Category Archives: Culture

Stories aren’t the icing on the cake…..

They are the cake!” (a quote from Peter Guber) Stories are the cake of life. So wonderfully true! So, I decided to create a fully iced round storied ‘Hring Circle’ Vínarterta! (In honour of Wagner’s 15 Hour Opera ‘The Ring Cycle’, a really long story summarized here in a two minute video): http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/video/2013/sep/18/wagners-ring-cycle-2-mins-video Best wishes […]

Gaman Saman! Fun Together! Thorrablot 2016

Gaman Saman ‘Fun Together’ Thorrablot 2016: A Visual, Cultural and Culinary Feast! FRIDAY, APRIL 8th REVIVAL – 783 College St, Toronto. 6:30pm Appetizers and Cash Bar 7:30 Feast! Spirited tributes to Icelandic art, poetry, storytelling, singing, and musical performances in our dazzling new venue. Traditional Icelandic food creations from Chef Arden Jackson! Iceland’s Ambassador Sturla […]

What is Thorrablot? Þorrablót?

What is Thorrablot? It was a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in pagan Iceland of the past. It was abolished during the Christianization of Iceland, but resurrected in the 19th century as a midwinter celebration that continues to be celebrated to this day. The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Thorri, according […]

A distinct ethnic identity symbolized by beloved Vínarterta and Langa Amma’s Striped Shirt

1875 marks the year that thousands left Iceland when faced with devastating conditions. They brought with them to North America a reputation for safeguarding their distinct ethnic identity that can be symbolized to by beloved Vínarterta, and by my Langa Amma (Great Grandmother) wearing a striped shirt. Virtually unknown today in Iceland in its present […]