The COVID-19 pandemic has moved this year's workshops to an online format that combines lectures, workshops, classes and performances.
On Saturday July 25, our social media accounts shared music, dance, sand animation (yup, you heard that right), a film showing of the documentary, A School in the Clouds, fun festival facts, and an outstanding virtual Zabava.
From August 27 – October 6, 2020 those looking for a more hand-on experience in exploring Ukrainian culture can participate in free online workshops.
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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.
Svitanok is the performing ensemble of the Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Society, the centre of Ottawa's Ukrainian dance community.
Kolizhanky – “Friends” - joined 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.
Oto-Wa Taiko has been bringing the dynamic sights and sounds of Japanese drumming (taiko) to public and private events and schools in the National Capital Region since 1989.
Viva Mexico! has promoted its Mexican roots through music and dance for more than 15 years.
Peregrinations is an ensemble of parishioners and friends of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church here in Ottawa.
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.
Izvorul Romanian Ensemble of Ottawa
Izvorul 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.
Akord - Ukrainian Men’s Choir of Ottawa
Akord, a four-part male choir, originated in 1993 in Ottawa with six men who shared an interest in Ukrainian sacred music.
The 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. Courses follow a Ukrainian/character dance curriculum that encourages each student to work to his or her potential.
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine Choir
The St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine Choir has been in existence for forty two years.
Trio Vaniata enjoys performing chamber music for Ottawa residents. Their performances have been well attended by people from all walks of life and from all parts of Ottawa.
The choir of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
The choir of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa has been in existence since 1949 and can be found every Sunday in the Cathedral choir loft at 1000 Byron Avenue.
The Spanish Folk Dance Troupe of Ottawa
The Spanish Folk Dance Troupe of Ottawa is thrilled to be at the Capital Ukrainian Festival performing dances from the southern region of Spain.
Laura Dziubaniuk is one of Canada’s most promising sopranos. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of the late Joan Maxwell.
Sterling Demchinsky worked as a federal civil servant for 35 years, mostly as a technical writer and researcher. Since 1995, his goal has been to photograph every Ukrainian Church in Canada. To date, he has photographed over 600 of them.
The Toronto-based band ZIRKA Is excited to be at this year’s OCUF. 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.
Mad Heads CA
Mad Heads CA is a Canadian incarnation of a legendary Ukrainian rock band. Their music is optimistic and full of positive vibrations while live shows are bright and powerful.
Selo Ukrainian Dancers
“Selo” is the Ukrainian word for “village”. The name of the group, “Selo Ukrainian Dancers” is perfect for the group who had its humble beginnings in a village - a small village east of Winnipeg.
Auresia & Marina Krut
Auresia a singer-songwriter who effortlessly fuses intricate reggae music with world-pop undertones and love of her Ukrainian heritage, is not the kind of artist you encounter every day.
Desna School is a Toronto-based Ukrainian dance school under the artistic direction of Virksy trained Luba & Yuri Grekov.
Recognized throughout the world for outstanding musical performances, Montreal’s Kleztory is considered one of the best klezmer bands on the international stage.
Windsor Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School and Ensemble
Windsor Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School and Ensemble was established in 1987 under the direction of Taras and Debbie Rohatyn and has been entertaining the community and surrounding areas for over 30 years.
St. Mary's School of Ukrainian Dance (Nasha Rodyna)
St. Mary's School of Ukrainian Dance (Nasha Rodyna) is based in Sudbury, Ontario and consists of 55 dancers. Participants range in ages from 4 years old to adults.
Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Kouchnir
Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Kouchnir is the Dean of St. Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Montreal. From childhood, Father Volodymyr loved to sing and had dreams of becoming a professional singer.
Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Hamilton
Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Hamilton has been in existence for over 60 years. It is comprised of 35 students between the ages of 3 to 17 years.
Oksana Pikush (lyrical soprano) was born and raised in Petrykivka (Dnipropetrovsk region) -- the centre of Ukrainian folk art. She started singing at an early age, part of her family’s tradition.
Having come to Montreal with her parents in 2013, Dominika often performs on the stage before the Ukrainian community. Undoubtedly, she is following in her parents’ footsteps, who are themselves extremely accomplished musical artists. In addition to her love for singing, Dominika loves to recite poetry, do ballet and gymnastics.
Yuriy Konevych is a lyrical tenor from Montreal with a large experience of stage performance and who possesses classical vocal talent.
Andrii Svyrsa was born in Bashtanka, a city in the Nikolaev region of Ukraine, Not only a tenor and operatic singer, he graduated from the Trombone Classical Music Institute and the Concert Hall for classical and jazz vocals