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Lyrissa Sheptak

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Home Edmonton Ab Cell Phone: 780-660-6330
Biography

Lyrissa is a historian and writer by training and education and is available to undertake projects that involve these specializations. She is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Lyrissa is also passionate about the folk art form of writing pysanky. It was Lyrissa’s mother who taught her and she has been writing herself for 36 years.

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Lyrissa teaches the art of pysanka writing in schools to children as young as kindergarten. She has instructed church and seniors groups as well and is available for demonstration and instruction as she loves to share the art form with anyone who is willing to learn!

Peter Shostak

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Home 3273 Kent Place Courtney BC V9N 9X4 Home Phone: 250-898- 8718 Website: http://www.petershostak.com
Biography

Much of Shostak’s art reflects his memories of growing up on the prairies during the late forties and fifties. Two publications, When Nights Were Long and Saturday Came But Once A Week, reveal some of his personal history. In 1997, he collaborated with Vancouver writer, David Bouchard, on the book Prairie Born. His latest book Hockey…under winter skies was released in the fall of 2000.
Shostak’s most ambitious project, to which he devoted five years of painting, was completed in 1991 with the unveiling of his series “For Our Children”. These fifty large oil paintings, which portray early pioneer settlement in Western Canada (based on Ukrainian pioneer experiences), have been exhibited across Canada. All fifty paintings, along with background stories gleaned from Shostak’s many years of research, are reproduced in the coffee table book For Our Children. In the introduction to this book, W.D. Valgardson states, “In his life and his art, Peter Shostak depicts what it means to be Canadian. He honours the memory of all our past lives.”

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Most major cities in Canada have repeatedly hosted exhibitions of Shostak’s work over the past several years and he has completed many commissioned paintings and serigraphs for individuals, organizations and major corporations.
Shostak originals and seriographs are available for sale.

Shumka School of Dance

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Contact: Peter Eeles Work 10515 – 111 st Edmonton Ab T5H 3E8 Work Phone: 780-455-9559 Website: http://www.shumka.com
Biography

Since 1989, our mandate has been to offer a high quality Ukrainian dance training program that provides dancers with a strong background in traditional and contemporary Ukrainian dance. This is achieved through curriculum-based training and stage performance experiences. We strive to create a fun yet educational Ukrainian dance environment with the highest priority placed upon developing the required skills of technique and performance. Shumka School instructors are among the most knowledgeable and experienced dance instructors in Canada.

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We have 4 performances throughout the year: winter performance, spring performance, and two Ukrainian dance festivals. Performances and demonstrations available upon request.

Joyce Sirski-Howell

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Home 7627 – 42 Ave Edmonton Ab T6K 0Y1 Home Phone: 780-462-2480
Biography

Joyce enjoys working with children. She has taught embroidery for many years.

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Joyce is happy to demonstrate her arts and willing to teach classes as well.

Alicia and Stephen Slusarchuk

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Home Edmonton Home Phone: 780-472-2029
Biography

Alicia and Stephen are traditional tsymbaly (dulcimer) performers specializing in traditional folk music.

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Alicia and Stephen are available to perform at events big or small: concerts, seniors homes, weddings, festivals, corporate events or private functions.

Cassian Soltykevych

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Home Edmonton Ab Cell Phone: 780-218-6286 Website: http://csoltykevych.com/
Biography

Cassian is a multifaceted individual in the Edmonton area. His work is primarily focused on photography, having travelled across Canada and several European countries for photography work. He also does videography of many special events and performances. Recently, Cassian has started working with website design and creation.

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Cassian is available for all types of events, contact for details.

Orest Soltykevych

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Home Edmonton Home Phone: 780-434-6671
Biography

Orest is the conductor of two choirs – the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton and the Verkhovyna Choir. He is also an announcer/producer of Saturday and Sunday Breakfast classical music shows on CKUA Radio.

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Orest is available for choral workshops.

Lida Somchynsky

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Home Edmonton
Biography

Lida Somchynsky is a freelance writer. Currently working as an ESL teacher, she is also working on a collection of short stories. Lida has written for various publications.

Tanya Sotnikow

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Home Calgary Ab Cell Phone: 403-852-8248
Biography

Tanya paints in oil and egg tempura.

Harvey Spak

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Home Box 636 Mundare Ab T0B 3H0
Biography

Harvey has written, directed and edited a number of short films and documentaries. He is a writer of poetry and now enjoys writing icons.

