Win tickets to see Brit Mark Kingswood at the Mod Club on May 16

Mark Kingswood

Mark Kingswood couldn’t hide it if he wanted to; music is his passion and his playground

British recording artist Mark Kingswood recently moved from the UK to Montreal to concentrate on the North American market. He will do a concert in Toronto on Wednesday, May 16 at the Mod Club.

Although the show is primarily a media and music industry showcase, Brits in Toronto has been generously offered 10 FREE pairs of tickets to see Mark perform!

Quite simply leave your name in the comments below, contact or tweet us and we’ll randomly pick 10 lucky winners on Sunday, May 14 whose names will be added to the guest list at the door.

How simple is that?

So good luck and here’s a video about Mark:

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Footy Talks V

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It will probably be an event of two halves with some offside comments

Footy Talks is back at The Rivoli in Toronto on Thursday, May 3 featuring some of the best insiders in the industry. Join Luke Wileman, Kristian Jack, Steven Caldwell, Garth Wheeler, James Sharman, Thomas Dobby, Brendan Dunlop, John Molinaro, Joshua Kloke and Laura Armstrong for a night of beers, conversation and Q&A!

The event is hosted by Sportsnet’s Caroline Szwed.

More details and tickets here.

And, oh yeah — Brits in Toronto readers have 20% off so just use the promo code “supporters” to get the discount.

Man on!

British Council looking for individuals from across Canada to become a member of their international policy and leadership program

Future Leaders Connect

Hmmm, if only there was a relevant hash tag we could use too …

Are you a Brit in Toronto, aged between 18-35 and want the opportunity to travel to the UK for nine days of advanced policy and leadership development at the University of Cambridge? All expenses paid? Yes? Read on …

The British Council is looking for individuals from across Canada to become a member of their international policy and leadership program.

As a member of Future Leaders Connect you will access a nine-day residential program of advanced policy and leadership development at the University of Cambridge. You will be part of a group of phenomenal young leaders from around the world discussing today’s biggest global challenges in the Houses of Parliament and you will have private meetings with inspirational leaders.

The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the program is fully accessible. As a member of the program you will go on to be able to access a range of international fully funded professional development opportunities.

You must be aged 18-35, have a policy idea that could create change and be able to attend the nine-day program from 22-31 October 22-31.

If you’re interested apply here by Sunday, May 13 (18:59 p.m. EST).

Here’s the video to explain a bit more:

Ralph Rugoff, Director of London’s Hayward Gallery, coming to Toronto for an International Lecture Series

Ralph Rugoff

The windswept Ralph Rugoff

We got an e-mail from The Power Plant* Contemporary Art Gallery to let Brits in Toronto readers know of an upcoming program that may be of interest.

On Monday, April 16 the gallery will welcome Ralph Rugoff as a speaker in its International Lecture Series. The Power Plant’s long-running International Lecture Series brings some of today’s greatest thinkers from around the world — high-profile artist, curators, and cultural commentators — to Toronto.

Ralph Rugoff has been Director of the Hayward Gallery, a renowned contemporary art gallery at London’s Southbank Centre, since 2006. Rugoff was just announced in December 2017 as Artistic Director of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. He curated the 13th Biennale de Lyon in 2015, and initiated and co-curated Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art, in 2003.

Readers are invited to attend this FREE lecture, taking place at OCADU.

*Brits in Toronto lawyers made us include the disclaimer that The Power Plant should not be confused with The Power Station, and this is not a reunion tour.

The Power Station

Not The Power Plant

The Cavern Bar and Hostelling International Toronto is hiring

The Cavern Bar

Those hands could be yours …

Got an e-mail from Desmond at The Cavern Bar with a request to post some job opportunities. As Brits in Toronto’s tagline is, “The best pubs, curry, JOBS and dental care in Toronto …” how could we refuse?

He said: “I’m an English bloke, that’s carved out a career in Canada. I’m the General Operations Manager at Hostelling International Toronto. We are always looking for good people, and love the hardworking Brits to work at our facility. We are looking for bartenders, front desk agents, cooks and housekeepers. Feel free to share with your network.”

So, there you have it. The job details are below as PDFs.

Bartender

Front Desk Agent

Cook

Housekeeper

Ken Barlow is coming to Toronto in June!

William Roache

Never needed to update his CV since December 9, 1960

The man … the myth … the ledge that is Ken Barlow from Corrie Street — also known as William Roache to his friends and family — is coming to Canada in May, with a visit to Toronto on Friday, June 1.

