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July to November

26 to 30 July

Gimli, MB: Gimli Film Festival – widely recognized as the most successful film festival in Manitoba. Over the last sixteen years, our audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the festival into what it is today. We showcase narrative feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world, that promise informative, fascinating and riveting entertainment. The 2017 Gimli Film Festival will celebrate the 17th edition of GFF and continue to showcase the best new films from Canada’s and Manitoba’s most promising directors and an exceptional selection of features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. Five indoor venues and the popular free on-the-beach screenings; Industry workshops and seminars; Over $10,000 awarded in pitch competitions and film competitions; Canadian and Manitoban Short Film Awards; networking events. Info: gimlifilm.com. Passes on sale now.

Icelandic Films

Heartstone – Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson. Drama. 2016. 126 min. Icelandic, English subtitles.

27 Jul 5:30 pm: Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre.

29 July 12:30 pm: Lady of the Lake Theatre.

Teenagers Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer amidst the rugged beauty of a remote fishing village in Iceland as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. Summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland returns, signalling the boys’ transition to adulthood.

Out of Thin Air – Directed by Dylan Howitt.  Documentary. 2017. 85 min. Icelandic, English with English subtitles.

27 July 12:30 pm: Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre.

30 July 8:30 pm: Lady of the Lake Theatre.

“Every Icelander knows about this case.” Iceland in 1974 was a bucolic country of farmers and fishermen, living in a kind of perfect isolation, far from the troubles of the world. Crime was rare, murder rarer still. Then two men disappear under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected. The country demands a resolution. Police launch the biggest criminal investigation Iceland has ever seen. Finally, six people confess to two violent murders and are sent to prison. It seems the nightmare is over. But it was far from over. Incredibly, this infamous murder case is still being tried, debated and re-examined today. This taut psychological thriller incorporates archival footage, personal diaries, false confessions, dramatic recreations, wrongful convictions and multiple narratives to explore the most intense criminal investigation in Iceland’s history.

Reykjavík – Directed by Asgrimur Sverrisson. Drama. 2016. 92 min. Icelandic, English subtitles.

27 July 8 pm: Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre.

30 July 5:30 pm: Gimli Unitarian Church Theatre. 

A thirtysomething couple, Hringur and Elsa, are about to buy their dream house in downtown Reykjavík when the video store Hringur owns faces foreclosure. As the crisis threatens to split them apart, Hringur resolves to sort things out before it's too late. Info: gimlifilm.com. Passes on sale now.


29 July to 4 August

Camp Veselka, near Gimli, MB: Icelandic Camp 2017 Íslenskur Sumarbuðír. For more info on how to light this spark in your kids please visit www.icelandiccamp.com; e: Brad Hirst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Twitter @IcelandicCamp. Campers are immersed in all things Icelandic. From language lessons to viking crafts to writing their own saga the campers start to develop a love of their Icelandic ancestry. 


Sunday 30 July

Blaine WA: The Blaine Icelandic Picnic at Peace Arch Park 1 - 4 pm. U.S. side. You can park on the Canadian side and walk through Peace Arch Park. Families find the picnic to be a great way to create an impromptu family reunion as well as spend an afternoon with other Icelandic descendants. You are invited to bring your picnic lunch (and tablecloths) and join in the fun. Cake is provided, a group photo is taken, and the weather is always beautiful at this time of year.


Friday 4 August

Gimli, MB: The Annual Icelandic Open golf tournament, in support of Lögberg-Heimskringla. Links at the Lake Golf Course. Cocktails and dinner at Johnson Hall (limited seating). Additional dinner are tickets available. Registration is $175 after June 15th. For sponsorship and registration contact us: 204-284-5686, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or at www.lh-inc.ca

Register or sponsor today and pay by phone (VISA / MC accepted) Call Audrey at 204-927-5645 or send your form by fax to 204-284-7099.






