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“Should we smell the cork?”

Photo: Karen Botting Author: Karen Botting, Winnipeg, MB

“Should we smell the cork?” This was one of the questions posed to “The Wine Guy,” Campbell Alexander, who provided an entertaining and informative evening as he led 80 members and guests of the Icelandic Canadian Frón through a wine pairing dinner at the Scandinavian Centre in Winnipeg on April 17.
As Judy Bradley, Icelandic Canadian Frón president put it, “the entire evening was very welcoming, right from the reception where everyone was greeted at the door and presented with a Brut Rosé wine, paired with bacon wrapped duck and pistachio paté canapé, to the end of the evening, when a tawny port was paired with a decadent chocolate surprise, topped with a symphony of fresh fruit coulis. Michael of Bonne Cuisine prepared and delivered a dining experience that was truly a feast for the palate.”


President of Iceland visiting Toronto in June

 Source: Office of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine By Diana Emerson, Winnipeg, MB

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, has a full day in store when he visits Toronto on Friday, June 12, 2015. While in the city, the president will speak at the University of Toronto, attend a luncheon hosted by the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto, and attend a meeting of the Icelandic Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
President Grímsson will present a timely address on “The Arctic and the Himalayas: New Models of Cooperation” at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on Friday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. The venue for the president’s address will be the Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100, 170 St. George Street.
At noon, the president will join members of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto for a luncheon at The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto. “This is the first time since the 70s that a sitting president has visited us,” according to club leaders. In addition to enjoying time with President Grímsson, club members will celebrate the 90th birthdays of three honorary members: Gigi Fridriksson, Stella Hansen and Irene Gibson. Tickets are $50 each, but space is limited. Book online at www.icct.info (go to the “donate” button) or send a cheque to ICCT, 1680 Scugog Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1E2.
In the afternoon, the
president will attend a general meeting of the Icelandic Canadian Chamber of Commerce at the offices of Bennett Jones LLP, 3400 One First Canadian Place, Toronto, at 3:30 p.m. Everyone interested in commercial relations between Iceland and Canada are welcome to attend and a reception will follow.
In addition to being Iceland’s longest-serving head of state, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, 72, is a popular and much sought after speaker abroad and the author of numerous academic articles that have appeared in both Icelandic and overseas periodicals. The first Icelander to hold a doctorate in the field of political science, he holds three degrees from the University of Manchester.


Cecil Thorstein Isliefson, fiddler and luthier, inducted onto the Manitoba Fiddle Association’s Wall of Fame


On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Cecil Thorstein Isliefson was inducted onto the Manitoba Fiddle Association’s (MFA’s) Wall of Fame. Cecil’s parents both came to Canada from Iceland with their parents when they were children. Cecil’s father was Thorstein Isleifson, son of Isleifur Jonsson and Thorbjorg Thorsteinsdottir, who arrived in Canada in 1887 from the Borgum region. Cecil’s mother was Osk (Sarah) Bjarnadottir who came to Canada with her mother, Steinum Johansdottir, in 1904 from the Sandgerði region of Iceland. Osk’s father was Bjarni Jonsson who remained in Iceland. Cecil passed away on September 27, 2013 and is lovingly remem-bered by his wife, Deanna, and his children and grandchildren.
The MFA’s Wall of Fame is located in Carman, Manitoba and serves to recognize talented Manitoba fiddlers, accompanists, and those who have worked to develop and promote fiddle music in their community. The MFA holds an annual ceremony to honour new inductees to the Wall of Fame. The event includes musical performances, a dinner, speeches, and an evening dance. Cecil joins renowned fiddlers including Andy Dejarlis, Mel Bedard, Patti (Kusturok) Lamoureux, and others on the Wall of Fame.
Cecil’s daughter, Diana Emerson, spoke in his honour at the induction ceremony, offering a compelling tribute. During the ceremony, Cecil was honoured and remembered through the playing of two tunes by his 11-year-old grandson, Jett Emerson, who played a violin made by Cecil, and by a selection of tunes played in his memory by the Southglen Fiddlers.
Cecil Thorstein Isliefson and the necessity of music
By Diana Emerson, Winnipeg, MB


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