Dutch Treat Canada (Toronto/GTA)

We keep working on our new website. In the meantime, you can reach us at info@dutchtreat.ca (in either Dutch or English)

Are you interested in the Dutch, or Dutch Canadians?

Do you like Dutch events?

Would you like to stay informed about all things Dutch and Dutch-Candian in Toronto and the GTA?


To sign up for the membership: simply send address info and e-mail to info@dutchtreat.ca (it’s free!)
NB schrijf ons gerust in het Nederlands! J


updated: May 2, 2018

May 3: May Borrel!!!





1 * Upcoming Dutch Treat events

·                                                              May 3: May Borrel

·                                                              June 7: June Borrel



2 * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events / Meer Cana-Nederlandse activiteiten


·                                                              Sat. May 5: Canada Netherlands Friendship Day (Burlington)

·                                                              Until May 6: HOTDOCS FESTIVAL

·                                                              May 7: StoryFusion presents: Hilli Arduin

·                                                              May 9 & May 13: De Zaak Menten movie showing in TJFF

·                                                              Mon. May 14: CAANS hosts Joke van Leeuwen

·                                                              Sat. May 26: Warung Kopi


·                                                              Sat. June 16: Luncheon Club Indonesian Buffet

·                                                              Wed. June 27: CNBPA Members Day

·                                                              Sat. August 11: Kumpulan

·                                                              Sat. September 29: Luncheon Club to Stratford

·                                                              Tue. October 30: Luncheon Club Liberation Event

·                                                              Sat. November 3: Kumpulan

·                                                              Thu. November 22: CNBPA AGM

·                                                              Sat. December 1: Luncheon Club Sinterklaas/Christmas Luncheon


3 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen

Update September 2017: the 2017/2018 School Year

·                                                              TORONTO: Lessons starting – more students very much welcome!

·                                                              HALTON/Oakville: Hopefully restarting in the future!



4 * Requests and inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen


5 * News / Nieuws

·                                                              More info to follow soon – please stay tuned, thanks for the continued patience! 


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1* Upcoming Dutch Treat events


Thursday, May 3: BORREL

Hosted by Regina de Leeuw and JanJaap Weede, we meet every first Thursday of the month at Fynns, 489 King St. West.

No need to be Dutch, everyone is welcome, but if you want to practice some Dutch, this is the place to be. Show up, have a drink, meet a couple of new friends. The focus is social interaction, meeting people, networking and conversation.

We are also looking into some additional events in different locations (Oakville/Burlington? Toronto East? North GTA? Suggestions welcome: here); 

Place: Fynn’s of Temple Bar, 489 King St W, in Toronto.
Time: Everybody is welcome from 6:30pm – but feel free to come later (after dinner?), as we are sure to still be there.
RSVP: not necessary, but appreciated (so we can let the people of Fynn’s know): via e-mail, or on the Facebook event page

Tentative schedule for further borrels:

·                                                              June 7, 2018

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2    * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events


April 26 – May 6: HOTDOCS FESTIVAL
Documentary Festival with several Dutch and Dutch-language entries:  

·                                                              Ceres: April 27, 29

·                                                              The Farmer: April 27, 28

·                                                              Ubiquity: April 27, 28; May 5

·                                                              The End of Fear: April 26, 27; May 4

·                                                              More Human than Human: May 2, 4, 5

·                                                              Sons of the Wild (short, screening with Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution): April 27, 28; May 4

·                                                              The Last Chair (short, part of DocX, free): April 27-30, from 10am.

More information at www.hotdocs.ca.


Sat. May 5: Canada Netherlands Friendship Day (Burlington)
The annual celebration of the Canada-Netherlands Friendship Day, the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian Armed Forces and the 13th anniversary of the City of Burlington’s twinning with the City of Apeldoorn.
With speeches and presentations by Mayor Goldring and Consul-General Le Guellec, musical performances, and more.

From 11am, at City Hall’s Civic Square in Burlington.

May 7: StoryFusion presents: Hilli Arduin
Hilli was born in Suriname, raised in Curacao, and moved to The Netherlands in 1973. She now divides her time between Suriname and The Netherlands. She has performed in The Netherlands, Belgium, Cuba, South Africa, Suriname, Jamaica, Curacoa, Aruba, Saba, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and the United States.
Besides storytelling, she is an award-winning children’s author and a poet. She has presented her poems on various stages, including the Black Magic Woman festival in the Netherlands, the artists' café Axem on Sint Maarten, on Curaçao, in Suriname in Tori Oso and on the South African literature festival in Cape Town. To find out more about Hilli, visit her website (in Dutch) at www.hillivertelt.nl

From 8pm at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (777-779 Bathurst St., south of Bloor St.), TorontoToronto
Tickets: $17 in advance / $22 at the door. www.storytellingtoronto.org; Pay at the door reservations contact Karen Blair:  kblairicus@gmail.com.

