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UCHV Holds Music Fest

Sep 5, 2017 | Community, Featured

NP-UN Western Bureau.

Almost 1600 attended this year’s Friends Ukrainian Music Fest at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV), located 50 kilometres east of Edmonton, August 27.

“It was a beautiful day to celebrate the very best of Ukrainian-Canadian music. We appreciate the role of Steven Chwok to organize the Friends Ukrainian Music Fest concert. In addition to the long-time bands and musicians that support this annual festival, we feel fortunate that he was able to introduce three new bands to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village stage.

“Thank you to the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society and all the volunteers who supported this event,” said UCHV Director David Makowsky.

The annual festival combines bands playing traditional Ukrainian country music from East Central Alberta with contemporary bands.

This year’s performers included: Alicia Slusarchuk; Chill Band; Euphoria; Five Star; Jimmy Watsko; Marango Pie; Mashyna; Millenia; New Melody Kings; Polka Ramblers; Sparkling Tones; Trembita and Victor Holubowich.

There was also a historic 1920s concert at Kiew Hall and courtyard entertainment by Craig Repchuk & Friends; Cooper Studios Performers; Nighthawks; Troy Gates; Young At Heart Band with MC Terry Triska.

The Guest Speaker Series featured: Carla Rugg – Exactly what is Music Therapy?; Marge Gray – Weaving demonstration; and Fr. John Sembrat – A classical composer speaks about his Craft.

Historical Village activities included free wagon rides and telegraph demonstrations.

The Exhibitor Showcase included: Edmonton Accordion Society; Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; Edmonton Weavers Guild; Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society; Music Therapy Association for Alberta; St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Language Classed for Adults; Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta and Yatran Ukrainian Dance Academy of Edmonton.

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