Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend. Lightfoot’s songs, including “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early…

Terra Lightfoot

Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe,…

Mississauga Ukrainian Festival

The Mississauga Ukrainian Festival at Celebration Square brought a sample of the culture, cuisine and crafts of Canadians who are of Ukrainian heritage. The Festival offered a complete family experience for the very young to the young at heart. Local talented entertainers amazed audiences with their acrobatic and rhythmic dance. Musicians and singers will also…

The English Beat @ The Opera House

Dave Wakeling’s version of The English Beat roared into Toronto to play a sold out show at The Opera House. I remember seeing them at the Kingswood Music Theatre just north of Toronto with UB 40. Barring none, this is the best concert that I have ever seen and I have seen a few. But…

Devin Cuddy

A lanky young man sits at a battered piano in a dark, cramped club. His hair falls in large sweaty tussles over his eyes. As he kicks his band into the immortal “Mystery Train,” he tosses back those curls while cocking his head toward the crowd, Jerry Lee Lewis-style. The setting could indeed be Memphis…

SKAY @The RockPile Toronto

The band was formed in 2001. Since then, guys have managed to compose lots of songs, they have actively performed on a number of stages around Ukraine, have taken part in such festivals as “Chervona Ruta” (“Red Rue”), “Perlyny Sezonu” (“The Pearls of the Season”), “Tavrijski Igry” (“Tavrijski Games”) … In general, the musicians define…

The Autumn Portrait

Heartfelt lyrics, a unique voice, and honest songs that resonate with listeners sums up Freddie Mojallal aka The Autumn Portrait. Having moved to Toronto from the west coast after experiencing a lost love, Freddie has been connecting with audiences with his sincere & vulnerable song writing. The Autumn Portrait’s recent sophomore release, Tired Love, a…

Okean Elzy – Hershey Centre – Toronto

Further afield, Okean Elzy has one of the highest popularity ratings not only in Ukraine but also the love of many fans from Russia and other countries, which is quite phenomenal for a Ukrainian group, considering that all the lyrics are written in Ukrainian. Their solo concerts, the cornerstone of which is always the genuine…

Okean Elzy – Place Des Arts – Montreal

Okean Elzy is the most famous and most decorated Ukrainian rock band that actively supports democratic changes along with the Ukrainian nation. Okean Elzy’s records always resonate with their listeners and become an event not only for music lovers in Ukraine, but also for the community as a whole, since its musical drive, combination of…

Vasyl Popadiuk – Violin Virtuoso TUF2014

The journey for Vasyl Popadiuk from Ukraine to Toronto has been one of musical adventure, starting at Kiev’s Lysenko school for gifted children at the tender age of 7, and continuing at Ukraine’s national Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music from age 18. Vasyl Popadiuk’s father, himself a renowned composer and pan flute player, dreamt of his…

Rock-H

A break-through Ukrainian rock band from Mukachevo, Transcarpathia. Semifinalists of Channel M1′s “Fresh Talent“ and winners of the Red Street Festival. Their style is described as rock with elements of other genres and Carpathian folklore. They sing in several languages: Ukrainian, of course, as well as English, French, and Rusyn, spoken in Transcarpathia, Ukraine. The…

Gerdan

Gerdan – Kaleidoscope of World Music is a professional ensemble from Washington DC. The ensemble is named after Gerdan, a multi-colored, intricately woven beaded necklace from Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Like this dazzling and exquisite necklace, musicians bring alive rich arrangements that reflect their passion for tradition Eastern European folk melodies and rhythms. Inspired by…

TIK

TIK is a Ukrainian folk-rock band with heavy influences of ska and shanson. The band can trace its origin to 2000, when history student Viktor Broniuk (vocals, accordion) and music student Denys Repey (bass guitar) of Vinnytsia decided to form a band that they called TIK from the Ukrainian phrase “Тверезість і культура” (“Sobriety and…

Ot Vinta

In summer 1993 Yuriy Crane with Dmytro Melnychuk (like bass), Vladimir Breslavtsem (drums) and Andrew Lohvisyem (sax) actually started the band’s history, still untitled. In July, a young filmmaker Marina offers Paskar Yuri write music for the children’s play “Pippi Longstocking” and perform live musicians and actors simultaneously. December 24, the premiere of the play….

Yana Bilyk

Yana is a Ukrainian Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, aspiring actress and model. Her music repertoire consists of adult contemporary style and Ukrainian folk music. After immigrating to Canada over three years ago, Yana has already shared the stage with many worldwide known musicians; such as Feist, Loreena McKennitt, Neko Case, Bahamas, Hayden, Elisapie Isaac, Calypso Rose…

Authors & Audio

Authors & Audio is a rock band from Dayton, Ohio that has recorded three studio albums, two cut to analog tape. Formed in 2006, Authors & Audio has evolved into a five-piece, song-based, guitar-featured rock band. Their music incorporates the raw energy and melody of Foo Fighters, the rhythm and soul of The Black Keys,…

Kozak System with Taras Chubay

Kozak System is a “Kozak-Rock” style show, a powerful musical formation with its own unique look. It is a synthesis of Ukrainian and Balkan music, along with rock, pank and ska, which present an energy of lyrics and an explosion of every instrument. A KOZAK SYSTEM concert is an instantaneous dialogue with the audience, incredible…

