Welcome to the Icelandic Canadian Frón

A Winnipeg Chapter of The Icelandic National League of North America. The members of the Icelandic Canadian Frón work to preserve and promote our Icelandic heritage. To this end we offer two levels of Icelandic Language classes and host several cultural events throughout the year including Thorrablót, Heritage day, June 17th-Iceland Independence Day, Kvennahlaup and Folklorama.

INLNA FILM NIGHT

Monday, March 18th, 2019 at Cinematheque, 304 Arthur Street, Wpg, MB. “A Force in Nature” a bio about Icelandic-born sculptor, Johann Eyfells, who lived and worked in Florida for over 30 years. Now 94yrs old, this internationally known artist continues to inspire with the creation of new works of art. This offering is made possible through the sponsorship of Donald K. Johnson.

SPRING BRIDGE & WHIST

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 The IODE Chapter will host their Spring Bridge and Whist at Betelstadur, 1061 Sargeant Avenue with a luncheon and bake sale. Tickets are $20 at the door, and funds raised support the chapter Education Fund. Doors open at 11am. Reservations for groups of 4 card players may be made via jonsigurdssoniode@gmail.com

INLNA 2019 CONVENTION - 100 YEARS

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After celebrating Iceland’s 100th anniversary of Independence in 2018, it’s time to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ICELANDIC NATIONAL LEAGUE OF NORTH AMERICA at the 100th INLNA Convention to be held at the Fairmont Hotel (2 Lombard Place) from May 16-19, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The registration form is available on the Logberg-Heimskringla at https://www.lh-inc.ca/events/inl-of-na-convention

We have what we feel is a terrific room rate at the Fairmont Hotel. To reserve a room, please call the toll-free room reservation number at 1-800-257-7544, and quote event booking number: Iceland 0519. While the bus tour of “Icelandic Winnipeg” on Sunday, May 19th is sold out, you may want to put your name on the waiting list. The program will include an “Antique Road Show”, attendees may bring an artifact that they are curious about or that others may be interested in. There will be a Meet and Greet on Thursday evening, May 16, an Awards Ceremony on Friday evening and a Gala Dinner on Saturday evening, May 18. While not part of the regular program, there will be an Icelandic Roots Workshop on Sunday afternoon, May 19th. There is also a great line up of speakers and entertainers. You don’t want to miss this Celebration that has been 100 years in the making! We hope you can join us!

LANGUAGE CLASSES

We offer Icelandic Language classes each year in the Fall or Winter. Our beginner class is ideal for those who have no or little familiarity with the language. Our Intermediate class is for those who have the basic foundation with the Icelandic Language and the Advanced class are for those who wish to broaden their skills or have a place to speak the language. Our relaxed environment encourages class participation. Fall classes begin on the third Tuesday in September and run for ten weeks. Winter classes begin on the third Tuesday in January and continue for ten weeks. All classes are on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre.

THORRABLÓT / Þorrablót

The Thorrablót annual dinner celebration occurs in February (TBA) and showcases traditional Icelandic cuisine and entertainment. Tickets are $40/per person and are available from Serena at 204-479-1030, email solfrida70@gmail.com or Kendra at 204-770-3618, email kensuloa@mymts.net.

ICELAND INDEPENDANCE DAY

A joint venture with the Jón Sigurdsson chapter of the IODe celebrating Iceland’s Independence on June 17th. Each year we have a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Jón Sigurdsson located on the North Side of the Legislative Building.

KVENNAHLAUP

Icelandic Women’s Walk Each year, women of Icelandic Descent and their friends, gather at the Assiniboine Park for the 3 km walk. This multi generational walk has participants from a few months old to 70+ years old. Upon completion of the walk each participant receives a tee shirt and medal.

ISLANDINGADAGURINN

Each year the Icelandic Canadian Frón participates in Thingvellir, the meeting place. The festival is an annual event on the August long weekend in Gimli, Manitoba. Each year tens of thousands of people, from Canada, USA and Iceland gather in Gimli for this spectacular celebration.

FOLKLORAMA

Annual festival of nations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This two week long celebration showcases Canada¹s diversity. The Icelandic club partners with 4 other Scandinavian nations to provide Ethnic entertainment and Cuisine. Each country honors their heritage by creating cultural displays about their history. Imported goods are usually available as well.

LINKS

Lögberg-Heimskringla website - https://www.lh-inc.ca/