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SWEA Toronto invites you to their Swedish Christmas Festival!


Grieg Piano Concerto – Special Invitation from our Honorary Consul Lars Henriksson




Conductor Kerry Stratton and the TCO Present Works By Grieg, Dag Wiren, Larsson and Halvorsen

On Monday, November 5, world-renowned pianist Carl

Petersson makes his Toronto debut with conductor Kerry Stratton and the Toronto

Concert Orchestra in a performance of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16.

The evening’s program pays tribute to four of Scandinavia’s most prolific composers of

classical music including Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, Lars-Erik Larsson’s Pastoral

Suite Op. 19 and Johan Halvorsen’s Entry of the Boyars.


About Carl Petersson:

Born in 1981 in Lund, raised in Helsingborg, Sweden, Carl Petersson started to play piano at the age of fifteen. Ten years later he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Petersson has been awarded four scholarships to the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes and has performed worldwide throughout Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Germany and Israel.

Competition awards for Petersson include a first prize award at the 24 Chopin Piano Competition at Antonin, Poland, The Isman Family Prize in Israel in 2005, 2nd prize at the Steinway Festival in Copenhagen, and in 2008 Carl received the Helsingborg Cultural Award for his recording of Flotow’s Piano Concertos. In 2009, Petersson made his North American debut with the West Coast Symphony in Vancouver, Canada and the Carson City Symphony, USA.


The SCCC cordially invites you to our Annual Lucia Celebration

2012 Annual Lucia Celebration
Registration Printable Floor Plan (PDF) The Tradition 2011 Slide show

The Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to our

Annual Lucia Celebration

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall

November 30 2012

Glögg reception at 11.30 A.M Seating at 12,00 P.M

Photos: 2011 Lucia Features



Come enjoy a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, accompanied by the obligatory singing of Schnapps songs, an over the top Raffle. Be moved by Santa Lucia and her maids as they sing traditional Lucia carols.

The Lucia Luncheon continues until all the prizes have been given out in the very popular Lucia raffle! This year we are introducing the “RED TICKET” draw for an extraordinary surprise prize.

This is the perfect event to invite your business acquaintances, friends and family to join in the heartfelt, atmospheric afternoon filled with good food, fun filled raffle away from daily routines.

No more worries of what gift to give your friends, business associates or employees for Christmas. Treat them to a unique – TASTE OF SWEDEN!

Date: November 30 2012
Time: 11.30 P.M. – 3 P.M.
Location: Fairmont Royal York, Concert Hall, 100 Front Street Toronto, ON
: Casual Business
: Marie Larsson.  marie.larsson@sccc.ca 416-925 8661

No cancellations after November 15, 2012.

Tables of 8 – 10 – 12 can be reserved and tickets to be paid online, by cheque, or any major credit card prior to the event.

New this year! All Early Bird Table reservations can choose your table on a first come first serve basis.  Please click here for floor plan.

Reserve your spot now! 

Register early! This event will be sold out.

Please note: if you are paying by cheque, you must add the HST to the ticket price.

Lucia November 30 2012

Sweden 360 – at the Boiler house in the Historic Distillery District


Sweden 360: Explore Swedish design and lifestyle at the Boiler House Oct 17th

Experience products and food from a selected group of Sweden’s most exciting premium brands at a special event at the Boiler House Oct 17th.

“Torontonians will have the chance to try, taste, feel the products and meet the people behind some of Sweden’s most reputable brands namly Hästens beds, Volvo cars, linen from Ekelund, Kitchen appliances from Electrolux, Eton shirts, diningware from Gense, Gustavsberg china, Salming underwear, Mackmyra whisky and a number of Swedish craft beer producers!” says Rebecka, project leader at the Swedish Trade Council.

The Swedish Trade Council and the Swedish Embassy will invite decision makers working in related industries as well as prominent journalists to a day-event. At night time a broader public consisted of food and design lovers enthusiastic to learn and experience Swedish lifestyle will be invited. Read more about the event here: “Bringing Swedish lifestyle to Toronto”

There will be a very limited number of tickets available for the three course sit down dinner prepared by Swedish chef Erik Brännström, priced at 80CAD each. Contact Agata to make your reservation, Agata.Leszkiewicz@swedishtrade.se

Any questions about the event itself or participating companies? Send an e-mail to Rebecka.hogdahl@swedishtrade.se or  call +1 416 922 8152 ext. 226


Traditions: Lucia – a Swedish celebration of light.

2012 Annual Lucia Celebration
Registration Printable Floor Plan (PDF) The Tradition 2011 Slide show

Here are a couple of interesting links where you can learn more about this festive tradition that dates back as far as 304 c.e.

Visit Sweden logoThe Lucia tradition can be traced back both to St Lucia of Syracuse, a martyr who died in 304, and to the Swedish legend of Lucia as Adam’s first wife. It is said that she consorted with the Devil and that her children were invisible infernals. Thus the name may be associated with both lux (light) and Lucifer (Satan), and its origins are difficult to determine. The present custom appears to be a blend of traditions.

To read more please visit: http://www.sweden.se/eng/home/lifestyle/traditions/celebrating-the-swedish-way/lucia/


The Festival of Santa Lucia

Lucia at a pageant

Tradition has it that Lucia is to wear "light in her hair."

