Estonians in Canada

UPDATED: Toronto’s CN Tower to be lit up in Estonian national colours

Estonia’s centennial and heritage will be celebrated at the Toronto City Hall and with lighting of the city’s CN Tower in blue, black and white.* Canadians of Estonian heritage will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s independence and the Estonian Heritage Day in Toronto on 24 February at the …

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Beebi Boomers – the children of fate

Andres Simonson writes about the Beebi Boomers – the children born in the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and other countries to native Estonian political refugees who fled the Soviet invasion and the illegal occupation of their fatherland.* In the war-torn Estonia of 1944, two families from disparate parts of the country make a …

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Kotkajärve Metsaülikool calls for Estonians to be recognised as indigenous people

Kotkajärve Metsaülikool (the Forest University of Eagle Lake), a summerly gathering of Estonians in the Canadian province of Ontario that celebrated its 50th anniversary in August, adopted a statement, calling for Estonians to be recognised as the indigenous people of the country’s territory. Marking the 50th anniversary of Kotkajärve Metsaülikool, …

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Estonian expats in Canada plan to build a community centre in Toronto

Estonian expat organisations in Canada have decided to buy a parking lot in Toronto, Ontario, to build an Estonian community and cultural centre in the city. The project was initiated by the Estonian House in Toronto, the Estonian Credit Union, the Estonian Foundation of Canada and Tartu College, who entered …

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The EstDocs Film Festival – upcycling stories about wolves, fashion and politics

The EstDocs Documentary Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, celebrated its twelfth year of delivering a 360-degree perspective on Estonian history, politics, arts and culture. Documentaries explored the creative process and spirit, as well as a deep connection to land and nature. The master plan This year, the audiences in Toronto …

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The EstDocs film festival returns to Toronto

EstDocs, the film festival featuring top documentary filmmaking talent from Estonia and around the world, offers screenings in the expat-heavy city of Toronto. For already the twelfth year in a row, Toronto is hosting EstDocs – an audience festival and juried competition featuring films that have a connection to Estonia. The roster of …

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Canadian-Estonian celebration Suvihari turns 60

The Canadian-Estonian summer camp, Seedrioru, is to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year and invites Estonians everywhere to join them for their anniversary, Suvihari 60. It is a celebration of the summer solstice (Jaanipäev), of Seedrioru itself, a very special place for generations of Canadian-Estonians, and simply of the Estonian spirit, …

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VIDEO: “Motherland” – a journey to the Estonian Song Festival

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, about 17,000 Estonians arrived in Canada. Currently, there are up to 50,000 people of Estonian descent living in “The Great White North”. 25-year-old Kaja Wichman from Toronto is one of them. Her interest in the Estonian singing culture is not an exception – rather it is …

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Toronto’s EstDocs festival: not just for Estonians

Every time I ask one of my non-Estonian friends to come with me to EstDocs, Toronto’s Estonian documentary film festival, they look at me blankly. “Really,” they say, almost without fail. “An Estonian documentary film festival.” It’s like I have asked them to have lunch with me on the planet …

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