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 15, 2017 

June 1: Next Borrel!!! 





1 * Upcoming Dutch Treat events


·         June 1: May Borrel

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

·           May 18: CNBPA Social Night

·           May 24: Netherlands Luncheon Club: Mayor of Hamilton at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

·           May 27/28: CAANS (national) AGM & symposium

·           June 15: CNBPA Social Night

·           June 17: Luncheon Club – Summer BBQ

·           June 28: CAANS – Book Presentation Hylke Speerstra

·           Saturday, September 30: The Netherlands Bazaar 


3 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen

Update September 2016: the 2016/2017 School Year

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

·            HALTON/Oakville: Hopefully restarting this year!



4 * Requests and inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen


5 * News / Nieuws

·                                                   More to follow soon - Please stay tuned, thanks for your patience


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1* Upcoming Dutch Treat events


Thursday, June 1: BORREL

The March Borrel is coming up again. 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.

Please note: all our ‘official’ hosts are unfortunately not available or out of the country. People will still be gathering though!

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:

·         July 6


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2    * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events

May 18: CNBPA Social Night
At Real Mo-mo’s, 51 Colborne St, Toronto, 6-9pm
More information and registration: here.

May 24: Netherlands Luncheon Club: Mayor of Hamilton at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington
In celebration of Dutch Heritage Month in Ontario, The Netherlands Luncheon Club (NLC) invites it’s members and guests to welcome spring!
On Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, from 1pm.
Speaker:   The Honourable Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of the City of Hamilton
Topic: The story of the Eisenberger family during WW II in the Netherlands and their subsequent emigration to Canada.
More information & registration (by May 15): here.

May 27/28: CAANS (national) AGM & symposium
Part of Congress 2017 – of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Full CAANS Program: here.
Two public events – creative writing sessions with Erik Vlaminck from Belgium and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer from Toronto – will be held May 28.

June 15: CNBPA Social Night
At Real Mo-mo’s, 51 Colborne St, Toronto, 6-9pm
More information and registration: www.cnbpa.ca.

June 17: Luncheon Club – Summer BBQ
At Port Credit Yacht Club. More info: here.

June 28: CAANS – Book Presentation Hylke Speerstra
Speerstra presents – in English - his newest book “Comfort Bird/De Treastfûgel” – A beautiful story following two Frisian families from the 1870s until shortly after World War II, with emigration to North America as one of its main themes.
CAANS Meetings are usually held 8pm in the Alumni Hall 400, 121 St. Joseph street.

Saturday, September 30: The Netherlands Bazaar
At the Thornhill Community Centre (7755 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill). Music, Market, Raffles, Restaurant, Auction. Free Admission. For more information visit www.netherlandsbazaar.com 

October 28: Luncheon Club – Stratford outing
Lunch in Revival House Stratford followed by performance of the Musical Guys and Dolls
At Port Credit Yacht Club. More info: here.



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

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3 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen – 2016/2017

UPDATE September 2016

Classes in TORONTO: Starting September 24 – registration September 17!

Hi Young Families, this is for you!

The Don Mills Middle School always has openings for Saturday Dutch classes. Annemarie, the teacher of this class is a long-standing member if our group and an excellent teacher! Hopefully with more students next year,  the Toronto District School Board may also 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 with friends (just joking 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

2016/2017: Classes start September 24; Registration starts September 17



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


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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.