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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: [email protected]

Steppe

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

Artist Statement
As we age our memories become welcome companions while everything changes around us. At different points in our life’s journey we come to many crossroads and have to part company with people close to us and familiar places. We keep looking for new experiences and time is limited.

Biography
Pat Strakowski graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1979 as a mature student. Although she travelled to many places near and far she still chooses to live and work in Calgary.
Her love of folk tales, storytelling and curiosity of the unusual contributed to the creation of her own myths and legends as seen in her works. Using paper mache and mixed media techniques each sculpture had its own story and personality.
Her works have been exhibited widely throughout Canada, U.S. and Japan. They are in numerous major and private collections. At one point in time her works were shown in galleries in Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria.
In 2009 a book “Moon Nibbler The Art Of Pat Strakowski” was published by Frontenac House.
Her interest in using paper as a medium and pushing its boundaries has taken her in an unexpected direction. She is an avid reader and about 15 years ago she became interested in books destined to the landfill, and altering them in ways that took the book from a familiar object to a new reality. Her art now includes one of a kind mixed media books.

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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.

Irene T

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

Nettie Tostowaryk

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

Sally Trefanenko

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Home 8823 – 158 Ave. Edmonton Ab T5Z 3E1 Home Phone: 780 – 476-0847 Website: https://sites.google.com/site/thesallypatriciacollection
Biography

Sally dresses porcelain dolls in authentic Ukrainian costuming representing the Poltava, Hutsul, Zakarpattia, Bukovyna, and Volyn regions. These are all handmade and exquisitely portray the rich and colorful festival costuming of the Ukrainian culture. This started as a hobby but has grown in the last 22 years to a small home based business. Sally’s dolls are all numbered and can be found throughout the world.

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Sally sells her dolls at festivals.

TRUBKA

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Contact: Tim Zaharichuk
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Trubka – Former Ukie zabava band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (now enjoying musical retirement from playing live gigs) was formed in 1987. Trubka Band has 2 albums available for download/stream. The first album “Beginnings” (Pochatok) was recorded in 1991, and the second “West” (Zakhid) in 1998.

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Trubka Band music is available for download / streaming from:
CDBaby; Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Youtube music, Amazon music, Deezer and Tidal.

We may be enticed to play a zabava or two in 2020.

Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance

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Home P.O. Box 1732, Postal Station M Calgary Ab T2P 2L7 Home Phone: 403-720-4840 Website: http://www.tryzub.ca
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The Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance offers fun and exciting dance classes from September to April. The School was created in 1996, with the core values of excellence, teamwork, community, and pride.

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Tryzub School offers Fundamentals of Ukrainian Dance classes for children 4-14, Junior Tryzub for students 12-18, Royal Academy of Dance ballet classes for children 4-14, and the Tryzub Adult Class for those 18 and older.

Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

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Home P.O. Box 1732 Station M Calgary Ab T2P 2L7 Home Phone: 403-720-4840 Website: http://www.tryzub.ca
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The Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Society of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, preserves and promotes Ukrainian dance, sharing this cultural aspect at home and abroad.

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No matter your entertainment needs, Tryzub can provide a dynamic, energetic performance to suit your audience and venue. Tryzub performs for private functions, conventions, and festivals, or can provide a full-scale theatre production.

Tryzub is available year-round, however requests as much notice as possible to ensure quality and availability. To discuss booking a performance, please contact Tryzub’s Business Director at [email protected].

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
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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
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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: Darka Tarnawsky Work 10515 – 111 St Edmonton Ab T5H 3E8 Work Phone: 780-455-9559 Website: http://www.shumka.com
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Established in Edmonton in 1959, the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers is Canada’s only professional Ukrainian dance company. Shumka presents dance-theatre touring productions, as well as intimate concert repertoire across the country and around the world. Along with Alberta Ballet and Edmonton Opera, Shumka is honoured to be a resident company of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Sixty years of performance history has shaped Shumka’s signature music and dance style. While maintaining deep respect for its heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today’s society.
Shumka’s most recent works: Kobzar, Ancestors & Elders and Mosquito’s Wedding (All You Need is Love) debuted between 2016 and 2018, and a documentary of the Making of Ancestors & Elders is currently on Telus On Demand.
Shumka is based in the Shumka Dance Centre nestled between the Ice District and Brewery District of downtown Edmonton. For more information, visit shumka.com
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Shumka performs full length and customized productions. The company offers lessons/demonstrations for various groups, “Whirlwind Discovery” field trips for school classes, regular seniors programming (“Seniors Can Shumka” and “Silver Swans”), and training through the Shumka School of Dance and Studia Shumka.
The group sells DVDs, merchandise and performance tickets.

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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!

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
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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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Home Box 3416 Vermillion Ab T9X 2B4 Website: http://www.samotsvit.ca
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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
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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
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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.