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May to November

TGIF SPEAKERS SERIES AT THE SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTRE 

4TH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Good food, good company and an outstanding roster of speakers. Open to the public. 

Friday 26 May

Winnipeg, MB: speaker TBA.

Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6 pm. 

Speaker about 7:15 pm. 

Buffet style dinner featuring hot and cold vegetables, bread/ buns, meat entree, dessert, bottomless cups of tea/coffee. 

Dinner is $17.50 per person, please make reservations. *To make reservations: call (204) 774-8047 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

NORDIC KNITTERS

2nd and 4th Thursday Each Month

Winnipeg, MB: Scandinavian Centre, 746 Erin St. 7 - 9 pm  $5 fee for drop ins.

 

Saturday 27 May

Toronto, ON: Book Launch with Ryan Eyford. White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West. Book Launch with Ryan Eyford. White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West. Bloor-Gladstone Library. 1101 Bloor St. W. 2 - 3:30 pm.

 

27 and 28 May

Burnaby, BC: Eurofest, Swangard Stadium. 

 

Sunday 28 May

Vancouver, BC: Opening of the Time Capsule, Oakridge Lutheran Church. 10 am. 585 West 41st Ave. Demolition begins in June 2017 and our beautiful old church will be gone. The Icelandic community built it in 1953, much of it with their own labor and the Time Capsule was put there at that time. 

It has been extremely difficult for the congregation to keep up with repairs so it has been decided to build a 6-storey high-rise. The first storey will be businesses but the full second story with be the Oakridge Lutheran Church. Floors 3/4/5/6 will be rentals, with the apartments approximately 500 sq.ft. in size. This endeavor is a 50/50 agreement between the Oakridge Lutheran Church and VanCity Credit Union. A model of the new building is in the foyer of the church.  Everyone is welcome to the Opening of the Time Capsule, with all Icelanders who have been connected to the church in any way particularly welcome. For information contact: Inga Henrikson at 604-594-1153 or cell 604-258-8320.

 

Winnipeg, MB: The Sólskríkjan Choir invites you to join us for an afternoon of song and camaraderie at our Spring Fling. 2 pm at the Scandinavian Centre, 764 Erin St. This includes a tasty afternoon lunch catered by Bonne Cuisine. Wine and Icelandic beer will be available at the cash bar. Charge for the event is $20, payable at the door. Reservations are required. Please contact Dorothy Christopherson Tytgat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-489-7063.

 

Saturday 3 June 

Reykjavík, Iceland:  Blue Lagoon Challenge. Iceland's largest MTB race, 60 km through the spectacular, volcanic scenery at Reykjanes. From the town of Hafnarfjörður to the iconic Blue Lagoon.

 

Reykjavík, Iceland: KexReið 2017. KEXReið 2017 (e. KEX Ride) is an annual street cycling race competition held in the heart of 101 Reykjavík. This race is getting bigger and bigger every year and on June 3d Kex Hostel Kría Cycles will join for the fifth time to make this race happen.Only 100 participants are allowed in the KEX Ride and the sign up take place via Hjólamót. Prizes will be given to the first three female and male competitors. More information later on www.kexland.is

 

Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 June

Reykjavík, Iceland: Festival of the Sea and the Day of the Icelandic Fisherman. The Festival of the Sea is a family event. It will be down by Reykjavík west harbour Grandagarður (next to the Maritime museum).

 

Saturday 10 June

Reykjavík, Iceland: The Colour Run. This event is a unique color race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since the debut event in 2012, hosted by more than 300 cities in 50 plus countries in 2014. And this summer, Reykjavík, Iceland. http://thecolorrun.is.

 

Friday to Sunday 16 to 18 June

Reykjavík, Iceland: Secret Solstice 2017. Secret Solstice will be held between the 16th-18th of June 2017 in the world's most northerly capital city of Reykjavík for the fourth time. Held during the summer solstice weekend, you'll be able to party at a time when the sun never fully sets in Iceland.F irst phase lineup to be released soon, stay tuned! More information on www.secretsolstice.is.

 

Saturday 17 June

Markerville, AB:  Íslendingamót. Welcome to a heritage celebration of Iceland’s National Independence Day, sponsored by Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society.

12:30 pm – Family sports, races at the park. 1:30 – Sons of Fenrir (Vikings) entertainment. 2:30 – serving ice cream cones. 3:00 – program at Fensala Hall, crowning Fjallkona, Della Branson. 5:00 – potluck dinner. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact Donna 403-728-3438.

