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Embrace your inner Ukrainian this Labour Day weekend!
Ukrainian Zabava at Harbourfront Centre
(Friday August 31 to Monday September 3)
Complete Event Schedule Below

With more than a million Canadians claiming to be of Ukrainian heritage (2001 census), chances are that most Canadians know Ukraine to be more than accordions, perogies and Easter eggs. Discover even more Ukrainian culture and cuisine all Labour Day weekend at Harbourfront Centre.

Ukrainian Zabava continues the 11 year tradition of The Toronto Ukrainian Festival (formerly the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival) of sharing Ukrainian culture through music, dance, food and crafts with artists from across Canada and directly from Ukraine. All events are free and for all ages.

Highlights include a performance by Ukraine cultural patriot Oleh Skrypka and Le Grand Orchestra. Skrypka has become a cult figure as a founder of glam punk group Vopli Vidoplyasova (VV) and as producer of Kyiv’s Rock Sich and Kraina Mriy festivals. This performance will feature VV hits with folk songs and ballads.

Another uniquely Ukrainian experience is the Wedding Show - which presents a staged traditional wedding by performers from Ukraine’s Hurtopravtsi Ensemble. An accompanying exhibitionElements of a Ukrainian Weddingfeatures historical photos, videos, wedding cloths and ornate headdresses from the Ukrainian Museum of Canada and the Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography, the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore, at the University of Alberta.

The festival presents eight free films – with many highlighting U.S. and Canadian directors documenting their return to the homeland. The 2004 revolution (The Orange Chronicles) screens alongside a life changing visit to a village healer (The Whisperer). A queer tour of drag queens and polyamorous families is documented in Fresh and Blood: A Journey Between East and West. Canadian films include Acts of Imaginationand a profile of former Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn (A Man For All Canadians).

A variety of traditional and rock acts from Canada play all weekend on the Sirius Satellite Radio Stage. Montreal’s DaZoque!, Pryvit and Richka are joined by Ottawa’s Ukrainia, Sudbury’s Zirka Band and Alberta’s Brian Cherwick. Toronto acts include Klooch, Zubrivka, Zbruch, Pid Oblachkom, Suzie Vinnick, the Canadian Bandurist Capella and the Dunai Band among others. The festival also presents the Canadian debut of Kyiv quartet Ukrainian Barvy – frequent performers in the U.S. and Europe.

More festival experiences include the Canadian premiere of dance-theatre work Ancestral Voices (by Cleveland’s MN2 Productions), which fuses Ukrainian life rituals with modern dance, puppetry, poetry and folk music. For food fans there will be demos of sauerkraut crepes and traditional Korovai bread.

All festival events are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto). For public information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com and www.ukrainianfestival.com

Harbourfront Centre Summer Media Site - http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/media/

Media Contacts:
Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 | cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard | 416-973-4518 | sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Elena Mazur | 416-410-9965 | emazur@ukrainianfestival.com
Bill Bobek | 416-973-4428 | wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com


Ukrainian Zabava Event Schedule

Friday August 31
Music
7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Michael Kostowskyj (Toronto Star Stage)
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Zubrivka (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Klooch (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – DaZoque! (Brigantine Room)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Zbruch (Lakeside Terrace)

Dance - 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Yavir Ensemble (Toronto Star Stage)
Dance - 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Desna (Toronto Star Stage)

Film - 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Orange Chronicles Toronto premiere screening and director Q&A with Damian Kolodiy


Saturday September 1

Music, Theatre and Performance:
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Wedding Show (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)

Music
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Brian Cherwick (Toronto Star Stage)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Pryvit (Toronto Star Stage)
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Richka (Toronto Star Stage)
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Pid Oblachkom (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Oleh Skrypka and Le Grand Orchestra (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Zirka Band (Lakeside Terrace)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Richka (Brigantine Room) – Late Night NOW presented by Heineken

Dance - 3:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. – Yavir Ensemble (Toronto Star Stage)

Food (Lakeside Terrace)
2 p.m. – Natalie Hladun from Natalie’s Kitchen class making
potato and onion filling known as Pyrohy and Varenyky
4 p.m. – Natalie Hladun demo making Nalysnyky (sauerkraut crepes)

Film (Studio Theatre)
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – The Whisperer
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Orange Chronicles screening and director Q&A with Damian Kolodiy
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Local Culture and Diversity on the Praries
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Acts of Imaginationscreening and Q&A with writer/producer Michael Springate

Sunday September 2

Music, Dance and Performance:
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Wedding Show (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Ancestral Voices contemporary dance (Brigantine Room)
6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Ancestral Voices contemporary dance (Brigantine Room)

Music
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Brian Cherwick (Toronto Star Stage)
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Richka (Toronto Star Stage)
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Mosaic (Toronto Star Stage)
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Pryvit (Toronto Star Stage)
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Canadian Bandurist Capella (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Ukrainia (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Dunai Band (Lakeside Terrace)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Pryvit (Brigantine Room) - – Late Night NOW presented by Heineken

Food (Lakeside Terrace)
2 p.m. – Oryst Pidzamecky (Oryan Catering) demo making of Patychky (meat on a stick
4 p.m. – Natalie Hladun (Natalie’s Kitchen) class making Korovai bread

Film (Studio Theatre)
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Unspoken Territory screening and director Q&A with Marusya Bociurkiw
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – A Man for All Canadians
7:30 p.m. – 9:40 p.m. – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv)

Monday September 3

Music
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Suzie Vinnick (Toronto Star Stage)
2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Stephanie Hutka (Toronto Star Stage)
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Ukrainian Barvy (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Zubrivka Finale Show (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)

Food (Lakeside Terrace)
2 p.m. – Natalie Hladun (Natalie’s Kitchen) class making Korovai bread - final preparations
4 p.m. – Natalie Hladun (Natalie’s Kitchen) baking demo of Korovai bread

Film (Studio Theatre)
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Flesh and Blood: A Journey Between East and West
screening and director Q&A with Marusya Bociurkiw
3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. – Acts of Imagination


All Weekend (August 31 – September 3)
Visual and Textile Arts
August 31 (6 p.m. - 10 p.m.), September 1 & 2 (1 p.m. - 10 p.m.), September 3 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Elements of a Ukrainian Wedding exhibition includes: Artifacts and videos of the Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography, the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore, at the University of Alberta (Loft). Wedding cloth (Ryshnyky) and costume presented by the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Marilyn Brewer Community Space).


All Weekend (August 31 – September 3)
Children and Family Activities
The Culture In Action Lakeside Terrrace Tent site features multiple performers and activities throughout the weekend. Events include Brian Cherwick’s musical tour of Ukrainian traditional instruments, icon painting, beading and a Bandura musical instrument demo. Times: August 31 (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.), September 1 to September 3 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.). There will also be children’s Easter egg painting in the Natrel Kidzone (September 1 to September 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)


All events are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto). For public information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com and www.ukrainianfestival.com

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