Black Ribbon Day 2016

August 27, 2016

Black Ribbon Day service will take place

Sunday, August 28, 2016    at 6:00PM

at the

Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

1000 Byron Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 0J3


1- Service with Community Prayers.

2- Post-service gathering and presentation in community hall:

3- Documentary film: Outside the Sphere

(Outside The Sphere examines the history of the Baltic communities in North America: the tyranny they narrowly escaped; the trials they faced in building new lives in the West; and the serious present day regional challenges they face.)

Black Ribbon Day 2016 in Ottawa is a joint commemoration presented by the Belarusian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian Communities.

Armas Maiste receives standing ovation at Ottawa’s classical music festival

July 19, 2016

Attending a concert with Armas Maiste is never an ordinary event. Even when Armas is not scheduled to perform, he still may become the star of the evening. On Tuesday July 5th at Ottawa’s international classical music festival, Music and Beyond, this was the case.

Source: Armas Maiste receives standing ovation at Ottawa’s classical music festival

Keepers of the Loom film screening

May 11, 2016

The Ottawa Estonian Society along with the Estonian Embassy is excited to invite you to a screening of Tom and Reet Mae’s film:

Keepers of the Loom.

The film will be shown:
Saturday May 28 at 3:00 p.m.
495 Aylmer Road, Gatineau
Free admission
Donations towards the Mae’s expenses are welcomed.

Tom and Reet Mae from Toronto will be present, so you will have a chance to chat with them. The film is in English and Estonian with subtitles. Invite your friends who may be interested in Estonia and Estonian crafts. The link to see the trailer:

The building, 495 Aylmer Road is a historical stone house and home to the Aylmer Heritage Association. From Ottawa cross the Champlain Bridge and at the second set of lights turn left toward Aylmer. The building is about 4-5 kilometers from the bridge on the right hand side at the corner of Golf St.

Estonian Church service and Jõulupuu December 19th, Saturday 2015

December 18, 2015

The Christmas Church Service will take place at 3 p.m. (church doors open about 2:30 p.m.) and the Christmas gathering will follow in the church basement at 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will be arriving from the North and looks forward to children reciting poems and singing songs.

For the potluck meal, the Ottawa Estonian Society will be providing sausages, wieners and drinks.  Please bring either a side dish (sauerkraut would be very welcome) or sweets for dessert

As in previous years, admission is free to the Christmas gathering, however donations will be accepted.

See you at the Christmas gathering.

European Union Christmas Concert 2015

December 10, 2015

The Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the Diplomatic Missions of the Member States of the European Union

Present a

Christmas Concert

385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica

Friday 11, December 2015, 7 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Free entry

Featuring European Christmas Carols and Songs

Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, La Chorale De La Salle and Calixa Lavallée Ensemble

Special guests:  Mária Budáčová (Slovakia), organist, and Incognito Choir



Ottawa Film Festival Début of Legacy of the Cold War

November 18, 2015



An Ottawa Film Festival Début

Presented in partnership with the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, St. Paul University, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Embassy of Ukraine, The National Film Board of Canada, Ukrainian National Federation (UNF Ottawa-Gatineau), Latvian National Federation in Canada, and Baltic Federation in Canada.

Friday, November 27, 2015 7:00 PM

Ekskursante (The Excursionist)

Lithuania, 2013, 110 minutes

Director: Audrius Juzenas,


Saturday, November 28, 2015 7:00PM

The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan
Canada, 2008, 74 minutes

Director: Najeeb Mirza,

Meet the Director in Person


Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:00PM

The Guide

Ukraine, 2014

Director: Oles Sanin,

Premiere screening in Ottawa of this award winning production

St. Paul University Amphitheatre

223 Main Street, Ottawa

** (metered parking available on North side of building or on side streets)

Special appreciation for their contribution to the success of this festival to: Rev. Peter Galadza, Tomas Margaitis, Nadia Vozdigan, Najeeb Mirza, Henriette Riegel, Megan Lafrenière, Hugo Lāma, Jānis Zariņš… 


Christmas Church Service & Jõulupuu 2015

November 14, 2015
This year the Estonian Christmas Church Service will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19th , at the Latvian Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, corner of Main and Lees.    The service will be followed by our traditional Christmas family Jõulupuu.  More details forthcoming soon …

Curly Strings performing in Ottawa

November 14, 2015

On November 27that  8:00 p.m. there will be a performance by CURLY STRINGS – voted last year’s most successful musical ensemble in Estonia.

The band will perform at the SAW Gallery’s annual fundraiser, and they will take the stage twice during the evening. The event is in collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Ottawa and the SAW Gallery.         

Note: if you buy a ticket at the door, admission is $5 and proceeds will go to SAW Gallery. Tickets purchased through the Embassy cost $10 and all proceeds go to the band. Please contact the Embassy: 1 (613) 789-4222,

Follow the attachment and the link to see and hear more about the band.


Svjata Vatra performs in Ottawa

September 20, 2015

The Embassy of Estonia in Ottawa and

The Embassy of Ukraine in Ottawa

Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Ottawa Branch)

invite you to a concert of the Estonian-Ukrainian band

Svjata Vatra

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:00pm

Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, 1000 Byron Ave, Ottawa, ON

Volunteer donations to support the charity projects in Ukraine are welcome

Black Ribbon Day

August 6, 2015

Please join us to mark

Black Ribbon Day in Ottawa

Sunday, August 23, 2015

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine

952 Green Valley Crescent

(off Prince of Wales and Baseline)

6:30 pm – Memorial Service

(to remember the victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi tyranny)

7:00 pm – Program with Keynote Speaker

7:30 pm – Light Refreshments

Black Ribbon Day in Ottawa is part of a National Day of Remembrance in Canada to mark the anniversary of the infamous 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that directly led to the occupation of most of Central and Eastern Europe, Finland and the Baltic States and the slaughter and oppression of tens of millions.

It is coordinated by the Central and Eastern European Council of Canada in collaboration with the Belarusian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian communities.

As we mark this day we should also remember the men, women and children in Ukraine, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Africa and other parts of the world who continue to face violence and repression from totalitarian regimes and dehumanizing ideologies.