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Songs from the North: The Metallic Country Brand of Finland

November 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm






 Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto


Canadian Friends of Finland

warmly welcome you to

the 10th public lecture in the series

An Evening with Finnish Studies.



delivered by 

Dr. Toni-Matti Karjalainen 

(Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland) 

“I do want to point out, that Finland has perhaps the most heavy metal bands in the world”, stated US President Barack Obama in his address to Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö at the White House in May 2016. The reputation of Finland as a heavy metal nation has spanned from the underground metal caves up to the highest levels of politics.

The public lecture will explore the metallic brand of Finland as it unfolds in the discourses of media, fans, music industry circles, bands and artists. It will also include a brief history and description of the current status of metal music in Finland. The “official” role of metal music in fostering the country brand of Finland will also be showcased.

Dr. Toni-Matti Karjalainen is an Academy Research Fellow and Docent in Management of Music and Culture Export (Aalto University, Helsinki), where has also worked as Research Director of the International Design Business Management Programme. Karjalainen has lectured in many universities and collaborates with several international companies and institutions. His most recent book is titled “Sounds of Origin in Heavy Metal Music” (2018, Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Free admission. Reception with light refreshments follows. Everybody welcome!

R.S.V.P. by November 9th, phone: 416-926-1300, ext. 3337 or click to email 

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November 14, 2018
6:30 pm
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Alumni Hall 400, St Michael’s College, University of Toronto
121 St Joseph St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4 Canada
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