New CD by Carole (Kurol) Desmarteau

Carole Desmarteau’s new solo vocal CD is called,
Only for You – Sounds of Love and Life.  The music can be called Adult Contemporary and covers styles from country, R&B, Latin to folk rock.

In Carole’s words, “I thoroughly enjoyed this new experience of writing words and music to express different emotions – love, humor, longing, regret – I believe we can all, to some extent, relate to these feelings.

One of the tracks is called The Colour of Blood, which is about the refugee experience.  As diaspora Estonian-Canadians, this is a topic with which we should all be able to identify.

The CD is available from Carole at:   and will later be available on iTunes and the web site at:

MES Lasteaed – New School Year Started September 17, 2017

Montreali Eesti Seltsi Lasteaed-kool alustab uut põnevat aastat. Meil on rõõm
tervitada õpetajateduot, Hendrik Köhler ja Keili Moore, kelle teadmised ja entusiasm ärgitavad huvi eesti asjade vastu. MES’ Lasteaed-kool saab kokku iga 2 nädala tagant, Montreali Jaani kirikus.

Soovid meiega ühineda? Või tunned kedagi, kes võiks meie tegevuses kaasa lüüa?

Palun võta ühendust: Mari Tallo-de Baghy  …   või Monika Dumbrille  …

Õpime koos!

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The Montreal Estonian Society Lasteaed/kool is off to a wonderful start!  We’re excited to welcome two new teachers on board, Hendrik Köhler and Keili Moore who bring expertise, enthusiasm and energy for all things Estonian!  The MES Lasteaed/kool meets every three weeks on Sundays in the hall of St. John’s Estonian Lutheran Church in NDG, Montreal.

Do you know someone who might like to join?

Please feel free to contact Mari Tallo-de Baghy or Monika Dumbrille for more information.

Let’s learn Estonian together!

Esto Ski Trip – Mont Tremblant, Québec – March 9-12, 2017

Registration & Info


Mont Tremblant <> was selected for 2017 to bring together Canadian and USA ESTOS to revisit the #1 rated ski resort in Eastern North America (Ski Magazine 2017).

The unique Quebec venue delivers an amazing European experience. The Mont Tremblant pedestrian village awaits you with its lodging, shopping, dining, and nightlife while the highest mountain in the Laurentians offers more trails, snow parks, lifts and snow-making than any other resort in the region.

We’re thinking BIG for our 2017 gathering – shooting for at least 125 to 150 participants! That said … the time has come to make your trip commitment and also book your lodgings. Our group agreement with Mont Tremblant requires 50% prepayment for our Saturday evening social event/dinner 0 days out …

To that end, we need to have at least 100 people signed up no later than Feb. 11, 2017.

55th Saunaka Reunion in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec

Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec.

As the world knows, Saunaka was founded in 1961 by nine young Estonian Montrealers, and has been holding reunions every 10 years in different locations across North Ametica. This was the 55th anniversary celebration … an official Saunaka reunion (which now will be held every five years instead of ten).

L to R: Rein Maasik, Heiki Tamm, Andres Soom, Erik Purre, Enn Raudsepp, Jaak Riga, Mati Merilo. (absent: Olav Niilender and Matti Pindam).

Eight members and seven spouses met at the Grand Chalet in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts for the occasion. We had festive dinners every evening and filled the days with hikes, tours of the town and surrounding areas as well as bicycle trips.

The persons who travelled the farthest were Erik and Gundi from Tlaxcala, Mexico, followed by Mati and Kathy from Palo Alto, California and Olav Niilender from Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew and Mary are from Buffalo, New York, Heiki and Judy are from Oakville, Ontario, Jaak and Annely are from Markham, Ontario, Rein and Helen are from Pointe Claire, Quebec and Enn and Dana are from St. Henri, Quebec. (Missing were Rachel Niilender and Matti and Jean Pindam from Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland.)

Erik Purre was elected and installed as our new chairman (in a colorful ceremony).

MES Christmas Sausages – Verivorstid – 2016

The Montreal Estonian Society Christmas Sausages

Orders for the traditional Christmas sausages "verivorstid" will be accepted starting

October 25, 2016 until November 13, 2016.

Please contact Grete Mugu

Telephone: (514) 294-5109


Cost: $10 per pound – maximum 5 lbs per person

Pickup is on Saturday, November 19, 2016 between 13:00 & 14:00


St. John’s Estonian Ev. Lutheran Church