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

Vasyl Popadiuk is a classically trained violinist born in Lviv, Ukraine, now living in Ottawa and performing internationally.

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Тут і Там

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

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Kubasonics

The Kubasonics, Newfoundland’s finest Ukrainian band, combine expert musicianship, quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and an eclectic high-energy stage show that appeals to 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.

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Zirka

The Toronto ­based band Zirka is excited to be at this year's Capital Ukrainian Festival.

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Korinya

Korinya aims to revitalize the older folk style of Ukrainian music and bring it to events, weddings and festivals in the larger Ukrainian/North American community.

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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 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 formed in Toronto five years ago and has performed at various venues and Festivals throughout Ontario.

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Chaika Ukrainian Performing Ensemble

In its 60th year, the Chaika Performing Ensemble is dedicated to helping preserve Canada’s multicultural mosaic.

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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

Based in Sudbury, Ontario, St. Mary's School of Ukrainian Dance, named Nasha Rodyna (meaning “our family”) expresses a friendly but disciplined approach to dance.

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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, the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance provides dance training to students of all ages, levels and backgrounds. The School’s motto is “Ukrainian dance for all!”.

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Pokrova Ukrainian Arts Network

Pokrova Ukrainian Arts Network links people who create and enjoy Ukrainian arts 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” – came together by their love of rural songs of Ukrainian village women. This group brings to life traditional village songs of work, love, nature, and ancient rituals.

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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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Peregrinations

Peregrinations is an ensemble of parishioners and friends of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, Ottawa.

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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 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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Izvorul Romanian Ensemble Of Ottawa

Izvorul Romanian Ensemble Of Ottawa was founded in 2010. The group has been teaching and performing various Romanian folkloric dances at Festivals and events throughout Ontario and Quebec.

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Polanie Dance Group

Polanie Dance Group, established in Ottawa in 1956, is part of the youth group of The Polish Combatants Association of Ottawa.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Orthodox Cathedral Choir

The choir of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa has been around since 1949 and can be found every Sunday in the Cathedral choir loft at 1000 Byron Avenue.

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St. John the Baptist Choir

The St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine Choir has been in existence for forty two years.

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Sterling Demchinsky

Sterling Demchinsky – noted author, historian and photographer – will deliver two presentations at the Festival: 100 Years of Ukrainian Churches in Canada and Lost Folk Art in Ukrainian-Canadian Cemeteries.

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Bytown Highland Dancers

As one of the leading Highland Dance schools in the Ottawa area, Bytown Highland Dancers focusses on excellence in traditional highland and national dances as well as original choreographies.

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National Capital Region Croatian Folklore Ensemble "Croatoan"

The National Capital Region Croatian Folklore Ensemble "Croatoan" originated in 1978, and next year celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

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Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico! has promoted and represented Mexican traditions and culture through their colorful folkloric dances for more than 15 years.

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Upasana The Spirit of Dance

Upasana the Spirit of Dance was founded by Saveeta Sharma in 1995 and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of Indian culture through the ongoing development of Kathak, Odissi and Saveeta's own proprietary new, creative and innovative style of contemporary dance.

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Chinese Dance Groups

An exciting collaboration of three traditional dance groups, Canada Chinese Heritage Center, Tiantian group: Zhuoma and the Oriental Dance Troupe of Ottawa, will perform waist drum, Tibetan and fan dances.

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Your Hosts

Laryssa Caris-Monczak & Lukash Monczak

Borys Sirskyj

Anastasia Baczynskyj

Steve Andrusiak