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September to May

Nordic Knitters

2nd and 4th thursday each month

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

 

Saturday 16 September

Brandon, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Western Manitoba (ICCWM) is holding a Kaffitími and mini cultural day to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. 1-4 pm. Riverbank Discovery Centre. We will be serving coffee, tea, and Icelandic desserts. Activities include a pönnukökur making demonstration, writing your name in Rune, displays, and videos, etc. Free admission. 

 

Calgary, AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary. There will be another library morning at the Scandinavian Centre, 739 – 20th Ave. NW from 10 am. to 12 noon. Christine Stuart-Smith will be available to help you select an Icelandic book to enjoy. Most of the library books are in English. Come for a few minutes or spend the morning and enjoy coffee and a visit with other members.

 

Tuesday 19 September

Winnipeg, MB: Icelandic Canadian Frón Annual General Meeting at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St. Doors open at 6:30 for Icelandic language class registration followed by the AGM at 7:00. Everyone welcome.

 

Friday 22 September  

Winnipeg, MB: SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTRE TGIF SPEAKERS SERIES. The next TGIF speaker series will be held on September 22. 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/person. Please make reservations. Scandinavian Cultural Centre 764 Erin St. Call (204) 774-8047 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday 24 September

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón will be hosting the Sunday Bruch at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre 764 Erin St. 10:30 – 1 p.m. $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 204-774-8047 (include name, phone #, number of adults and age of children in party).

 

Toronto, ON: ICCT Toronto Annual General Meeting, 2 pm at Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Ave. west end of Toronto. This includes our Election of Officers and is an opportunity to find out what the club has been doing and what plans we have coming up. Our special guest speaker is Steven Bright, a freelance writer who has done extensive research on the Canadian Army's deployment to Iceland in 1940. 

 

Tuesday 26 September

Toronto, ON: ICCT Toronto Nordic Nights returns for another season to ICCT Toronto. 6:30 pm. The first movie will be Of Spooks And Spirits by Ágúst Gudmundsson. He is perhaps best known for Seagulls Laughter, which was shown in the INL of NA Donald K. Johnson INL Movie Screening Series some time ago. This comedy-drama features the dilemma of a young couple who want to sell her deceased father's house, but her father comes back to haunt them and try to prevent the sale. Ryerson University, room IMA307, third floor, School of Image Arts, 122 Bond St. Doors open 6 pm, movie at 6:30. Free but donations gratefully accepted.

 

27 - 30 September

Minot, ND: Norsk Høstfest, 40 years of pure scandimonium! Norsk Høstfest is an annual festival held each fall in Minot, North Dakota. It is North America's largest Scandinavian festival. The event is held on the North Dakota State Fair grounds in Minot. Details: hostfest.com.

 

Saturday 30 September

Calgary AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary Fall Feast. Join us as we celebrate our Canadian/Icelandic culture, with food, drink and socializing. This year Snorri participants will share their Icelandic experiences. Scandinavian Centre, 739 – 20th Ave. NW. Door opens 5 pm. Program/dinner – 6:00 pm. For catering purposes please email Gwen Mann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403-242-9714 if you wish to attend. Entry price at the door: LEIC membership – adults $15, children 12 and under $10, under 5 free. Non-members $20, Children $10, under 5 free.

 

Edmonton, AB: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton will be holding their annual Leifur Eiriksson dinner at the Dutch Canadian Club Main Hall at 13312 – 142 St. Doors will open at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. This year the club is providing beef roasts barbecued on rotisserie with baby potatoes. Club members are being asked to bring either a salad or dessert. Entertainment at 8 pm by singer/musician Bill Bourne. The club is not charging for the dinner but will need to know how many will be attending. Please phone or email Linda Cornell at 780-456-6366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know that you will attend, as well as how many in your party.

 

Winnipeg, MB: The Jon Sigurdsson IODE will hold its Bridge and Whist Luncheon at the Scandinavian Centre, 764 Erin St. Admission $20. This includes a bake sale at 11 am. and a luncheon 11:45 am. Card playing begins at 1 pm. There will also be a 50/50 draw, card and door prizes. To book a table of four, please contact: jonsigurdssoniode2gmail.com.

 

Tuesday 17 October

Winnipeg, MB: An Evening with Yrsa Sigurdardottir. 7 pm. In conversation with Terry MacLeod and signing The Legacy (Hodder & Stoughton). Co-presented by the Icelandic Canadian Frón and Lögberg-Heimskringla. McNally Robinson Booksellers in the Atrium. 1120 Grant Ave.

The Icelandic crime novelist, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel for The Silence of the Sea, returns to Winnipeg to discuss the first book in an exciting new series. The only person who might have answers to a mysterious murder is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking. Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children’s House for their expertise with traumatised young people. All the while, the killer is leaving them strange clues. He’s telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next? Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavík. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The second instalment, My Soul to Take, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I Remember You was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key. Host Terry MacLeod is an independent Emmy-nominated journalist, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, and former CBC Radio and TV host, presenter and producer.

 

Wednesday 18 October

Winnipeg, MB: Swedish a cappella group Kongero in concert  in Winnipeg. The performance will take place at 7:30 pm, at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Ave. Kongero is four Swedish women whose voices weave a magical blend of harmonies as they sing their own arrangements of traditional and original songs that tell spirited stories of life, love, intrigue and wit.  

