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!!

Canadian Nordic Society Event – November 2, 2014

1:00 PM Sunday, November 2, 2014
303 Paterson Hall, Carleton University

Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga

William W. Fitzhugh, Director, Arctic Studies Center,
Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

“Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga” explores the little-known story of the dramatic Viking/Norse expansion across the North Atlantic between 850 and 1000 AD, and their explorations and settlement in Greenland and Northeastern North America. Special emphasis is on fads and fallacies in popular beliefs about “Vikings” in North America as contrasted with new archaeological evidence from Arctic and Subarctic regions where Norse contacts occurred with Native Americans — both Inuit and Indian. Finally, the lecture addresses the likely causes of failure of the western Norse colonies and implications for future human Arctic endeavours.

CLICK HERE to see the Flyer for more details!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors

39540_154799714561847_154794194562399_235684_4476963_nOur AGM was held on October 3 and it was a very successful AGM in many ways. It was well attended and it was chaired by Rolf Christensen who kept the meeting flowing and told us about the Danish Canadian Conference, which was held in Ottawa earlier this year.

I am writing this as the new president of the club, although instead of “new”, “recycled” might be a more fitting description. Regardless, I am happy to do it again and I was excited to see a number of new faces at the AGM and especially that some of them joined the new board.
From the outgoing board, Grethe Kryger, Peter Jensen and Steven Hansen are not returning. I thank them for their contributions; they have done a lot of work for the club.

Those from the old board who are continuing also deserve a big thank-you for agreeing to do so! They are: Vita Christensen (Vice President), Vibeke Reid (Secretary), Bodil Jensen (Treasurer), Brittany Hansen, Neal Petersen and Sue Vye. An extra special thank-you to Vita for having been our President at the helm for the last year!
The new board is sporting three new members. They are: Jeff Jessen, Diane Nolan (“once a Nielsen, always a Nielsen!”) and Jessica Tomlin. I am very happy to have them onboard!

The new board has an excellent mix of younger and older people and it has people who are new to the board and people who have been there a while. I am very excited about the next 12 months and it should be interesting to see what we can do!

Søren Laursen

Danish Canadian Conference 2014

Danish Canadian Conference
May 22 – 25, 2014
Westin Hotel, Ottawa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Danish Club of Ottawa is extremely pleased to host the Danish Canadian Conference of the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada this spring, and we would like for all club members to be part of it – as it promises to be interesting, informative and a lot of fun!

The conference is a marvellous opportunity to meet people from other Danish clubs and organizations from across the country and find out what they are doing. You can attend a single event or two, or sign up for the whole conference, if you like.

The theme of the Conference is “Getting Involved” and we encourage you to do just that! Join the conference delegates for social events, take in presentations on fascinating topics and enjoy making new acquaintances.

Most of all please join us in giving our visitors a warm and hospitable welcome to Ottawa!

The Conference Program at a Glance  – See REGISTRATION FORM for information and cost. Registration is required for all events.

Easter Church Service 2014

Danish Easter Church Service
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 14:00 (2 p.m)
St. John’s Lutheran Church
270 Crichton Street, Ottawa

While I am writing this, it is still cold outside. Most of the snow is a dirty grey colour by now, but the days are getting longer and when the sun is shining, it can still be beautiful to look at the remains of winter.

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Pastor Lars Skjødt-Jakobsen and his wife, Lis, will be in Ottawa to deliver the Easter Sermon at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Service is at 2:00 p.m., followed by coffee/tea and refreshments in the adjacent Church Hall, where we will spend some “hyggelige timer” with each other.

If you are in the mood for baking some Easter goodies, please bring some to the coffee table. It is always very much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing Lars and Lis amongst us as well as everyone else!


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