Activities for Dutch-Canadians in the Ottawa area

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The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies organizes activities to promote awareness of, and interest in, Netherlandic (Dutch and Flemish) culture. The Ottawa Chapter is very active with lectures and slide presentations on a variety of topics, in both Dutch and English. There are also local chapters in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo and Windsor.

Kumpulan Djempol
This is a group of Dutch survivors of Japanese POW and civilian camps during World War II. The members all live in the Ottawa/Montreal area and since October 1992 they have been meeting on a regular basis. Every year in August they hold a service to commemorate August 15, 1945, the day that peace came to the Pacific, and to remember the victims of that war. For more information, contact Ria Koster by email at or call her at 613-680-5353.

Dutch Language Classes

Ottawa Dutch Language School
Dutch language courses for children, high school students and adults.

Spreek Je Moers Taal
Leo Heistek’s Dutch for Pleasure classes for Dutch-speaking adults. Held Saturday mornings, these fun seasonal sessions touch on Dutch culture, literature and cabaret, with access to current video, audio and written material. Since 1988!

Dutch Music

Double Dutch Radio
Saturdays, 7 – 8 a.m.
Every week Leo Heistek presents an hour of Dutch music on CHIN Radio 97.9 FM, digging into his own old record chest and/or playing requests. Listen to his show live online by clicking HERE. If you missed it, you can go to Leo’s Archive to hear past shows.

Dutch Treat Song And Dance Group
This happy bunch sings old Dutch folk songs and everything else they like. They don’t take life too seriously. If you want to learn klompendansen, Henk is your man! Contact: Henk Huizinga at 613-821-1208 or

Harmony Singers
Formerly known as the Dutch Choral Society, Harmony Singers have been bringing Dutch culture to the National Capital Region for 50 years. A wide variety of classical and popular music in English and Dutch. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at Merivale United Church, 1876 Merivale Rd., just south of Hunt Club Rd.

Ottawa Carleton Male Choir
The New Ottawa Carleton Male Choir under the direction of Archie Smith is looking for new members. Rehearsals are every Wednesday night, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 1475 Merivale Rd. in Nepean. For more information, call Cor Hogeveen at 613-224-1597 or Henk Huizinga at 613-821-1208.



Dutch-Canadian Publications

De Postbode
Informative e-newsletter containing news and events of interest to Dutch-Canadians.

Maandblad de Krant
(Formerly ‘De Hollandse Krant’) Monthly publication caters to the large, but largely invisible, because thoroughly integrated, Dutch immigrant community in North America. It is the only exclusively Dutch-language magazine in North America and the only monthly for the Dutch community.

Other Activities

Dutch Book Reading Club
This book club in the National Capital Region meets at regular intervals to read and discuss Dutch-language books. Fluency in Dutch is required. No fees. Email Margot Grimes or phone her at 819-827-1035.

Klaverjas Club
Meets weekly. For information, contact Bill Sturrus at 613-225-4965.

Koffie Uurtje
Last Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the food court of St. Laurent Shopping Centre (near Tim Horton’s). For more information,  please contact Ria Koster by e-mail at or by telephone at 613-680-5353.

Nederland Voetbalclub