I have good news. You might recall that last month we reintroduced Klaus Christian Hofer back to you. His story of a bronze head without a name has met with considerable interest and even invited important data, which was passed on by a reader. Thank you! It might actually help to solve the mystery. The continuation of the story is in this issue.
But what I really want to tell you is that we are becoming very rich, rich in writers that is. We welcome three more new writers to our already divers roaster of contributors:
Sascha Lutz might already be known by some local people. He is the one who initiated the German Christmas Market in Toronto. His fight with City Hall is ongoing and we are awaiting news as to this year’s event soon. In the meantime he is introducing himself with other options to people of all ages, but especially also the younger generation, which always felt that they were small in numbers and that no one was addressing their needs and likes and interests. I will do my best to contribute to his ventures.
Rolf Studer is a gentleman from Switzerland who immigrated a year ago to British Columbia. He writes in German and tells his experiences as an immigrant in a most unique way and with a fine sense of humour. At this time he only writes in German.
Randi Spires will help us cover this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Her quite lengthy article will only be in our online version of Echo Germanica at www.echoworld.com. She makes it very clear that this year the "German" content is rich and diversified. You also can find more about the film Fest at www.e.bell.ca/filmfest.
Otherwise this edition has reports about the German Day at the Ex, a big garden party in King City, upcoming German festivities, art events and much more. I am sure you will find Echo Germanica again changing and expanding and I hope it is to your liking. There are other plans in the making to rejuvenate and improve our publication. We want you to be able to recommend Echo Germanica to your friends and children and grandchildren whenever you need a reference to German-Canadian life.
I am sure that you are familiar with the idea that Oktoberfest is celebrated in September, at least in Germany, where the weather is more stable in this month than in October. But here in Canada we apparently like Oktoberfest so much, and by we I do not just mean the German-Canadian community, this folk fest is being celebrated all over the place in September and October. Please, take note of the firsts dates as they are announced in the ads and some editorials. We are also celebrating the day after Thanksgiving our second German Pioneer Day in Kitchener. Originally it was planned to bring the festivities to Toronto this year, but it aligns so well with the Kitchener Oktoberfest, that once again the celebration will be held there.
Next month we shall hear more about the Film Festival and the celebrations of our community. In the meantime I hope you stay well and enjoy life! Until then!