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SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTRE 

Nordic Knitters 2nd and 4th Thursday each month

Winnipeg, MB: Scandinavian Centre, 764 Erin St. 7 - 9 p.m. $5 fee for drop ins. 

 

SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTRE TGIF SPEAKERS SERIES 

Winnipeg, MB: TGIF is a dinner and speaker series that is open to the public. The full buffet dinner, catered by Bonne Cuisine, costs $17.50 (cash/cheque; cash bar). Doors open at 5:30 pm., with the dinner starting at 6 pm, followed by the speaker at around 7:15 pm. 

Friday 26 January: TGIF will feature a presentation by the community action and safety group, Bear Clan Patrol. Reservations highly recommended. Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St. 204-774-8047. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please leave your name, number, and number in your party.

  

Sunday 21 January

Winnipeg, MB: Come and join the Icelandic Canadian Frón at their Heritage Day and Brunch at the Scandinavian Centre, 764 Erin St. 10:30 to 1 pm. $15 adults, $7.50 children 7-12, 6 and under free. “Your One Stop Shop” to get your ICF membership, L-H and Icelandic Connection subscription, information on Icelandic camp, IODE, Icelandic Department at U of M, New Iceland Heritage Museum, and much more. 

Frón invites you to participate: to promote your group, to sell memberships, to sell product. Display set up 9:30 – 10:15. RSVP by Jan 17 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or leave message 204-257-0870.

Reservations for brunch are requested so that Michael, our caterer, can be prepared. Call the Scandinvian Centre 204-774-8074 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Important Note: Make your reservation by noon Saturday January 20th 

Helping hands and baking for the dessert table will be most appreciated!

 

Sunday 28 January

Calgary AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club’s Anuual General Meeting. Pot luck meal followed by meeting.

 

Friday 2 February

Arborg, MB: Þorrablót featuring special guest Allsherjargoði Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, sponsored by Esjan, the Arborg Chapter of the INLNA, 7:30 p.m., at the Arborg Legion; doors open at 6:30. Supper tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets, contact: David Gislason at 204-376-5578 or Joel Friðfinnsson at 204-641-0225.

The Arborg Chapter of the INL of NA is thrilled to welcome as our guest at Þorrablót this year, the High Chieftan (Allsherjargoðinn) of the Norse pagan religion in Iceland, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. It will be a great honour for our club, especially as the Þorrablót festival has its roots in Norse paganism. Hilmar is also a world class composer and has received an Oscar nomination for his work.

 

1 - 4 February  

Reykjavík, Iceland: Those long winter days of darkness in Reykjavík are set to be illuminated magnificently at the city’s next annual Winter Lights Festival. 1-4 pm. The festival promises a superb collection of sparkling events, all delivered with our customary commitment to quality and diversity. See more on www.winterlightsfestival.is.

 

Sunday 11 February

Toronto, ON: ICCT Annual Iceland Travel Show. Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Avenue, (just west of High Park). 2 pm. Members $8, Non-Members $10. Coffee and goodies to follow. Returning as our featured guest will be Stewart Wheeler. Stewart was Canada's very popular Ambassador to Iceland for almost four years, returning to Canada in 2017 to the post of Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations and Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Ontario Government. Stewart will share more stories and beautiful pictures of his travels in Iceland. We will also hear about a four week hiking trip and a cruise which included Iceland. Come hear the stories, get the latest costs, pick up some brochures, and get inspired for your own trip to Iceland! Make 2018 the year you go to Iceland.

 

Saturday 17 February

Winnipeg, MB:  Icelandic Canadian Frón Þorrablót CANCELLED.

 

Saturday 17 February 

Chicago, IL: The Icelandic Association of Chicago’s Þorrablót. 6 pm at The Swedish American Museum. 5211 N. Clark Street. www.swedishamericanmuseum.org. Renew your membership and purchase tickets today. www.icelandChicago.org

We’re excited to welcome back Bjössi Greifi (Count Bjössi) as our musical entertainer but some of you know Björn Grétar Sveinbjörnsson as a member of the famous and popular Icelandic band, Greifarnir (The Counts) and many more from our previous Þorrablót.  We’re also happy to celebrate at the Swedish American Museum and to have Master Chef Ari Hallgrímsson back and in charge of the food and on hand to answer all your questions about Icelandic traditions, old or new.  We’ll open the house at 6 pm with a welcome cocktail, homemade gravlax, double smoked leg of lamb, Brennivín, and rotten shark. On the dinner table you’ll find standards such as pickled rams’ testicles, sheared sheep heads, dried haddock, blood pudding, liver pudding, hangikjöt, rye and flat bread, and other delicacies you’ve been craving… For dessert we’ll have a traditional ‘Kaffihlaðborð’ with pönnukökur, kleinur, marengstertur, Siggi’s skyr, and other goodies prepared by members. We’ll treat you to the best Glacial water in the world BUT for other drinks, this is a BYOB event. 

