journalism student at Ryerson University and for an assignment I am writing about expat and new immigrant meetup/support groups and how they help or hinder newcomers to Canada in integrating into Canadian society. I was wondering if you have been involved in any such groups and if you’d be willing to talk with me about your experience, or if you know other people who have done so and might be helpful.”

Some example questions …

  • How did expat groups help you settle in? Do you feel like they helped you join in with wider Canadian society (beyond other expats)?
  • Do you feel “just” British, “just” Canadian or both? Why/what makes you feel that way?
  • Do you think you’ve become “Canadianized”? Which country do you think you fit in with better now?
  • Is your social group now mainly made up of Canadians, other expats (either British or not), or a mix of both? How does that compare to when you first moved here? (if here for longer)
  • Do you see yourself staying in Canada, returning to Britain or moving somewhere else long-term?
  • If you have lived as an expat in another country, how does your experience there compare with your experience in Canada? What made it easier/harder to establish a life there?

“I would be interested in talking to both recent newcomers, people who have been in Canada for years and everything in between. I would start with a fairly quick (10-15 minute) phone conversation and if people would be willing to meet in person for a more in-depth discussion than is easy to do over the phone, that would be great. If anyone is part of an expat meetup group that has an event/gathering coming up, that I could join in with, I’d love to do that too.

“The assignment is due in mid-April, but I’d like to hear from people as soon as possible, not to rush you!”

So, if you’d like to help Lauren out and tell her about your experiences, please e-mail her at lauren DOT lydia DOT der AT ryerson DOT CA — and thanks in advance!

Are British drivers better than Canadians? Discuss


And it’s time for our new Tuesday Night Fun Quiz! Fingers on the buzzers. Your starter for 10. No conferring. Canadian drivers … what does this light mean?

Boy racers. Sunday drivers. Road hogs. Speed freaks. Rubberneckers.

No — not names of famous 70s bands, but various ways we describe drivers. We all think we can drive. But who’s the best? Is one country better than the other? Got an opinion? Want to be in a documentary about it? Want $250 if you’re chosen?

Brits in Toronto have been asked by a production company to help find people to appear in a two-minute documentary video sponsored by a Canadian insurance company to chat about all the above.

“I am working as a content producer for a video series that deals with driving and I am looking for people that grew up in foreign countries and would be comfortable talking about the differences in driving behaviour between their homeland and Canada. Do you know anyone who could be interested?

“We will be filming in Ontario in March or April, depending on the interviewee’s location and availability. The filming takes about two hours and the fee is $250.”

They are looking for five people from five different countries, so if you’re a Brit who wants to represent your fellow expats then e-mail Charlotte at nadeau DOT charlotte AT gmail DOT COM or give her a shout on the dog and bone at 514-774-9918.

You’ll be asked to provide some background info and the producers will choose the final candidate to appear so … good luck! And tell ’em Brits in Toronto sent you, cheers.

Totally biased product review by me — The Caledonian


The poshest haggis you’ll ever see on these pages

We finally did it. Been on our to-do list for a loooonnngggg time but we never got around to it. Now we have.

Yes — we went to The Caledonian, hoots mon! And was it worth it.

First things first … the Toronto crowd love their Scottishness. The place was packed and we wished that someone in our crew had thought to make a reservation. But luck was on our side and we got squeezed in. It was loud. The kind of place where you have to shout to the person sitting next to you.

Feel like a whisky, perchance? Don’t think we misheard the bartender who said they have 350 kinds on offer. A lot of them were in special cases on the wall, to be gazed on, fantasized about as you feast on …

… a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach. HAGGIS!

Check the photo above for our serving, sitting atop the traditional neeps and tatties. Extremely, extremely good. There’s also a veggie version too with a whisky sauce.

Want more? How about sausage rolls and deep-fried pickles? Yes. Superb too.

Tired of the numerous whisky flights? How about a Scottish stout unique only, worldwide, to The Caledonian. Had two of those. Sublime.

Safe to say we love this place and give it a solid Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars.

Totally biased product review by me — Kothur Indian Cuisine


Pristine and untouched, but not for long …

Out on the lash Friday night so the Brits in Toronto crew popped into Kothur Indian Cuisine, on Yonge Street just below the Duke of Gloucester. We needed to get a base first.

Once the prerequisite trio of pickled carrots, mint sauce and tamarind sauce came out, we dived into the main events.

I had the Veg Pakoras to start, six of them which was pretty generous. They were nice and crunchy on the outside, but a little chalky on the inside. Wasn’t a huge fan but they filled a gap.

Then onto the medium-spiced Chicken Karahi, my go-to dish when checking out a new curry house for the first time.

It was a decent-sized portion with good flavour, lots of sauce and an odd piece of carrot stuck in it. Should have asked for medium-to-hot spice level though because it was slightly lacking on that front.

So all in all it’s a Brits in Toronto 2/5 stars for the experience.


Toronto Buccaneers Rugby Club are looking for new members

Toronto Buccaneers Rugby Club

Ooorgghh arggghhhh mateys, shiver me timbers, yo ho ho and a rugby ball

In March of last year we introduced you to the Toronto Buccaneers Rugby Club and they got in touch with Brits in Toronto for some more free PR, so here it is me mateys.

They are looking for new members for the club and also have some events coming up, thus:

Pre-season Indoor Training (Jr)
Location: Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson Street, (West Gym)
Dates: February 4, 18 and 25, starts at 11:00 a.m.

Pre-season Indoor Training (Sr)
Location: Major League Sportsplex, 641 Danforth Rd
Dates: February 19 to April 9, starts at 12:00 p.m.

Buccaneers Registration Day
Location: The Leaside Pub, 190 Laird Dr
Date: March 18

Buccaneers March in St. Patty’s Day Parade
Location: downtown
Date: March 19

Buccaneers Poker Night
Location: Army Navy Air Force Veterans Club, 128 Broadview Ave
Date: February 11, doors open 6:00 p.m., first hand 7:30ish

Here’s their latest flyer and their website for more deets.