Tag Archives: brits in toronto

BRITFEST Canada will celebrate Canada’s diverse British community

BRITFEST Canada

British bloke awkwardly squinting into the sun and complaining it’s too bloody hot as usual

BRITFEST Canada, the country’s annual event celebrating its British migrants, students, workers and expats in Canada will take place from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 in Pickering, Ontario. (Flyer poster here.)

Highlighting the inaugural event will be music and food reflective of the culture, opportunities to connect with British counterparts, family-friendly activities and more. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Carea Community Health Centre, a non-profit organization providing free community health and wellness programs.

Launched by a British expat who recognized a lack of events to meet peers as a new resident of Canada, founder Charlee Chiappa-Abibula saw an opportunity to celebrate and connect the country’s multi-cultural British residents.

With the goal of creating a fun, energetic event, she has spent six months building a festival atmosphere for all generations, complete with food reminiscent of her native country, from Pipe Major Andrew Killick to British urban group British Man Dem (B.M.D.).

“BRITFEST Canada promises to be a lively event that will provide British residents with a ‘back at home’ feeling,” said Chiappa-Abibula. “We’re merging the younger and older generations through a mix of music, food and atmosphere that will send them back to their British roots.

“We’re looking forward to establishing a truly unique event that British migrants, students and workers will look forward to each year as a way to honor their heritage and connect with one another.”

In addition to the music, food and culture, representatives from Bright Immigration will also be in attendance to provide qualified immigration advice to interested event attendees seeking immigration consultations. Complimentary Nando’s Chicken will be given on the day to the first interested attendees while supplies last.

Early Bird tickets for BRITFEST Canada are $10 each and available through July 1. Children under 10 years old can attend free of charge. Tickets and additional details are available online, at https://britfestcanada.com/.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to follow the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/britfestcanada/ and Instagram at @britfestca.

Advertisements

Where are you watching the Royal Wedding on May 19?

Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle on May 19

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is taking place on Saturday, May 19 and — as it’s obviously a very special occasion — we’re covering some options of how to view it. Because of the UK time difference it’s an early start.

The Duke Pubs reached out to let Brits in Toronto know that they are throwing a viewing party at the Duke of Cornwall with co-organizers the BCCTC, Loyal Societies and Typically Brit. Doors are opening at 6:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome to come and watch the wedding with them.

And bonus points: Brits in Toronto readers can print and show this coupon for a COMPLIMENTARY (non-alcoholic) sparkling mimosa! You’re ‘aving a larf ain’t ya?! How good is that?!

But wait — there’s more! The Duke’s early-morning grumbling chef will also be whipping up the Proper London Fully Loaded breakfast consisting of three eggs any style, banger, bacon, grilled tomato, potato pancakes, baked beans, multigrain toast and strawberry jam. A pure bargain at an honest $13.99.

If none of the above takes your fancy and you prefer to watch the Royal Wedding in bed with a warm over-sweet cuppa char, then our new BFF BritBox is feting the nuptials in style, with the opportunity to watch ITV’s broadcast of the wedding celebration LIVE.

The broadcast will be hosted by ITV’s own Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham, exclusively anchored from a specially constructed studio on the Long Walk in Windsor.

ITV has put together a lineup of experts joined by a range of guests including those who know Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as friends of the Royal Family and live coverage from across the Globe — From St. George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, to Lesotho in Africa, the home of the charity co-founded by Prince Harry.

You’re ‘aving more of a larf ain’t ya?! How also good is that?!

So, no excuse Brits in Toronto for missing out on the royal event of the year.

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:

Footy Talks V

Footy Talks small

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