We’ll have our famous and ever popular raffle where you can win a ticket from Icelandair to the Old Country plus many more prizes, Icelandic music, design wool product, chocolates, art work, and more.

Tickets $65 members, $80 guests. 70 and older $55. 11-17 and students $55. 10 and under free. Deadline to purchase tickets is February 7th. We will not sell tickets or accept payments at the door. We have sold out for the past several Þorrablót. You can click on the links below to pay membership fees and buy tickets or visit our webpage www.icelandChicago.org

 

Sunday 18 February

Mountain, ND: Icelandic Communities Association of Northeast North Dakota Þorrablót.

 

Saturday 24 February

Edmonton, AB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton Þorrablót.

 

Sunday 25 February

St. Paul, MN: The Icelandic Hekla Club is partnering with the St. Paul Landmark Center to host Urban Destination: Iceland from 1-3 pm. 75 West Fifth St. 55102.This is the 14th year of this series, but the first (and likely only time) Iceland will be highlighted. The purpose is to provide authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

From the Landmark staff, we have learned that this event is aimed at children and families as a way to visit Iceland without leaving St. Paul and is free and open to the public, It is our opportunity to showcase Iceland in a variety of participatory and interactive ways. Depending upon the weather, the expectations are for some 300 - 650 attendees.

Live Icelandic animals, crafts, food, cultural displays, etc. and two hours worth of performance programming. We ask you to mark your calendars to attend this event if you are in the Twin Cities in late February (maybe you’ll stay on after the Super Bowl), and if you have a way in which you’d like to participate as a vendor, performer or as a means of informing about Iceland, all are welcome to join the fun, at no charge.Visit www.landmarkcenter.org/programs/sundays.

 

Sunday 25 February

St. Paul, MN: The Iceland Hekla Club is partnering with the St. Paul Landmark Center to host Urban Destination: Iceland from 1 - 3 pm. Landmark Center is located at 75 West Fifth St. Saint Paul, MN 55102. This is the 14th year of this series, but the first (and likely only time) Iceland will be highlighted. The purpose is to provide authentic cultural experiences that include music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.  Watch for details or visit www.landmarkcenter.org/programs/sundays.

 

17 March

Seattle, WA: Save the date. Þorrablot 2018 at  the Swedish Club in Seattle. 

 

Saturday 24 March

Ottawa, ON: The Friends of Iceland will be holding its annual Þorrablót at the Strathcona Legion Hall, 1940 Bank St.

 

Saturday 7 April

Toronto, ON: ICCT Þorrablót. The Latvian Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr., Toronto, East of the DVP. Appetizers, cash bar 6 pm, dinner 7:30 pm, free parking.Tickets are now available. Early bird price (until Feb. 23)

Members: adults $65, children 12 & under $20, students 13-24 $30, non-members: adults $90, children 12 & under $35, students 13-24 $40. Price (After Feb 23):Members: adults $80, children 12 & under $25, students 13-24 $35, non-members: adults $125, children 12 & under $45, students 13-24 $50. Note our new student pricing!

*There are no event day ticket sales. Tickets available while space permits.

 

Saturday 14 April

Calgary AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club’s spring dinner.

 

26 - 28 April

Edmonton, AB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton hosts the INLNA convention. Details TBA inlofna.org/2018-Convention-in-Edmonton. Venue: the DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton Convention rate: one king bed or two queen beds $150 (CDN plus taxes) / night single or double occupancy. To book visit inlofna.org/2018-Convention-in-Edmonton site or this link: doubletree.hilton or call hotel 780-484-0821 and use the Convention rate code ICE. 

Our theme is Accolades and our program will feature some of the best and the brightest individuals in Iceland
today; people who are at the top of their diverse professions and industries. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a leading figure in human genetics and analyze and understand the human genome? Or what it would be like to own a film production company and produce and direct documentaries, films and TV series in Iceland? Perhaps the life of an Icelandic sheep farmer piques your interest or the Reykjavik fashion scene is more up your alley. Or the world of platelet lysates as seen by a biomedical scientist? These exciting topics and much more are waiting for you at the 99th Annual INLNA Convention! 

