Viking Club Night Fundraiser

ReikFelagVikingDinner20153rd Annual Reik Felag Viking Club Night Fundraiser

Norwegian House Society and Reik Felag invite you to  Meet, Greet and Eat with the Vikings

Viking games to play and stories to entertain you! Feeling adventurous? Join the fun and dress as an ancient Viking or a more modern one. No Viking outfit? Wear your bunad or other more modern Norwegian-style dress (costumes encouraged but NOT mandatory).

Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: Bar opens 6pm, dinner 7pm
Place: Scandinavian Centre Banquet Hall
Cost: $25, includes one beverage
Contact:Purchase tickets by April 13 (please, no exceptions) from Sonja Busch 604-522-4567  or John at 604-433-9403. Cheques to be made out to the Norwegian House Society (NHS)

What would a wealthy Viking dine on?
Roast herb loin of pork, Viking green salad,
Roasted Mixed Root Vegetables,
Barley Honey Cream dessert

(bring your own wooden bowl & fork if you can)

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Purpurit folk dance rehearsals

Weekly rehearsal for the Finnish folk dance group Purpurit.

Finnish folkdances, many set dances, waltz, schottis, polkka, humppa. All are welcome, both beginners and experienced.

Dates: March 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26, May 10, 24, 31
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Pleace: Scandinavian Community Centre
Contact: Please contact Riitta Huttunen 604-941-0760, email

Nordic Design 2016

Snip of nordic design 2016Nordic Design 2016 Festival: Textile and Costume


Displays of modern and heritage costumes and fabrics; Commercial Exhibitors Show and Sell;

Craft Demonstrations: Heritage and Modern Fabric;

Talks: Folk Costume, Handcrafted Fabric, Costume Preservation. Come and enjoy this design heritage

Date: Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016
Time: 11am to 4pm
Opening Reception and concert Saturday 11:30 am

Fashion Show: Saturday Evening 7 pm. Share your fashions with us. Tickets $10 for adults.
Contact: Carolyn: (778 228-2334)

Here is the full Poster 2016 Design

Canadian Friends of Finland Celebration of the Art and Life of Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Gallen-KallelaDate: Sunday February 7, 2016
Time: 2 pm 
: Admission by donation. Refreshments

Join us in a presentation of a celebration of the art and life of the great Finnish Painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who was born in 1865, the same year as Jean Sibelius and another great Finnish artist, Pekka Halonen.

Bob Poutt and his son Ron, an artist himself, will explore Gallen-Kallela’s upbringing and training as an artist, his marriage and the loss of a young daughter, his travels and the homes that he designed and built for himself, and the importance of these in the development of his art.

Gallen-Kallela’s output was prolific; slides will be shown representing the artist’s portrayal of ordinary Finnish country people, the Finnish wilderness and, especially, the Kalevala. Ron will describe the evolution of Gallen-Kallela’s artistic style, its relationship to the prevailing European artistic movements and how, in recent years, his art has come to the notice of serious collectors outside of Finland.

The Runeberg Chorus will also be performing.

See the Gallen-Kallela poster

Finnish Canadian Documentary Film

A screening of the documentary film
From the Front to the West Coast:
The Recollections of the Finnish War Veterans in Vancouver

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
This is an emotive documentary directed and produced in British Columbia about Finnish World War II Veterans. The veterans tell their stories revealing history through personal experience: why and how they fought; the personal consequences, as well as the consequences to the country as a whole; tragedy and hope. The archival footage is fascinating. The captivating stories depict the significance of home during childhood and youth. It also tells the story of how and why they left Finland after the war to start a new life in Canada. Even though the topic is war, humour has not been forgotten.
See for info.

Come and meet the film makers. 66 minutes in Finnish with English subtitles. Admission by donation

Read more on our  poster

Memorial ceremony and lilac tree planting

RoseNorwegian House Society will be holding a short ceremony to dedicate the planting of lilac trees at the Scandinavian Center in memory of the victims of the Oslo/Utoya attacks.

This will be followed by an All Saints service.
A church supper will follow the service.

Date: Sunday, November 6th
Time: Planting: 4 pm; Service followed by supper: 5pm;
Location: Planting at the Scandinavian Community Centre; Service and supper at the Danish Lutheran Church (6010 Kincaid)
Cost: $12.50 for the supper
Contact: Please call Per Gjerde at 604-502-0133 by Nov. 1st if you wish to attend the supper.

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