Festival Lineup

Performers

DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha is a music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, the Quartet creates a world of unexpected new music.

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Vasyl Popadiuk and the Papa Duke Band

The journey for Vasyl Popadiuk from Ukraine to Toronto has been one of musical adventure, starting at Kyiv's Lysenko school for gifted children at the tender age of 7, and continuing at Ukraine's national Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music from age 18.

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Тут і Там

Тут і Там has been captivating audiences worldwide with their unique and progressive style of Ukrainian turbofolk since 2003.

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Kubasonics

The Kubasonics are arguably Newfoundland's finest Ukrainian band. This ever-evolving group boldly goes where others fear to tread. Their trademark sound combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and their eclectic high-energy stage show has something to please all tastes.

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Ukrainia

Leaping out of the urban landscape with the ferocity of a group of inebriated dancers, Ukrainia is a band with the hearts of giants. Their music will light your spirit, lift your body and transport you to another time in a surreal place - have your passports stamped, you are entering Ukrainia.

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Zirka

The Toronto-based band Zirka is excited to be at this year's Capital Ukrainian Festival. With deep Canadian Ukrainian roots and a passion for traditional Ukrainian music, the band continually strives to create a distinctive lively zabava sound that pleases listeners of all ages throughout North America and the rest of the world!

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Korinya

Korinya is a young band from the Ukrainian diaspora that has been performing in the U.S. and Canada since 2005.

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Melos Folk Ensemble

Melos Folk Ensemble brings together some of Winnipeg's finest singers, dancers, and musicians.

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The Canadian Bandurist Capella

The Canadian Bandurist Capella is a male bandurist chorus that combines the sounds of choral singing accompanied by instrumentalists playing the contemporary bandura.

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Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group

For 37 years, the Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group of Thunder Bay, Ontario has entertained audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Spain, and the Ukraine.

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Dunai

Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Dunai has been a cornerstone in the Ukrainian music scene for more than two decades.

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Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association

Over 40 members strong, ages 19 to 65, Veselka has performed at numerous venues ranging from weddings and celebrations to festivals and special events throughout North America.

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Trio LIRA

Trio LIRA was founded in 2013 to interpret not only traditional and modern Ukrainian music but includes performing English songs and religious pieces as well.

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Chaika Ukrainian Performing Ensemble

Created in 1957 under the auspices of the Hamilton Branch of the Ukrainian National Federation, the Chaika Performing Ensemble has been dedicated to the development of Ukrainian folk song and dance.

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Svitanok

is Ottawa’s only Ukrainian Dance community. Comprised of The Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (Svitanok), and The Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance (OSUD), the Ensemble provides opportunities for professional training in the performance arts that promotes the renewal of Ukrainian character dance as a viable and developing art form on the Canadian dance scene.

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Nasha Rodyna

St. Mary's School of Ukrainian Dance, called "Nasha Rodyna" (meaning "Our Family,") expresses the cheerful and disciplined family atmosphere that operates at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sudbury, ON. Under the direction of Ms. Katherine Hucal, the dancers ranges from the age of 4 years to young adults.

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The “Ukraina” Dance Ensemble

The “Ukraina” Dance Ensemble embodies all of the qualities deeply embedded within Ukrainian culture: incredible passion, eternal striving for perfection, a love of freedom, and the rare ability to express oneself through music, movement and traditional rituals and customs.

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Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance

Founded in 1979 by Kateryna Shepertycka, the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance provides training in Ukrainian character dance to students of all ages and levels.

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Pokrova Ukrainian Arts Network

We link people creating and consuming Ukrainian art and culture.

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Akord

The name Akord is symbolic of both the richness of Ukrainian choral tradition and the melodious quality of this four-part choir, under the direction of Olya Katruszenko.

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Kolizhanky

Kolizhanky - Friends - drawn together by their love of pure, rural songs of Ukrainian village women. Biliyj holos - White voice. Ridnyj holos - Folk voice.

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Odessa Ukrainian Dancers

The Odessa Ukrainian Dancers, comprised of a group of energetic high-school students, has flourished for more than three generations at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oshawa, Ontario.

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Perigrinations

Perigrinations, from the Celtic and Galician root word for “wanderings”, is an ensemble of local talent from St. John the Baptist Catholic Ukrainian Shrine.

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Sheptytsky Institute Choir

The Sheptytsky Institute Choir was founded in January, 2015 as a mixed choir of males and females open to anyone, from early teens to seniors. It rehearses once a week in Ottawa with an emphasis on liturgical music in English and Ukrainian, performing in church services and concerts.

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The Kozaks

The Kozaks are North America’s foremost professional Ukrainian Kozak performing troupe.

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The Choir of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church

The Choir of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church leads the worship of Ottawa’s oldest Orthodox parish, which was founded more than 100 years ago by Ukrainian immigrants from Bukovyna. The choir’s multilingual repertoire represents a wide range of Orthodox liturgical traditions and includes compositions by members of the choir. The ensemble has released two recordings, the most recent of which (2013) is “The Voice of Our Prayer.” Conducting is shared by Pani Matka Yvonne Lysack (Director) and Michael Lang.

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Izvoruls

Izvorul (EEZ-VO-ROOL) Romanian Ensemble of Ottawa was founded in 2010 by Sandra Cocea. The group has been teaching and performing various Romanian folkloric dances at Festivals and events throughout Ontario and Quebec. In 2014, Izvorul created a children's group, giving children a unique introduction to Romanian traditions. They look forward to sharing in some of those traditions with you today.

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Children's Dance Group

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Children's Dance Group consists of three separate classes of dancers between the ages of 3 – 17.  The dancers perform at various events throughout the year including Malanka, an annual Mother’s Day Concert, fundraisers, retirement homes as well as for special events at the parish.

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