Friday to Sunday 4 to 6 August

Mountain, ND: The Deuce of August, 118th annual Icelandic celebration. Northeast North Dakota is the home of a large Icelandic settlement, many historic sites. This weekend celebration is the oldest ethnic festival in North Dakota and the largest Icelandic event in the United States.

We have a wonderful parade on Saturday morning which goes down the historic Main Street and past the Vikur Church. Vikur is the oldest Icelandic Church in all of North America. Activities for everyone in the family and lots of food. Street dances, fireworks, and kids games plus much more. Most of the weekend activities take place in Mountain including the very popular, high-octane, North Dakota State Pickup and Tractor Pull, which happens on Sunday. There is a Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, in the Saturday line-up of events and it is not to be missed! thedeuce.org.

Free Genealogy Center: Icelandic Roots  - connect cousins, find ancestors, and help people discover their Icelandic story. Thu and Fri 3-4 Aug: 1-4. Sat 5 Aug: 11-4 (after the parade). Mountain Community Center. More info on Facebook and at www.thedeuce.org. Come to www.IcelandicRoots.com and click on “Join Us.” We provide many free services as well as a Membership Database. 


Friday to Monday 4 to 7 August

Gimli, MB: Íslendingadagurinn. The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. 

2017 Theme: Discover your Land. The Icelandic Festival in itself is a celebration of Iceland and Canada together. Visitors, sponsors, friends and locals, no matter who you are, while you are at the festival: we are all Icelandic and we are all Canadian. This year’s theme celebrates the coming together of Canadian and Icelandic culture forged together over 100 years. An important aspect of this year’s theme is storytelling. Storytelling is one way to unite these two distinct cultures. The stories of bold pasts and bright futures creates a bond that has endured through time. Brush strokes and brand elements are used to paint a story, while still featuring the runes within the headline, giving the type a mythical feeling. The brush strokes take the form of Canada and Iceland, while contrast and vibrancy conjure the celebratory feeling of the festival. We are bound together by our rich histories, and the tales of bright and bold are emphasized. Despite being an ocean apart, our two countries are similar in strength, pride and perseverance. Bonded in northern weather and weight, we are fearless and enduring in our respective country’s landscapes.

The Festival is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in Icelandic culture and descent, primarily through the presentation of an annual family oriented celebration, held every August long weekend in beautiful Gimli. Join us and enjoy food, music, entertainment, events/activities, Icelandic culture, and of course, Vikings! With the support of our sponsors, donors and volunteers we offer many festival events for free or low cost. www.icelandicfestival.com.

Sat 5 Aug: The Black River Drifters perform, Ship and Plough beer tent. 10 pm. This outdoor venue will be located directly behind the Ship and Plough at 42 Centre St.


Saturday to Monday 5 to 7 August

Edmonton, AB: Heritage Festival. William Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd. A three-day event to sample delicious food, see creative performances, and experience world Cultures. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds from 100 countries and cultures at 71 pavilions. Explore the festival while enjoying free entertainment on more than 25 stages throughout the park.


Saturday 12 August

Reykjavík, Iceland: The Pride Parade.


Saturday 19 August

Reykjavík, Iceland: Reykjavík Marathon. 42.2 km, 21.1 km and 10 km. This event goes hand-in-hand with the Reykjavík Cultural Night. marathon.is/reykjavik-marathon.


Saturday 19 August

Reykjavík, Iceland: Reykjavík Culture Night will be held for the 22nd time on August 19, 2017. The event, which is both created and enjoyed by city residents, takes place all across Reykjavík.


Tuseday 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.


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).


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 featuring presentations of the Snorris' trip to Iceland. Scandinavian Centre, 739 - 20th Ave. NW.


Edmonton, AB: Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton Leifur Eiriksson Dinner.


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





Toronto, ON: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto's spring session of Icelandic classes ended 29 May. Classes resume in the fall. Beginner 1, Beginner 2 and Intermediate classes. If you have some Icelandic knowledge, you may be able to join Beginner 1. New students being accepted in the fall. Watch www.icct.info/language-classes for fall dates.



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. .



Gimli, MB: Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society's Kaffitími 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.



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