The festival of Santa Lucia begins before dawn, on the thirteenth of December, which under the old Julian calendar (used in Sweden before 1753) was Christmas Day and the longest night of the year. Throughout Sweden, the eldest daughter in each household comes to her sleeping parents, dressed in a long white gown tied with a red sash, and wearing a crown of lingonberry leaves in which are set seven lighted candies.

In her hands she carries a tray of steaming hot coffee and “Lussekattor” (Lucia Buns). The procession includes her sisters and brothers also dressed in white, holding lighted candles, and singing of the light and joy of Christmas.

Read more here: http://www.newsweden.org/luciahistory.htm

Lunch Date with the CEO: MARK HENDERSON President & CEO Ericsson Canada


This event is cancelled and will be rescheduled in the new year.


About our guest:

photo: Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson, President & CEO Ericsson Canada

Mark Henderson brings 30 years of telecommunications experience to his current position at
Ericsson, 27 of which have been within the wireless industry.

Mr. Henderson has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson Canada since 2001,
at which time he was Chief Operating Officer for the company.

During his career, Mr. Henderson has held various senior positions at Ericsson and within the
telecommunications industry as a whole, including experience in a number of international
markets including Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Europe.

His educational background includes Electrical Engineering and Executive MBA programs.




Public Works and Government Services Canada



Public Works and Government Services Canada,
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and its partners


Government Services for Small Business
Information Fair and Workshops

Reasons to attend:  

Your opportunity to engage government officials, participate in various workshops, be informed about the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program and learn about services available to support your business.



Don’t see a button? Then copy and paste this link into your internet browser


  • Public Works and Government Services Canada – PWGSC
  • Canada Revenue Agency – CRA
  • Service Canada – SC
  • Environment Canada – EC
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner – OPC
  • Industry Canada – Canada Business Ontario – CBO
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – DFAIT
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – AANDC
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency – CFIA
  • Health Canada – HC
  • National Research Council – NRC
  • Canada Revenue Agency – Scientific Research & Experimental Development – CRA SR&ED
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – NSERC
  • Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario – FedDev
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation – OMEDI
  • Ontario Ministry of Government Services – OMGS
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour – OML
  • Enterprise Toronto – ET
  • MERX
Please note that space is limited.
To attend the Information Fair or any of the Workshops, you must be registered. This event will fill up fast. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. The workshops are offered in English only. Please contact us for service in French. 

Registration Instructions
To register for the event and workshops, please use our online registration form. Please include your email address as all communication for this event will be sent by email.

Upon submitting your online registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Please keep the confirmation for your records.

1-800-668-5378 | ont.osme-bpme@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca

This is a FREE event brought to you by PWGSC-OSME and its government partners.


Nordic PUB Night together with UK.


Nordic PUB Night together with UK.

at PJ O’Brien’s

”Toronto’s favorite Irish Pub”

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, 6 pm – 9:00 pm
the British-Canadian Chamber of Trade & Commerce
the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and
the Danish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Join us, and bring a guest, for an evening of networking in a comfortable setting, now with a wider selection of food and your choice of house red or white wine, beer on tap of any kind, or any mixed drink using our bar rail. 

Register online and save $5:
BCCTC and EU Chamber Members $35, Non-Members $40
Pay at the door: Members $40, Non Members $45
(Includes dinner & 1 drink)
Special ticket:
$20 for only Networking and 1 drink
Rates include HST

This time at PJ O’Brien’s – 39 Colborne Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E3
(Behind the King Edward Hotel)

Click here to register


Contact Idalia Obregon Tel: (416) 502 0847

E-mail: idalia@bcctc.ca

Canadian Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Invitation from Sweden Green Building Council


Building Sustainability Sweden 2012: register today!

Kistamässan, Stockholm
18-19 October 2012

Plenary meetings – discussions  – workshops – networking
– site visits – exhibitions – Green Building Awards

An international conference presenting and benchmarking
the leading global examples of sustainable building.

Come to Stockholm to meet the future of green buildings
Register online today!


Main organisers: Sweden Green Building Council and City of Stockholm
co-organisers: Sustainable Cities and Swedish Energy Agency


Bengt Wånggren
CEO, Sweden Green Building Council

Information about the event
Kistamässan, Arne Beurlings Torg 5
Through our website



Sweden Green Building Council

Sweden Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization that works to influence and develop the environmental and sustainability programs in the building industry. Our members are companies and organizations within the Swedish construction and property sector. Read more www.sgbc.se



Sweden Green
Building Council

Box 16132
SE-103 23 Stockholm
Visit: Drottninggatan 33
Email: info@sgbc.se


News from Sweden

e Newsletter

Dear all,
Here´s the latest news from The Swedish Wire.

Swedish business executive, best known as CEO and later Chairman of ABB, was arrested in London on Thursday on suspicions of committing sex crimes.

IMF warned that Sweden’s underlying growth has slowed “sharply” amid a clouded outlook for the country’s European trading partners.






IMF: Sweden’s growth has slowed “sharply”


Swedish exporters must look beyond Europe

“We are vulnerable”, Trade Minister Ewa Björling said.


20 best paid jobs of the 21st century









Swedish diplomat Sverker Åström dead at 96

The architect of Sweden´s neutrality policy was also role model in the gay community.





All the best,
/ Johan Nylander – Editor-in-Chief

The Swedish Wire – www.swedishwire.com

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