Scandinavian Business Club Dinner

EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 6 pm to 9 pm

Azza Rojbi is a peace and social justice activist in Vancouver. She immigrated to Canada from Tunisia in 2011 and has since been involved in the immigrant and refugee community in Vancouver. She is a writer and researcher on the issue of immigration and refugees in Canada as well as on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Azza will be providing a balanced and facts-based presentation that will inform and enlighten us on this important issue. Also, we will be presenting our Annual Scholarship Award to this year’s recipient at this event.

The European migrant crisis, or the European refugee crisis, is a term given to a period beginning in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived in the European Union (EU), travelling across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. These people included asylum seekers, but also others, such as economic migrants and some hostile agents, including Islamic State militants disguised as refugees or migrants.

Guests are always welcome! Invite colleagues, clients, friends and family.

Time: 6 – 7pm: Networking and socializing hour
7 – 8:15pm: Dinner
Starter:  Herring and salmon on mini rye breads
Main Course:  Danish open-faced sandwiches
Dessert:  Peach cobbler, tea & coffee
8:15 – 9pm:     FEATURED PRESENTATION including a brief question and answer period

Cost: Early Bird Price: Member $35; Non-member $40
Regular Price (after midnight Monday Sept 11th):   Member $45;  Non-member $50
Please note that all dinner prices have increased $5 effective April 2017.
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE!!!
Register online!  It’s fast, easy and secure!  www.sbc-bc.ca

To register in advance and pay online:
www.sbc-bc.ca.  VISA, MasterCard, or American Express accepted (secure third-party payment gateway is PayPal™, a PayPal account is not necessary, just select “No Thanks” ).

To register in advance and pay at the door (cash, cheque, or credit card):
email secretary@nullsbc-bc.ca, or call the SBC office 604-484-8238, or contact a current SBC board member, with the names and number of people in your party.

Scandinavian Seniors Lunch 55+ CANCELLED

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017 CANCELLED. Next lunch October 13
Time: Noon
Cost: $3 if you bring a plate of sandwiches, cakes or cookies to share, OR $8 if you prefer not to bring food.
Please help us out by bringing a plate of food.
Con­tact: Tor Olufsen (604) 294-0749 or by  tolufsen@nullshaw.ca

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.

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