I’m very proud and excited to reveal the new logo for the Ukrainian Canadian Arts Network (UCAN)!!
Every year, The Gardiner Museum kicks off the Toronto holiday season with their elegant and artistic 12 Trees exhibit. This annual exhibit showcases unique interpretations of Christmas trees artistically decorated by some of Canada’s top designers and institutions and sponsored by supporters of the arts. This year, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Ontario Branch) was honoured with an invitation to participate in this prestigious event. Continue reading “Christmas Spiders!”
2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko – Ukraine’s most famous cultural icon – and Ukrainian organizations all around the world have been commemorating this historic anniversary in different ways. The US-based Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus celebrated this remarkable poet (after whom the ensemble is named) with a CD release of Shevchenko’s most famous prose, set to new musical arrangements, some of which have never been heard or recorded before. Continue reading “Brotherhood, past and present…”
The 17th Annual Hetman Awards are coming up!
This prestigious award was developed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC) to recognize members of the vast Ukrainian community in Alberta who dedicate their time and expertise to benefit Ukrainians in their province. This year there are a record 10 recipients in the youth, adult and senior categories, and I’m so proud to say that one of them is a long-time friend of mine!
Ptashka Arts was just featured as a local business on MyMimico.com – a magazine-style website dedicated to sharing information about the Mimico and South Etobicoke neighbourhoods.
Read the whole PtashkaArts profile here: http://mymimico.com/profile-ptashka-arts and check out the other great businesses in this vibrant and thriving community in South Etobicoke!
Thanks Adrian Coimbra for featuring me!
I live in Mimico, an established community in the South West part of Toronto, with wide, tree-lined streets, small houses and friendly neighbours. Our street is one of many mini-communities of young families with kids, who never run short of playmates and are always busy in neighbour’s yards and driveways. But with kids comes STUFF, so come spring, everyone starts purging the toys, games and STUFF our kids have grown out of and start thinking about Garage Sales! (OK… so maybe the “big kids” have some stuff to purge too!) This year, some residents on our street decided that it would be a great idea to pool our garage sales into one big Street Sale, give it a street festival vibe and maximize the foot traffic to help make everyone’s sale a success.
I will never forget the first three months of 2014. Never in my life have I been so proud of my Ukrainian roots, and never before have I cherished the human rights and freedom that I enjoy every day as a Canadian citizen. The events of the Euromaidan revolution, ongoing since November 2013, are history in the making. I’ve been moved to tears almost each and every day on reading and hearing stories of the brave people of my ancestral homeland who have been peacefully protesting for months now, their futures unknown, yet full of hope.
Mikhaylo (Mike) Loboyko is a classy guy. And one of the most high-end detail-oriented contractors I have ever met. His attention to detail and appreciation for finer materials is overshadowed only by his impeccable fashion sense and abundant charisma. Seriously, this guy oozes charm and could sell ice to an eskimo. Continue reading “Wood you hire Mike?”
She has the voice of an angel, talent galore, is drop-dead gorgeous and she is a rising star on Canada’s opera scene. If she wasn’t so damn awesome, well… I’d still like her anyways. Continue reading “Rising star”
In 2007, The Ukrainian Academy of Dance celebrated it’s 20th anniversary of ukrainian dance instruction in Toronto and published a limited-edition book to commemorate this historic event: In the Dancing Spirit… Celebrating 20 years of The Ukrainian Academy of Dance. Having been a dancer and office assistant at the Academy for many years, the school’s history was deeply intertwined with my own, and I was grateful to be a part of preserving this dynamic organization’s legacy. Continue reading “In the dancing spirit…”
I was recently hired by St.Vladimir’s Institute to produce their quarterly newsletter, VISTI (News). St.Vladimir’s has been a student residence and ukrainian cultural centre in downtown Toronto since 1963 and offers a rich and diverse program of cultural events, including: language lessons, icon painting, lectures, art exhibits, a library and documentation centre, culinary lessons, etc… It seems there is always something going on at St.Vlad’s! The building is constantly buzzing with excitement, and VISTI keeps their loyal membership up to date about life and events at the Institute. Continue reading “St.Vlad’s news”