The Hoito Project

The Hoito Project

The Hoito Project is a combination DVD/CD that was recorded in Thunder Bay in July 2006. It features Finnish guitar legend Jukka Tolonen and his band, Cool Train, (Joonas Haavisto, Teemu Keranen, and Tuomas Timonen). They perform with local Northwestern musicians, Rodney Brown, Ari Lahdekorpi, Kim Erickson, Danny Johnson, Della Maki Bitove, Clay Breiland, and Esteban Figueroa. The DVD also contains recordings of Rauno Nieminen, Pekka Kappi, Marianne Maans, and Lauri Antila. The CD, mixed and mastered at Danalog Studios, contains additional music by artists such as Ken Hamm, Arto Jarvela, Pekka, Ryhanen. The project is intended as a fundraising initiative to help restore the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay. The Labour Temple was built in 1910 and has hosted Finnish community events for the past century. In addition, the Labour Temple has served as a meeting place for political activists, a venue for concerts, and is now the home of the Bay Street Film Festival. All proceeds from the sale of The Hoito Project go to the Finnish Heritage Building Fund.

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