Concert of Traditional Finnish Accordion Music

Concert of Traditional Finnish Accordion Music by Antti Paalanen from Finland 7.30pm

Doors open at 7pm; Cash Bar. Admission by donation (suggested $10) includes refreshments.

RSVP appreciated Riitta 604-941-0760 riittahu@nullgmail.com

Please see Poster

Sponsored by Vancouver Finlandia Club and Purpurit Folk Dancers

BIOGRAPHY

Musician and composer Antti Paalanen has been prominent in the field of Finnish contemporary folk music for  many years.

Antti Paalanen makes his music on the bisonoric (’diatonic’) accordion, a common instrument in Finnish folk music for the past century. He has employed an organic performance style, new techniques and new expressive
sonorities to expand the potential of the instrument to embrace a variety of genres.

Paalanen comes from South Ostrobothnia, a region rich in the pelimanni (’traditional musician’) tradition of
Finnish folk music. Between 1989 and 1996, Paalanen won the Finnish pelimanni championships on the diatonic
accordion four times, and he placed second in the diatonic accordion world championships in Austria in 1999.

Paalanen has released three solo albums: Äärelä (2007), Breathbox (2010) and Meluta (2014, 2015 in central Europe). He is active as a musician and a composer in a number of contexts in Finland.

 

Thank you to our Midsummer Festival Volunteers

Thank you to all our Scandinavian Midsummer volunteers for your hard work and dedication.

We couldn’t have done it without you!

The 19th Annual Swedish Crayfish Party

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: presale $45.00, At the door: $60
Contact: Vancouver@nullswea.org or Rebecca 604-789-5056.

Time for crayfish! Traditionally,  a Swedish crayfish party takes place in the end of the summer. Crayfish parties have spread to all the Nordic countries and are generally held during August. This tradition was started because crayfish harvesting in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to late summer.  Since the Swedish crayfish became extinct, Swedes all over the world rely on IKEA and China to deliver these yummy and delicious shell fish for our sometimes rowdy parties.

It is the 19th time the Swedish Women’s Educational Association arranges a true crayfish party with all the customary party accessories that are obligatory. These consitute of comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A cheerful atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs (printed in a little booklet in English so that everyone can take part). It is considered customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it. Don’t worry, we will show you how it is done!

Similar to last year, SWEA partners with the Swedish Cultural Society in organising the saltiest event of the year. The tickets include a three course meal  with enterntainment during dinner, and dancing to Swedish music after. Only 60 tickets will be sold, so purchase your ticket early! Last year we sold out.

Crayfishcollage

All proceeds go to SWEA Vancouver.

Finnish your Dinner

A fun, casual dinner at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby, BC to celebrate Finland 100.

This will be a potluck dinner – so bring a dish to share! We will dine out on the deck, under the stars (weather permitting), so bring a sweater or a blanket if it’s a little chilly.

Organized by Vancouver Finlandia Club.

Sign up here or you can email vfclubmembers@nullgmail.com for more info or to register.

 

Midsummer Festival

midsummer poleMidsummer 2017: Finland 100!

Saturday features include on-stage entertainment, Market Place, children’s games, Viking Village, raising the May Pole, cultural displays, Scandinavian food. Sunday features also include a pancake breakfast and the famous wife-carrying contest.

Date: Sat­ur­day, June 17 — Sun­day June 18, 2017
Time: Sat: 10am — 11pm, Sun: 10am — 4pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: Day pass only $10 • Free for children under 16 • Free parking

Highlights:
JUNE 17 10:00 am to 6:00pm; Family Festival 6pm to 11pm Bonfire Dance
JUNE 18: 10am – 4pm; 2pm Wife Carrying
Details will be on the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival website.

DHS Annual Family Barbecue

DHS-flagsDanish House Society’s Annual Family Barbeque
Cash bar: beer and wine
Door prizes and raffle prizes!

Reserve early – this sold out last year

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Place: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: $20; Young family members free by reservation only
Contact: Dave Buchmann 604-760-7705 to reserve; let him know if you want steak or salmon
Menu: 
Beef/Salmon/Corn/Pie/Ice Cream/Salad
All countries and all ages welcome!

Midsummer Raffle Tickets Draw Sunday June 18th – WINNERS

Midsummer Raffle ticket Draw:

Sunday, June 18/2017 4pm onstage at the Midsummer Festival.

1st Prize  $3,000 Cash WINNER #6051 Sigrid Felland. Sponsored by Jim Pattison Volvo of Surrey and Nesters Market

2nd Prize  $500 Cash WINNER: #6491 Dan Metzak.  Donated by Danish House Society.

3rd Prize  $500 Cash. WINNER # 9964 Jan Brown.  Donated by Finland House Society.

4th Prize  $500 Cash. WINNER #9949 Laura Jacobsen.  Donated by Iceland House Society.

5th Prize  $500 Cash. #5140 Wendy Chong.  Donated by Norwegian House Society.

6th Prize  $500 Cash. #9817 Hilda Andrew.  Donated by Sweden House Society.

Winner of Survey Draw, Free admission for 4 to the 2018 Midsummer Festival: Gail and Mike Koombes of Burnaby

All winners have been notified.

Thank you all for supporting Nordic Cultural activities!

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Jim Pattison



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