Club Loreley

1955 - Present

Immigration from Germany to Oshawa began as early as the 1860s, possibly because of political changes and events leading up to the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.

By looking at census records, the German population can be traced and its growth measured. The population was 8 in 1871 and 9 in 1881. In 1891, the number almost doubles, and occupations include labourers, cabinetmakers and machinists. By 1901, there are 45 people of German descent in Oshawa and 2 in East Whitby. Their occupations included a tailor, carpenter, physician, spinner, piano tuner and teacher.

In 1955, there were enough German-Canadian residents in Oshawa that a group gathered to consider the prospect of organizing a club. The Board of Directors was chosen in December of that year, with Arthur Schatz as the first President. He said, “It was their [the organizers] ambition to create a respected organization, holding on to old customs and providing entertainment in our City.”

At the time, the Club was not incorporated, and Members paid for any events, food, etc. out of their own pocket. In 1957, the prospect of purchasing a property for the Club arose. Again, Members paid for this vision.

In June 1961, construction commenced on the future home of Club Loreley with the Members using their own trades expertise for the majority of the construction. The Ladies Auxiliary purchased curtains, dishes, and chairs to give the Clubhouse a more welcoming atmosphere.

The first dance was held on November 18, 1961, during the heyday of the club. One Member said, “Down there in the 1950s my parents would stay out all night long on Saturday night and wouldn’t get home until Sunday morning.”

Like most cultural clubs, Club Loreley has its own German language school, folk dancing group, soccer teams, singing groups, and rifle club.

They have been participants in Oshawa’s Fiesta Week since its inception. Club Loreley becomes ‘the Schnitzelhaus’ for one week after Father’s Day, hosting the community and treating them to traditional dancing from the Funkengarde dancers, songs and food. Through the years, they have won numerous awards for best float in the Fiesta Parade.

In May 2015, Club Loreley celebrated its 60th Anniversary with 160 Members and families in attendance. The Club honoured 60-year Members with certificates, and guests were treated to the Club Loreley Singers performing the Canadian, German, and Austrian national anthems.

3 reviews

  1. Hello Folks,

    I can’t write a review of the Club Lorelei because I live near Portland Oregon.
    However I like you to know that my very best friends in the world live in
    Oshawa and are members with you. They are Heinz and Monika Mehler and
    I am sending special greetings this way to them, as they spend lost of time
    together in their kitchen backing cookies for your upcoming Holidays.
    I wish all of you up there a very Happy and PEACEFULL holiday season.

    Thank you for passing my greetings on to Heinz und Monika.

    Viele liebe Grüße sendet Ihnen und all Deutschen dort,

    Hans-Peter und Renate Felgentreff

  2. Have been at your clubs several times over the years. We know Helga and Olaf Rudolph. We were there for your Fahne celebration(can’t remember the German
    name for it). My wife, Maimo knows Helga for many , many years.
    Maimo grew up in Bayern until graduating High School.

    Anyway, I have a box full of Cds of all the popular German singers that my wife collected over the years. Roy Black, Freddy Breck Heino,etc.
    If you would like to have them for your club, you re welcome to have them.
    I would even deliver them. I haven’t been in Osllhawa for many years now.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    Al Cronkwright and Maimo Praakel.

    1. Thanks for sharing your memories. To donate to Club Loreley, I would recommend reaching out to them directly.

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