Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2019,6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC

There are tents displaying Scandinavian culture, there is entertainment all day, there is food all over the place, there is a Maypole, face painting for kids, photos taken of you in costume, there is a Viking Village and the kids can have a sword fight with a Viking, a wife carrying race, a car show and, of course, more – it is just a pleasant day.

**           Our own Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx, sings on stage at 5-5:30 pm, Saturday – don’t miss her.


Below is a list of events.



10 am

Gates open

11 am -12 noon

Royal City Concert Band

 – Energetic music to start the day.

12:30 pm – 1 pm

Flag and anthem ceremony

1 pm – 2 pm

ON THE FIELD – Midsummer Traditions – Enjoy a festive parade, help us raise the Midsummer Pole, and dance on the grass with trolls and kids from 2 to 92!  Midsummer Spelmanslag

 with Scandinavian Dancers and Knotty Trolls

2 pm – 2:30 pm

Midsummer Choir – Celebrate Midsummer with songs

3 pm – 4 pm

Nordic Singers -On tour from Copenhagen’s Royal Opera, our special guests entertain with opera favourites and popular hits.

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver

  & Gammel Dansk – Traditional Nordic folk dance

5 pm – 5:30 pm

Lisa Maxx 

– Songs with Icelandic flavor

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Catherine Toren Trio – award-winning jazz in the Beer Garden

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

West Coast Charisma 

(Heather Soles & friends) – Soulful jazz, blues, bebop, swing and vintage rock in the Beer Garden

7:30 pm -8 pm

Bonfire and traditional singalong in the Beer Garden

8pm – 11 pm

The Beagles – Great music for dancing and relaxing in the Beer Garden




2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Midsummer Spelmanslag – Traditional dance tunes and songs

4 pm – 4:30 pm

Marc Gravel – Eclectic guitar favourites

Times TBA

Saga Portraits – Become Your Legend! Photographic portraits in Viking-inspired costumes. Book your photo session at the Knotty Trolls’ table in the Iceland tent.


PROGRAM – SUNDAY JUNE 23rd Main Stage and Field



10 am  to 11 am

Midsummer Pancake Breakfast in Beer Garden – Scandinavian breakfast and music by Bo Fred Olsson, a true “Scandihoovian!”

11 am – 11:45 am

Capilano Brass Ensemble – Fanfare and Welcome, eclectic music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century

12 noon – 12:30 pm

Vancouver Puppet Theatre

 – Beloved folklore characters brought to life.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Nordic Singers -On tour from Copenhagen’s Royal Opera, our special guests entertain with opera favourites and popular hits.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Vancouver Dorfmusik

  – European style village band music

2:30 pm – 3 pm

ON THE FIELD  Wife-carrying Contest

3 pm – 4 pm

ON THE FIELD – Midsummer Traditions – gather round the Midsummer Pole for games and dances with the Midsummer Spelmanslag,

  & the Knotty Trolls  

4 pm

Midsummer Lottery Draw & Festival Closing



11:45 pm – 12:15 pm

Paavo Nurmi Awards – Traditional dance tunes and songs

1:30 pm – 2 pm

Midsummer Spelmanslag – Traditional dance tunes and songs

Times TBA

Saga Portraits – Become Your Legend! Photographic portraits in Viking-inspired costumes. Book your photo session at the Knotty Trolls’ table in the Iceland tent.

Beginning tomorrow, JUNE 13, are FIVE solid days of Icelandic films, then THREE additional days the following week. 

Icelandic Films at    THE CINEMATHEQUE THEATRE    June 13-June 28   ---  1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2K8, (604) 688-8202.

The 194 seat theatre is located in Vancouver’s West End   ---   between Burrard & Granville Streets; cross-streets: Helmcken and Davie Streets.


The series, Wayward Heroes: A Survey of Modern Icelandic Cinema is curated by writer and TIFF Programmer Steve Gravestock,.

           Check this website for total details:  http://thecinematheque.ca/wayward-heroes-a-survey-of-modern-icelandic-cinema


June 13 Opening Night and Reception, 6 pm


June 13             Children of Nature            7:00 pm

                          Jar City                                9:00 pm

June 14             Under the Glacier             6:30 pm

                          As in Heaven                      8:15 pm

June 15             Under the Glacier             4:30 pm

                          Jar City                                6:30 pm

                          When the Raven Flies       8:20 pm

June 16             When the Raven Flies       4:00 pm

                          As in Heaven                      6:30 pm

                          Nói Albinói                         8:50 pm

June 17             Nói Albinói                         6:30 pm

                          Children of Nature            8:20 pm


June 23             Golden Sands                     6:30 pm

                          The Icelandic Dream        8:30 pm

June 27             The Icelandic Dream        6:30 pm

                          Life in a Fishbowl              8:20 pm

June 28             Rams                                   6:30 pm

                          Life in a Fishbowl              8:20 pm


The following are the sites to look for film details:



