Ukrainian Day 2017

August 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Hwy 16 E
Tofield, AB T0B 4J0
August 13th: Ukrainian Day 2017
Ukrainian Day 2017

Come out and celebrate all things Ukrainian. This year marks the end of the special celebration of the 125th anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada, as well as a special tribute to Canada 150.


The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.

25 minutes East on the Yellowhead from Edmonton.

Hwy 16 E, Tofield, AB T0B 4J0


Date: August 13th

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Live Performances from:

  • Prince Charles Fiddlers
  • Polonez – Polish Dancers
  • Balada – Romanian Dancers
  • Euphoria Band
  • Korinnya Choir of Calgary
  • Ukrainian Shumka Dancers


Admission Rates

To enter the provincial site there is an admission fee of:

  • $15 for Adults (18-64)
  • $13 for Seniors (65+)
  • $10 for Youth (7-17)
  • $40 for Families
  • Free for:
    • Veterans and Military Personnel
    • Friends of the Ukrainian Heritage Village membership holders
    • Children age six or under (0-6)



Prince Charles Fiddle Group

The Prince Charles Fiddle group is a dynamite group of young, FNMI students from Prince Charles Elementary school under the direction of Garry Lee and Judy Gatto. About 90 enthusiastic students grades 4-6 participate in the fiddle and guitar program. As their skills build, students have many performance opportunities including school performances, festivals, conferences, and performances for seniors and other community members and family. They play an eclectic range of music from traditional fiddle tunes to rock.


Polonez Polish Folk Arts Ensemble

A Polonez performance is a whirlwind tour through hundreds of years of Polish Folk Culture! Polonez is a non- profit organization founded in 1982, Edmonton, AB. The ensemble performs year round at public and private events, and has enthralled audiences at international dance festivals, the Winter Olympics and as a special guest with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has also toured Poland by special invitation from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts.
Under the artistic leadership of its founder, Dr. Walenty Michalik, the ensemble has earned a reputation for artistic excellence. Highlighting these achievements are numerous awards, such as the province of Alberta’s Minister’s Cultural Milestone Award and the Order of Merit in Cultural Promotion from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts in recognition of high level of technical and artistic achievement.


Balada Romanian Folk Dance Ensemble

The Balada Romanian Folk Dance Ensemble is an enthusiastic group of
Canadians who devote their spare time to the practice and performance
of Romanian folk dance. The ensemble was formed in 1973, under the
auspices of the St. Constantine and Helena Church of Edmonton (Alberta) and has developed a comprehensive dance repertoire. Ann Smreciu has been the Artistic Director and Choreographer since 1984.
Balada has traveled to Romania many times to study with various teach-
ers as well as, to perform. They have performed extensively within Alberta and the ensemble has been featured at folk festivals across western Canada and has performed in the United States. The group has also competed against some of the world’s best folk dance ensembles.


Euphoria Band

Euphoria is a fusion of Ukrainian pop, rock, and traditional music from Ukraine along with English favourites performed in a contemporary style. Euphoria is known in the Ukrainian Canadian community for upholding its Ukrainian heritage through
traditional Ukrainian songs with modern pop influences from Ukraine.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2017/18, the Euphoria Band has been performing at zabavas, weddings and special events throughout the Canadian prairies for over nine years. Euphoria’s beginnings originated in 2007 with like-minded friends from Edmonton sharing a musical passion. This passion quickly turned into one of Alberta’s premiere dance bands playing Ukrainian music with a modern twist. Euphoria is in the final stages of producing it’s very own debut album set to launch this fall. Stay tuned for details!
The band is made up of five members including Adrian Warchola on vocals and keys, Marissa Karpiak on vocals, Steven Gowda on drums, Fred Mack on Tenor Saxophone, and Brett Hansen on guitar.


Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble

Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble is a diverse, dynamic and fun-loving vocal group that has entertained Calgary’s Ukrainian community for over 25 years. Singing traditional folk, choral and sacred music, Korinnya has delighted audiences throughout Western Canada as well as internationally with their vast repertoire.
Korinnya is excited to announce their “Roots Tour” planned for
the summer of 2019. Under the musical direction of Iryna Kalinovich, Korinnya is currently recruiting new, and
experienced, singers to join the group for their first trip to Ukraine. For learn more about this exciting opportunity,
please contact any current member of the group at this event or visit


Shumka Ukrainian Dancers

The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Canada’s only professional Ukrainian dance company, presents full-length, dance-theatre touring productions, as well as intimate concert repertoire across the country and around the world. More than 57 years of performance history has shaped Shumka’s signature music and dance style. While maintaining deep respect for their heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries in order to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today’s society.

Shumka is working on its next work, Ancestors & Elders, to premiere in October of 2017. In a production to feature a cast of Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists, Ancestors & Elders will share a story of the first Ukrainian newcomers to Canada, exploring the shared values-as well as respected differences-between Ukrainian and First Nations people of Treaty 6 territory.


Michael Luchkovich Award


Since 1986, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council has honoured individuals who have previously been elected officials with the Michael Luchkovich Award for their significant contribution and dedication to the betterment of all Canadians. The award is presented annually by the UCC-APC President during the Ukrainian Day Festival at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in Alberta.


2017 Michael Luchkovich Postumius Award:

Andrew Shandro

Andrew Shandro was born on April 3, 1886, in Banyliv-Pidhirnyi, a village in Bukowina. He emigrated with his parents from the Austro Hungarian Empire to Canada in 1899, who settled northeast of Andrew, Alberta near the North Saskatchewan River. He was educated at Edmonton Business College and became a federal homestead inspector in 1907. Shandro ran for the Alberta legislature as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Whitford in the general election of 1913. He won, but the courts declared the election void. He was re-elected in the resulting by-election on March 15, 1915, becoming the first Ukrainian to be elected to the Alberta Legislature. He served as a lieutenant in the Canadian Army during World War I, and upon returning in 1917 took back his seat by the act of the Legislature that allowed all members of the Assembly serving in the armed forces to be automatically returned to their seats in the Legislature. Andrew Shandro died on January 13, 1942, at the age of 55.


2017 Michael Luchkovich Award: Genia Leskiw

Genia is the daughter of Ukrainian Immigrants. When Genia became a teacher she was actively involved in her
Teaching profession holding various positions on her local ATA executive. After moving to Bonnyville, Genia became involved in her church and Ukrainian Community. She held various executive positions for her Church ladies’ group and eventually became the president of her church. She also helped run the Kiev’s-K-Hi Ukrainian Youth camp for 25 years. In 2008 Genia was elected to represent the electoral district of Bonnyville-Cold Lake in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, the first woman and the first Ukrainian-Canadian to represent the area. In addition to serving as Deputy Chair on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Genia also served as a member of the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee and the Special Standing Committee on Member’s Services. She also chaired CPC on Education. She served as a member of ACAUR-Advisory Council of Alberta-Ukraine Relations for 12 years. In her last three years, she was given the honour to chair this committee. As an MLA, Genia had the opportunity to attend many Canadian Women’s Parliamentarian Conferences in Canada. She also had the privilege to represent Alberta in Nairobi, Kenya at the international Commonwealth Parliamentarian Conference at the women sessions. One outstanding memory in her life as an MLA was organizing two Aboriginal Show Cases in Bonnyville and Cold Lake showcasing the beautiful Aboriginal cultures in the area. As for her active involvement in her local community and the Ukrainian community in the province, Genia was awarded with the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. In her retirement from teaching and politics Genia has returned to being active in her church. She had the opportunity to judge 4-H public speaking and she makes herself available to help Ukrainian immigrant women in her community with their English and being available when they require a helping hand.



I Am Ukrainian Canadian Exhibit

Started in hopes to share and celebrate the stories of Ukrainians who immigrated to Canada in the last 125 years, Larysa Luciw began the “I Am Ukrainian Canadian” project just over a year ago. The exhibition will feature photos and stories told first hand by Ukrainians who immigrated to Canada during the five waves of immigration. ACUA invites you to discover and learn about the stories and inspiration of Ukrainian immigrants in our community at the Silska Domivka (Red Barn) at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.

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