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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 23 February will be Bill Redekop. He will be speaking about his book Lake Agassiz: The Rise and Demise of the World's Greatest Lake. Bill is a reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press. Reservations  requested: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-744-8047. (Include name, phone, number of adults, age of children in party).  

 

Saturday 17 February

Winnipeg, MB:  Icelandic Canadian Frón Þorrablót CANCELLED.

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

Markerville, AB: Come and dance the night away at Fensala Hall. We are excited to welcome Ol'Frisky and Friends for a good old fashioned Family Fiddle Dance. Doors 7 pm and a light late lunch will be provided. Bring the whole family for a fun night with some amazing music. Admission is $5 at the door and kids are free. historicmarkerville.com. 'Like' us on Facebook.

 

Sunday 18 February

Mountain, ND: Icelandic Communities Association of Northeast ND Þorrablót. A midwinter Icelandic feast. Tickets $25. Social hour 5-6:30 pm. cash bar. Buffet supper 7 pm. Enjoy a variety of Icelandic cuisine. Hákarl with Brennivín, harðfiskur, Súrsaðir hrútspungar, rúllupylsa, hangikjöt, Icelandic cod and chicken, pickled harring, smoked salmon, vínarterta, kleinur, pönnukökur. Door prizes, entertainment, silent and live auction. Raffle draw – 1st prize $500 Icelandair gift certificate. 2nd prize $200 cash, 3rd prize $100 cash. Proceeds benefit the Snorri Scholarship and local Icelandic heritage projects. For tickets call 701-382-9977, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

22 - 24 February

Reykjavík, Iceland: The annual Icelandic Beer Festival in its 7th year celebrates Iceland’s beer, food, music and more. Price for a single ticket for all the three days is ISK 14.900 about EUR 120 / USD 140. Single ticket includes a wristband (gives access to all three tastings sessions with 47 breweries with unlimited beer while supplies last, and priority access to live bands and DJs); and the Annual Icelandic Beer Festival Tote Bag (included is the wristband, glass coaster and Beer Festival glass).

 

Saturday 24 February

Gimli, MB: Tunglskinsnætur – Moon Shine Nights, a social evening in support of Íslendingadagurinn. Light snacks, specialty cocktails, prizes, cash bar; live music from Curtis Newton. Johnson Hall, Waterfront Centre, 94 First Ave. 7:30 pm - 1 am.Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at the Icelandic Festival Office, icelandicfestival.com, or by calling (204) 642-7417.

Edmonton, AB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton Þorrablót will take place at the Dutch Canadian Centre at 13212 – 142 St. Doors will open at 5  pm with a Cash Bar available. Dinner/program will commence at 6 pm. Buffet dinner catered by A-1 Catering. Tickets: Adults $40 for ICCE members $50 non-members. Students (12-18) $25, youth (5-11) $10, children (4 or under) $5. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 780-965-3083 Cheques payable to the Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton should be mailed to Michelle Braakman, 181 Marian Drive, Sherwood Park AB T8A 2G9 or through PayPal on the website iccedm.org  Dance to the music of Pete Turland & his Trio.

 

Sunday 25 February

Burnaby, BC: Player Piano Concert. 1 - 3 pm. Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St. Concert with talks, singing and coffee. Hear our own fabulous Player Piano. Learn of its history, see how it works, be a guest ‘pianist,’ enjoy our singers, sing along. Admission by donation; Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 55102.14th 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. Aimed at children and families as a way to visit Iceland without leaving St. Paul, free and open to the public. Our opportunity to showcase Iceland in a variety of participatory and interactive ways. Live Icelandic animals, crafts, food, cultural displays, etc. If you’d like to participate as a vendor, performer or as a means of informing about Iceland, all are welcome to join the fun. www.landmarkcenter.org/programs/sundays. 

 

Thursday 1 March

Gimli, MB: Icelandic Beer Day sponsored by Lögberg-Heimskringla. 6 - 10 pm at the Gimli Rec Centre Curling Club (upstairs). 45 Centennial Rd. Tickets only $5 (includes hot dog and sweets), entertainment, Icelandic beer, gift shop. Special guest TSN broadcaster Brian Williams. Contact L-H for tickets 204-284-5686, or online: www.lh-inc.ca/shop2. 

