April 24, 2023. OTTAWA, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) expresses sincere condolences on the passing of Ron (Roman) Cahute, renowned Ukrainian Canadian musician, composer and performer. Mr. Cahute passed away on April 22 in Toronto at the age of 68.
“Ron was a pillar of our community. His commitment to Ukrainian music and culture was unparalleled. He inspired generations of young Ukrainian Canadians to love their culture and traditions,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “We will remember Ron for his music, kind-heartedness and his gregarious humour. For decades he made us all smile, enriched our community and made the thousands of gatherings at which he performed a true joy. He will be greatly missed. Вічная Пам’ять!”
Mr. Cahute composed, produced and performed for over five decades, during which he led the Burya Band, orchestrated, conducted and played in the Kalyna orchestra for the Ukrainian National Federation in Toronto, and performed and recorded with Ihor Baczynskyj. He co-wrote and released the “Barabolya” children’s albums and operated a recording studio. He performed on or participated in the recordings of over 100 albums. In addition to his musical career, Mr. Cahute was also a well-known stand-up comedian.
Mr. Cahute also hosted the segment “Stay Ukrainian My Friends” on the Kontakt television program, which highlighted the richness of Ukrainian culture.
In 2019, for his significant contributions to the development of Ukrainian Canadian culture and arts, Mr. Cahute was awarded the Taras Shevchenko Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
The UCC asks God to remember Ron Cahute’s family during this difficult time and to grant Ron Cahute eternal life in His Heavenly home.
May His Memory Be Eternal. Вічная Пам’ять.
A playlist of Ron Cahute with Burya is available