Renew Your Membership for 2015

39540_154799714561847_154794194562399_235684_4476963_nIt is that time again! Time to renew your Danish Club membership for another year!

We ask those renewing to send their membership to us before February 28, 2015.

New members are

We’ve attached the Membership Registration Form, please complete the form for yourself and your family and return to us along with a cheque payable to the “The Danish Club of Ottawa”.

As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on the help of volunteers.  The main reason The Danish Club of Ottawa has continued for survived for over 38 years is because of all the wonderful volunteers that have been so generous with their time.  If you are able to donate some time to help us at any of our events please complete the volunteer section of the membership registration form.

In addition, we also welcome your ideas for any new events, activities, etc.  Please feel free to send us an email with your ideas and/or write your ideas on the back of the Membership Registration Form.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to another year of activities and hyggelige times with the new and continuing members of The Danish Club of Ottawa.

Fastelavn – February 22, 2015


Fastelavn is a very old traditional Danish celebration.  In early days, Fastelavn was the beginning of a time of fasting to prepare oneself for Lent by eating very little.  Fastelavn was also a time to have a lot of fun: playing games, dressing up and partying.

Most people no longer fast on Fastelavn.  However, children still wear costumes and play the traditional Fastelavn games.  One is “knocking the cat out of the barrel” game.  In medieval times, this game was taken very seriously, and involved placing a live cat in a barrel.  The barrel was then beaten with sticks until it broke and the cat escaped.  The cat was chased out of the town, and it was believed that it would take the collective bad luck and evil spirits of the town with it.

Fortunately for cats everywhere the game is now symbolic and no longer involves any live animals.  Instead we use a wooden barrel filled with candy and one old black cat (stuffed toy).  The children take turns hitting it with a wooden bat until the barrel breaks whereupon there is a mad dash to pick up all the candy that spilled out (children only, please!).

The child that makes the barrel break and knocks the cat out of the barrel is crowned the “King of Cats” or “Queen of Cats” as the case may be.  Since a king must have a queen (and vice versa), the next child of the opposite sex in the line up to beat the barrel when it came down, is named King or Queen (again as the case may be) and each is given a golden paper crown.

We will have prizes for the best child costume and one for the best adult costume.  The entertainment (other than the barrel, the candy and the costumes) is a secret! There will be delicious food as always and we will finish off the day by handing out fastelavnsris (decorated branches).

Mark Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. on your calendar and join us at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall on Crichton Street.

To register for this event, please see the Registration Form and register BEFORE February 16th.

Children’s Christmas Party – December 7, 2014

It is hard to believe but Christmas is just around the corner! Our Annual Children’s Christmas Party is on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church (272 Crichton Street, Ottawa).



This event is a great opportunity to come together with other families in the club to share some of Denmark’s Christmas traditions, including singing and dancing around the Christmas tree, special crafts, and of course, enjoying Danish goodies, such as Æbleskiver. We will be joined by ParLUGment who will bring some of their LEGO for a hands-on experience and there will be a Duplo corner for the little ones. Rumour has it we might even be visited by a special guest dressed in “red” who will distribute gifts to all the good boys and girls.

If you plan to attend please complete the registration form send it in by December 1, 2014.

We hope to see many of you there!

Canadian Nordic Society Event – November 26, 2014

The Canadian Nordic Society

H.E. Niels Boel Abrahamsen, Ambassador of Denmark
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Army Officers’ Mess
149 Somerset Street West
(north side of Somerset, just east of Elgin Street)

The Canadian Nordic Society is honoured to present H.E. Niels Boel Abrahamsen, Ambassador of Denmark to Canada to address the next meeting of the Canadan Nordic Society on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on the subject of Denmark-Canada relationships.

Click here for more information.

29th European Union Film Festival – November 2014


November 13, 2014 until November 30, 2014
Auditorium of 395 Wellington Street (Library and Archives Building)

$12.00 (includes HST) General Admission for non-members
$ 8.00  (includes HST) CFI Members, Seniors (65+), Students
$35.00 (includes HST) 5-Film Passport (CFI Members only)

Presentations from Nordic Countries:

DENMARK: Hvidsten gruppen (This Life), 122 min
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 7.00 pm
Danish with English subtitles

FINLAND: Tie pohjoiseen (Road North), 110 min
Mika Kaurismaki
Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 7.00 pm
Finnish with English subtitles

SWEDEN: Turist (Force Majeure), 118 min
Ruben Ostlund
Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 7.00 pm
Swedish with English subtitles

For the full Program Schedule, visit the Canadian Film Institute website.

Annual Christmas Bazaar – November 15, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lakeside Gardens, Ottawa

shrimp smorbrod It’s that time of year again! The Danish Club’s Annual Christmas Bazaar is by far our most popular event. We have a wide variety of excellent offers, including:

  • a restaurant with many delicious kinds of smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches)
  • a bakery with real Danish pastry, and many other edible Danish goodies to take home and enjoy with your family & friends
  • Danish embroidery and decorations
  • a lottery with excellent prizes
  • a book table with a selection that varies from year to year and
  • lots more….

bazaar needle
The Christmas Bazaar will be held again this year at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (a.k.a. Lakeside Gardens). From the Queensway, take the Pinecrest exit and travel north until you can get no further. You will then be in the centre’s parking lot. Entry and parking are free.

Come one, come all!! Enjoy some Danish pastries, traditional open face sandwiches, christmas decorations and gifts. Tell your friends, your neighbours, your work colleagues!!

See you there!!


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