Commemoration – 1848, March 15

The Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre has compiled a video program this year to commemorate the Revolution of 1848. We used materials made several years ago and recordings recently prepared.
Dr. Vass-Salazar Mária, Ambassador of Hungary addresses  Hungarian Canadians and the programme contains poems by Sándor Petőfi and Piroska Kárpáti, recordings of the Youth and Tulipán Dance Groups as well as compositions by Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart, Béla Bartók and Gábor Finta.


(Video production by Gábor Finta) 

Commemoration – 1956

The Covid pandemic made it impossible to stage our traditional celebration at the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre. Please, take a look at our virtual programme here.  Listen to the speeches (Dr. Mária Vass-Salazar, Dr. Tibor Lapohos), poems by Béla Köntés and Tibor Tollas (Béla Köntés, Mariann Talla), folk song arrangements by Béla Bartók (Réka and Csongor Prigli) and the choral piece entitled Testament performed by the  Ottawa Hungarian Choir.


(Recorded by Dorottya Deák-Stifner, Tibor Lapohos and Gábor Finta) 

Before the exam

On Monday, July 27 the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre opened its doors for the first time to the public since the closure in March due to the Covid pandemic. Two talented young pianists, Abbey Sugars-Keen (Grade 10) and Keve Aday (Grade 8) – students of Gábor Finta – tested their readiness before the exam at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. You can see here a selection of their programme.


(Finta Gábor és Eszter felvételei) 

Floor renovation


The unfortunate closure of the house gave us the opportunity to renovate the floor of the House ourselves. Our videos show you the progress of the work and the first occasion when our members were able to view the results.

(Recorded by Gábor Finta) 


In the fall of last year the Board of Directors decided on ordering the installation of a new asphalt paving of the parking lot and driveway adjacent to the House. This work has been executed properly (greatly diminishing the treasury, I might add).

As the coronavirus pandemic reached our town, taking advantage of the House being locked down, the BoD saw an opportunity to fulfill a long sought wish and proceeded with the inside renovation of the House. The Office on the second floor has been refurbished and its floor has been replaced. Next to the Office, the little washroom received a complete makeover, having been provided with brand-new appliances.

Now, at the beginning of May, our industrious volunteers, defying the “Stay at home!” warning, chose to “Stay in the House!”. To what end? — you may ask. Let me show you!
But the hard work is not finished yet. Please, continue to check the news, we will keep you posted.

Artúr Görgei as Commander in Chief

The corona virus pandemic  prevented our members to participate in the March 15th celebration and unfortunately the presentation about Artúr Görgei by dr. Róbert Hermann also had to be cancelled. Fortunately,  the Embassy of Hungary recorded it  so our members now have a chance to hear Dr. Hermann’s interesting and informative presentation.


(Recorded by Katalin Oroszi) 

Winter Chaser

The Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre organized a dance event on the 22nd of February. The music was supplied by the members of the Attila Zónai Band who are well known within the Hungarian communities in Canada. They form a complete band by playing the violin, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion instruments. They have a vast repertoire encompassing several genres of many decades of music, both Hungarian and international. Our members – young and older – enjoyed the opportunity to dance to the music of the ensemble.

(Recorded by Gábor Finta) 

Polish-Hungarian Dance Show

The  Polish-Hungarian Dance Show entitled Polak, Węgier Dva Bratanki (Polish, Hungarian Two Brothers) was a  great success at the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre. The show featured the Polanie Dance Group, The Tulipán Hungarian Dancers and students of the Ottawa Hungarian School performing traditional Polish and Hungarian folk dances. After the show the audience also had an opportunity to try these dance steps. The event was organized by Dóra Nagy, the representative  of the Kőrösi  Csoma Sándor Program. The house was bursting at the seams, great quantities of sausages and wieners were consumed and the bar also operated at full capacity. The event was a great opportunity to foster the traditional Polish-Hungarian friendship.

(Recorded by Gábor Finta) 

Dr. András Batta – Interview

Dr. András Batta speaks about the ensemble’s history and future plans. He is a retired rector of the Franz Liszt Music University, Budapest.

(Video by Gábor Finta) 

The Arrival of St. Nicholas

The Arrival of St. Nicholas
A short report of the St. Nicholas Celebration of the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre.

(Report by  Gábor Finta)