The Canadian Nordic Society April 2005

Nordic News


240 Sparks Street, PO Box 55023, Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1







The following are the dates for the Speakers Series 2004-2005 season.

Please remember to keep these dates open.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005 (AGM)



Canadian Nordic Society Events


Thursday, April 21, 2005

Speakers’ Series

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

The Ambassador of Iceland, Gudmundur Eiriksson, who arrived in Canada in 2003 will be speaking about his life experiences as a diplomat.

Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start. Coffee will be served at $2.00 per person.


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Canadian Nordic SocietyAnnual General Meeting

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Please join us for our annual general meeting. We will be discussing all business of the past year, our financial status and election of the new board. We will also have a series of short videos from different Nordic countries. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please mail in your proxy or give it to someone who is attending the meeting. It is important to have a quorum to allow the various motions to be voted on. (see attached notice)

Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start. Coffee will be served at $2.00 per person.


Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Dinner to commemorate the one hundred year celebration of the union dissolution between Norway and Sweden - Warrant Officer’s Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive

To honour this event, the Canadian Nordic Society is holding a dinner on June 8, 2005. The Ambassadors from Norway and Sweden will be speaking at this event. Appropriate attire is required: cocktail or evening dress for women and tie and jacket for men. Anyone who has a national costume is encouraged to wear it. There is no parking in front of the Mess. However, parking can be found behind and around Lisgar Collegiate. A special notice is attached at the end of this newsletter. (see map for location)


In 2005 it will be a hundred years since the union between Norway and Sweden was dissolved by peaceful means. This also marks one hundred years of close ties with key partner countries and Norwegian participation in the international community. The centennial anniversary will be celebrated in Norway, Sweden and abroad. The website (in Norwegian and English) provides an overview of all centennial anniversary activities outside of Norway. You will also find more information about the background for the celebration, useful links, etc. For information about the celebration activities taking place in Norway, please visit

Map for June 8, 2005



Gerry Kenney – Canadian Arctic Exploration by Otto Sverdrup


On 17 March 05, Gerry Kenney presented a very interesting talk on the history of exploration of the Canadian Arctic by Otto Sverdrup. Using maps and excellent slide photographs of the north taken over the many years he worked in the Arctic, he provided a detailed history of the travels of Sverdrup and his crew. While originally searching for a route around the northwest corner of Greenland to explore its northeast and eastern coasts, Sverdrup was held back over many years by the ice pack, and was forced to over winter in the Canadian Arctic. As a result, he mapped many areas that were previously uncharted. Gerry’s research for his presentation came from writing his book Ships of Wood and Men of Iron written in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Otto Sverdrup's birth.


The Nordic Society members greatly enjoyed Gerry’s many light-hearted stories of Sverdrup’s experiences, as well as many of his own. He also raised the more serious question of Canada’s sovereignty being challenged by the future possible opening of the Northwest Passage to commercial shipping traffic. The passage is expected to become a viable route if warmer global temperatures continue to reduce the ice pack.

Giant Ski Record

On February 16, 2005, one hundred cross-country ski enthusiasts successfully traveled a distance of 100 metres on a 100-metre long pair of skis, gliding into the record books in Jacques Cartier Park during Winterlude 2005.

Ingvard Havnen, Norwegian Ambassador to Canada, and Claude Laramée, President of the Keskinada Loppet, led the team of 100 skiers across the finish line. This year’s event breaks the previous record of 80 skiers who traveled 120 metres on an 80-metre long ski set in 2002.

Among the group were 11 CNS members, using their finely honed cross-country skiing skills to help propel the team to success.

In and Around Town

May 18, 2005 – 7:30 pm

Concert at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 174 1 st Avenue, featuring Wanda Procyshyn, soprano singing in Finnish and Swedish, selections from Sibelius, German Lieder. Tickets $10.00 can be purchased at the door. Contact Tuulikki Bence-Bruckler at 523-8780 if you have any questions.


June 1 - 6, 2005

Danish Children’s Theatre at the Alcatel Ottawa International Children’s Festival at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa

The theatre group, "Group 38" depicts a contemporary, non-sentimental portrayal of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The little Match girl. The "Patrasket" theatre group is performing Snow White in Black & White. For more information access the website , or visit


Out of Town



April 16, 2005 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Finnpower & Culture 2005

Location: Agricola Church, 25 Old York Mills Road, Toronto

Meet the friendly Finns from Toronto! You can take in a fashion show, Nordic walking and floorball demonstrations or lectures on various topics. Local Finnish clubs and organizations will introduce themselves. Don't forget to take time to browse our marketplace. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. and refreshments all day long. Admission is free! There will also be doorprizes, including a return airfare to Finland by Finnair. Organiser: Consulate of Finland in Toronto and Finnish clubs, organizations and businesses in the GTA. Contact: Consulate of Finland Tel. 416 964 0066 Fax. 416 964 1524 or


April 16, 2005 - 2 pm.

