The Finnish-Canadian Grand Festival is an annual celebration of Finnish culture and heritage. First held in 1940, it takes place in a different Canadian community each year, allowing Canadian Finns and their guests to get to know different regions of the country. The event offers the Finns living in North America the opportunity to come together and cherish the Finnish tradition and also introduce Finnish culture to Canadians.
This year the festival is held in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Finnish Canadian Cultural Federation in partnership with the Finlandia Association will host Finn Festival 2016 on June 24-26, at multiple locations in Thunder Bay including the historic site, The Finnish Labour Temple.
The Festival program includes lectures, concerts, performances by local artists and artists visiting from Finland, dancing, sports, children's activities, as well as demonstrations and displays by various clubs and organizations. Program also includes Tori, a traditional market celebrating artisan work and entrepreneurial excellence. There will be beer garden and an outdoor stage, Finnish food and day long entertainment in the Finlandia hall and two evening dances on Friday and Saturday night. The Festival will host a fundraiser dinner with Ambassador of Finland to Canada, H.E. Charles Murto, on Saturday at the Prince Arthur Hotel.
More information and the schedule can be found on the event's website: http://www.finnfestival2016.com/
Embassy of Finland will be at the Finn Festival 2016 with the portable passport machine. You can apply for a Finnish passport during the weekend. The application can only be processed if the applicant's personal data (name, date and place of birth) is up-to-date at the Finnish population register. Up-to-date data can be found from the Population Register Centre's website: http://www.vrk.fi/
Instructions for passport applicant:
Applications for Finnish passports can be made at the Finlandia Board room, 3rd floor, at Finlandia Club, 341 Bay Street, Thunder Bay:
Thursday, June 23 from 4 pm to 8 pm
Friday, June 24 from 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday, June 25 from 9 am to 6 pm
(Sunday June 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, if necessary)
The application must be made in person, by appointment only.
Appointments and additional information: 1 416 964 0066 or email@example.com
(During the festival, on June 23 to 26, you can call or send a text message to 1 416 434 6460)