 

Sunday 4 March

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón will be hosting the Sunday Brunch at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre 764 Erin St. 10:30 - 1 pm. $15 adults, $7.50 children 8-12, under age 7 free. Reservations requested: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-744-8047 (please include name, phone, number of adults and age of children in party).  

 

17 March

Seattle, WA: Þorrablot at the Swedish Club. 

 

Saturday 24 March

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

 

Wednesday 4 April

Burnaby, BC: Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia's Annual General Meeting. 7 pm. Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St. Coffee and treats served after the meeting.

 

Saturday 7 April

Toronto, ON: Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto Þorrablót at the Latvian Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr. 6 - 9 pm. Þorrablót sells out every year, so don't miss your chance to get tickets! Early Bird pricing is only available until Feb.23 discount for ICCT members and we've also introduced student pricing this year. 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. 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. Tickets only available as space permits. No event day sales. icct.info/event/thorrablot-2018.

 

Saturday 14 April

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

 

Thursday 19 April

Selkirk MB: Icelandic National League Bruin Chapter 125th Annual Sumardagurinn Fyrsti. The First Day of Summer Concert. Entertainment, raffle, food, silent auction, fun, fellowship! At the Selkirk Legion, 403 Eveline Street, Selkirk. Collection at the door. Everyone welcome.

 

Sunday 22 April 

Ottawa ON: Friends of Iceland Annual General Meeting, 3 p.m., residence of the ambassador, 540 Old Prospect Road.

 

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! 

 

Friday 3 August

Gimli, MB: The annual Icelandic Open in support of Lögberg-Heimskringla. Links at the Lake Golf Course.12:00 pm. Shot Gun Start. To register in advance or participate in sponsorship: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 204-284-5686. www.lh-inc.ca. Click here to register or sponsor http://www.lh-inc.ca/golf

 

Taste of Iceland

Boston and Chicago, get ready to experience Icelandic food, film, music and more!

8-11 March: Boston, MA

5 - 8 April: Chicago, IL

Keep an eye out for updates to both events by following Iceland Naturally on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@IcelandNatural).

 

EXHIBITS 

 

Until 28 February

Gimli, MB: The New Iceland Heritage Museum presents artist Julia Penny – From All Walks of Life. This show is about immigrants ... and aren't we all immigrants, or children and grandchildren of immigrants. Julia is herself an immigrant, having arrived fifty years ago in 1967, Canada's Centennial year. Consider this art show as "ever-growing and ever-evolving and never-ending." Museum open Mon to Fri, 10-4. Sat and Sun, 1-4. #108 - 94 1st St. 204-642-4001. nihm.ca

 

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.

 

Thursdays 8 February to 12 April

Gimli, MB: Icelandic language classes, Lady of the Lake Theatre, New Iceland Heritage Museum. 7 - 8:30 pm. Beginner and intermediate. $40 each or $20 for museum or GICS members. Register at the museum. 204-642-4001. #108 -94 1st Ave.

 

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..

LGME meets at 5:30. Icelandic Collection 3rd floor. Parking lot B available after 4:30 pm.  

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

 

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra 2017 -2018 season

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  

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.

 

Tuesday 27 February

Toronto, ON: Nordic Nights – Reykjavík, a bittersweet romantic drama about a thirty-something Reykjavík couple heading in different directions. Free but donations gratefully received. Hosted by the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto and Ryerson University School of Image Arts. Doors 6pm, film 6:30. Room 307 of the School of Image Arts, 122 Bond St. 

 

Monday 12 March

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón presents Spooks and Spirits, director Ágúst Guðmundsson (Seagull’s Laughter). 92-minute comedy in Icelandic with English subtitles. One showing only at 7 pm. Cinematheque Movie Theatre, 100 Arthur St. at Bannatyne.$8 per person. Join us following the movie for coffee. This showing is made possible through the Icelandic National League of North America's Donald K. Johnson Icelandic Film Series.

 

Wednesday 14 March

Calgary, AB: Icelandic comedy Spooks and Spirits will be shown at 7pm, at the River Park Church as part of the "Donald K. Johnson Film Series." Free event, hosted by the Leif Eiriksson Club of Calgary. 3818-14 A Street S.W. Reception will follow. Family and friends are welcome. No tickets are required and free parking is available.

 

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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