For tickets reserve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for preferred seats or get at McNally Robinson Bookstore, Grant Park. Tickets are  $20.00 each.

 

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

 

Sunday 12 November

Calgary AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar.

 

Toronto, ON: 2 pm. ICCT Toronto will be holding an event to promote all the Snorri Programs, with speakers from Snorri, Snorri Plus and Snorri West. Come to find out all about these excellent programs which have been very successful in strengthening the bonds between Iceland and North America. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Ave. (west of High Park).

 

Saturday 25 November

Calgary, AB: The Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary Christmas Party.

 

Sunday 26 November

Toronto, ON: 2 pm. ICCT Toronto Christmas event will be a little different this year. It will be an all ages event and includes Christmas treats, carols, dancing around the Xmas tree, a visit from the Jólasveinar and more. Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Ave. (west of High Park).

 

 

EXHIBITS 

 

13 to 24 September

Toronto, ON: Exhibit: FIVE, works by Rey Saem. Reception Sept. 14, 6:30pm. Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. West. Main Gallery.

www.g1313.orgGallery Hours Wed- Sun. 1-6 pm.

Iceland is a country of myth and story, of sharp contrasts of colour and light.  All of this is reflected in the art of Rey Saem, a recent immigrant to the Bloor West Village  area of Toronto. 

This architect turned painter´s first show is titled ´Five´, a reference to the age at which he decided to move to the moon, in order to escape the people he had begun to see in his home, who were ´gone´ (no longer in the land of the living).  He built himself a ´kassabíla´(wooden car) for the journey, which he has now recreated as part of his show at Gallery 1313, which opens September 13. 

 

His large canvases show his fascination with the moon and stars in whimsical fashion by making use of strong colour to blend canvas, glue and other elements.   Others include Iceland’s waterfalls and elements of his new country featuring such subjects as Manitoba buffalo, and the films of Humphrey Bogart and David Lynch. 

 

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. 

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

 

 

ICELANDIC CLASSES

 

Mondays 

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 tentative dates for the fall session are from 2 Oct. to 4 Dec. There will be no classes on Thanksgiving or Remembrance Day. Classes will be downtown Toronto – location TBA. Begin at 6:30 pm. Both beginner and intermediate classes 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. Let us know if you are interested:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Tuesdays starting 26 September

Winnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón is offering three levels of Icelandic classes at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre 764 Erin St. Registration at 6:30 Tuesday September 19 or start of classes. Fee for 10 week session until November 28 is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Classes start September 26 at 6:30. 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.

 

Fridays 6 October - 8 December

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. (Registration was Sep 7). For more info call the museum: 204-642-4001.

 

 

LITERATURE

 

Lestrarfélagið Gleym-mér-ei 

2017 - 2018 Schedule /Founded in 1996 

Thursdays

Winnipeg, MB: Icelandic Collection University of Manitoba. Elizabeth Dafoe Library. 7 pm. / 6:30 pm. in April, May TBA. 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. .

 

28 Sep: Wayward Heroes by Halldór Laxness. 

Decidedly unlike any other piece of modern literature, Wayward Heroes is Halldór Laxness's 1952 reworking of Iceland's ancient tales and a portion of the work for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1955. It is a masterfully written tragicomedy about the sworn brothers Thorgeir and Thormod, told in the style and language of medieval Icelandic sagas. Against a backdrop of the medieval Norse world – Viking raids, battles enshrined in skaldic lays, saints' cults, clashes between secular and spiritual authorities, journeys to faraway lands and abodes of trolls, legitimate claimants and pretenders to thrones – Laxness critiques the global militarism and belligerent national posturing rampant in the buildup to the Cold War. His subtly satirizing mimicry of the spirit of the old saga calls attention to the senselessness of violence and the cyclical nature of obsession. Replete with irony, absurdity, and pathos, the novel takes on a character of tragedy as the sworn brothers' quest to live out their ideals inevitably leaves them empty-handed and ruined.

26 Oct: Her Darling Boy: The letters of a mother, her beloved son, and the heartbreaking cost of Vimy Ridge by Tom Goodman 

The story of Private Archibald John Polson is a collection of letters to and from Polson's family during World War I. Many of the letters are translated from Icelandic, and they've been collected by Tom Goodman on behalf of his great-uncle Archie – whom he never knew. The letters provide a unique perspective into the Icelandic community of Manitoba during the war and portray the tragic situation faced by countless families of wounded soldiers as they waited for news from the front – the true cost of war to a family and a country. From the exchanges, Goodman came to realize that war is sometimes about winning, but it is always about loss.

30 Nov: Video on Winnipeg Icelanders. 

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. 6:30 pm.

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

 

RICHARD AND MARGARET BECK LECTURE SERIES 

The Richard and Margaret Beck Lecture series will continue with three lectures this fall with new visiting professor from the University of Iceland, Dr. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Professor of Second Language Studies and Associate-Dean of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Iceland. 

24 Sep: “North American Icelandic: The Only Variety of Icelandic Spoken outside of Iceland.” 2 - 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202.

22 Oct: “Teaching Icelandic Online: Free and Open Language Courses.” 2 - 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202.

19 Nov: “English in Iceland: A Microcosm of Coummunities Affected by the Spread of English.” 2 - 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202.

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