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2017 INLNA Annual Convention

4 to 7 May

Grand Forks, ND: The Icelandic Communities Association of NE North Dakota hosts the 2017 INLNA Annual Convention. 

The theme for 2017 is Connecting the Pieces.

Hotels and Conference Venue: CanadInn of Grand Forks, Expressway Suites, and the Alerus Conference Center.  

CanadInn of Grand Forks, Expressway Suites $115 — $75/$95

Details and overview of the Convention’s agenda: http://thedeuce.org/inlna-2017-convention/

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Alerus Centre, 1200 S 42nd  Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201.

Registration: $135 US, includes Gala Saturday evening, May 6

Hotels Venues: CanadInn of Grand Forks, Expressway Suites $115 — $75/$95

 

Mail your registration form to: Jolene Halldorson, 1208-11th St., Langdon, North Dakota 58249 or email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tour buses take us on an adventure voyage to the Icelandic community & Settlement area.

Presentations on: 

The Arctic of Vilhjálmur and the Arctic of Today

Cinematography of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland

Connections between Thingvalla Township, ND, and Akureyri, Iceland

Markland and North Dakota Connections

Genealogy presentation and Open Workshop

The convention is a time to meet those interested in Icelandic culture.

March to November

NORDIC KNITTERS

2nd and 4th Thursday Each Month

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

Upcoming dates for 2017:

March 9, 23 - shawls 

April 13, 27 - Icelandic lopi sweaters

 

SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTRE TGIF SPEAKERS SERIES 

4TH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Friday 24 March 

Winnipeg, MB: TGIF just keeps getting better. Good food, good company and an outstanding roster of speakers. Open to the public. 

Presentation: “Manitoba’s Abandoned Past” – This presentation will discuss a six-year project by the Manitoba Historical Society to map the locations of over 6,000 historic sites around the province, including several now abandoned, and what they reveal about how the province has changed over the past century or more.

Bio: Gordon Goldsborough is the Head Researcher, Webmaster, and a Past President of the Manitoba Historical Society, and Production Coordinator & Pageant Editor of Manitoba History magazine. He is also a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and Chair of the Manitoba Water Council.

Book: Based on the series on CBC Radio’s Weekend Morning Show, Abandoned Manitoba from Great Plains Publications is a full-colour, richly illustrated book that looks at 36 abandoned sites around Manitoba, describing their features, what caused them to be abandoned, and what they tell us about the history of the province.

Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6pm. 

Speaker about 7:15pm. 

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.  

 

TASTE OF ICELAND

Announcing Taste of Iceland in Boston and Chicago 2017. Experience Icelandic food, music, film and more. 

16 - 20 March: Boston

Taste of Iceland returns to Boston for the 8th time. Stop by The Merchant in Downtown Crossing March 17 - 20 to get a taste of Iceland with a special collaboration menu from Boston’s Steve Brady and renowned Icelandic chef Siggi Helga. A weekend of Icelandic culture wouldn’t be complete without rocking out to some Icelandic music. Icelandic headliners Fufanu and Mammut will jam alongside local Boston musicians at The Middle East in Cambridge for this year’s Reykjavík Calling concert on Saturday, March 18. Boston will also play host to other events across, including a screening of Icelandic short films from the Stockfish Film Festival at the Brattle Theater on March 19. Swing by WBUR’s studio on the 16th to hear a special discussion about Iceland’s rich literary tradition with Eliza Reid, Iceland’s first lady, author and the founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat. Stay tuned for more details on our art event, featuring a talk from Björg Stefánsdóttir, the director of the Icelandic Art Center! www.icelandnaturally.com.

20 - 23 April: Chicago

Get ready, Windy City! Taste of Iceland is taking over Chicago. Fresh off of placing third at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or competition, Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson will arrive in Chicago to treat the city to a weekend of tasty Icelandic dishes and cocktails. If you missed Fufanu and Mammut in Boston, you can catch them again at Chop Shop & First Ward near Chicago’s Wicker Park for Reykjavík Calling, combining their Icelandic tunes with local Chicago acts. Chicagoans will also have the opportunity to learn more about Icelandic art and film at two separate events. Don’t forget to check back here for more information on Taste of Iceland Chicago. Keep an eye out for updates by following Iceland Naturally on Facebook and Twitter (@IcelandNatural). www.icelandnaturally.com.

 

Starting Sunday 26 February for 10 weeks

Winnipeg, MB: North Mythology Class will begin on at 11:30 p.m. Classes are $5.00 drop in fee or $50.00 for all ten classes. If you are interested in the class please contact the centre. Scandinavian Centre, 764 Erin St. Call 774-8047 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Class includes written and oral instructions. 

