Estonian National Male Choir Concert (R.A.M. Koor)

February 18, 2015

Performing in Ottawa on  Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dominion-Chalmers United Church

One of the world’s pre-eminent choirs, this group of 55 professional male voices has recorded with Berlin Phil. has received the Grammy award, and was part of Estonia’s “Singing Revolution”.  Ticket information can be obtained from “ram” or by telephone at 613-366-1741

On-line Tix are now available for RAM Koor in Ottawa. Please go to:

Tastes of Estonia at the Sante Restaurant

February 13, 2015


The Estonian Embassy in Ottawa and Sante Restaurant present Tastes of Estonia – an evening of Estonian culture and cuisine

on Tuesday, February 24th at 6 pm

Guests are invited to celebrate Estonia’s National Day through the exploration of culture and cuisine.

Ambassador of Estonia, Gita Kalmet,  welcomes guests to enjoy a 6 course tasting menu prepared by Estonian Celebrity Chef, food writer, photographer and winner of Chopped Canada 2014, Paul Lillakas, who will be joining us from Toronto to celebrate this special day.  Paul loves the rooted nature of traditional Estonian Cuisine, but he has found a great passion in fusing some of the classics into surprising new tastes and textures.

Renowned Estonian pianist Armas Maiste will be entertaining guests during dinner. His impressive musical career spans many decades and transcends genres, from classical to jazz.

Treat yourself and a friend to an evening of Estonian fare!

$55 pp

Reservations: 613-241-7113 or

In collaboration with the Diplomatic Community, Donna Holtom, owner of Santé Restaurant and Art Gallery, has launched a monthly series of Embassy Dinners – Seeds of Diversity.  The Cultural experience will be a celebration of global cuisine enjoyed in the spirit of community.

Estonian film at Baltic Nordic Film Festival

February 4, 2015

As a part of the 5th Bright Nights: Baltic Nordic Film Festival Ottawa, The Embassy of Estonia in cooperation with the Canadian Film Institute presents:
Saturday, February 14th, 2014 at 7:00PM
River Building Theatre,
Carleton University.

Purchase your tickets now at

Kirsitubakas (Cherry Tobacco), Estonia 2014
Directed by Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik
Written by Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik
Screenplay by Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik
Produced by Anneli Lepp
Length 93 minutes
Synopsis: Cherry Tobacco is about a small-town girl, Laura, who is constantly bored. Her mother gets on her nerves, boys her age are stupid and everything anyone wants to do seems childish. One day Laura’s energetic friend Merit invites her on a hike to a bog led by a middle-aged nature-lover called Joosep. The beginning of the trip is anything but promising: the relation- ship between the reserved girl and the outgoing Joosep, who tries to impress the hiking party with his hillbilly style and bizarre rituals, becomes tense. But much to her own surprise, Laura discovers that as the hike continues she is enchanted by the rugged charms of Joosep. The quest is coming to its irrefutable end and Laura has to decide whether a relationship with an older man is a mere step along the winding road towards becoming a woman or whether it is her very first love.

OES on Facebook

February 4, 2015

A public Facebook page has been created for the Ottawa Estonian Society. All Ottawa Estonians and friends are invited to become members and post anything of interest to the group!

Post-Loppet Party

February 4, 2015

Over 20 skiers from Estonia will be participating in the Gatineau Loppet this year. As we have done several times in the past, we have planned a get-together to greet our visitors and share an evening of post-racing fun at 5PM on Sunday 15 February at The Fox and Feather Pub on the corner of Elgin and Somerset Street.
We will have a private room with our own bar.

Hope to see everyone there!

Quo Vadis Ottawa Estonian Society

January 12, 2015

All Ottawa Estonians and friends are invited to attend a meeting regarding the Society’s future activities that is to be held

Friday January 16, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Da Santino Restaurant, 1491 Merivale Rd. (south of Baseline, east of Clyde)

Please RSVP to Tõnu Onu – telephone: (819) 682-9352
– e-mail:

There will be a brainstorming session to discuss people’s interests regarding the Ottawa Estonian Society. The meeting is scheduled for January 16th, dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. Food may be ordered from a limited version of the restaurant menu ( Brainstorming session is set for 7:00 p.m.

We would appreciate receiving your thoughts in advance of the meeting.

Over the last few years the Ottawa Estonian Society has been relatively quiet on the activity front. The executive’s only two members, Margus and Ene, have valiantly kept the Society afloat, but we cannot expect two people alone to do so for long and keep the Society active. The activities of the Estonian Embassy in Ottawa have been impressive and deserve our gratitude, but the prime responsibility of the Embassy, understandably, is focused on the development of relations with Canada. We cannot expect the Embassy to be the initiator and main organizer of activities for the local Estonian community. Therefore, it is time to discuss the expectations of Ottawa’s Estonians and their friends regarding the Society and who among us are ready to undertake and organize activities. The possibilities are many, as long as there is interest, desire and energy.

Some suggestions

· A kids group to introduce the Estonian language, songs and traditions
· Introduction of Estonian culture through films, lectures, presentations, etc.
· Cooperation between the Estonian Church and the Society
· Jaanipäev festivities,
· Participation with the Montreal Estonian Society: Lättemae, Jaanipäev, etc.
· Men’s social beer evenings with ladies
· Ladies’ social wine evenings with gentlemen (men from beer evenings turn into gentlemen at wine evenings)
· Group outings
· Social lunches or suppers at restaurants
· Activities with Latvian and Lithuanian communities

Jõulupuu 2014 … a good time was had by all

December 22, 2014








Jõulupuu 2014

December 21, 2014

Jõuluvana was very popular!

















Latvian Christmas Bazaar

November 23, 2014

Peace Latvian Lutheran Church, 83 Main Street
Saturday November 29, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and
Sunday, November 30, noon – 1:00 p.m.

We will have various baked goods, preserves, jewelry, ceramics and other handicrafts,
Christmas cards and decorations and a large ‘white elephant’ table.
We will serve lunch both days – sauerkraut and sausages, as well as coffee and pastries.
Everyone welcome
Come and bring your friends!

Jõulupuu 2014

November 19, 2014

The Estonian Christmas Church Service will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20th 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 who can arrive earlier for setting up and post party cleanup are much appreciated.


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