Pelimanni Orchestra

Finnish-Canadian Folk Music Orchestra

Welcome! Tervetuloa!

Marina Park,

Thunder Bay, Ontario


Welcome to the Pelimanni Orchestra's home page!  We are a Finnish-Canadian folk music orchestra from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. 

Pelimanni Orchestra's mandate is to help preserve and promote the heritage of Finnish music culture.

Our mission is to support local Finnish and other cultural organizations with their activities, and increase the public's understanding and appreciation of Finnish music culture.  We provide an opportunity for musicians and volunteers to participate and be involved in a large orchestra.

The Pelimanni Orchestra has been in existence since 1986 and incorporated in 2004.  The Orchestra is a member of the Finnish Cultural Federation of Canada and the musicians are each members of the Finlandia Association of Thunder Bay.

In July 2017, the Orchestra embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Finland! The Orchestra toured for approximately 11 days and played several concerts. The 100th anniversary of Finland's independence was the focus of the tour - Suomi 100!

Pelimanni Orchestra outside of the Finlandia Association of Thunder Bay

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.  Pelimanni Orchestra is a proud recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grant.