Most Memorable Moment in 2017

On May 18 2017, Kalendar went to stage for its first performance of ZEMLYA / EARTH ! It was a great success! And how grateful we are to all those who supported this event and made it such a memorable event! From our amazingly generous and inspired musical muse, Marichka Marczyk — to the technical support we got from Oksana Howrylak (stage and graphic design), Mark Marczyk (spirited violin, other earthy instruments, and so much more), Dina Levin (video and good good vibes), Marichka’s brother (who also worked on the video), William Porter (sound), Ellen (lighting), Katya Kudriavceva (brilliant ticket logistician) — to the financial support from the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, the Shevchenko Foundation, the Shevchenko Museum in Toronto (for rehearsal space), Toronto’s St.Vladimir Institute (for rehearsal and performance space!), all the wonderful audience who came to the show, and all those who helped us along the way – none of this could have happened without you! Though we tried, there are not enough words to express how such support has inspired the creative and unique experience we had that evening. It feeds our memories and drives us to develop ZEMLYA /EARTH so that we can share more of this incredibly powerful women’s tradition of Ukrainian polyphonic song.

Have a look at the teaser video created from video and audio footage of the premier:

And below, have a look at more media (Facebook posts) of this memorable evening – thanks to St Vladimir Institute and Anna Ha.



We also want to graciously acknowledge Andrew Timar of Whole Note who wrote a wonderful preview of our production in the May issue. Click the image to read the whole article, Timar’s articles are always informative and engaging.

Zemlya in Whole Note Magazine May 2017


KalynDar pre-show for Dakhabrakha

KalynDar Pre-Show for Dakhabrakha Sunday April 24 2:00 PM
Dakhabrakha Presentation of EARTH 3:00 PM
At the Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive, Toronto)

We are very excited to be performing a short set before Dakhabrakha performs their soundtrack to the 1930s silent film Earth, by Aleksandr Dovzhenko.

The singers in Dakhabrakha are masters of Ukrainian ridnyj holos. We consider them our mentors and whenever we can we study with them. The group, however, does not strictly perform traditional music. Rather it blends new world beats, jazz, and traditional musics in such a tasteful and truly innovative way! Their appeal goes far beyond Ukrainian or even Easter-European cultural limits. They are authentic representation of 21 century world music.  Scroll to the bottom of this page and have a listen for yourself.

Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent film Earth (1930) has long been recognized — alongside Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein and The Man with a Camera by Dziga Vertov — as one of the great Soviet-era films. Experience its power with a score performed live by DakhaBrakha in this Toronto premiere! – See more at: