Monday, January 18, 2016

CANADIAN FRIENDS OF FINLAND
Welcomes you to

A Celebration of the Art and Life of


Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2 pm

The Scandinavian Centre
6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby


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.



Admission by donation.  Refreshments

Friday, February 27, 2015

CANADIAN FRIENDS OF FINLAND


Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2 pm
at the Scandinavian Centre, 
6540 Thomas St, Burnaby

An Introduction to Family History 
for Canadian-Finns

If you already know about your Finnish ancestors, how do you trace their forbears even further back?

If you are a second or third generation Canadian, how do you find out where in Finland your ancestors came from?

Come and learn how you can go about answering these questions and also about the basics of Finnish genealogy.

Find out about sources of genealogical information and the organisations that can help you.

This presentation will be made by a professional genealogist and by amateurs involved with Finnish genealogy.

Presented in cooperation with the Scandinavian Cultural Society Genealogy Group and the BC Genealogical Society.

Admission by Donation   Refreshments

Welcome to everyone















Monday, February 9, 2015

Scandinavian Film and Television Course being offered via Coursera

This info is taken directly from the coursera site on Feb 9, 2015. The second week is just starting so if you are interested sign up now for this one line course. 5 weeks of study; 3 to 5 hours per week; taught in English


In many ways Scandinavian film and television is a global cultural brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. This course deals with the social, institutional and cultural background of film and television in Scandinavia and in a broader European and global context.

About the course: Scandinavia is well known internationally for its welfare society, and part of this welfare society is a very developed cultural policy based on both the free market and public support. Scandinavia has a strong film and television culture with institutions and traditions created to secure creative diversity for both national, Scandinavian and global audiences. In many ways Scandinavian film and television is a global cultural brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. Dating back to the silent cinema era and through the birth of a modern film and television culture after 1945 Scandinavia has contributed significantly to our global cultural heritage. 


Scandinavian Film and Television http://buff.ly/1DYNDpU
Check out all the great courses at https://www.coursera.org/

Saturday, January 10, 2015

CANADIAN FRIENDS OF FINLAND

Upcoming Events 

Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2 pm
at the Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St, Burnaby 

Helsinki, Ikuisesti (2008)
(Helsinki, Forever)

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 Finnish film, fiction and documentary alike over a hundred years, produces a dazzlingly original film in its own right.

                                                                                                               Text in Finnish & English
Admission by Donation
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Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2 pm
at the Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St, Burnaby 
The 150th Anniversary Celebration 

of the Birth of Sibelius
Come and join our celebration of song, recorded music, slides and an oral presentation. Learn about Sibelius’s life. He worked to usher in the Golden Age of classical music in Finland. His creative genius endowed Finns with a sense of pride in their heritage and encouraged their hopes for the possibilities of nationhood. Join our celebration of the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth and receive an overview of his undeniably influential life.


         
Oh You Glorious Ego
A presentation about Sibelius’s influential life by Bob Poutt.
Also
The Runeberg Chorus
with soloist Kaoru Henry
performing songs by Sibelius
Admission by Donation.  Refreshments



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Nov 23 - Scandinavian Craft Fair

Scandinavian Craft Fair

23 Nov
Arts and Crafts — Baked Goods — Christ­mas Good­ies
Refresh­ments and much much more! Pre­sented by Pur­pu­rit Folk Dancers
Date: Sun­day Novem­ber 23, 2014
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Cost: Free Admis­sion



Scroll down for direc­tions by car and pub­lic transit.
Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
6540 Thomas St
Burn­aby, BC
V5B 4P9
Ph: (604) 294‑2777
Fax: (604) 294‑5932

Direc­tions  By Car

When head­ing east on Trans Canada High­way 1
1. Take Sprott St. Exit 32 and pro­ceed to traf­fic lights at Sprott St.
2. Turn left and con­tinue to traf­fic lights at Kens­ing­ton Ave.
3. Turn right and pro­ceed one block and turn right again on Thomas St. You can see the Cen­tre at left side at the end of the street.

When head­ing West on Trans Canada High­way 1
1. Take Kens­ing­ton Avenue Exit 33 and pro­ceed north.
2. Turn left at Thomas St. You can see the Cen­tre at left side at the end of the street.

By Pub­lic Transit

There are numer­ous ways to get to the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre by pub­lic tran­sit, here are the most com­mon. For detailed tran­sit sched­ules, visit www.translink.ca.

Option 1
1. Take the Expo Line Sky­Train to Metro­town Sta­tion (Sky­Train leaves from numer­ous points in down­town Van­cou­ver, includ­ing the SeaBus Sta­tion at Waterfront.)
2. From Metro­town Sta­tion, take either bus #110 Lougheed Station/Metrotown Sta­tion from Bay 8 or #144 SFU/Metrotown Sta­tion from Bay 6 and get off the bus at Sprott & Kens­ing­ton (18–20 mins.)
3. Once off the bus, walk straight ahead to Kens­ing­ton Ave, take a right and walk one block to Thomas St. Take another right and the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre is at left side at the end of the street.

Option 2
1. Take the Mil­le­nium Line Sky­Train to Sperling-Burnaby Lake Station
2. From Sperling-Burnaby Lake Sta­tion, take either bus #110 Lougheed Station/Metrotown Sta­tion from Bay 3 or #144 SFU/Metrotown Sta­tion from Bay 2 and get off the bus at Sprott & Kens­ing­ton (4–5 mins.)
3. Once off the bus, walk straight ahead to Kens­ing­ton Ave, take a right and walk one block to Thomas St. Take another right and the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre is at left side at the end of the street.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CANADIAN FRIENDS OF FINLAND

Sunday Afternoon Films

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2 pm

Pohjalaisia (1925)
(The Ostrobothnians)

Pohjalaisia, a silent movie restored and reissued with a new music track in 2012, is based on the play by Artturi Järviluoma who was also the screenwriter. The story, set in the 19th century, revolves around the hot-blooded Jussi, a young farmer, and his friend Antti and their brushes with the local nimismies (sheriff) and the häjyt (badmen). The film, shot on location on the plains of Ostrobothnia, conveys a good sense of its unique landscape. Both Järviluoma and the director, Jalmari Lahdensuo were from Ostrobothnia and the film successfully expresses a feeling of the true spirit of the province.
Text in Finnish & English

The Scandinavian Centre
6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby

Admission by donation.  Refreshments

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Canadian Friends of Finland

25th Annual General Meeting

Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1 pm
The Scandinavian Centre
6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby

Please attend and provide your input and suggestions.

Following the meeting, stay for coffee and two films by
Pirkko & Albert Karvonen:

Welcome to everyone!
                                                                                                                                  
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place


The story of the early days of mining and forestry in Canada through the eyes of Finnish Canadian immigrants, capturing their struggle for an 8 hour work day, their love of sports, theatre, art and music – and how they continue to build Canada today.
We Dare to Dream



The wonderful stories and contributions of the Finnish people of Canada as seen through the literary works and selected interviews of authors, historians, pioneers, artists and their families.
                                            
Both films are in English