 

Tuesday 28 March

Burnaby, BC: Icelandic Canadian Club of BC. Crafters, sewers, knitters, toy makers, artisans, etc. Women and men. Join us at 10:30 am, for a crafter’s morning.Discuss creating items for fundraising for theclub; or, just come andsocialize. We are hoping to have this become a regularget-together; or, if you just need help with knitting orsewing. We could discuss the best day of the week tomeet. Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St.

 

Saturday 1 April

Wynyard, SK: Vatnabyggð Icelandic Club's Þorrablót at Wynyard’s Civic Centre We had so much fun with “Viking Can I Whack You?”, that we plan to do this again, as well as music, poetry, and of course, the silent auction.

 

5 to 9 April

Reykjavík, Iceland: Iceland Writers Retreat. There are still some spaces available to attend. www.icelandwritersretreat.com.

 

Wednesday 5 April 

Burnaby, BC: Icelandic Canadian Club of BC Annual General Meeting, 7 pm. Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St.

 

Saturday 8 April

Toronto, ON: Þorrablót 2017 at The Latvian Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr. M4A 2N8. Appetizers, cash bar 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:30. Free parking. Your beloved Þorrablót has become a raved about and wildly anticipated event as well as an open hearted meeting place both for members of the Icelandic-Canadian community and Icelandic enthusiasts who are inspired by culture, sagas, songs and feasting since the founding of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto in 1959. Your all ages entertainment program features new musical performances by Lindy Vopnfjörð and Sigrún Stella Bessason, fundraising live auction with Linda Lundström in support of youth scholarships, and food menu by Arden Jackson showcasing our preserved customs and traditions with contemporary interpretations. And many more delightful surprises. No event day ticket sales. Buy your tickets today. Visit our website www.icct.info. 

 

Sunday 9 April

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón will be hosting the Sunday Brunch at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre 674 Erin St. 10:30-1 p.m. $15 adults, $7.50 children 7-12, 6 and under free. Reservations recommended 204-774-8047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Thursday 20 April

 

Selkirk, MB: 124th Annual Sumardagurinn Fyrsti, the Icelandic National League Bruin Chapter's First Day of Summer Concert. Doors open at 7 pm. Concert at 7:30 pm. Selkirk Legion, 403 Eveline St. Entertainment, raffle, food, silent auction, fun, fellowship! Collection at the door. Everyone welcome.

 

22 and 24 April

Vancouver, BC: 80 Voice Karlakórinn Heimir Men’s Choir. 

Saturday 22 April: 7:30 pm, Chan Centre, UBC. Featuring Chanticleer; Chor Leoni Men’s Choir; Chor Leoni’s MYVoice choirs; Vancouver Men’s Chorus; Karlakórinn Heimir (Iceland); VanMan Festival Singers.

Now in its third year, VanMan has become a favourite of audiences, and this year becomes a sought-after international destination for male choirs. Chanticleer will present a solo set, and we are pleased to welcome Iceland’s Karlakórinn Heimir to the Chan who will do a 20 minute set. The power of 400 men singing will stir your soul – don’t miss it.

Purchase tickets from TicketsTonight. 877-840-0457 or TicketsTonight.ca.

 

Monday 24 April: St. Andrew’s Church (Burrard St. close to the hospital). Iceland’s Karlakórinn Heimir 80 Voice Male Choir. The Karlakórinn Heimir choir is presenting a special two-hour, formal concert for the Icelandic community and friends. It is a celebration to honour Canadians and Americans of Icelandic descent. The program will include an address by Icelandic Ambassador Sturla Sigurjónsson and other representatives from Iceland. After the program the Choir, along with those who would like to attend, will meet at the Law Courts Inn for a communal dinner. The tickets for the concert will be $30. Additional info and ticket info will be available in the Icelandic Canadian Club of BC's April newsletter. All proceeds will be donated to the Icelandic community.

 

Saturday 29 April

Calgary AB: Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary's Spring Dinner.

 

4 to 7 May

Grand Forks, ND: The Icelandic Communities Association of NE North Dakota hosts the 2017 INLNA Annual Convention. The theme for 2017 is Connecting the Pieces. Hotels and Conference Venue: CanadInn of Grand Forks, Expressway Suites, and the Alerus Conference Center. Rooms are available now for booking at both locations. Details and overview of the Convention’s agenda: http://thedeuce.org/inlna-2017-convention/

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Alerus Centre, 1200 S 42nd  Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201.

Registration: $135 US, includes Gala Saturday evening, May 6, 2017

Hotels Venues: CanadInn of Grand Forks, Expressway Suites $115 — $75/$95

Mail your registration form to: Jolene Halldorson, 1208-11th St., Langdon, North Dakota 58249 or email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tour buses take us on an adventure voyage to the Icelandic community & Settlement area.

