The Canadians are coming. London better be prepared. Lucky for this year’s Summer Olympics host city that it recently got a taste of what it could be in for when Team Canada arrives in force this week. The annual Canada Day party took place July 1 at Trafalgar Square with a ball hockey tournament on one of the few sunny days in the British capital this summer. Participating teams were stocked with ex-pats who are employed by Canadian companies with offices overseas. They included Stikeman Elliott, Nexen and CIBC. While the teams fought for the James R. Wright Cup, named after Canada’s former High Commissioner to Great Britain, attendees loaded up on Molson’s and poutine. Organized by RainMaker Global Business Development, the Canada Day festivities also featured performances by Our Lady Peace, Hedley and Ladies of the Canyon. More than 7,000 people turned out for the event, a prelude to the high level of Canadian patriotism that will surely be prominent during the 2012 Olympics, which run from July 27 to August 12. — Natasha Sutton
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