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Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton

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Contact: Roman Wasarab Home PO Box 562 Edmonton Ab T5J 2K8 Home Phone: 780-434-6671 Website: http://www.ukrainianmalechorus.ca
Biography

The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton was formed in 1984 with the objective of developing, promoting and fostering a greater appreciation for the traditions of Ukrainian choral singing.

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The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton will perform as invited guests for concerts and events, in addition to organizing several of our own performances and events annually. The chorus is also available to sing for wedding services, and endeavors to sing several Divine Liturgies each year.
CD’s on the UMCE are available for purchase.

Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Alberta Branch (UMCAB)

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Contact: Elaine Harasymiw Home 10611 – 110 Avenue NW Edmonton Ab T5H 1H7 Home Phone: 780-441-1062 Website: http://www.umcalberta.org
Biography

The UMCAB displays artifacts and homemade implements that depict different aspects of the life of the hard-working and resilient Ukrainian culture. Come and see embroidered and woven textiles, various styles of folk ceramics, wood work, beaded and metal jewelry, pysanky, traditional toys, as well as fine art by Ukrainian artists from around the globe. We also have a wonderful gift shop filled with an assortment of affordable keepsakes collected from different parts of Ukraine.

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The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM in May-August, and by appointment.

Ukrainian Shumka Dancers

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Contact: Terry Mucha Work 12245 – 131 Street Edmonton Ab T5L 1M8 Work Phone: 780-455-9559 Website: http://www.shumka.com
Biography

Mission
Shumka exists to present, promote, preserve and develop Canadian-Ukrainian inspired dance as a leader in the performing arts community.

We translate this mission as:
• Expressing the human experience through the lens of Canadian-Ukrainian dance
• Sharing our love of this art form with our fellow citizens of the world
• Respecting the origins of traditional Ukrainian culture, while integrating the Canadian experience, and melding that with contemporary expectations in order to make it relevant to today’s audiences
• Creating a centre of excellence in dance education to prepare the next generation of citizens and Canadian dancers in the Ukrainian art form
• Collaborating with other arts groups in Edmonton, in Canada and internationally.

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Shumka performs full length and customized productions. The company can offer lessons to various groups, and also operates the Shumka School of Dance.
Demos for “community engagement” events are possible.
The group sells CDs, DVDs, pottery…and of course show tickets!

Hope Ungarian

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Home 8607 – 66 Ave Edmonton Ab T6E 0L2 Home Phone: 780-466-0882
Biography

Hope has written and taught pysanka writing for many years.

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Hope will demonstrate pysanka writing and will consult on the tradition of Ukrainian embroidery.

Charlene Vanderhorst

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Home Airdrie Home Phone: 403-948-4301 Cell Phone: 403-604-4301 Website: http://www.hellofromcharjvan.wordpress.com Website: http://www.charvanderhorst.com
Biography

Char Vanderhorst is a professional painter, sculptor, ceramicist, leaf stone tiler and muralist. She was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba?s Fine Arts Program. She is currently teaching private art lessons and group classes. Char has had past experience teaching art classes with The Winnipeg Arts and Recreation Department, The Airdrie Adult Education Department, The Calgary School of Hope and The Calgary Montessori School. She is a member of The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, Calgary Sketch Club, Airdrie Regional Arts Society, and sings with the Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble and Airdrie Community Choir .
She enjoys painting nature and feels it helps her connect to the natural sacred places she has visited. Her vision and passion for her art is to be able to paint images that portray her Ukrainian heritage .

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Char’s work, both original paintings and prints as well as her sculptures and stone tile art are available for sale.

Veeteretz School of Ukrainian Dance Association

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Contact: Gwen Hanke Website: http://members.shaw.ca/g.hanke/index.html%20
Biography

Veeteretz is dedicated to and offers:

• Affordable family fun
• Low student to instructor ratios promoting individualized instruction, technique development and accommodations for varied learning styles
• Ukrainian dance instruction by caring, specialized, and experienced dance instructors.
• Regional costuming supplied to all dancers. No personal costuming required.
• Competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities
• Dance programs from age 3 to adult that encourage and promote active, healthy lifestyles

Veeteretz Instructors are committed to providing dancers with opportunities to learn and celebrate Ukrainian Dance as an art form in a positive, encouraging environment. In addition to building confidence and self-esteem, our instructors are nurturing, inspirational and motivational in their teaching approach as they engage dancers to strive towards higher levels of Ukrainian dance achievement. The character of the Veeteretz School of Ukrainian Dance is determined by the dance standards of excellence the instructors and dancers set for themselves

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Dance programs from age 3 to adult run from September until beginning of May.

Vermillion Ukrainian Cultural Association

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Contact: Jason Stelmaschuk Home Box 3416 Vermillion Ab T9X 2B4 Home Phone: 780-875-5289 Cell Phone: 780-214-6857 Website: http://www.samotsvit.ca
Biography

The Vermilion Ukrainian Cultural Association was established in 1979 by a group of dedicated community members who saw a need to keep the Ukrainian culture alive & well in their children. The success & continuance of our club for the past 31 years is due to such dedicated families & awesome community support. Our instructors provide the highest level of dance instruction to our students. We are very proud to provide group instruction to almost all ages and we welcome individuals of all skill levels to learn solos, duets, and group dances and be part of our family.

For more information please contact our president, Jason Stelmaschuk at your earliest convenience.

Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association

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Home Box 38130 Edmonton Ab T6A 3X6 Website: http://www.veselka.ca
Biography

Veselka’s charm lies in its ‘living proof’ that individuals of all ages can learn and perform Ukrainian dance. With each performance, our dancers exhibit genuine pride and joy in demonstrating an appreciation for Ukrainian heritage.

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Veselka is open to new dancers to join every September. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend weekly classes. Class often opens with barre work, followed by corner work, to establish and perfect skill and combinations. Finally, the majority of class time is dedicated to choreography as performances are often scheduled throughout the year. Veselka performs within the Edmonton area and beyond, with requests for performances flooding in yearly. Recently, Veselka has performed at the Clymont Zabava, DeepFreeze Festival, and celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a multicultural celebration event.

Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir

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Home 12245 – 131 Street NW Edmonton Ab T5L 1M8 Website: http://www.viter.ca
Biography

Over the group’s almost 20 year history, The Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir have taken their place among the major performing ensembles of Canada by infusing the folk art of traditional Ukrainian dance and song with modern themes. Our vibrant presentations preserve traditional Ukrainian cultural elements while introducing a contemporary flair. Our group of choristers and musicians interact with the dancers, creating an entertaining and harmonious blend of storytelling.

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We are available to perform at a variety of events and functions throughout the year. Our talented dancers and energetic choir provide for a dynamic performance package that will surely thrill and captivate your audience! Viter is capable of customizing the entertainment package provided to accommodate a variety of venues and events, as well as the duration of performance you are seeking. The dancers and choir may be booked separately or as a song & dance package.
Consider the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir for your next convention, banquet, corporate event or festival! Rates and availability vary based on length of performance and number of performers required. Please contact Viter to discuss your entertainment request today.
Our choir is proud to release their debut CD album of Ukrainian folk songs at the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival in September 2014. CD’s will be for sale afterwards.

Molly Anne Warring

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Home Edmonton Home Phone: 780-456-8989
Biography

Molly Anne is the author of the “Paradise Acres Trilogy” which includes Paradise Acres – the Stry-ker family saga, Lost Paradise and Return to Paradise.

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Molly Anne’s books are available in stores and directly from the author.

Alex Werstiuk

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Home Edmonton Home Phone: 780-462-6468
Biography

Alex has been writing pysanky since 1948 when his mother taught him the art. He writes pysanky in the traditional style as well as decorating eggs with farm scenery, churches and for weddings.
Alex has started using goose eggs to make shadow box style dioramas, scenes within the egg shell.

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Alex teaches pysanka writing and will also do demos. Alex also sells his pysanky.

Annie Frances Wesko

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Home Calgary
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I’m a book reviewer and editor, a member of the collective for FreeFall Magazine; a new member of Crabapple Mews Collective; member of AWCA, WGA. I have a BA in Russian (U of C ’97). Former owner of Annie’s Book Company (1996-2007).

Edith Zawadiuk

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Edith is involved in writing pysanky. She also enjoys wheat weaving and making dough art doves.

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Edith is available to do presentations and demonstrations of pysanka writing, wheat weaving and making dough art doves. She will also teach classes.

Iryna Zayarny

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Home Calgary Home Phone: 403-209-1578 Website: http://www.irynazayarny.ca
Biography

Iryna was born and raised in Ukraine. At an early age, she developed an affinity for many forms of art. Iryna studied at the University of the Arts in Kharkiv, Ukraine and received a Masters degree in Musical Performance and Teaching.In 1998, she moved to Canada with her family, and has taught piano at the Calgary Mount Royal University since then. She entered the Canadian art landscape in 2002, expanding her knowledge and skill by learning firsthand from known painters and art studios, and often attending workshops. In 2009, Iryna earned a Fine Arts diploma with highest honours from Stratford Institute. She was able to develop a unique and identifiable style, combining her musical knowledge and expression with talent as a visual artist.
Iryna chose to paint with oil because of her intense appreciation of the work of the Old Masters and their vivid realism. Irynas’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in individual and group shows, as well as public galleries

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Iryna’s art, originals and prints, are available to purchase.

Oksana Zhelisko

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Home Zhelisko Art6007 – 84 ave Edmonton Ab T6B 0H3 Work Phone: 780-271-7145 Website: http://zheliskoart.com
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Oksana is a Ukrainian born artist who now lives in Edmonton. She has been a professional artist for the past 12 years and an art instructor for the past 3 years.

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Oksana teaches oil portraiture for all levels.

Zhyto

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Contact: Toma Lebedovich Home Calgary Home Phone: 403-465-3003 Website: http://www.zhyto.ca
Biography

Zhyto is a Ukrainian zabava band blending traditional sounds and songs with current popular trends in rock and pop to create an entirely unique and modern sound.

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Zhyto is available for performances ranging in size from small weddings to national large scale festivals. Albums are for sale from iTunes and from band members.

Zorya

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Contact: Christine Horne Home Phone: 780-656-1310
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Zorya is a vocal-instrumental group featuring solo, duo and trio interpretations of Ukrainian fold and contemporary music.

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Zorya is available for performances at various events and venues.

Allan Zukiwsky

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Home Andrew Home Phone: 780-365-2296
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Allan Zukiwsky has played bandura for many years.

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Allan is available to perform at various functions.

Christine Zwozdesky

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Shady Lady Hatware Home 9653 – 85 Street NW Edmonton Ab T6C 3E3 Cell Phone: 780- 466-8886
Biography

Christine designs and creates one-of-a-kind hats, fascinators and headpieces for women, men and children, working primarily with straw, felt and fabric as the base, and a wide variety of trims as accents.

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Christine is currently focused on custom orders and selling hatware from her home-based studio.