North America’s largest Ukrainian Festival takes place just around the corner, on Bloor Street West, in a little over a week’s time and we’re happy to have a very active presence. Come and join us and the other exciting cultural expressions during the weekend of Sept 15 – Sept 17, 2017! Details of our performances can be found below:
Friday Sep 15 7:40 pm Women’s Songs on the Runnymede Stage
Saturday Sept 16 4:30 pm Kalendar on the Main Stage at Jane and Bloor
Saturday Sept 16 7:50 pm Kalendar on the Runnymede Stage
Sunday Sept 17 12 – 2 pm Street Busking on at Durie St and Bloor St
For more info, visit the Toronto Ukrainian Festival website.
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: https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/performing-arts/event/world-music-series-dakha-brakha-april-24-2016#sthash.LLuuJIQ7.dpuf
Echoes of Chornobyl, Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:30pm at
Join us on Earth Day 2016 in remembering Chornobyl, not only as a place of disaster 30 years ago, but as a place of life, where the land and its people lived, sang, and loved. It’s an evening of storytelling and remembering: Echoes of Chornobyl.
Special guests include:
Ukrainian Villages Voices from New York City will be performing ancient Polissyan songs from the Chornobyl Songs Project
Marichka Marczyk (Lemon Bucket Orkestra) and Alena Liavonchanka recounting a childhood altered by history through photo & song
Angela Bischoff (Ontario Clean Air Alliance) and Jose Etcheverry, PhD. (York University) speaking about nuclear energy in Ontario
Alex Belyakov, Ph.D. answering questions about Chornobyl (http://fromchernobyltofukushima.com/)
also: special Polissyan songs by Belarussian folk group Javarovy Ludzi and KalynDar, and refreshments prepared by Kosa Kolektiv
We are coming to the close of another Koliada season and to wrap it all up we have one last show…
We love singing Ukrainian Christmas and New Year carols. Our lives are enriched with these little-known songs and we are thankful to Maria Kudriavtseva’s workshops (where we learn many of these songs) and to the communities in Toronto that participate in this crazy-long carolling season. For 2 months we sing and recite these ancient blessings – in people’s homes and at community events – and experience such a warmth of hospitality in return. That being said, we are finally coming close to the end of this season and there is one final carolling event to mention.
KalynDar and Kosa Kolektiv will be performing along with the Polish Folk Song & Dance Ensemble, at St Casimir’s Church on Roncesvales, Tues Feb 2 8pm, $10. One last time to celebrate the New Year!
The new CD, ready for Koliada season, will be available December 22 2015!
Note these are only samples for promotional use and the sound quality is reduced. We are indebted to Jean Martin at the Farm in Toronto for co-producing, mixing and mastering.
Stay tuned, we’ll probably upload a few more samples over then next few weeks! And we’ll also let you know when and where you can grab copies of these!
Our sister organization, Kosa Kolektiv, is hosting their the 3rd Annual Winter Folk Fair, to be held at St. Vladimir Institute at 620 Spadina Ave, on Sunday, December 13th, 2015!
Winter Folk Fair is a full day event and community gathering featuring artisans, vendors, musicians and singers who have come together to share the holiday spirit!
KalynDar will be performing from 2:30-3:30 pm.
Along with us and other musicians entertaining throughout the day, their will also be an Artisan Market, Local Food, Singing Workshop, Crafting Workshop, Puppet Show, Art Gallery & Short Film Programme!
The fair is open to the public at 11 am to 5 pm.
$5 with Raffle Ticket
For more info visit the FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1512720465718170/