Canadian Friends of Finland Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Sibelius

SibeliusCome and join our cel­e­bra­tion of song, recorded music, slides and oral pre­sen­ta­tion. Learn about Sibelius’s life.

Date: Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 8, 2015
Time: 2 pm 
: Admis­sion by dona­tion. Refreshments

Oh You Glo­ri­ous Ego — A pre­sen­ta­tion about Sibelius’s influ­en­tial life by Bob Poutt.

The Runeberg Cho­rus with soloist Kaoru Henry per­form­ing songs by Sibelius.

See the Sibelius 150th Anniver­sary Poster

Call to Crafters — Midsummer Festival Craft Fair, and Call to Vendors

Craft vendor display at Midsummer Festival June 20 and 21, 2015.

The Scan­di­na­vian Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val, in its 20th year, attracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors. We are now look­ing for crafters who can offer us some­thing spe­cial and excit­ing, be it tra­di­tional crafts with an inno­v­a­tive twist of some­thing cul­tur­ally relevant.

We offer you a craft table at our fes­ti­val for TWO days for just just $99.75 (includes all applic­a­ble taxes).  The fes­ti­val will be adver­tised on JRfm Radio, in the Van­cou­ver Sun and The Province as well as in local news­pa­pers.  The fun and crazy wife-carrying con­test always draws a lot of atten­tion along with con­tin­u­ous enter­tain­ment all weekend.

Com­mer­cial Booth: 10 x 6 ft: canopy-covered space with an 8 ft table and 2
chairs $315 (includes all applic­a­ble taxes).

Dur­ing the Craft Fair there will be:

  • Con­tin­u­ous on-stage entertainment
  • Children’s games
  • An authen­tic Viking Vil­lage (the Vikings actu­ally camp out all weekend!)
  • The rais­ing of and danc­ing around the tra­di­tional May Pole
  • Cul­tural displays
  • Scan­di­na­vian food

Here are the Mid­sum­mer 2015 Craft Table Appli­ca­tion  and the Mid­sum­mer com­mer­cial booths 2015

If you would like to par­tic­i­pate at the Craft Fair, please send us the following:

• How and why you do your craft and where have you shown?
• 3 pho­tographs of the kinds of crafts you are sell­ing
• Appli­ca­tion for the Craft Mar­ket
• Par­tic­i­pa­tion Agree­ment
• Cheque dated for May 15, 2015

DEADLINE May 15, 2015

We will con­tact suc­cess­ful appli­cants by Wednes­day May 27


Nor­we­gian con­ver­sa­tion and cof­fee Sun­days.  Every­one is wel­come – learn­ing Nor­we­gian? Have com­pany from Nor­way? Bring them along! Stop by to share cof­fee, treats and topics.

Date: Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 18, 25
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Nor­way Room
Con­tact: For info or to con­firm dates, stat hol­i­days, etc. con­tact Eva Lindzen 604 581‑3376 or
Want e-mail reminders & noti­fi­ca­tion of changes to sched­ule? Email to

CFF Movie: Helsinki, Ikuisesti (2008)


Helsinki, Ikuis­esti (2008) (Helsinki, for­ever). 
Text in Finnish & English.

Date: Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 25, 2015
Time: 2pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: Admis­sion By Dona­tion, includes refresh­ments.
Con­tact: Dianne Kil­back by

Helsinki, For­ever is a por­trait and city sym­phony of the White City of the North. It is a mon­tage film on the City of Helsinki by the award-winning Finnish film direc­tor Peter von Baugh. The film is a por­trait of Helsinki and its “soul” as well as an essay on Finnish cul­ture in gen­eral. Its col­lage of best Fin­ish film, fic­tion and doc­u­men­tary alike over a hun­dred years, pro­duces a daz­zlingly orig­i­nal film in its own right.



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

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

If you have vol­un­teered at the Cen­tre dur­ing the past year or two, come and join the Vol­un­teer Appre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon, hosted by the Five Houses. MC SCCS Pres­i­dent Nor­man Eyford, cater­ing by Kate Praegel and games/quizzes by Marg Kirsebom.

Date: Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 18, 2015
Time: 12:30pm, lunch and pro­gram at 1pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Con­tact: Please RSVP by Jan­u­ary 14th to:

Dan­ish House Soci­ety Ed Kuhlman
Fin­land House Soci­ety Riitta Enridge
Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety Ron Stub­bings
Swe­den House Soci­ety  Lena Normen-Younger
Ice­land House Soci­ety Leif Eiriks­son
And if in doubt, or house­less, con­tact the Office or phone the office at 604–294-2777.


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