Chrystyna “Binka” Cahute.
With the untimely death of Ron Cahute on April 22nd, 2023, his family, friends and fellow musicians were compelled to host a Celebration of his life to honour the outstanding work he left behind in the Ukrainian Canadian community and world-wide.
Because Ron was proudest when his work brought happiness and laughter to his audiences, the evening was just that – Ukrainian culture, dance, music and laughter.
The Celebration took place on Saturday, September 9th, 2023 when 250 people came to the UNF Toronto’s Trident Banquet Hall to celebrate this Giant amongst Ukrainian Canadian performers.
Headlined by Ron’s best friend and life-long co-conspirator Ihor Baczynskyj, musicians from many different local bands and solo artists got together to provide an unforgettable evening.
Starting with a multi-accordion rendition of Ron’s famous Fly Kozak Fly performed by Ron’s fellow accordion players, to comedy skits performed by Ihor, to songs made famous by Ron and his band Burya, the variety show left everyone in stitches. UNF Toronto’s Kalyna Performing Company danced a Bukovynian Dance and a Hopak, and then the formal part of the evening ended with a compilation video of current Ukrainian army heroes to Ron’s very own rendition of Fly Kozak Fly which left everyone with a tear in their eye.
The evening continued with a zabava featuring all the artists present at the event taking turns to provide music for the guests.
Delicious food was available for purchase, and everyone went home with a warm heart and a full tummy.
Because of the generosity of the performers and stage crew who volunteered their talents for this event – the entire proceeds of the evening ($10,000) were donated to purchase a drone coined the “Flying Cahute”, to benefit the Ukrainian Army. As well, guests were invited to sign a Ukrainian Canadian flag which was delivered to the soldiers of the 72nd Brigade along with cash donations of over $1805.
Many thanks to Ihor Baczynskyj, Anastasia Baczynskyj, Trident Banquet Hall, all the musicians, dancers and performers.
May Ron Cahute’s memory forever remain eternal, and may we always remember to “Stay Ukrainian My Friends”