 

Saturday 17 June

 

Winnipeg, MB: The celebration of Jón Sigurðsson Day will take place by the Jon Sigurdsson statue on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative building. The ceremony will begin at 3 pm. Our guest speaker will be Jón Atli Benediktsson, the President of the University of Iceland. There will be a choir from Iceland along with the Sólskríkjan Choir. Following the ceremony there will be a concert at the auditorium in the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Transportation to the Art Gallery will be provided for those who require assistance.

 

17 and 18 June

Burnaby, BC: Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St.

 

Kvennahlaup - Icelandic Women’s Walk 

17 and 24 June

Kvennahlaup will be held in three locations in Manitoba. $30 registration fee includes free t-shirt from Iceland. Register by 29 May to ensure delivery. All proceeds benefit youth cultural programs.

Saturday 17 June

Arborg, MB: Heritage Village, 10 am. To register please contact Debbie 204-376-3352, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday 24 June

Winnipeg, MB: Assiniboine Park, 10 am. Contact: Pat 204-837-2117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday 24 June

Gimli, MB: Gimli Park, 10 am. Contact:  Margaret 204-642-9945, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Saturday 1 July

Markerville, AB: Canada Day celebrations at the Markerville Creamery Museum, 10 am.

 

Saturday 1 July 

Riverton, MB: "Friðrika Björnsdóttir Project: Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony." Centennial Park, 3 pm. The Friðrika Björnsdóttir Memorial restoration project team will be hosting a dedication and unveiling ceremony to mark the completion of its decade-long project to honour Friðrika Björnsdóttir Árnason (1849-1884), a New Icelander with "royal" Danish connections. Please join us for the ribbon-cutting reveal of the Interpretative Panel installed at Centennial Park, as part of Riverton's "Reunion Days" and its Canada 150 celebrations. Open to all. For more info, please connect through the website: www.tindratales.wixsite.com/fridrikamemorial, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or "Facecbook" Friðrika Björnsdóttir. Now listed as a Project and Event on the 2017 Canada Alliance 150 website.

 

30 June to 2 July

Riverton, MB: Riverton Reunion Days. In honour of Canada 150 in 2017, we're bringing back a summer celebration to Riverton. A homecoming weekend filled with fun for the whole family and classic Riverton celebrations. Mark your calendar, stake your claim on Amma's spare room, and pack your sunscreen. Our community is rich with hard-working community members and organizations, and this year they've come together to plan this blast from the past weekend. There will be something for everyone with pancake breakfast, kids fishing derby, fireworks, beer garden, contests, entertainment and more. Facebook: @ReunionDays2017.

 

Friday to Sunday 4 to 6 August

Mountain, ND: The Deuce of August, 118th annual Icelandic celebration. Northeast North Dakota is the home of a large Icelandic settlement, many historic sites. This weekend celebration is the oldest ethnic festival in North Dakota and the largest Icelandic event in the United States.

We have a wonderful parade on Saturday morning which goes down the historic Main Street and past the Vikur Church. Vikur is the oldest Icelandic Church in all of North America. Activities for everyone in the family and lots of food. Street dances, fireworks, and kids games plus much more. Most of the weekend activities take place in Mountain including the very popular, high-octane, North Dakota State Pickup and Tractor Pull, which happens on Sunday. There is a Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, in the Saturday line-up of events and it is not to be missed! thedeuce.org.

 

Friday to Monday 4 to 7 August

Gimli, MB: Íslendingadagurinn. The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in Icelandic culture and descent, primarily through the presentation of an annual family oriented celebration, held every August long weekend in beautiful Gimli. Join us and enjoy food, music, entertainment, events/activities, Icelandic culture, and of course, Vikings! With the support of our sponsors, donors and volunteers we offer many festival events for free or low cost. www.icelandicfestival.com.

 

Saturday to Monday 5 to 7 August

Edmonton, AB: Heritage Festival.

 

Saturday 20 Septmber

Calgary AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary Fall Feast.

 

Saturday 30 September

Edmonton, AB: Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton Leifur Eiriksson Dinner.