May 9 & May 13: De Zaak Menten movie showing in TJFF (May 3-13)
The Canadian Premier of De Zaak Menten – a famous case of investigative journalism in The Netherlands about the recovery of stolen Jewish art.
Synopsis: Based on the book The Menten Affair, this taut thriller brings to life the true story of Hans Knoop, the investigative journalist who fought against all odds to expose the truth about one of Amsterdam’s most powerful businessmen, Pieter Menten. When Menten decides to auction part of his famous art collection, an Israeli journalist informs him that the art is stolen, and that Menten is a former Nazi responsible for the deaths of many Jews. Guy Clemens (Meyer’s Law) delivers a strong performance as Hans Knoop.

Part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
May 9: 9pm at Theatre: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
May 13: 3pm at Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk
Please note that Mr. Knoops will be in attendance himself on May 9.

Mon. May 14: CAANS hosts Joke van Leeuwen
Author, illustrator and performer Joke van Leeuwen will present about her poems.
8pm, in the Alumni hall 400, 121 St. Joseph Street. TTC stop Museum, or parking behind the building.

Please note: presentation will be in in Dutch.
In Van Leeuwen’s own words:
Ik zal spreken over mijn poëzie, uit mijn bundels voorlezen, en vertellen over poëzie in een speciale context: in 2008 en 2009 was ik stadsdichter van mijn woonplaats Antwerpen. Bewoners werden betrokken en gedichten of regels doken op allerlei plaatsen (tijdelijk) op. Ook was ik Dichter der Nederlanden, een nogal ronkende titel, maar als Nederbelg kon ik er wel wat mee. En ik ben betrokken bij de Eenzame Uitvaart: dichters begeleiden eenzaam gestorven stadgenoten naar hun laatste rustplaats.
(En als ik het niet laten kan zing ik ook nog even.)'

May 26: Warung Kopi
Indonesian Food. Eat In or Take Out. Harmony Hall Holland Christian Homes, 7900 McLaughlin Rd., Brampton.

June 16: Luncheon Club Indonesian Buffet
At Holland Christian Homes, Brampton. For more information visit www.luncheon.ca.

June 27: CNBPA Members Day
For more information visit www.cnbpa.ca.

August 11: Kumpulan
August 15, 1945 Foundation Kumpulan. 11 a.m., Holland Christian Homes, 7900 McLaughlin Rd., Brampton. Info: pmaenhaut@gmail.com.

September 29: Luncheon Club to Stratford
NLC taking the bus to Stratford for lunch and a viewing of Music Man. For more information visit www.luncheon.ca.

October 30: Luncheon Club Liberation Event
At the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. For more information visit www.luncheon.ca.

November 3: Kumpulan
August 15, 1945 Foundation Kumpulan. 11 a.m., Holland Christian Homes, 7900 McLaughlin Rd., Brampton. Info: pmaenhaut@gmail.com.

November 2: CNBPA AGM
For more information see www.cnbpa.ca.  

December 1: Luncheon Club Sinterklaas/Christmas Luncheon
For more information see www.luncheon.ca.

For more events - also those further away from the GTA - in the Dutch Canadian Community please visit: www.dutchcommunitycalendar.ca.


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3 * Dutch Language Education /   Nederlandse lessen – 2017/2018

UPDATE September 2017

Classes in TORONTO: Starting September 23 – registration September 16!

Hi Young Families, this is for you!

The Don Mills Middle School always has openings in the TDSB-sponsored Saturday Dutch classes. Annemarie, the teacher of this class is a long-standing member if our group and an excellent teacher! We continue to hope to attract so many students that the Toronto District School Board will open an additional class!

