|Author: Bev Arason-Gaudet, ICCE Convention Chairperson|
The Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton is very pleased to announce that Kristjana Stefánsdóttir will be performing at the 99th annual INLNA convention in Edmonton. Kristjana has been one of the leading artists in the Icelandic jazz scene for years. She is also an award-winning composer for theatre. She records as a soloist and as a guest performer as well as making regular appearances in theatre, radio, television, and in concerts. . . .
|Photo: Jean Baptiste Mondino
The upcoming Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival will take place over eight days from Saturday, January 27, to Saturday, February 3, 2018. There will be a number of world premieres by major Icelandic and other internationally acclaimed artists, composers, and musicians. These include the world premiere of a major new 50-minute work for orchestra and choir by Sigur Rós collaborator Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (on January 31), the world premiere of a choral work by two-time Academy Award for Best Score nominee and Golden Globe winner Jóhann Jóhannsson (on January 29), the premiere of a work for string orchestra by Björk (on January 27), and . . .
|Photo: W.D. Valgardson
||Author: W.D. Valgardson, Victoria, BC
|Bill Valgardson’s Christmas tree|
I took the Christmas tree down today. The rain had stopped but there were puddles on the deck. First, I removed the brightly colored ornaments, then the strings of red and white bells. Finally, I took off the two strings of lights. It wasn’t an extravagantly decorated tree. I’m not an extravagant type of person.
Brought up by grandparents and parents who had been through the Great Depression, I learned early to scramble for pennies (and, yes, a penny would buy you three candies at Greenberg’s store). . . .