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Christmas Spiders!

Christmas SpidersEvery 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. (more…)

Brotherhood, past and present…

BizCard_thumb_80x802014 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. UBC_BrothersWeShallLive_1500x1500_v2 (more…)

A solemn tribute

BizCard_thumb_80x80I 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.

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Ukrainian Valentine’s Day…whaaa??

BizCard_thumb_80x80Ukrainian Valentine’s Day – really??  I bet you’ve heard of Ukrainians celebrating “Ukrainian Christmas” on January 7 instead of December 25… or “Ukrainian Easter”, typically a few weeks after the rest of the christian world.  But do you know why we celebrate on different days? And when exactly IS Ukrainian Valentine’s Day? (more…)

Ancient reindeers & Christmas cheer!

BizCard_thumb_80x80It’s that time of the year again – Christmas preparations are underway!  It amazes me to think that we spend nearly an entire month each year (almost two months for ukrainians) revelling in the spirit of Christmas!  Think about it: holiday shopping, decorating our homes, St.Nicholas concerts, baking, Christmas carols, visiting loved ones, and my personal favourite… Christmas cards! (more…)