 

1 to 9 November

Akureyri and Reykjavík, Iceland: The 19th annual Iceland Airwaves is growing. The week-long music festival is taking over the city of Akureyri in 2017, along with the festival's original site, Reykjavík. Akureyri will have 2-3 official venues and host anywhere between 20 and 26 artists. Just like Reykjavík, you will find a number of off-venue shows throughout Akureyri. Tickets to the two-city festival on sale now. Founding sponsor, Icelandair, will have special package deals to help international travellers enjoy the fun and music at both locations in Iceland. http://icelandairwaves.is

 

 

EXHIBITS

 

Until 23 June

Gimli, MB: The New Iceland Heritage Museum is hosting a new travelling exhibit, 1867 – Rebellion and Confederation. This is a very fitting exhibit to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, talking about the how it all began. Developed by the Canadian Museum of History. This exhibition explores the route to nationhood taken by a society in transition, and by the people who fought, negotiated and made compromises to forge a more peaceable union. By tracing the pivotal moments leading to the draft of the British North America Act, this exhibition helps visitors to better understand how this legacy continues to affect our identity, our values and our institutions. 94-1st Ave. 204-642-4001. Winter hours: 10- 4 Mon. to Fri., 1- 4 Sat. and Sun. 

 

 

ICELANDIC CLASSES

 

Toronto, ON: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto's spring session of Icelandic classes ends 29 May. Classes resume in the fall. Beginner 1, Beginner 2 and Intermediate classes. If you have some Icelandic knowledge, you may be able to join Beginner 1. New students being accepted in the fall. Watch www.icct.info/language-classes for fall dates.

 

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón language classes will resume 19 September to 21 November.

Gimli, MB: Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society's Wednesday Kaffitími Icelandic language sessions are suspended till further notice due to the closure of Alycia's Restaurant at the Gimli Waterfront Centre.

Kvennahlaup - Icelandic Women's Walk 17 and 24 June

Kvennahlaup - Icelandic Women’s Walk 

17 and 24 June

 

Kvennahlaup will be held in three locations in Manitoba. $30 registration fee includes free t-shirt from Iceland. Register by 29 May to ensure delivery. All proceeds benefit youth cultural programs.

Saturday 17 June

Arborg, MB: Heritage Village, 10 am. To register please contact Debbie 204-376-3352, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday 24 June

Winnipeg, MB: Assiniboine Park, 10 am. Contact: Pat 204-837-2117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday 24 June

Gimli, MB: Gimli Park, 10 am. Contact:  Margaret 204-642-9945, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Sólskríkjan Choir Spring Fling - 28 May

Sunday 28 May

Winnipeg, MB: The Sólskríkjan Choir invites you to join us for an afternoon of song and camaraderie at our Spring Fling. 2 pm at the Scandinavian Centre, 764 Erin St. This includes a tasty afternoon lunch catered by Bonne Cuisine. Wine and Icelandic beer will be available at the cash bar. Charge for the event is $20, payable at the door. Reservations are required. Please contact Dorothy Christopherson Tytgat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 204-489-7063.

 

Mise En Scene: STILL LIFE ON FIRE Album Release

 

Wednesday 21 June

Winnipeg, MB: Mise En Scene: Still Life on Fire Album Release w/ Louise Burns. Good Will Social Club, 625 Portage Ave. 9:30 - 11 pm.

Tickets available at http://www.jazz.com.

Female-fronted Winnipeg indie rock outfit Mise en Scene was founded by Stefanie Blondal Johnson (vocals and guitar) and Jodi Dunlop (drums), now joined by new friends Corey Hykawy (bass) and Dave Gagnon (guitar). 

Mise en Scene’s breakout album, Desire’s Despair (Pipe & Hat, 2012), charted for 16 weeks on !earshot’s Top 50 national charts and received a 2014 SiriusXM Indies Award nomination. The band toured across Canada, SXSW, and the Primavera Sound Festival. Gearing up to release their sophomore full length, Still Life On Fire for Light Organ Records, the album is a burning holler — a swelling rumble indicative of the talented forces behind the monitors. Johnson began writing the album during a residency at the renowned Banff Arts Centre in the winter of 2014. Launching from the opening bars of its expansive first track, the record builds through layers of hard-hitting percussion, powerful vocals and catchy riffs. Produced by Mike Nash (The Dears, Blue Rodeo, Ladies of the Canyon), the album is a full, sonic delight capturing a full portrayal of the band’s journey. With Still Life On Fire due out this year, the band’s energy is infectious, caged and ready.

 

Watch the Exclusive Premiere of Mise en Scene's Super-Sexy 'Closer' Music Video

http://www.playboy.com/articles/exclusive-premiere-mise-en-scenes-closer-video

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