Doris Smith

April 7, 2021

We are sad to announce that a well known member of our Society and good friend, Doris Smith, has passed away. Her generous and friendly nature will always remain in our memory.  Doris led a remarkable life, details of which can be found here Tributes for Doris Manon Smith | Tubman Funeral Homes

Independence Day Feb. 24th

February 23, 2021

Happy Estonian Independence Day!

Since we are unable to celebrate the occasion together, here is a link to a beloved song based on Lydia Koidula’s poem, Mu isamaa on minu arm ( My fatherland, my love ).

In the midst of winter, songs warm hearts and souls and brighten your mood at home.

Long live Estonia!

Christmas Greetings

December 21, 2020

Tiit Kauri

October 29, 2020

We are writing with the sad news that our well-known and good friend Tiit Kauri has passed away. His contribution over the years to the Ottawa Estonian community was invaluable and varied. He was a very active member of the Society, and made liberal contributions of his time to our Estonian school and St. Paul’s Estonian Ev. Lutheran Church in Ottawa. His generous and friendly nature will always remain in our memory.

Truth and Justice at 2020 EUFF

October 25, 2020

The European Union Film Festival Online edition will be presented across Canada, from November 13 to 29, 2020.

On Sunday November 22, the Estonian film, Truth and Justice will be made available to subscribers. This film, based on the classic eponymous Estonian novel, Truth and Justice, is a winning blend of family saga, psychological thriller, and courtroom drama.

Complete information on the festival, films, and tickets can be found on the Canadian Film Institute’s website.


September 17, 2020

On the occasion of the Balts’ Unity Day 2020, everyone is invited to attend a celebratory event on Parliament Hill, on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 5.00 p.m.

Lithuanians and Latvians celebrate the Balts’ Unity Day to commemorate the defeat of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saulė on 22nd September 1236. Parliaments of Latvia and Lithuania designated 22nd September as the Balts’ Unity Day in 2000.

In Canada we launched the tradition in 2016 and, since then, every year all three Baltic countries organise an event in Ottawa expressing their unity, mutual support and solidarity.

Starting at 4.50 p.m., all will gather on Parliament Hill, next to the Centennial Flame. We invite you to bring national flags and join us to sing national anthems with other members of our local communities.

Afterwards we invite all participants to join us for informal gathering.

Summer greetings!

July 24, 2020

Hope everyone is healthy and enjoying summer, either close to home or a bit further out. If circumstances allow, the Society will organize an event in the fall.

In the meantime, to protect yourself and others, there is an opportunity to buy masks with Estonian colours, handcrafted by Stephanie Raudsepp of Montreal.


Enjoy the rest of the summer.


New CD by Jan Järvlepp

June 24, 2020

Our community musician and composer, Jan Järvlepp, has released a new CD  Concerto 2000: Caliente, which will come on sale on Friday, June 26.

Here is a link to hear an excerpt from the CD.

COVID-19 in our community

April 1, 2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy given these challenging and uncertain times.  The Estonian Central Council in Canada (EKN) is leading an outreach initiative of Estonians supporting and helping other Estonians, by reaching out to members of our community that need help or those that can offer help.

Are there any members of our Ottawa Estonian community that should not or cannot get out to shop for groceries and the like?
Are you someone that could assist those in quarantine or self-isolation with food delivery or other support?

If you need help or can help, please contact our local EKN member Paul Läänemets at 613-505-9777 or via e-mail at:


Productive AGM

March 8, 2020

The OES Annual General Meeting held on Sunday March 8, was well attended with over 25 participants. After a review of the past year’s activities and report of the current financial status, a lively brain storming session followed providing many good ideas for future planning.  Thank you to Liisa and Arno for providing such delicious, traditional baked goods.