Mix of Finnish music and local talent prompts 2010 encore

   Parry Sound Beacon Star · Friday, October 24, 2008  By permission


After tremendous community response to the first Toronto Finnish Male Singers Musical Extravaganza last month, local organizers have already booked the Charles W. Stockey Center for a return performance on September 25, 2010.



“The gala was such a successful event that we are planning to do it again,” says Ben Pelkinen of Rankin Lake, who helped Tom Ikavalko organize the musical extravaganza on September 20 at the Stockey Center.  “The Finnish population was really thrilled with the high quality entertainment, especially the guests, Sirkka-Lissa Ollikainen-Heinonen and Adam’s Rib.


There was a large attendance from the Finnish population from Timmins, Sudbury, North Bay Burks Falls, Sault St. Marie and Toronto,” he added.  “Parry Sound became almost a focal point for bringing all these Finns together.  It was really successful in rekindling Finnish traditions in song and music.  Finns love to sing and dance.  They’re northern kids.”


The afternoon started with the male choir singing Eaglets Without Wings,  followed by Guard ache luna and A Wonderer’s Yearing.  After that, the audience was treated to performances from the Parry Sound School of Music, directed by Maia Vimboule with solos by Doug Heal, Lyndsay Clarke, and Elijah Lawson-Buttineau and a quartet presentation by Carol Hawken, Barbara Bennett, Lloyd Taylor and Dave Hawken.


Sirkka-Lissa Ollikainen-Heinonen, Metzo Soprano from Finland, performed numerous well received numbers and jointly with her sister, Tuuli Pelkinen, sang a beautiful Finnish folk song.


The Toronto Finnish Male Singers under the direction of Paul Hietala sang an operetta medley from the Gypsy Princess with a solo by Martti Hyhko.


Following intermission, it was time for some comedy from a Sudbury group called Adam’s Rib who entertained the full house with their witty humour about men.


The stage presentations were followed by a cocktail hour, dinner, and dance with music by The Black Tie band from Sudbury.