Sparkling Tones Band

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Contact: Dwayne Pankiw Home 81 Ozerna Rd NW Edmonton Ab T5Z 2Y5 Home Phone: Dwayne Pankiw - 780-914-0843 Home Phone: Marshall Pankiw - 780-475-1032
Biography

The Sparkling Tones Band play many weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and social events (new years, malanka, supper dances). They also perform for stage shows. The Sparkling Tones play old time dance music (polka, waltz, fox-trot) and new. They sing in both Ukrainian and English.

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The Sparkling Tones Band is available to play 7 days a week. They have 3 CD’s available for purchase at any of their events.

St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir

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Contact: Dr. Linda Dudar Home St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church 4903 – 45 Street SW Calgary Ab T3E 3W5 Home Phone: 403 249-4818 Website: http://www.protomartyr.ca
Biography

St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir celebrates their music ministry through the singing of Divine Liturgies, Services, Recordings, Performances and travel within and outside the province of Alberta.

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Please direct inquiries regarding choir availability and CD products, to the
St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church parish office:
– phone: 403 249-4818;
– email: stephens_office@shaw.ca

Steppe

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Contact: Peter Home Edmonton Home Phone: 780-457-9226 Cell Phone: 780-292-4604
Biography

Steppe is an Edmonton based Ukrainian zabava band.

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Steppe will perform at community events, as well as social functions (weddings, anniversaries, Malankas, festivals, etc.)

Pat Strakowski

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Home Calgary Home Phone: 403 288 8272
Biography

Pat has been working as a paper mache sculptor since the ‘80’s. Her artworks have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. They are in numerous private and public collections. In 2009 Frontenac House published “Moon Nibbler the Art of Pat Strakowski” showcasing her artwork. For the last 7 years Pat has focused on using discarded books and altering them into an art form.

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Please contact for availability.

Synia Nich – Blue Nite

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Contact: Nick Fedchyshyn Home P.O. BOX 164 STN MAIN Edmonton Ab T5J 2J1 Cell Phone: 780-951-2263
Biography

Playing continental music on the accordion with full back up (polkas, tangos, waltzes, latin, swing, etc.) for listening and dancing pleasure – weddings, parties, anniversaries, events, european type of restaurants, cafes etc.

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Will perform. Willing to travel out of town.

Nadija Szram

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Home #1311, 8820 – Jasper Avenue Edmonton Ab T5H 4E8 Cell Phone: 780-868-9600
Biography

Nadija makes korovai in the traditional method, using design elements of birds, syshku, flowers, wheat stalks and barvinok. Bridal colors and individual preferences are incorporated to make a unique one of a kind korovai.

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Nadija makes korovai to order. She is also available to teach workshops.

Irene T

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Home Edmonton Ab Home Phone: 780-453-2600
Biography

Irene loves to wheat weave. She creates crosses, windmills, hearts, wreaths and much more.

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Irene will teach wheat weaving courses and is available to demo as well. She also sells her work.

Todoruk Designs

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Contact: Kathleen Todoruk Home #201 – 10359 – 104 st Edmonton Ab T5N 1B9 Work Phone: 780-497-2957 Website: http://www.todoruk.com
Biography

Kathleen Todoruk is a clothing designer of women’s couture fashion using European textiles. Her studio resides in the Historic Mercer Warehouse.

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Kathleen hosts private, in-studio events and sells her clothing out of the studio.

Eva Tomiuk

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Home 5808 – 94 A Ave Edmonton Ab T6B 0Y8 Home Phone: 780-466-0854
Biography

Eva Tomiuk has been writing pysanky for decades. Her pysanky appear in collections not only locally, but all over the world. Eva is also a talented korovai baker. Eva is featured in the video “Our Daily Bread – Ukr. Traditional Baking”. Here you can join hostess, Joyce Chrunik-Rudiak, and world-renowned demonstrator, Pani Eva Tomiuk, as they provide you with the knowledge and wisdom needed to create delicious an beautiful home-made traditional Ukrainian breads.

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Eva Tomiuk is available to demonstrate the art of pysanka writing. She will also consult regarding korovai and dough arts.

Nettie Tostowaryk

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Home 10911 – 38 St Edmonton Ab T5W 2E6 Home Phone: 780-474-3228
Biography

Nettie loves to create in many forms of art – pysanky, water colors, oils, acrylics, pencils and chalk.

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Nettie will demonstrate and teach her art. Please contact her for availability.
Nettie sells her pysanky.