It’s the annual Friends Ukrainian Music Fest


Bring your dancing shoes and join the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society for their salute to Ukrainian-Canadian music with their 31st annual music fest at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village  on Sunday, August 21.

Presented by 840 CFCW, this year’s concert line-up features outstanding musicians that represent the very best of Ukrainian-Canadian music in Alberta.  How outstanding do you ask? One group – Millenia – was voted as the People’s Choice award at the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards!  From Ukrainian folk and party bands to musicians playing folk-inspired contemporary Ukrainian songs to classic polkas, waltzes and kolomykas, there is something for music fans of all ages.  Bring your lawn chair and join Master of Ceremonies Steven Chwok at noon for an afternoon featuring:

  • Albert Billey
  • Alicia & Stephen Slusarchuk
  • Andriy Hornjatkevyc
  • Chychul Orchestra
  • Diamonds
  • Don & Noreen Klym
  • Jimmy Wacko
  • Millenia
  • Paul Kobasiuk & Friends
  • Polka Ramblers
  • Sparkling Tones
  • Still Born
  • Trembita
  • UB

There are many things for children to do this year at the Friends Ukrainian Music Fest:

  • New this year, children are invited to explore their musical side with an instrument petting zoo, where staff Long & McQuade will encourage children to try different musical instruments in the Silska Domiwka/ Red Barn. This will take place from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Anyone for Polka Pokemon Go? Children (okay, adults can play too!) can explore the historical village to catch a Pokemon or two while also learning about Ukrainian pioneers who started immigrating to Alberta 125 years ago. Pokemon Go lures will be deployed from noon through 4 p.m. at some of our Pokestops.UCHV_Pokemap_2016
  • Step back in time with author Pam Clark as she reads excerpts from her new book “Kalyna.”
  • Other exhibitors include:
    • Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve
    • Edmonton Accordion Society
    • Edmonton Weavers Guild
    • St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Language Classes for Adults
    • Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association

Gates open at 9 a.m. for a mouth-watering strawberries and cream pancake breakfast, with proceeds supporting 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.

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.

You can stay in touch with the Village by visiting their Facebook page and Twitter account.

The Details

What: Friends Ukrainian Music Fest at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

When: August 21, 2016

Time: 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16.

Website: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

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