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

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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.


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 for more info or to register.


Finn Fun Family Camp

FinnFun logoFinnFun Family Camp Saturday May 27 from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Come experience Suomi-Zumba, floor hockey, scavenger hunt, making of puppets and a Puppet Show for kids! (Vancouver Puppet Theatre) Price $20/person or $60/family including a Finnish lunch, coffee and wiener roasting. Please join us for a fun and active day with other Finnish families! Registrations by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 27, 201
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Place: Scandinavian Community Centre
Price: $20/per person; $60 family (parents and children) Price includes lunch, snack and “makkaranpaisto”.

Register and pay by May 17th

names of attending parents,
names and ages of children,
your e-mail address,
phone #
cheque (payable to FinnFun school)

Finn Fun Year End Party

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Contact:  Mirka Nyppeli at or 778-318-4924

Tervetuloa Suomi-koulumme kevätjuhlaan toukokuun 9. klo. 6-8pm. Lapset esiintyvät ja lopussa on kaikille kakkua. Tuothan tullessasi myös jonkun tarjottavan nyyttikesti tyyliin. Kaikki tervetulleita!

Welcome to our Finnfun School year end party that is being held on May the 9th , 6-8pm. Children will perform and then there’s cake and potluck afterwards. If you can bring a dish to share, that would be great! Everybody welcome!



Laudate Singers present Scandinavian Spring


Finnish Canadian Rest Home Spring Festival

Rest Home LogoDate: Sun­day, April 23rd, 2017
Time: 2pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Centre
Cost: Free admission
Contact: Finnish Rest Home Office 604-325-8241

Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence – this is our theme. There will be music, Finland themed facts and fun, program, good company food and coffee service.

Arts Night with Jazz

Vancouver Finlandia Club Arts Night – Mother Inne Uitto – Daughter Taina Uitto.
With Jazz Music Trio Chris Sigerson + Campbell Ryga + Miles Hill

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: Doors open 6pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: $10
Cash Bar – Light Refreshments. Tervetuloa! Everyone welcome!
Contact: Kaija Rautiainen


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