Thu, Jun 13 – 7:00pm

Mon, Jun 17 – 8:20pm




Thu, Jun 13 – 9:00pm

Sat, Jun 15 – 6:30pm




Fri, Jun 14 – 6:30pm

Sat, Jun 15 – 4:30pm




Fri, Jun 14 – 8:15pm

Sun, Jun 16 – 6:30pm




Sat, Jun 15 – 8:20pm

Sun, Jun 16 – 4:00pm




Sun, Jun 16 – 8:50pm

Mon, Jun 17 – 6:30pm




Sun, Jun 23 – 6:30pm




Sun, Jun 23 – 8:30pm

Thu, Jun 27 – 6:30pm




Thu, Jun 27 – 8:20pm

Fri, Jun 28 – 8:20pm




Fri, Jun 28 – 6:30pm





20th Anniversary of the Scandinavian Centre

Let's celebrate the Centre's 20th Anniversary together with a big ' family ' picnic!

 Rain or shine

 Bring your own picnic and blanket

 Or buy food from a couple of Food trucks and Nester's Market BBQ

Bring a 20th Anniversary Cake to share.  It is OK to think of it as a cake design competition - we won't judge you - or maybe we will ...

 Ice Cream, Tea & Coffee will be provided

 Join the kids/adult games- it will be pretty casual

 Bring photos/memorabilia to share your memories of the last 20 years plus.  CLUBS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DIG OUT PHOTO ALBUMS/ DISPLAYS

 The Basics:

DATE: Sunday, September 11, 2016

TIME: 11am - 4 pm

LOCATION: Scandinavian Centre


 All House Society members will receive a $10 food voucher at the gate. Make sure you have paid your membership and are on the membership list. 

 Bar or Beer Garden will be open - Cash bar only


 If you are coming, contact by email:  Norman Eyford at neyford@dccnet.com or

Margaret Bjarnason Amirault at gusta1@telus.net


2016 Blaine Icelandic Picnic

Sunday July 17th 1pm -4pm

The 2016 Blaine Icelandic Picnic is Sunday July 17 from 1 pm - 4 pm
The Blaine Icelandic Picnic at Peace Arch Park takes place Sunday July 17, 2016 from 1 pm – 4 pm. We have reserved the U.S. Kitchen and picnic tables and invite you and your friends to attend this get together.
Families find the picnic to be a great way to create an impromptu family reunion as well as spend an afternoon with other Icelandic descendants. You are invited to bring your picnic lunch (and tablecloths) and join in the fun.
The Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society provides the space and some after lunch Icelandic goodies. A donation jar is available to help contribute to the rental costs for the facility.
We have a short program, take a quick group photo, and then spend the bulk of our time catching up with family and friends.
The weather is always wonderful this time of the year, so we encourage you to join in this gathering and spend an afternoon in the picturesque Peace Arch Park enjoying setting, the weather and the company!

October 21, 2015, Wednesday evening, 7:00 p.m.
Iceland Room of the Scandinavian Community Centre
Come hear Dr. Grímur Valdimarsson
inform us about the fishing industry in Iceland and beyond.
Dr. Valdimarsson is currently a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Industries and Innovation and before that to the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. From 1997 to 2010, Grimur was the Director of the Fish Products and Industry Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Contacts: Gerri at gerrimcdonald@shaw.ca or
Norm at 604-588-1893

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Icelandic Author of Mystery/Crime novels
will be at the Vancouver Writers Festival this October.
She will participate four times at various venues on Granville Island.
Tickets are $20.
October 20 Icelandic Incantations (#14 in the programme), 8:30 pm, at Studio 1398
October 21 Shock and Awful (#27), 6-7:15 pm, at Studio 1398
Sisters in Crime (#31), 8:30 pm, Waterfront Theatre
October 24 Unlikely Path (#72), 2 pm, Performance Works
The webpage for the Festival is www.writersfest.bc.ca

Dates to Remember


SUNDAY, JULY 27, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Peace Arch Park, U.S. Side

Bring your Picnic Lunch
Bring the children, parents, grandparents, friends
Activities for Children
Remember you can walk anywhere in the park without going through border restrictionsundefined
but do not leave the park.
Directions to the Peace Arch Park:
For parking on the Canadian side of the border, it is essential that you turn right on Beach
Road - the road just before the Duty Free shop - keep going past the Duty Free shop, then
turn left into the Peace Arch Parking lot, and walk across the park;
Come early and go through the border to the U.S. picnic area.
People from Blaine, Birch Bay, Bellingham to Seattle and surrounding area will be there,
as will people from British Columbia.
Come & have a good time!

The Scandinavian Centre is located at:
6540 Thomas Street,
Burnaby, BC,
V5B 4P9, Tel:

For specific dates and events that may come up, check the newsletter on this website.
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