The Finnish Society of Edmonton

Keeping Finnish culture and tradition in Western Canada

Juhannus 2019

This year's Juhannus event will take place on June 22. Traditionally, our Juhannus festivities include a bonfire, fishing derby, and a party with traditional games such as mölkky and horseshoe.


Bus transportation to Fork Lake and back is available. The bus will leave DCC at 8:30 AM. On the way back, the bus leaves Fork Lake at 5:00 PM, arriving at the DCC at 7:30 PM. Contact Brenda at (780) 465-6723 or niska-aro@shaw.ca.

Casino Volunteers Needed!

The Finnish Society casino fundraiser will take place at the Casino Yellowhead on Wednesday, June 26 and Thusrday, June 27. Volunteer positions include general manager, banker, cashier, chip runner, and count room for day and evening shifts. The revenue from the casino supports our programs including seniors' trips and lunches, student bursaries, Fork Lake activities, children's Finnish school and ethno-cultural events including Finnish movies, demonstrations and concerts. Come and help out, socialize, and have some fun! Contact Brenda by email at niska-aro@shaw.ca, by phone at (780) 465-6723, or register online at https://volunteersignup.org/KXJ44

Vappu Celebration

Sima, tippaleipä, munkki... is your mouth watering already? If it is, we have good news for you! Our annual Vappu celebration takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Dutch Canadian Club.


The party starts at 5:30 PM with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. We have a new caterer for the event, and details of the fine menu planned for the evening can be found in the invitation we are sending to all members. If you do not receive your invitation in the mail, please email us your updated address. Come celebrate spring, listen to good music, and have a good time!


Kids get to join in or watch a movie!


Tickets are $30/person ($15/child for children aged 8 or under) and can be purchased from board members (see Contact information).


Heritage Day Festival - Volunteers Needed!

This year's Heritage Festival takes place August 3-5 at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. The Finnish Society is participating at the event with the Scandinavian Heritage Society. If you are interested in helping out at the culture or food tent, contact Hely at (780) 477-7862 or bumpymum@shaw.ca

2019 Finnish Society of Edmonton Finnish Seniors Bus Tour

The Finnish Seniors' Bus Tour will take place between September 16-18, 2019. This year's destination is Grande Prairie, where seniors will spend two nights. There are many interesting excursions planned for the tour, and the sign up begins in early April. Contact person and full schedule to be announced. Stay tuned for more details!

Sewing Circle

The Sewing Circle meets once per month. Contact Tiina at (780) 473-2657.

Children's Program

All are welcome to the Children’s Finnish language and activities program. Contact Sanna at skakjas@hotmail.com or Eija at eijaalto@gmail.com



Nordic Walking

The Nordic walking program at Rundle Park takes place on Wednesdays. Contact Susan for more information at (780) 901–2471.



Scandinavian Seniors' Club

The Scandinavian Seniors’ club takes place on Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm at the DCC Nordic Room. Light lunch is served for a small fee. Everyone is welcome!


Junior Valhalla Scandinavian Folk Dancers

Do you know of a child or youth interested in learning traditional Scandinavian Folk dances? Have them come and join the Junior Valhalla Scandinavian Folk Dancers! This is the same group that performed so well at HeritageFest!
For more information contact: Heidi Mapstone at (780) 914-4636 or heidimapstone@stantec.comt text

Finnish Lessons

Kira Pronin is providing Finnish lessons in the Whyte Avenue/Strathcona area for small groups and individuals. You can contact her at (780) 720-8092 or by email at kip13@pitt.edu.

Note that there are many other online Finnish courses available and the Finnish Society has not endorsed any of them. If you are interested in providing lessons, please contact us.


Monthly News Bulletin from the Finland Society/Suomi Seura ry

The latest information bulletin, including details of summer language courses, is available at www.suomi-seura.fi under "News".

Sutinat-tiedotteemme on luettavissa Suomi-Seura ry:n Internet-sivulla www.suomi-seura.fi kohdassa "Ajankohtaista".