North Americas Largest Ukrainian Festival celebrates 19 years!

Posted on Sep 21, 2015

child, people, enjoyment, fun, recreation, daylight, adult, school, outdoors, playground, group, carnival, leisure, education, boy, vehicle, exhilaration, happiness, two, wear

Since the 1880s, when immigrants from Ukraine to Canada embraced the opportunity to work, prosper and raise families in peace and freedom, Ukrainian culture has enriched the Canadian landscape in every facet of life. Today, over four million people in Canada can trace their heritage to Ukraine, and Ukrainian Canadians, by virtue of 120 years of contribution, are well organized and respected members of their communities.

many, people, group, crowd, protest, competition, race, festival, city, man, rally, election, police, tourist, woman, group, vehicle, offense, leader, education

In 1995, Toronto was twinned with Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and to mark this occasion, the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival was established under the umbrella of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Toronto Branch. Originally known as the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival, it was meant to be a showcase of the most widely identifiable aspects of Ukrainian culture in Canada – music, dance, food, visual arts and community. It was an instant hit, establishing itself as one of the premier Ukrainian festivals in North America and growing to attract audiences well in excess of 500,000 from across Canada, the US and abroad.

music, band, instrument, performance, musician, festival, concert, people, street, jazz, parade, drum, group, city, orchestra, drummer, singer, man, adult, woman

The Festival takes pride in turning its spotlight on contemporary professional and amateur artists and performers from North America and Ukraine, and in celebration of Toronto’s diversity, invites a local performing group representing another culture to bring its talents to the main stage each year.

crowd, many, protest, people, festival, sports fan, group, rally, election, city, flag, man, street, politician, rally, woman, race, battle, spectator, police

Throughout its history, the Festival has hosted prime ministers and other politicians from all levels of government. The parade that launches each Festival has been led by marshals including the Rt. Hon. John Turner, businessman and philanthropist James Temerty, music legend Randy Bachman, investigative journalist Victor Malarek, Senator Raynell Andreychuk, media celebrities Luba Goy, Mimi Kuzyk and Ted Woloshyn, community activist Maria Szkambara, former vice-president of TorStar and Metroland Media Group Ron Lenyk, celebrity chef Ken Kostick, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, and former Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy.

people, market, restaurant, man, grow, group, sell, food, commerce, chef, woman, adult, merchant, festival, industry, stall, stock, shopping, street, meat

The Festival’s main stage has seen top performers from Ukraine including Ruslana, Vopli Vidopliassova, Mad Heads XL, Mandry and Pikardiska Tersia, as well as The Ukrainians from England, Canada’s many Ukrainian dance companies such as Barvinok, Desna and Rusalka to name a few, and bands such as Edmonton’s Kubasonics and many others.

The Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival also has provided an opportunity for outreach to those who have taken part in the parade, the stage and the kiosk areas, including the Canadian Armed Forces, the Scotiabank Run, the Ukrainian Collective of Artists, university student clubs, dance groups, choirs, sports and martial arts clubs, and local, municipal and federal politicians. As a result, it attracts diverse audiences of multi-generational families. Repeat visitors are a mainstay, as evidenced in bookings at the Festival’s host hotels, from letters and emails, and from the reports of local business owners and street vendors.

The Festival has a Board of Directors and a committee of organizers whose members bring their diverse experiences and ideas to the table. Some volunteer in other festivals such as Harbourfront and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as in industry meetings, seminars and tourism conferences. The Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival is a member of Ontario Tourism, Tourism Toronto, Festival and Events Ontario, SOCAN and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Toronto Branch.

Local posts

Ucss gala

Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn receives Helping Hands Humanitarian Award

Posted on Apr 12, 2017
Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn is the 2017 recipient of the Ochrymovych Humanitarian Award, also known as the “Helping Hands” Award from...
Etobicoke Read more
Dsc 2759

Local Author Book Signing at Chapters Windsor.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017
Book signing at Chapters Windsor was a huge success! Employees were saying Author Shay Lee Soleil is one of our...
Windsor Read more
12804886 10153322934416689 2119309010727938108 n

Tri-City Roller Derby Mac and Cheese Fundraiser

Posted on Mar 30, 2017
If you were not lucky enough to attend the 2nd Annual Mac and Cheese Fundraiser with Tri-City Roller Derby at...
Kitchener Read more
Img 2084

Maureen Jennings Shares Her Next Murdoch Mystery with Sisters in Crime

Posted on Mar 21, 2017
Fans of Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary can take heart. He will return, and soon. Maureen Jennings, award-winning...
North End Read more
Img 5394

Our March Meeting was Fun

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Silver-Wood Women’s Institute March meeting was a lot of fun. We all got to be artists for a few hours....
Halton Hills Read more
Che s place logo

Che's Place First Annual Gala Delights Attendees!

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bolton, Che’s Place First Annual Gala took place Saturday, March 18th at Caesar’s Centre...
Caledon Region Read more
Img 8353

Cedar Ridge Contemporary Exhibitions

Posted on Mar 16, 2017
This year's Contemporary Exhibitions are wrapping-up with our last show for this round by Louisa Lau and Joseph Flasko on...
Toronto Read more
2v9a2818

CycleBar Leaside officially opens to the public

Posted on Mar 16, 2017
It was lights, camera, cycle in Leaside as the dynamic cycling studio CycleBar Leaside officially opened its doors on March...
Toronto Read more
Photo 1

Creators of Black Girls Magazine Come to Malton for March Break

Posted on Mar 16, 2017
Malton, Ontario, Wednesday March 15rd, 2017. To kick off March Break, Four Corners Health Centre was thrilled to welcome the...
Mississauga Read more
Unnamed

NGU Planner launch and NGU Foundation Official Public Announcement

Posted on Mar 11, 2017
March 3, 2017 - Never Give Up Inc had the first launch of NGU Planner and Never Give Up Foundation...
Ontario Read more
16864777 1805339783123774 525862240727054797 n orig

Coldest Night of the Year - Port Hope

Posted on Mar 11, 2017
The third annual Coldest Night of the Year walk held on Feb 25, 2017 in Port Hope was a huge...
Northumberland County Read more
 dsc0705

Well Seasoned Productions - Can't Get Enough

Posted on Mar 10, 2017
To our Well Seasoned Productions family, friends and supporters, It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of...
Cabbagetown Read more
 dsc3446

5th Annual Hearth Place Valentines Dance

Posted on Mar 10, 2017
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support to our 5th Annual Hearth Place Valentines Dance. Once again...
Oshawa Read more
16939129 10158327647675581 5120134537408572370 n

Pickering Athletic Centre Hosts 1st Interclub Cup

Posted on Mar 10, 2017
On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Pickering Athletic Centre hosted the first ever Interclub Cup for over 200 athletes, coaches, and...
Pickering Read more
Lts1

Learn To Skate with Tri-City Roller Derby

Posted on Mar 10, 2017
What’s that you say? You don’t know how to skate? Well, you've come to the right place! The Tri-City Roller...
Kitchener Read more