 

EXHIBITS 

Until 28 January

Vancouver, BC: True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design. Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. (at Robson). This ground-breaking exhibition examines the significant influence of Scandinavian craft and industrial design on the development of Canadian culture. Spanning more than seven decades, True Nordic reveals how Scandinavian design was introduced in Canada and how its aesthetics and material forms were adopted, revised and transformed. Featuring a wide array of furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass and metalwork, the exhibition offers a critical survey of Canadian design practices from the 1930s to the present. On Tuesday nights at the Vancouver Art Gallery, from 5 pm until 9 pm, entrance is by donation. https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/theexhibitions/exhibit_truenordic.html.

 

Until 2 April

Toronto, ON: The Vikings are coming to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Vikings: The Exhibition. Bloodthirsty plunderers. Pillaging warriors. Seafaring traders. What do we really know about Vikings? Explore the myths and stereotypes of this ancient culture, in Vikings: The Exhibition presented by Raymond James Ltd. opening November 4, 2017. Offering a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age, Vikings is an extraordinary window into the lifestyle, religion, and daily lives of these legendary explorers, artisans, and craftspeople. Encounter objects rarely displayed outside of Scandinavia in this compelling exhibition that challenges the perceptions of the Viking Age through hundreds of objects, interactives, and immersive experiences. 

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/vikings-the-exhibition

 

ICELANDIC CLASSES

Mondays 22 January to 19 March

Toronto, ON: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto language classes. Talar þú íslensku? If you answer nei, smá, or are scratching your head, then Icelandic classes are for you. No class on Family Day. 7:30 pm. $80 ICCT members, $95 non-members. We use a wonderful online resource which includes sound files. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Tuesdays 16 January to 20 March

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón is offering three levels of Icelandic classes at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St. Registration at start of classes. Fee for 10 week session is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kendra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wednesdays

Gimli, MB: Kaffitími in Gimli is every Wednesday, 3 pm in the Harbour Cafe in Gimli Waterfront Centre. Coffee and conversation (in Icelandic). Everyone is welcome to join in or come to listen.

 

LITERATURE

Lestrarfélagið Gleym-mér-ei 

2017 - 2018 Schedule /Founded in 1996 

Thursdays

Winnipeg, MB: Icelandic Collection University of Manitoba. Elizabeth Dafoe Library. Everyone welcome to any evening. Contact: Linda F. Sigurdson Collette – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Time change alert: LGME meets at 5:30 pm not 7 pm. Icelandic Collection 3rd floor. Parking lot B available after 4:30 pm. 

25 Jan: White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West – Dr. Ryan Eyford.  

In 1875 Icelandic immigrants established a colony on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipeg. The timing and location of New Iceland was not accidental. It was one of several land reserves created for Europeans by the Canadian government in the late 19th century. Canadian leaders hoped that group settlements of immigrants on Indigenous lands would help realize their ambitious plans for western expansion. Hoping for a better life many of the New Iceland colonists found only hardship, disappointment or death. Those who survived scurvy and small pox faced crop failure, internal dissension and severe flooding that nearly ended the project only six years after it had begun. This book puts their experiences into context within the history of settler colonialism. Learn about the roles played by John Taylor, Sigtryggur Jónasson, John Ramsay, Ólafur Ólafsson, Joseph Monkman, Páll Jónsson, the HBC, Rev. Páll Thorlaksson,and a single, wretched half worn-out ox.

22 Feb: Ivory Vikings – Nancy Marie Brown. 

Margret, of Iceland, was considered one of the most skilled Adroits. Adroit, in the New World Dictionary: 'Skilled in a physical or mental way; clever; expert.' Her carvings of the chess pieces were considered one of the finest pieces in the Scandinavian countries and even throughout Europe. She accomplished her task of creating chess pieces from walrus tusks between the 11th and 12th century. This book is wonderfully written by Nancy Marie Brown. The research she did on this book was with tremendous accuracy. Royalty seems to be the reason for both war and chess. The chess pieces have Kings and Queens with Knights, Bishops, and Rooks. This is similar to the wars of Royalty with the help of their subjects doing most of the battles. War is a chess game and vice versa.

29 March: The Silence of the Sea – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. 

19 Apr: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman. 

31 May: Be Still the Water – Karen Emilson. Time TBA.

 

Iceland Writers Retreat

11 to 15 April

Reykjavík, Iceland: Registration is now open for the 5th annual Iceland Writers Retreat, coming to Reykjavík in 2018. If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a writing workshop while learning about Iceland’s history and culture, this retreat is for you. Join literary enthusiasts from all over the world as they gather in Iceland to meet contemporary writers and learn about the country’s rich literary traditions and background. 

