ISMO uses his outsiders point of view to find the humor in the most ordinary things.
The ultimate observer, ISMO is able to make people see familiar things anew through his unique perspective. ISMO started his comedy career in 2002 in his home country of Finland; becoming one of the top performing comedians in the country today. There, ISMO wrote and starred in 2 seasons of his own sitcom, ISMO. He filmed four DVD specials from 2008 to 2016, and has sold-out numerous concert halls and theaters across the UK and Finland. The comedian has also performed to sold-out crowds across the world including: US, Canada, Australia, England, Scotland, Faroe Island, Denmark and Iceland.
He has been gaining attention at the biggest comedy festivals around the world including: Just For Laughs in Montreal, Toronto, Sydney & Melbourne, Bermuda, Edinburgh Fringe and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. ISMO made his US debut in 2014 at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood where he won the title of “The Funniest Person in the World.”
In December 2015, he relocated to Los Angeles from Finland, and now performs regularly at the clubs in LA along with headlining across the US. He has appeared on national television; NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, and just became the first Finnish Comedian to perform on Conan in 2018. Ismo’s clip from Conan has been viewed 65+ million time
My Play List Lip Sync Contest
hosted by Finland House Society
January 24, 2020
Do you have your favourite song saved to your phone? Do you sing along to the radio in your car? Is there a song that sometimes you just can’t get out of your head? Here is a chance for you to get that
song out of your head.
Finland House Society will be hosting the My Play List Lip Sync Contest. 7:00 pm Friday January 24th, 2020. The Scandinavian Centre sound system can be plugged into your cell phone. Your music can be played over the sound system. You can lip sync to your favourite song, or you can get your friends together and sing as a group. We will have Celebrity judges who will choose the best performance! Reserve your spot now!
The Scandinavian Cultural Society presents
February 1, 2020
Sámi National Day is the first week in February. The Scandinavian Cultural Society plans to celebrate with an afternoon and evening of stories about Sámi life in our North and in other Sámi homelands. There is no charge for the afternoon. Come at 12:30 and look around before our official Opening at 1:00 pm. Peek inside the Sámi lavvu (tent), sit on the reindeer hides, and see if you feel at home!
Sámi National Day Dinner with Lloyd Binder Inuvik Reindeer Herder
The Canadian Friends of Finland have invited Alan Matheson to give a lecture on the History of Finnish Jazz.
Alan has been teaching Jazz at VCC since 1985, at UBC’s continuing studies since 2000 and at the VSO School of Music since 2014. Alan has done a lot of research in this area and has recordings going back to the beginnings of Finnish Jazz in 1931 to more contemporary styles of Finnish Jazz.
For the last 10 years Alan and his wife Riina have visited Finland every summer and Alan has played at several Finnish Jazz venues. (Storyville Jazz Club, Malmitalo, Otava Jazz Festival and Vilppulakoski Jazz Festival).