Traditional Fall Dinner instead of the Auction

Suppe, Flæskesteg, Dessert, Cof­fee or Tea
The Tivoli Singers enter­tain us with 50’s Theme Songs

Date: Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21, 2017
Time: Bar opens 6 pm. Din­ner 7 pm.
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre
Cost: Tick­ets $25 Please buy your tick­et by Octo­ber 17th.
Con­tact: Mail your cheque payable to Dan­ish House Soci­ety to Solve­jg Nielsen, #1605 — 1245 Quay­side Dri­ve, New West­min­ster, BC, V3M 6J6 or call Solve­jg Nielsen 604–549-4923.

Vancouver Finlandia Club Sing-Along

Cel­e­brate Finland’s 100 Year Anniver­sary at the Van­cou­ver Fin­lan­dia Club Night.

Date: Fri­day Octo­ber 20th, 2017
Time: Doors open 6.30pm
Con­tact Kari­na Lin­der 604 728‑6572
Pre­sent­ed by Van­cou­ver Fin­lan­dia Club

Kongero in Concert

Date: Sun­day Octo­ber 15, 2017
Time: 1pm to 3pm. Doors open 12.30pm
Cost: Tick­ets at the door $20. Cash only. Advance tick­ets avail­able here
We will serve Swedish Fika in the inter­mis­sion

With their voic­es mov­ing togeth­er in tight har­mo­ny or inter­twin­ing in a whirling tem­po, the high­ly acclaimed folk vocal group Kongero draws tra­di­tion­al Swedish music out of the past and into the present. A con­cert with Kongero will take the lis­ten­er on a fab­u­lous jour­ney, an all-embrac­ing Scan­di­na­vian folk music expe­ri­ence. Blue notes, amaz­ing vocal polypho­ny, groovy, pow­er­ful, and inti­mate. The band was formed in 2005 and besides doing con­certs they also con­duct well-received work­shops in tra­di­tion­al Swedish vocal music and vocal har­monies.

Kongero has released three albums. The debut ”Om Mikael­ida­gen” in 2008, ”Bakvän­da världen” in 2011, and ”no. 3” in 2014 and their music has been sam­pled, has appeared in movie pro­duc­tions, has fea­tured on a Nax­ox gold album and more. Their fourth album will be released in June 2017, and will be fol­lowed by an exten­sive tour all over Europe and the Amer­i­c­as in 2017.

Orga­nized by Swedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety

Vinarterta Baking Class


Date: Sat­ur­day Octo­ber 14, 2017
Time: 9am to 1pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre main kitchen
Cost: The cost will be $25 which cov­ers the cost of the ingre­di­ents.
Plan: A one-day class to teach you how to make com­plete vinarter­ta: the prune fill­ing, the ‘cook­ie’ rounds and how to bake them, put it all togeth­er, and you will take the vinarter­ta home.
Con­tact: Mar­garet Bjar­na­son Ami­rault email: (pre­ferred) or tele­phone 604–688-9082.

We will fol­low the old recipe from the 1800s. We hope to pro­vide one teacher per two stu­dents.

Cof­fee, or course, will be in abun­dance

Leif Erikson Day Festival — Focus on Finland

Leif Erik­son Day Fes­ti­val: Focus on Fin­land
To hon­our Leif Erik­son; to praise the con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­da of peo­ple of Nordic descent; to pro­mote the spir­it of dis­cov­ery
Fea­tur­ing a Finnish theme with guest speak­ers, refresh­ments, cul­tur­al dis­plays and enter­tain­ment.

Date:  Sat­ur­day Sep­tem­ber 30, 2017
Info: Dianne Kil­back:

1pm open­ing

1.20 Lucas Aykroyd: “Hock­ey, Heavy Met­al and Heroes Aplen­ty: Every­thing You Need to Know About the Finnish Soul”

2pm Dr. Zita McRob­bie: A his­tor­i­cal and lin­guis­tic sur­vey of Finnish and Saa­mi

3pm Recep­tion

Exhibits: Trav­el­ling in Fin­land
Finnish Set­tle­ment Pho­tos
Finnish Arts and Crafts


Finnish Vari­ety Con­cert 7pm (by dona­tion)

Han­nu Lam­bert — Accor­dion
Kyösti Sutela — Tenor
Nordic Bleu — Vocal Ensem­ble
North­ern Boys (Pohjolan Pojat) old time Finnish dance music

Pre­sent­ed by
Scan­di­na­vian Cul­tur­al Soci­ety
Cana­di­an Friends of Fin­land

Sup­port­ed by Fes­ti­vals Burn­a­by

Scandinavian dancing

Dancers LogoIf you love to dance and appre­ci­ate the tra­di­tion and cul­ture of Scan­di­na­vian danc­ing, come dance with us! Offer­ing begin­ners and inter­me­di­ate lessons in many dances like the schot­tis, waltz and ham­bo, as well as set dances (like squares) and mix­er cir­cle dances, this ener­getic group of dancers are ded­i­cat­ed to the preser­va­tion and enjoy­ment of Scan­di­na­vian dances and music of Fin­land, Den­mark, Swe­den and Nor­way (and Esto­nia, if we knew any dances)!

Date: Wednes­days, Sep­tem­ber 6 thru Decem­ber 6, 2017; EXCEPT, 2nd Wednes­days each month are not at the SCC — see our web­site for the loca­tion.
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre
Con­tact: Judith Ander­son at, Ph: (604) 526‑4722

Please vis­it our Scan­di­na­vian Dancers of Van­cou­ver web­site.

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

Please see Poster

Spon­sored by Van­cou­ver Fin­lan­dia Club and Pur­pu­rit Folk Dancers


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.