Members of the Nordic Society meet for lunch once a month, usually on the first Monday at 12:00 PM from September until June at the historic and
beautiful Officers' Mess at 149 Somerset Street West (just east of Elgin Street), Ottawa.
Luncheon schedule from September 2019 to June 2020:
All members and guests are cordially invited.
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The Canadian Nordic Society Distinguished Speakers series runs monthly from September to May at the
Army Officers' Mess, 149 Somerset St. W., Ottawa (just east of Elgin Street) at 7:30 p.m. Some parking at the Mess is available for evening events. There is also parking available on neighbourhood streets. 24-hour parking is available a short walk away at Ottawa City Hall on Laurier Avenue.
The Army Officers' Mess has a dress code. For men, it's a sports jacket and trousers with a shirt and tie or turtleneck. For women, it's a dressy blouse or sweater and dress slacks or skirt, or a dress. Jeans are not permitted.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the Speakers Series for a $5 admission fee.
Ideas and suggestions for speakers and events are welcome. Please contact any member of the Council.
The Speaker Series schedule for 2019 - 2020 is:
May 13 (Annual General Meeting)
June 7, 2019 - A Musical Treat from Iceland
An evening of favourite Icelandic songs and popular arias with renowned Icelandic mezzo-soprano Hanna Dóra Sturludottir, accompanied by pianist Snorri Sigfús Birgisson.
7:30 PM at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Kent and Wellington), Ottawa. Free parking at Supreme Court, across Wellington. General admission of $20 includes wine and cheese reception.
Speaker Series - Past
April 17 - Knud Rasmussen: A Canadian Perspective on a Danish-Greenlandic Explorer
Writer and historian Kenn Harper will trace Rasmussen’s early interest in Canada, a misunderstanding with the Canadian government with almost tragic consequences, and the accomplishments of the Fifth Thule Expedition. Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM at the Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West. Free admission for members, $5 for non-members.
March 20 -
Henry Larsen’s Ugly Duckling
Learn about Arctic Explorer Henry Larsen’s Expeditions from his daughter, Doreen Riedel. This year will mark the 90th anniversary of the St. Roch’s first voyage into the Arctic. In Doreen’s presentation, she will tell us about what the ship was like during its career and the challenges the ever-changing crew faced. Most of them had limited experience at sea and in the Arctic before they sailed North. Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 PM at the Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West. Free admission for members, $5 for non-members.
February 20 -
Ambassador of Denmark to Address CNS
We are very pleased that His Excellency Mr. Winkler has accepted our invitation to speak. His topic will be “Canada and the Kingdom of Denmark in the Arctic: past, present and future.” This event will take place on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 PM on the he Army Officers’ Mess (149 Somerset Street West), Free admission for CNS members, $5 for non-members.
January 16 -
Rita De Ruysscher on “Painting the North: How Scandinavian art influenced Canadian painters.” Rita will explore with you the works of Scandinavian artists that changed the course of Canadian art at the turn of the twentieth century. 7:30 PM, Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West. Free admission for members, $5 for non-members.
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