Art Show in Montreal

December 14, 2013

Uus kunsti näitus on avatud Viva Vida Galleriis Pointe Claire linna osas Montrealis, kus hiljuti leidis aset Balti Ühingu kunsti näitus. See kord oli nätius avatud laiemale kunstnikude ühiskonnale ja valitude hulka said eesti päritoluga kunstnikud Elvi Kannelmäe-Edwards Ottawa-Gatineau rajoonist, Ann Kallaste-Kruzelecky ja Hille Viires Montrealist. Nätius avati laupäeval 7 detsember ja kestab kuni laupäev 25 jaanuar 2014.

A new art show has opened at the Viva Vida Gallery in Pointe Claire in Montreal, where the Baltic Art Association show took place recently. This time the show was open to a broader artists’ community and among those selected were Estonian origin artists Elvi Kannelmäe-Edwards from Ottawa-Gatineau, Ann Kallaste-Kruzelecky and Hille Viires from Montreal. The show opened on Saturday December 7 and runs until Saturday January 25, 2014.

Christmas Church Service and Jõulupuu 2013

December 10, 2013

The Estonian Christmas Church Service will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21th at the Latvian Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, at the corner of Main and Lees St., with Pastor Kalle Kadakas from Toronto officiating.

The service will be followed by our traditional Christmas family gathering. Everyone is asked to contribute to the evening’s potluck table. Volunteers for setting up and post party cleanup are much appreciated.

Children who wish to visit with Santa, need to be registered by Monday, December 16th. Please contact Ene Tikovt at


November 26, 2013

Ottawas toimub suur Euroopa Liidu Jõulukontsert reedel, 6. detsembril 2013 kell 7 õ Notre Dame Cathedral’is, 385 Sussex Drive. Kontserdil kõlavad Euroopa jõululaulud erinevates euroopa riikide keeltes kolme Ottawa laste- ja noortekoori – Ottawa Children’s Choir’i, Chorale De La Salle ja Calixa Lavallée Choir’i esituses. Kõlab ka Eesti jõululaul. Kiriku uksed avatakse publikule kell 6.30 p.l. Kontsert on tasuta.

Estonian film at 28th European Union Film Festival, 2013

November 5, 2013

Elavad pildid (Living Images)
dir. Hardi Volmer (Estonia, 2013, 135 minutes) Estonian,
with English sub-titles,
will be shown at the

28th European Union Film Festival,
in the Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.,

on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:30 pm

For more information -

Baltic Artists’ Association Exhibition in Montreal

September 30, 2013


Farewell to Riho and Kristine Kruuv

August 14, 2013

Members and friends of the Ottawa Estonian community came together on Monday July 29th, 2013, to wish Riho Kruuv and his wife Kristine well as they prepare to depart Ottawa and return to Estonia. Riho’s term as Charge d’Affaires for the Estonian Embassy in Ottawa has been completed.

Riho and friends

Riho Kruuv, his wife Kristine and some well wishers.

Adieu to Riho

July 6, 2013

RIHO KRUUV Charge d’Affaires for the Estonian Embassy in Ottawa, is leaving Ottawa at the end of July. Come and join us to say farewell -
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, 283 Elgin St., (just south of Somerset St.) Third floor.
Food can be ordered from their menu.

Come to wish Riho well as he returns to Estonia.

Please RSVP to
tel: 613-226-3680

Swingin’ into Spring with Armas Maiste in Ottawa

May 27, 2013

Mother Nature may have slowed the coming of spring this year to the Ottawa region but neither Mother Nature nor a tardy spring could stop Armas Maiste from performing his magic on the piano. On the evening of Saturday April 20th at Barrhaven United Church in Ottawa, following performances by the Manotick Brass and other local groups in the first half of the concert, Armas came out to enthral the audience with his wizardry on the keyboard. Spring flowers may not have been out yet, but Armas brought forth the full bloom of sounds on the piano.
When Armas sits down at the piano, the sound is so fluid and ethereal that there is an impression of the piano playing by itself. Armas began with masterful renditions of two contrasting pieces, Chopin’s beautiful Valse Brillante followed by Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Opus 3, number 2. As if the contrast between two pieces was not enough, Armas, as only he is capable of doing, spirited the audience from the gracefulness of classical music to the swinging world of jazz and spring. Accompanied by long-time bass player and violinist, Sol Gunnar, Armas played close to a dozen pieces related to the theme of spring, including Cole Porter’s What is This Thing Called Love, Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite Selections and Rogers and Hammerstein’s It Might As Well Be Spring. By the end of the concert Armas and his music had brought spring into the air and a spring into everyone’s step. What else could the audience do but rise to give him a much deserved standing ovation.
There is always a temptation to ask, after a long and illustrious career such as Armas has had, how long can he keep up such brilliant playing. The question we should really be asking is how long the piano can keep up with Armas. We await the next concert.

Tõnu Onu

Maiste and musicians

Estonian President T. H. Ilves and First Lady in Ottawa

May 9, 2013
Lucy Turk

Lucy Turk waiting to present OES bouquet to Estonia’s First Lady. (Photo by E. Tikovt )

(Photo by E. Tikovt)


(© Photo by Ülle Baum)

For a complete photo album of the President’s visit to Canada go here and click on Fotoalbum.

Spring Concert featuring Armas Maiste

March 21, 2013

spring concert

Saturday, April 20th, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Adults $ 20. Students $ 10.
Refreshments will be served.


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