Performers & Entertainment

BANDS

BUDMO

BUDMO – sharing their love of Ukrainian music through electrifying performances, guaranteeing an absolute party of a good time!

Formed in 2015 from Winnipeg, the band consists of vocalist Alexander Karpa, accordionist Luke Udod, violinist Simon Reimer, bassist Marco Freynet, and drummer Andrew Mandziuk.

PARTY TIME ORCHESTRA

PARTY TIME ORCHESTRA is a favorite local band that has brought the true prairie Ukrainian dance sounds to the stage for many weddings and various social functions over the past decades. The core band has remained constant with the addition of Cliff’s Grandson, Haydn, who has been playing Fiddle since he was 6. Patty Andrechuk joined the group in 2014, and Emanuel Nakonechny joined the group in 2019. Diverse and versatile selections showcase each member and displays their true love of music.

The Band members are:
Cliff Hadway (Fiddle /Cymbaly)
Syd Puchailo (Guitar/Vocals),
Jim Symchych & Ron Zaleski (drums) 
Haydn Hadway (Fiddle)
Patty Andriechuk (Bass/Vocals)
Emanuel Nakonechny (Guitar/Vocals)
Come out and kick up your heels to the energy of PTO, and have fun with us Saturday evening at the Kozak tavern!

ZA OKEANOM BAND

A newly formed Ukrainian Band in Saskatoon called ZA OKEANOM (Across the Ocean). We have formed in February and our first performance is this upcoming weekend at the Ukrainian Karpaty Pavilion in Saskatoon Folk Festival.

There are six members of our band and we were all born in Ukraine and have immigrated to Canada at various stages of our lives.

Music has been a part of each of our lives in varying degrees and levels and we are extremely excited to be bringing our rendition of Ukrainian traditional and new hits with our own twist.

SLOOHAI

This Ukrainian Canadian Polka Band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada has become one of the province’s top Ukrainian party bands!

From their roots comes upbeat polkas, classic rock hits & oldies, country favourites and everything in between. This high energy group is sure to keep the dance floor full with their wide variety of music.

Over the last 20+ years, their passions have taken them across North America to play many weddings, socials, festivals, casinos, special events and yearly Malankas.

Their talents are perfect for any crowd or occasion.

To date, the group has released 3 studio albums and is preparing for a fourth!

SLOOHAI continues to do it’s part in promoting and preserving the Ukrainian culture, heritage and music for future generations.

UKRAINIAN CONNECTION

UKRAINIAN CONNECTION was formed by Walter Kyliuk and Norm Woytowich in 2002. Ukrainian legends, Mickey and Bunny needed a back up band for their upcoming tour of Western Canada. Ukrainian Connection was honoured to back the popular group for the next three years. During this time, they recorded three albums. Their first album was the top selling CD in Saskatchewan in 2003. During this time, the band also backed Walter and his three sisters recording an album called Traditional Ukrainian Wedding by the Kyliuk family.

Walter and Norman were awarded the Legendary Achievement Award at the Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin in 2010 and were also inducted into the Ukrainian Musician Association Hall of Fame.

Ukrainian Connection performed at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival for the last two years and are already engaged to perform at next year’s festival. Last year, Ukrainian Connection was the main band to perform at Ukrainian Day in the Park in Saskatoon before a crowd of over 4000 people.

In recent years, Walter and Norman have been joined by the talented musicians: Darlene Hupaelo and Russ Fountain. Darlene’s vocals include both English and Ukrainian. Ukrainian Connection music is played regularly on the popular Saturday Night Dance Party Saskatoon Radio Station CJWW.

The band continues to play at many different functions.

 BY REQUEST

By Request is a Manitoba based band specializing in a Ukrainian-Canadian “prairie sound” of music that presents an energy and music style that is very unique!

 Traditional Ukrainian folk tunes, foot stomping polkas and classic country / rock hits give us a repertoire of music that can be enjoyed by all ages.

From Weddings to Anniversaries, Fall Suppers to Malankas, and Old Time Dances to House Parties we have a passion for what we do, and that’s to entertain you!

DANCE GROUPS

CHEREMOSH UKRAINIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE

Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble captivates audiences with its rich presentation of traditional and contemporary folk dances from the diverse regions of Ukraine. Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has performed in the US, Canada and Ukraine. With a love of Ukrainian dance and culture, Cheremosh is excited to grace the stage of Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival 2024.