“Ross Sea Suites” – New CD by Valmar Kurol & Michael Stibor

Ross Sea Suites


Valmar Kurol & Michael Stibor

This album is based on the places and histories encountered during Valmar Kurol’s 5-week long semi-circumnavigation voyage by ship, along Western Antarctica in 2015.  The trip focused on the Ross Sea area, which was the major portal to Antarctica during the Golden Age of Antarctic exploration in the early 1900s. It is an orchestral-sounding album with 11 instrumental suites, which he composed with a collaborator, Michael Stibor. There are also two bonus vocal tracks on it (the last one of which was co-written and sung by his wife, Carole Desmarteau).

It is available at mtl.ant.soc@sympatico.ca for $13 including shipping in Canada, and will soon be available for download on iTunes and Amazon. It is also available from Indiepool.com at www.indiepool.com/KUROL002DIS

There will shortly be a web site at www.rossseasuites.com

MES Estonian Language Classes – Fall 2016

The Montreal Estonian Society (MES) will begin a new session of online Estonian language classes the week of October 10, 2016.

The instructor is Piret Vaher leading the classes via Skype video conferencing from Europe. It will be a 12-week session of weekly lessons of 1 to 1.5 hours. We plan to have sections for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students with typically 2-4 students per section.

The course fee will be $75 (plus a $10 annual fee if you are not already a member of the MES).

Because of the six-hour time difference, we cannot hold the classes during evenings (since it would be the middle of the night for her). Weekly classes will be on Tuesday or Wednesday (at a time between 11 am and 5 pm) and during the weekend on Sunday (between 11 am and 2 pm). Which sections will end up on which days will be determined by student availability.

If you are interested, please contact Tom Ventser (MES Treasurer & Language Classes Coordinator) at tom.ventser@gmail.com. Advise him of your availability on the days and times mentioned above, as well as what level of instruction you are interested in.

Thanksgiving Service at St. John’s Estonian Lutheran Church

Sunday, October 2, 2016

St. John’s Estonian Lutheran church held its annual Thanksgiving service together with St. Michael’s Finnish Lutheran congregation on Sunday October 2, 2016. The combined Estonian-Finnish-English service included music by the Finnish choir. Pastor Matthew Anderson’s sermon focused on our role as serving both our families and faithful as a matter of course and was a touching homily. A light lunch followed afterwards in the church hall.

Tiiu Põldma

Concert – Mari Sild (piano/vocals) & Karl Erik Laas (cello)

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm

St. John’s Estonian Lutheran Church

4345 Marcil Avenue in NDG (Villa Maria Metro)

Free admision – Donations accepted at the door

The concert program comprises jazzy and pop tunes, including pieces by well-known Estonian composers like Raimond Valgre and Ivar Must and popular bands from outside Estonia such as Pink Martini, as well as some bossa novas by Antonio Carlos Jobim (Brazil).

Mari Sild is an active musician in Montreal. Mari studied at the Eller Music School in Tartu and also obtained a PhD in neuroscience from McGill University. Jazzotopes is Mari’s favourite project that performs mainly Mari’s compositions inspired by jazz, classical and world music, in Estonian and other languages.



Karl Erik Laas is an active classical musician in Estonia, as well as a folk music multiinstrumentalist. Karl Erik studies cello and composition at the Tallinn Muusikakeskkool. Karl Erik’s compositions are inspired by folk and classical music and have been repeatedly performed in Estonia.

R. Valgre teaser