Zapovid 2013

Since early 2011, Milla Chernysheva has been singing in the Ukrainian-Canadian rock band Zapovid from Toronto. Fast, catchy and melodic are just a few words that could be used to describe the sound of ZAPOVID, Toronto’s hottest new Ukrainian rock band. Forming in early 2011, the band has quickly caught the attention of the Ukrainian…

Nadia @ Golden Maple

Nadia Kobelak’s songs are full of energy and power. If you like pop, rock, dance, RnB, you’ll find it all on her latest CD “Nadia”. A blend of pop, dance, and hip-hop genres that capture the attention of all listeners. Simple, catchy, and irresistable tunes sung in English and Ukrainian.

Los Colorados

Los Colorados is a Ukrainian band formed in 2006 in Ternopil. The band play their own songs, but have also covered several popular and folk songs. Los Colorados increased in prominence after their cover of Katy Perry’s song “Hot n Cold” grew popular via online video websites. The band plays guitar, bayan, bass guitar and…

Oleh Skrypka Jazz Night

Recently Oleh Skrypka presented his new album Dahlia in the fashionable metropolitan club Crystal Hall. This album can be called his new experiment. (Probably, explaining the singer’s creative longevity.) The disk is recorded in jazz-cabaret style in cooperation with the band Zabava. Work on the disk lasted for five years: it started in Toronto, continued…

Zhyto

Formed in the fall of 2008, Zhyto brings together musicians and sounds of every style, including jazz, rock and classical to create a unique sound in the Western Canadian polka scene. With such versatility, Zhyto is as comfortable playing the polka favorites everyone knows and loves, as well as english hits, both new and old….

UB

UB was formed in 1997 by a group of friends who thought that starting a Ukrainian polka band was some sort of great idea. As it turned out, it was some sort of great idea and for the last 15 years, people seem to have tolerated UB’s varied musical stylings. That kind tolerance has led…

Vopli Vidopliasova (VV)

Veteran Ukrainian rock artist OLEH SKRYPKA was not only one of the founders of the legendary rock band ‘VOPLI VIDOPLIASOVA but also the initiator and musical director of one of Ukraine’s largest ethno-folk and art festivals ‘KRAINA MRIY’a name that was also given to his record label. This eclectic and charismatic musician has successfully organised…

Lemko Tower II

Due to the popularity of the photos from the Toronto Ukrainian Festival from 2011. I am posting 14 new photos that have never been seen before. Hope everyone enjoys them.

Torontula

In the summer of 2011, four outrageously talented musicians started jamming. After realizing their mutual appreciation for all things heavy, loud and nasty.. they came together to be known as TORONTULA! On drums: Mike Kostruba has been pounding the skins from an early age. With his extensive collection of toms, cymbals and kick pedals, he…

Zapovid

Fast, catchy and melodic are just a few words that could be used to describe the sound of ZAPOVID, Toronto’s hottest new Ukrainian rock band. Forming in early 2011, the band has quickly caught the attention of the Ukrainian community by incorporating elements of a wide variety of musical styles. In the last year, ZAPOVID…

Klooch 2012

KLOOCH is based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Initially, an all original Ukrainian rock band, KLOOCH gained popularity by reaching out to fans through Internet promotion and live concert touring that saw them rocking venues across Canada, United States and Europe. In 2008, KLOOCH was the first all original Ukrainian rock band outside of Ukraine…

The Vyo

The starting point style of reggae in Ukraine can be considered the formation of the band The VYOin Kobeliaky, Poltava region in 1991. Core team made up guitarist Sergey Pidkaura and singer Miroslav Kuvaldin. Within 10 years of existence the band musicians occasionally diverged, converged, they were joined by other participants. In 1995, The VYO…

Zrada

Filled with sultry gypsy dances, so-cal punk rock, reggae and ska, the self-titled debut from Zrada, ushers a new era of harmonious insanity. The citizens of Zradystan welcome you to their world of contradictions. Bring your passport. Zrada’s eponymous release is a force of nature. The album projects the same beauty, emotion and themes of…

PYX 2011

PYX is a contemporary Ukrainian band with both a zabava and a ‘show’ repertoire. Unlike many other contemporary Ukrainian bands in Canada, PYX, pronounced RUKH, has a show repertoire that includes such genres as punk and hard rock. Drawing lyrical inspiration from such poets as Rylskyi and Oles’, the purpose of the band’s show performances…

Hrim

HRIM started in the summer of 2004 at the Ukrainian American Youth Organization Camp in Ellenville, NY. Several individuals brought instruments to camp and a small band was formed. Some of the people who played instruments in this early HRIM group were Yuri Symczyk, Stefan Priatka, Chris Gojdycz, and Adam Gojdycz. The current HRIM members…

Tyt i Tam

Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm) performs a unique and progressive style of Ukrainian folk music. Hailing from Saskatoon, the five-piece band has taken Canada by storm, playing at Vegreville’s Pysanka Festival, Malanka in the Mountains in Jasper, Saskatoon’s Vesna Festival, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, and Plast Malanka in Toronto. Each member…