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June to November

Kvennahlaup - Icelandic Women’s Walk 

17 and 24 June

Kvennahlaup will be held in three locations in Manitoba. $30 registration fee includes free t-shirt from Iceland. Register by 29 May to ensure delivery. All proceeds benefit youth cultural programs.

Saturday 17 June

Arborg, MB: Heritage Village, 10 am. To register please contact Debbie 204-376-3352, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday 24 June

Winnipeg, MB: Assiniboine Park, 10 am. Contact: Pat 204-837-2117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday 24 June

Gimli, MB: Gimli Park, 10 am. Contact:  Margaret 204-642-9945, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

23 and 24 June

Moorhead, MN: 40th Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival. This year, we will be celebrating our 40th festival! We are excited to have reached this point, and to have remained part of the community for 40 years. This year our featured country will be Norway. The local Sons of Norway lodge is heavily involved with planning this years festival. We are also working with the Red River Finns to recognize 100 years of Finnish independence. As we get closer to the festival, we will have more precise details about presenters and performers. 

We welcome Soiva Music Camp! They missed our festival last year as they where away in Finland, but have returned to us stateside. This partnership between the Finlandia Foundation and Concordia College takes place on the Concordia Campus. At the end of their week long camp, they will perform at our festival. We can expect their music to celebrate Finnish independence. 

 

Sunday June 25

Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra's High School Honour Jazz Bands will perform with guest saxophonist Mark DeJong (the three bands will be directed by Richard Gillis, Neil Watson & Ken Gold). Tickets are $20 at Jazz Winnipeg. 3 pm at the West End Cultural Centre. 586 Ellice Ave. http://www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com

Ongoing events:

Mardi Jazz (CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd.) on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM: 

May 30, Richard Gillis quintet, $5 cover charge

Jazz at Inferno’s (312 Des Meurons St.) on Saturdays from noon to 3:00: Ken Gold & Ron Halldorson

Resto Gare restaurant (630 Des Meurons St.) on Thursdays at 6:30 PM: June 22, Helen White; June 29, Richard Gillis

 

30 June to 2 July

Riverton, MB: Riverton Reunion Days. In honour of Canada 150 in 2017, we're bringing back a summer celebration to Riverton. A homecoming weekend filled with fun for the whole family and classic Riverton celebrations. Mark your calendar, stake your claim on Amma's spare room, and pack your sunscreen. Our community is rich with hard-working community members and organizations, and this year they've come together to plan this blast from the past weekend. There will be something for everyone with pancake breakfast, kids fishing derby, fireworks, beer garden, contests, entertainment and more. Facebook: @ReunionDays2017.

 

Saturday 1 July

Gimli, MB: Celebrate Canada 150 with Gimli this year! There will be live music playing your favourite Canadian songs, a parade, fireworks and much more.

 

Markerville, AB: Canada Day celebrations at the Markerville Creamery Museum, 10 am.

 

Riverton, MB: ""Friðrika Björnsdóttir Project: Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony"

3:00 pm. Place: Centennial Park, Riverton

The Friðrika Björnsdóttir Memorial Restoration Project Team will be hosting a Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony to mark the completion of its decade-long project to honour Friðrika Björnsdóttir Árnason (1849-1884), a New Icelander with "royal" Danish connections. Please join us for the "ribbon-cutting" reveal of the Interpretative Panel installed at Centennial Park, as part of Riverton's "Reunion Days" and its Canada 150 celebrations. (see above) Open to all! For more information, please connect through the Project website, (just google "Fridrika" to find the website, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or "friend" Friðrika Björnsdóttir on Facebook. There's information on the Canada 150 Alliance and Passport 2017 websites, too!

 

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.

 

5 to 8 July

Siglufjörður, Iceland: Folk Music Festival of Siglufjörður. Folk Music Centre. Icelandic and Scandinavian folk music as well as world music and folk dances. 15 -20 concerts in different locations of the town, workshops, lectures etc. folkmusik.is/en.

 

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.

 

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.

REGISTER TODAY:

www.lh-inc.ca/golf/sponsor

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www.lh-inc.ca/golf/participant

 

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.

 

Friday to Monday 4 to 7 August

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

 

Saturday to Monday 5 to 7 August

Edmonton, AB: Heritage Festival.

 

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.

 

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

  

EXHIBITS

 

Until 23 June

Gimli, MB: The New Iceland Heritage Museum is hosting a new travelling exhibit, 1867 – Rebellion and Confederation. This is a very fitting exhibit to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, talking about the how it all began. Developed by the Canadian Museum of History. This exhibition explores the route to nationhood taken by a society in transition, and by the people who fought, negotiated and made compromises to forge a more peaceable union. By tracing the pivotal moments leading to the draft of the British North America Act, this exhibition helps visitors to better understand how this legacy continues to affect our identity, our values and our institutions. 94-1st Ave. 204-642-4001. Winter hours: 10- 4 Mon. to Fri., 1- 4 Sat. and Sun. 

 

 

ICELANDIC CLASSES

 

Toronto, ON: The Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto's spring session of Icelandic classes ends 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 language classes will resume 19 September to 21 November.

 

Gimli, MB: Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society's Wednesday Kaffitími Icelandic language sessions are suspended till further notice due to the closure of Alycia's Restaurant at the Gimli Waterfront Centre.

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