Lecture on Hans Christian Andersen at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, 100 Sherbrooke Street E, Montreal

The lecture by CNS member Dr. Hans Møller, will focus on Andersen’s unique and subtle sense of humour that penetrates his writings. Admission $10-15. For more information contact Derek Yaple-Schobert. Email:


April 29 - May 8, 2005

8th Annual Sprockets International Film Festival for Children, Toronto

This year the Sprockets International Film Festival for Children will have a Nordic focus. The festival features the Norwegian films Colours of Milk and Bob the Builder and Friends and Danish movies The Fakir by Peter Flinth and Kisses (short film) by Kaspar Munk. For more information access the website


May 3-4, 2005

Lecture series on New Scandinavian Design at the "Design Exchange", Toronto
Designer Raul Cabra and journalist Katherine E. Nelson are the promoters of this Scandinavian Design symposium. (Programme to be confirmed.) For more information access the website:


May 22 – 29, 2005

Danish Children’s Theatre at the Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts at Harbourfrontcentre, Toronto

This year the festival presents 2 Danish theatre groups. "Group 38" is performing the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Match Girl , there will be 7 performances in 5 days. The "Patrasket" theatre group is performing "Snow White in Black & White", there will be 8 performances in 8 days. For more information access the websites , or






June 1-8, 2005, Toronto

Northern Voices Choral Festival - Toronto

A two-week multi-event festival of choral music, welcoming choral groups from the world's northern-most nations to Toronto.

Highlights at the festival include:

- Performance by Huutajat, Finland's exciting Men's Choral Shouters
- The Northern Soloist Choir from Norway

- Nordic Voices – a six piece a cappella ensemble from Norway

For more information, contact Soundstreams at or (416)504-1282


June 9, 2005 at 8 pm.

Danish Radio Choir performs in "Sounds of the North" Choral Festival at the Metropolitan United Church, Toronto

Concerts by The Danish Radio Choir. The Choir is considered to be one of the finest ensembles of its kind. There will be opportunity to hear them perform several times during this festival (Festival programme to be confirmed).


June, 2005

Danish Radio Choir performs in Montreal

The Choir will be performing Rutter’s The Little Mermaid, conducted by Michael Bojesen (Date and time to be confirmed).




There will be beginner’s Swedish classes at Brookfield High School starting April 19. You can contact Tuulikki Bence-Bruckler at 523-8780 for information.

Due to low attendance this year’s Midsommar will not be held .


In order to reduce our printing and mailing costs the CNS Board has decided to send the newsletter electronically to members that have email addresses. Those without email addresses will continue to receive paper copies. If members with email capabilities would prefer a paper copy please contact Per Talgoy at This will take affect September 2005.


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Canadian Nordic Society Board Members – 2004-2005


Mr. Per Olav Talgøy – President

Mr. David Murray – First Vice-President

Mr. Henning Koberg – Second Vice-President

Ms. Stella Ellis – Councillor

Ms. Deborah Wild - Councillor

Ms. Kristina Wade – Treasurer

Vacant – General Secretary

Ms. Christine Trankalis – Recording Secretary



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Canadian Nordic Society

240 Sparks Street

P.O. Box 55023

Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1

Annual General Meeting

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 7:00 pm


The Canadian Nordic Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, May 12, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. to elect the board and table reports, and a chance to socialize.

Positions to be filled for next year are: Second Vice-President and General Secretary Nominations are accepted from any member in good standing and should be submitted by April 25, 2005 to a member of the nominating committee listed below:


Ms. Leena Sillanpää

1394 Jamieson Avenue

Orleans, ON K1E 1J5

Tel: (613) 837-1641

Mr. Michael Enright

5 Prudhomme Private

Ottawa, ON K1N 1G2

Tel: (613) 244-5271

Mr. Adam Napke

294 Sandhill Road

Kanata, ON K2K 2V7

Tel: (613) 599-8586













The undersigned hereby appoints ______________________________ as proxy with power to attend and vote for the Undersigned at the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Canadian Nordic Society on the 12 th of May, 2005, for the business to be transacted at the meeting.


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