The Icelandic Festival is one of the oldest and longest runnning celebrations of culture in Canada.
Sigurbjorn Hallgrimsson, born at Brekka in Kaupangssveit, in Eyjafjordur, Iceland, in 1841, son of Hallgrimur Sigurdsson and Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir, moved to Logmannshlid in Glaesibaejarhreppur. On Wednesday, "the 23rd week of summer", September 27, 1864, he married Anna Sigfusdottir from Svarfadardalur.They lived in Hesjuvellir. In 1874 they migrated to Canada living at Kinmount, Ontario and then settled in Gimli with the first group of settlers in October 1875. They had three daughters, Kristin, Gudrun Helga, and Hammgrima Fridrika.
William Herbert Bristow married Gudrun Fridrikka Gottskalksdottir. Gudrun came to Canada at the age of 3 in 1876 with her parents Gottskalk Sigfusson and Holfridur Jonatansdottir. William came to Canada at the age of 15, played in the army band at Fort Osborn as a cornet player. He was the son of Willian James Bristow, educated at Balliol College, Oxford, England he was Vicar of Offenham.