Presentations on: 

The Arctic of Vilhjálmur and the Arctic of Today

Cinematography of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland

Connections between Thingvalla Township, ND, and Akureyri, Iceland

Markland and North Dakota Connections

Genealogy presentation and Open Workshop

The convention is a time to meet those interested in Icelandic culture.

 

Tuesday 9 May

New York, NY: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. 5-9 pm. Out of the Blue. New short fiction from Iceland. Poet and Author Helen Mitsios leads this panel discussion about Out of the Blue, a groundbreaking collection of fiction from Iceland’s best contemporary authors. Out of the Blue is the first anthology of Icelandic short fiction published in English translation and features work by twenty of Iceland’s most popular and celebrated living authors. The collection transports readers to Iceland’s timeless and magical island of Vikings and geographical wonders, promising to be a seminal collection that will define Icelandic literature in translation for decades to come.

 

Scandinavia House is at 58 Park Ave. New York, 10016. 212-779-3587. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , scandinaviahouse.org.

 

Thursday 25 May

Calgary AB: Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary's Senior Luncheon.

 

Saturday 27 May

Toronto, ON: Book Launch with Ryan Eyford. White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West. The event will be at the Bloor-Gladstone Library in Toronto. Details to follow.

 

27 and 28 May

Burnaby, BC: Eurofest, Swangard Stadium. 

 

Saturday 17 June

Markerville, AB: Icelandic Picnic, Community Leisure Grounds 12 pm. Program at Fensula Hall 3 pm. Potluck dinner Fensual Hall 5 pm.

 

17 and 18 June

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

 

Saturday 1 July

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Ongoing until April 2017

Washington, DC: Exhibit – Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed. National History Museum, 1st Floor, Special Exhibits Hall (near the Mammals Hall). Photographer Feodor Pitcairn and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson reveal a land of fire, ice, hardy life, and natural beauty. Experience the remote beauty of Iceland, a land sculpted by the elements and forged by active geologic activity. 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC. naturalhistory.si.edu/

 

 

Þorrablót

Þorrablót

 

Saturday 18 March

Arborg, MB: 37th annual Þorrablót dinner and dance. Arborg Royal Canadian legion. Guest speaker: Professor Ryan Eyford presenting "Lord Dufferin, Canada, and the Icelanders." Supper at 7 pm. Program, dance and silent auction to follow. Tickets: $35. Children 12 and under: $10. For tickets contact Lillian: 204-376-2620 or David: 204-641-1755.

 

Saturday 1 April

Wynyard, SK: Vatnabyggð Icelandic Club's Þorrablót at Wynyard’s Civic Centre We had so much fun with “Viking Can I Whack You?”, that we plan to do this again, as well as music, poetry, and of course, the silent auction.

 

Saturday 8 April

Toronto, ON: Þorrablót 2017 at The Latvian Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr. M4A 2N8. Appetizers, cash bar 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:30. Free parking. Tickets now available. Early bird price (until Feb. 17). Visit our website www.icct.info. This year we enjoy the return to a buffet with banquet style seating. Our new venue has so much to offer. Chef Arden Jackson and her team are already working away to create another unforgettable feast. We still need a few more volunteers. Contact Lindy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Additional links courtesy of Window to Iceland @WindowToIceland https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=window%20to%20iceland

 

Mar. 18 ÍSLENDINGAR Í FLÓRIDA 

https://www.facebook.com/IAAFL/?fref=ts

 

Lestrarfélagið Gleym-Mér-Ei

Thursdays

Lestrarfélagið Gleym-mér-ei 

2016 - 2017 – our 21st year

Winnipeg, MB: Icelandic Collection University of Manitoba. Elizabeth Dafoe Library. 7 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. in May. 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. .

 

30 Mar: In the Arms of Angels – Janet Lewis Anderson. 

In the book, In the Arms of the Angels, Janet Lewis Anderson journals as her mother becomes progressively more debilitated by Alzheimer’s disease. In this very personal account, Janet communicates her feelings of love and gratitude as she becomes totally immersed in caring for her mother. The chronicle is interspersed with poignant moments from the author’s happy childhood. The feelings of thankfulness and tenderness for her mother overpower the setbacks and exhaustion she experiences as her mother declines. This book about kindness and love will help others deal with the sadness of losing a loved one to dementia.

 

20 Apr: Cave of Journeys – Penny Ross.

Cave of Journeys is a children’s book by the Gimli author Penny Ross. It is a fantasy and adventure book about two children living in Iceland in 2011 who are transported in time back to New Iceland in the year 1911. There they encounter a Cree boy. The three undergo a whirlwind adventure. A flying canoe takes them to four locations where they learn about the culture and traditions of Cree and Icelandic people . Please join us in the Icelandic reading room for a fascinating discussion of this intriguing story.

 

25 May: The Riverton Rifle – Reggie Leach. 6:30 p.m. 

 

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