The event will take place in Icelandair’s renowned Hotel Reykjavik Natura, located a short walk away from the city’s center. As always, the retreat’s schedule is packed full of workshops, lectures and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers.

Participants will attend five workshops that involve small groups of 15 people paired with one writer. This intimate setting allows for discussions and for writers to really get to know the author and better their writing skills. Attendees will also get to hear a Q&A panel with the entire faculty and numerous readings from the acclaimed authors.

Between events, you’ll also have the chance to explore all that Iceland has to offer! Attendees can choose between three exclusive full-day outings that include touring the renowned Golden Circle, walking through historical Reykjavík, marveling at Iceland’s waterfalls, relaxing in geothermal hot springs and much more. All tours will be led by Icelandic writers and feature important scenes of the country’s literary past. Spots for this retreat fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to register now. You can find registration package details and information www.icelandwritersretreat.com.

More info: www.icelandwritersretreat.com.

 

MUSIC

 

Kaleo

The Express Tour

www.officialkaleo.com/tour

 

 

19 and 21 January, Fri and Sun

New York, NY: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. Iceland in New York-Collective Errata Series featuring loadbang And TAK Ensemble. 7:30 pm. Victor Borge Hall. 58 Park Ave. at 38th St. 10016. 212-779-3587. scandinaviahouse.org or amscan.org.

 

27 January to 2 February

Winnipeg, MB: The WSO Winnipeg New Music Festival. The WNMF maintains a special connection with the astounding music scene in the tiny country of Iceland, half the population of Winnipeg. The 2018 Festival presents a number of world premieres by Icelandic composers including a major new work for orchestra and choir by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, about whose emotionally-charged film scores Opus has said: “Forget about what you thought beauty was about. [This music will] cut into your heart like a scalpel.” Also featured is a premiere choral work by two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Score Jóhann Jóhannsson, and a Canadian premiere by Björk.

Wednesday 31 January: Dark Matter, with pre and post concert panel and reception. Tickets and info: tickets.wso.ca

 

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra 2017 -2018 season

 

Sunday 11 February

Winnipeg, MB: The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra features big band music from film with City of Stars at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery $39 adults, $19 students. Ticket line: 204-632-5299, or buy online at www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com, limited wheelchair seating available.

Sunday 25 March

Winnipeg, MB: The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra features songs of Oscar Peterson, including the Canadiana Suite in Night Train at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery $39 adults, $19 students. Ticket line: 204-632-5299, or buy online at www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com, limited wheelchair seating available. 

Sunday 6 May

Winnipeg, MB: The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra features pianist / composer Mike Janzen in Broadway and Beyond! at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery $39 adults, $19 students. Ticket line: 204-632-5299, or buy online at www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com, limited wheelchair seating available.

 

 

FILM

 

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, New York, NY 

Icelandic Public Programs

Film Series 

Nordic Oscar Contenders 

3 to 18 January:  We will be screening films selected by Nordic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination for the 2017 Best Foreign Language film. scandinaviahouse.org for all films.

Wednesday 10 January: Under The Tree / Undir Trenu, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. 7 pm. 89 min. Icelandic with English subtitles.

Hits from the North 

7 February to 9 March: Recent award-winning Nordic films.

Wed 28 Feb and Fri 2 Mar: Heartstone  / Hjartasteinn, Guðmudur Arnar Guðmundsson. Wed 7 pm, Fri 6:30 pm. 129 mins. Icelandic with English subtitles.

$12 ($7 ASF Members). Series pass $45 ($30 ASFMembers). Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. at 38th St. 10016. 212-779-3587. scandinaviahouse.org or amscan.org.

 

Friday 19 January

Burnaby, BC: The Donald K. Johnson INLNA Film screening program presents Movie Night. Spooks and Spirits, (Ófeigur: Gengur Aftur), a 92-minute comedy in Icelandic with English subtitles. Scandinavian Centre, 7:30 pm. A comedy-fantasy written and directed by Ágúst Guðmundsson (Seagull’s Laughter). Starring Gisli Örn Garðarson, Laddi, Ilmar Kristjánsdóttir.

 

13 or 20 March TBA

Winnipeg, MB: Icelandic comedy film to screen Spooks and Spirits, a 92-minute comedy in Icelandic with English subtitles, is expected to be shown at Cinematheque on March 13 (or March 20). Watch for confirmation of date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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