Just to give you an idea of this actor’s contribution to one of the most famous soap operas in the world, William has played Ken Barlow in Coronation Street since its first episode on December 9, 1960. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role.

And, if that’s not enough to make you exclaim, “Stick t’kettle on chook, I’m feeling a bit wobbly!” then here’s nearly two hours of pure Barlow to wet your whistle.

This intimate one-on-one onstage interview allows William Roache to give fans a rare glimpse into his personal life. Audiences will be enthralled as he shares stories about his experiences on the famous set, the plot-lines and the actors he has worked with over five decades, many of whom are equally adored by loyal audiences.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an audience with true Coronation Street royalty and no fan will want to miss it.

In addition to show tickets, William will meet and greet a very limited number of VIP fans whose tickets will wrap the best seats in the house and the full show.

This will be a great experience for Ken Barlow fans, so here’s more details and tickets.

Brexit update: “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”

Brexit update

We’ll meeeeet again, don’t know wherrrre, don’t know whe — oh, sorry, we probably won’t

Nigel Nelson is a regular contributor to Brits in Toronto, and is a member of the non-profit Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP), and Past Chair of the (also) non-profit International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP).

Here’s his latest thoughts on Brexit and pensioners in Canada who receive the UK State Pension. All views are the CABP’s and Brits in Toronto does not endorse them and is not held liable in any way. As always, do your due diligence.

I was recently speaking to my octogenarian friend James the other day (you may remember that I first introduced you to James in the Ouch! How Brexit is hurting UK pensioners in Canada and in the later article James and I go to London), and I said to him what a quintessentially European phrase, “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” really is, although its origins seem to come from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2005.

What has this got to do with the UK State Pension which is what James and I always end up talking about? You see, he is a British military chap and he is usually found frothing at the mouth because he has found out that if he had stayed in the UK rather than retiring here to Canada he would be more than £31,000 better off in terms of his UK State Pension; using historic exchange rates, this converts to over $56,000 — not a trifling amount by any means.

If James lived south of the Niagara Falls (in the US) he would have been getting the annual increases to his UK State Pension. Instead, he chose to live north of the Falls, here in Canada and he hasn’t been getting the annual increases, and his UK State Pension has been “frozen.” How unfair is that?

James has been reading about Brexit and that got him thinking about UK pensioners living in Europe. There are 496,000 pensioners living in Europe who are in receipt of a UK State Pension:

Pensioners stats

Source: Dept. of Work and Pensions

Once the UK drops out of Europe, then, technically, the UK government no longer has a legal obligation to continue giving these pensioners the annual inflationary increase. This year the increase is 3%, so, for anyone getting their UK State Pension based on the pre-2016 Pensions Bill, this means an increase of just over £190 per year. Those who have retired after April 2016 will receive up to an estimated £260.

These pensioners are not happy about the possibility of them losing the annual increase, and there are a number of European pension lobby groups who are petitioning the UK Parliament.

The European Parliament and the UK Government have agreed that the UK government will continue to “export benefits” which includes the annual increase to the UK State Pension, and that has been drafted into the Withdrawal Bill which is currently before the UK Parliament. This is fine as long as the Withdrawal Bill is enacted.

However, Brexit negotiations are currently getting bogged down with negotiating a trade agreement. If the negotiations are not all completed by March 27, 2019, then the UK could fall out of the EU, and the Withdrawal Bill could be in limbo. So, where would this leave the pensioners living in Europe who receive a UK State Pension?

There are 540,000 pensioners living in 120 countries who do not receive the annual increase to their UK State Pension (larger image):

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Source: International Consortium of British Pensioners

As you can see, Canada is one of those countries (where there are 144,000 “frozen” pensioners). The pension lobby groups that I represent are watching very carefully to see what Brexit delivers in terms of the annual UK State Pension increase.

Technically, the pensioners living in Europe will be joining all the other “frozen” UK pensioners in the world, and the number would then swell to over one million unhappy pensioners — not a pleasant sight!

The UK Government has said that as part of the Withdrawal Agreement, they will negotiate “bilateral agreements” with European countries such that the pensioners living in Europe will continue to receive their annual UK State Pension increase. What James and many others are asking: “Why them, and not us?”

If you think that you are going to be affected by the UK “frozen” pension policy, and would like to help us in our fight, please check out the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners and they may be able to help you …

Where do you stand on this? Nigel can be reached:

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