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Vappu (May Day) Pubnight – Friday April 30, 2010

Posted by Markus Raty on April 27, 2010

Greetings Finnophilers!
This is your invitation to join us in celebrating Vappu on Friday, April 30th at Black Swan!
This Friday we’ll be celebrating Finnish Style…This is your opportinity to dust off that student hat! No white hat no problem! Be creative and your efforts will be rewarded!
Want to share your favourite Vappu snack? Finger food donations are welcome!
Date: Friday April 30th
Time: 7:30 pm to …?
Location: 2nd floor of the Black Swan, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto M4K 1N1

Vappu, the 1st of May, is one of the biggest festival days in Finland! While some students party the whole week leading to the 1st of May, the main celebrations take place starting the evening before on April 30th at 6 pm and continue through the 1st of May to the early morning hours. Vappu is celebrated by everyone from young to old. High school graduates wear their ylioppilashattu, a white and black student cap, while the university students also dress up in colourful overalls. Families gather in the marketplaces to buy balloons, toys and cotton candy for the children. In the evening the restaurants, patios, dance halls, and concerts are full of happy party goers. The folks with sisu head straight to a local park to continue the celebration right on through morning of Vappu. Big picnics are arranged at the public parks, with some beautifully tables serving herring, sima (home made mead), meatballs, salted salmon, and champagne.

Come and celebrate Vappu with us! Finnophile is starting our own tradition and celebrating on Friday April 30th 7:30 pm to …? (we’ll let you decide!) Meet us on the Patio at the Black Swan 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto M4K 1N1.

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

The Finnophile Crew

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Ever wonder what’s going on in the rest of the Finnish Community…? This is list of some of the upcoming events (courtesy of the Finnish Credit Union)

An Evening Featuring Pertti Voutilainen
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. for Cocktails
Venue: Miller Thomson LLP – Main boardroom
40 King Street West, Suite 5800 Toronto, ON
Price: Members $20.00 Non-Members $30.00
RSVP according to which group you are affiliated to as follows:
Canada-Finland Chamber of Commerce Members By Monday April 26th to Bawani Thayalan at
Canadian Friends of Finland Members By Monday April 26th at or by telephone 416-730-8350
Details: The Canada-Finland Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Friends of Finland invite you to an evening featuring Pertti Voutilainen. Mr. Voutilainen is a former CEO of Outokumpu Oyj, former Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Kansallis Banking Group, after its merger with Union Bank of Finland. He is currently an independant director of Agnico-Eagle Mines and will provide his perspective on the differences between business practices and culture in both Canada and Finland.

Destination Finn Grand Fest Soo
Date: Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Thornhill Golf and Country Club – 7994 Yonge Street
Price: $35.00 available in advance only at Osuuspankki and The Finnish Place
Details: Spring Concert and Dance / Kevätkonsertti ja tanssit. Performers include: Heikki Perttu and Hilkka Helena, Soprano Miriam Kemppainen, Toronton Pelimannit, Violinist Andrea Hansen, Laura Repo, Violinists Satu and Suvi Ylänkö, Sisu Folkdancers
Ylös, Ulos ja Lenkille! / Get Up and Go! (Fundraising Walk)
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: Gates open and start time is 8:30 a.m. – Rain or Shine
Venue: Tommy Thompson park (Leslie Street & Unwin Street), Toronto
Details: Walk 5km, 10km, or 20km. Registration is $35, the fee is waived if you collect at least $50 in pledges. Fee includes bottled water, light lunch, eco-shopping bag etc. Pre-register now by emailing Miia at OR pick up your registration form at Suomi-Koti. You can also register on May 15th at the park starting at 8:30 a.m. If you have any further questions, please contact Miia at 416-425-4134 ext. 225.

Canada Cup Floorball (Salibandy) Championship
Date: Friday, May 21st to Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Time: All Day
Venue: Tait McKenzie Centre at York University in Toronto
Price: Free Entry for spectators
Details: Grassroots Floorball Inc. is hosting the event. For more details on cost and where to purchase tickets, visit for details.
For more information or to list your Finnish event visit:

Osuuspankki –


2 Responses to “Vappu (May Day) Pubnight – Friday April 30, 2010”

  1. anon said

    Please don’t overexert yourself.

  2. Can you please name your source for salaries in the police force. I have just spoken to a journalist at RFE/RL and am told that salaries are still low Click

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