The classes are very (!) inexpensive $20/year (not a typo!). So, give your children the gift learning a language. Think about it: its fun to meet other children and while at class, parents can go for that long desired Saturday brunch (just kidding J)

Here are the details. Contact us if you have any questions: info@dutchtreat.ca, or Annemarie at juf.leepel@gmail.com

Woodbine Junior High School
International Language Elementary Program (TDSB)
Location:  2900 Don Mills Rd, North York
Time:    Saturday 9:00 – 11:30 am
Grades:    JK – grade 8
Cost:        $ 20.00/year

Students can be registered electronically during the summer or on Saturday September 16, between 9:00 and 11:30 at the school, or any Saturday morning at the school.

For more information please email Annemarie Leepel  juf.leepel@gmail.com



Classes in HALTON/OAKVILLE: Lessons hopefully resuming

      The Halton District School Board remains interested in offering Dutch language classes, if suitable teachers can be found.

      If they resume, classes are expected to be at West Oak Public School in Oakville, 9:30 am – noon.

For more information and registration, please contact: Ms. Dorothy Whiteley, Program Administrator, International Languages (Elementary) Program, Gary Allan High School (Adult, Alternative & Community Education) - New Street Education Centre Halton District School Board - www.garyallan.ca - Phone:  905-632-2944, ext. 148; Fax: 905-637-5390; Email: whiteleyd@hdsb.ca.

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To those with an interest in Dutch language instruction for adults:

In the past, Dutch Treat has sent out an email to gauge the interest in Dutch language instruction as well as an introduction to Dutch culture.  The response was overwhelming and many adults as well as children were tentatively registered as potential students. 

As we aimed to accommodate the children's Dutch language classes first we initiated classes in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board. We would still like to pursue lessons for adults who showed an interest in learning Dutch.

We have had some issues organizing this.

Currently, our steering committee has found three different options to fill the need/want for Dutch language adult classes, according to people's different purposes and goals.

Option 1: UofT Continuing Education

This option is available to people who would like to learn Dutch in order to complete a certificate course.

Dutch in class courses are offered at U of T School of Continuing Studies and they cater to multiple skill levels. The different courses are 8 weeks in length.

Upon completion of 4 levels of courses within a 36 months time limit, a certificate in conversational languages may be obtained.

Go to www.learn.utoronto.ca for more info.  Or contact Ms. Marianne Verheyen, mverheyen@sympatico.ca

Option 2: Semi private/small groups (not available right now, but we continue to explore)

This option will hopefully become available to people who would like to learn about the Dutch language and culture without the aim of completing a certificate course. These classes would be provided in small groups of maximum 5 people and will be taught by a private instructor. Fees will be determined in consultation with the instructor and based on the number of people registering.

Option 3: parallel to children’s classes (not available right now, but we continue to explore)

This option may be available to people who would like to learn about the Dutch language and culture in a parallel class to their children's class (enrolled in the TDSB international language classes).

Please contact info@dutchtreat.ca for more information.


Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you!

the Dutch Treat Dutch Language Initiative Steering Group

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4 * Request and Inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen


·           More To follow - Please stay tuned


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5    * News / Nieuws


·           More To follow - Please stay tuned


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Dutch Treat Canada is a (free) social and cultural organization serving the Dutch-Canadian community in Toronto and the GTA. We organize a number of activities for various people: young and old; families, couples and singles; in and outside the city. We communicate in both Dutch and English.

Dutch Treat has more than 1500 members (summer 2013), plus hundreds more on Facebook (which is not always current, please refer to our e-mail membership) and reaches an estimated 3000+ Dutch-Canadians through its electronic Newsletter.

It goes without saying we celebrate national holidays like Queen's Day, Sinterklaas, and others. We also organize monthly borrels ('drinks', 'pubnights') in the evening (typically on the last Friday of the month) and regular daytime events. We have Winter Sports Days, Easter Parties, Picnics, Billiard Evenings, a number of cultural outings and much, much more. In relevant years we try to organize ‘Soccer Parties’ to watch World or Euro Cup matches together - the World Cup Final in 2010 attracted 1000s of enthusiastic fans.

In our regular newsletters we try to keep our members informed, also about activities of other Dutch-Canadian events and activities in Toronto and the GTA. Currently, the membership is free of cost.

If you want information, or are interested in becoming a member (we are Dutch, it is free!), please e-mail info@dutchtreat.ca (and indicate your preference for Dutch or English newsletters!). Feel free to join our Facebook group as well, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DutchTreatCanada, but please be advised that e-mail and website are our preferred (and more current) means of communication.

Henriette Grootenhuis, Marjan Lahuis en Wilmar Kortleever,

Board of Management
Dutch Treat Canada, Toronto/GTA

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Dutch Treat is a client of OYOP.