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
Saturday 2 December
Edmonton AB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton (ICCE) is holding their annual Christmas Gathering at the Dutch Canadian Club, 13212 – 142 St. from 1 - 4 pm. The Balloon Guy will entertain the children before Santa arrives. Come out and visit with old friends, watch the children have fun, partake in good food and get a start on Christmas celebrating.
Sunday 3 December
Bloomington, MN: Icelandic American Association of Minnesota holds its Jólabarnaball. 12 - 3 pm. 1114 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55420.
Burnaby, BC: Icelandic Canadian Club of BC bake sale, Hard Fisk Café and craft sale: 9 & 10 am-12:30. Children’s Xmas Party: 2-4 pm.Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA: Jólaball from 3 - 5 pm at Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St.
Monday 4 December
Winnipeg, MB: The Scandinavian Choir concert, "Twelve Days of Tradition." 7:30 pm. Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St. We will celebrate in music the traditions of all the Scandinavian countries as well as Canadian ones. You will recognize old traditional songs as well as some exciting newer ones. After the concert we will enjoy some good fellowship over coffee and a variety of goodies. There will also be a silent auction and we welcome and appreciate any donations to the auction table. Tickets $15, the biggest bargain of the season. You can get tickets in advance from choir members or buy tickets at the door.
Sunday 21 January
Saturday 17 February
Winnipeg, MB: Save the date. Icelandic Canadian Frón Þorrablót.
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.
Saturday 7 April
Toronto, ON: Mark your calendars now for the ICCT Þorrablót 2018, which returns to the beautiful Latvian Centre at 4 Credit Union Dr.
Saturday 21 April
Calgary AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club's 45th Anniversary.
26 - 28 April
Edmonton, AB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton hosts the INLNA convention.
Gimli, MB: NIHM is proud to announce our new permanent exhibit John Ramsey: Life and Legacy. 94 1st Ave. The poignant story of John and Betsey Ramsay is told through music and video. Shot and produced in Manitoba by local filmmakers Andy Blicq and Huw Eirug of 4th Avenue Productions Inc., with original music written and performed by Juno award winning artist William Prince of Peguis First Nation, MB.
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 30 December
Gimli, MB: New Iceland Heritage Museum is hosting a new exhibit called Our Canada. (Opening held 15 Sep) The Interlake Wave Artists of Manitoba celebrate 150. This beautiful exhibit will be with us until the end of December. Along with the exhibit, there will be a host of free special events, workshops and programming. Grab a “rack card” while you are at the opening reception and check out the dates and events upcoming. #108 94-1st Ave. 204-642-4001. www.nihm.ca.
4 November to 2 April
Toronto, ON: Mark your calendars, 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.
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! The location of the classes will be downtown Toronto – near King and Spadina. Classes will begin at 6:30pm. Both beginner and intermediate classes will be offered. The cost of the eight classes is $80 for ICCT members and $95 for non members. We use a wonderful on-line resource which includes sound files. Watch
Tuesdays 16 January to 20 March
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.
Gimli, MB: Icelandic Language Classes at the New Iceland Heritage Museum. Fridays 7-8 pm.10 weeks. $40 ($20 for GICS members). Lady of the Lake Theatre, Waterfront Centre, 94 – 1st Ave. End December 8. For more info call the museum: 204-642-4001.
2017 - 2018 Schedule /Founded in 1996
Time change alert: October 26 LGME meets at 5:30 pm not 7 pm. Icelandic Collection 3rd floor. Parking lot B available after 4:30 pm.
30 Nov: Video on Winnipeg Icelanders.
5:30 pm. Vesturfarar-Westward Bound tells the story of our history in North America. Egill Helgason documents the Icelandic emigration in segments full of old photos, video, interviews, newspaper reports. Segments Six and Seven are the two viewed.Episode Six takes us to Winnipeg and Point Douglas guided by Stefan Jonasson. We hear of writers, a spy, religious conflict and have coffee.
Episode Seven with Janis Magnusson takes us to Sargent and Victor, J B Academy, chess, coffee, art, and the Human Rights Museum. Hear the assessments of our guides.
25 Jan: White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West – Dr. Ryan Eyford.
22 Feb: Ivory – Nancy Marie Brown.
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.
We are now accepting applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award. The awards cover the cost of the Retreat, and in some cases also accommodation and flights to Iceland. There is no fee to apply and the deadline is October 31. We are also running a writing competition that is open from the beginning of October until November 12. This year’s theme is waterfalls. More info: www.icelandwritersretreat.com.
Mise en Scene
Friday 1 December
Winnipeg, MB: The Good Will Social Club. 625 Portage Avenue. 10 pm.
The Express Tour
2017 South American Tour
The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
Photo: E. Zacharias Photography
The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra 2017 -2018 season
Sunday 17 December
Winnipeg, MB: Get your tickets early, as the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra features only one performance of swinging, festive jazz with a little extra, at A WJO Christmas Party at 2:30 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 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.
Photo: Andrij Yamchuk
1 to 5 November
Reykjavík, Iceland: Iceland Airwaves has come a long way since its inception in an airplane hangar at Reykjavík Airport. Regarded as the biggest celebration of music in Iceland, boasting an unrivaled line-up of established and up-and-coming artists. From concerts in tiny record stores and art museums to cool bars and beautiful churches, Airwaves-goers can expect to soak up the festival atmosphere in some of the city’s most unique venues. Indulge in yummy Icelandic cuisine, sample the local beer, make new friends, relax in the hot pools, marvel at the aurora borealis.