SNCA Elections Done Right

Greetings all!

It has been quite some time since our last post, and it’s time for elections for the SNCA exec once again.

This time we’re doing it in a more casual and fun way. I’ll get to that in a minute, but first a little about Lucia this year.

Last year, interest in participating in Lucia was down, and it almost didn’t happen. In fact, it didn’t happen on campus at all. Instead, Lena Karlström, the Swedish lecturer at UBC, held it at her house and for the first time ever we had a male Lucia. It was fabulous!

This coming Lucia in 2014 will be our 10th anniversary! Fingers crossed it will happen!

But… in order for it to happen, we need YOU! Yes, YOU!

We need you to support our little club by joining or becoming an executive member, or committing to sing this year in Lucia!

Which brings me to the next bit of news: ELECTIONS at the WOLF AND HOUND PUB – 3617 West Broadway, Vancouver, Thursday, March 13, 7:30 pm.

There’s information about it HERE on Facebook, complete with map on how to get there. And yes, you can be a member of SNCA even if you’re not a student at UBC.

Most of our activities are now being posted on Facebook. You can find us on our SNCA page and on our SNCA group. You can request to join the group, where you can post relevant information yourself, and read up-to-date events and things of interest pertaining to Scandinavia. The page is open to all, and tries to keep up with the Group’s postings.

Here are some posts of interest from the SNCA Facebook Group:

>> Some Harvard College students have put together  “Simplicissimus – the Harvard College Journal of Germanic Studies.” Their Fall issue focuses on Scandinavia! There’s a lot of great Germanic scholarship and literature here, from translations of Old English literature to Swedish stories and Viking artwork. Check them out on Facebook to read more about them!

>> SNCA members will be getting together tomorrow, Friday, March 7 at 7:30pm – “Vi slutter oss til folk fra svenskkursen og drar til Wolf and Hound for en tidlig øl eller te 😉 We’ll join the Swedish course and go to the Wolf and Hound for an early beer or tea ;-)” Come out and join them!

>> Norway will be creating a sensitive and seminal memorial to the July 22, 2011 mass shooting of 77 people on the island of Utøya. It is beautiful. You can read about it here:

>> Scandinavian architecture in Vancouver, GWERK: The connection between Richard Wagner, Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group and the north end of Granville Bridge. Curious? Check in for a closer look, Sat. 22nd:

We’ll try to keep this blog better updated. But if you’re interested in what’s happening with the club on campus, please check out either of our Facebook sites.

Hope to see you at the Wolf and Hound!!


Lucia video for Svenska Institutet, Stockholm

Svenska Institutet in Stockholm (Swedish Institute) supports & promotes Swedish language in universities around the world, among other things. They contacted the Swedish lecturer at UBC, Lena Karlström, about a short YouTube video they intend to make about Lucia celebrations around the world, asking her if we’d be interested in submitting a short video of our Lucia. Naturally we were!

This is the video we submitted which includes footage and photographs of UBC’s campus. It’s different than the one we posted earlier, and is less than 3 minutes long.

Enjoy the video!

Lucia in Uppsala Domkykan – Dec. 13, 2012 –

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Lena, the Swedish language lecturer at UBC, posted this video on Facebook of the Lucia celebration in Uppsala this year. This is what Lucia is all about – a beautiful, gentle celebration of light in the darkness of winter. After watching our earlier post “Lucia for Dummies” and now this, you will be totally prepared for your winter visit to Sweden next year!

“Glad Lucia” means Happy Lucia. Wishing you and yours the warm, gentle, bright light of Lucia shines within you today and always.

Kindling the Spirit of Jul

SNCA’s Lucia Celebration today was a big success! The singers sounded sublime, especially in the soothing and gentle harmonies of “Det Är En Ros Utsprungen”. We filmed them this year and are working on making a short video which we’ll share soon!

Now that we’ve heralded in the Jul season and gotten the Jul embers burning in people’s hearts, here’s a little something to stoke those flames – Lucia in Norway, with tales of food, song, Vikings and Jul Nissen. This will put a smile on your face and make your heart shine like a Jul candle.

It’s a PERFECT day for a Lucia Celebration!

Today is rainy, dreary and cold – a PERFECT day for the UBC Lucia Celebration!

Candles, singing and goodies will brighten your spirits on this last day of classes. And it’s FREE!

Maybe you don’t know what all this Lucia stuff is all about or what to expect? Here’s a little video from the Swedish Cultural Centre in Seattle

Ours will be a little smaller, but just as cozy. And our members have made Lussekatter and other goodies to serve with coffee, tea and Julmust, a sweet Christmas beverage. Delicious!

WHAT: 8th annual UBC Lucia Festival
WHEN: 4pm – 5pm
WHERE: Buchanan D, MASS Lounge, UBC

See you there!