Ukrainian Music Fest pumps up visitors this weekend

It’s all about authentic Ukrainian-Canadian music at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Sunday, August 23. Join the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society for their annual Ukrainian music fest featuring some of the best musicians in the region.


Gates open at 9 a.m. for a mouth-watering strawberries and cream pancake breakfast, hosted by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society. Just make sure you don’t fill up on pancakes because you’ll need room for some tasty, authentic Ukrainian food such as pyrohy (perogies), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), kovbasa (garlic sausage) and much more.

Live Concert & Kalyna Idols

Presented by Kalyna Country Ecomuseum, the ninth annual Kalyna Idol singing contest takes place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and showcases the region’s future singing stars. The three Kalyna Idol winners will perform on the Music Fest stage later in the day.

Join 790 CFCW and Master of Ceremonies Steven Chwok for a talent-packed concert that begins at noon and runs until 4:45 p.m. Musical performances include:

Albert Billey • Sparkling Tones • Jimmy Watsko • Don & Noreen Klym • Dynamics

Diamonds • Five Star • John Bandura & Friends • Eddie & Freddie Chwill • Millenia

Starlites • UB • Cimmarons • Polka Ramblers • Slusarchuks• Paul Kobasiuk & Friends

Chychul Family • Kalyna Idol Winners

Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair for the concert and your dancing shoes for an outdoor dance floor. Pets are not permitted on the grounds.

About the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an open-air museum where costumed interpreters recreate the life of early Ukrainian pioneers that settled in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. The village museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through to September 7.

The Village is located 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Hwy 16. Special event admission is $15 for adults, $35 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7 to 17), $12 for seniors and $7.50 for youth (ages 7 to 17). Children six and under are admitted free. Admission is also free for those with a current Experience Alberta’s History Pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card.

For more information visit the website or call 780-662-3640 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta). You can also find the Village on Facebook for updates!

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