A name unfamiliar to many, the Hoosli is an ancient Ukrainian musical instrument similar to a zither. It represents versatility and vitality, for it produces not only music, but a feeling as well. It is both a connection to the past and a song to the future.
What began as the St. Vladimir’s College Alumni Choir in 1969 has now grown into an internationally recognized Ukrainian choir proudly preserving a unique tradition of male choral music. Over the years, nearly 200 men have poured their hearts and souls into Hoosli, and have helped pass on the spirit and song of the kozaky to this day. Hoosli has performed all over North America, recorded 10 albums, and continually inspires audiences with its majestic four-part harmonies and lively performances.
Under the direction of conductor Tadeusz Biernacki, Hoosli continues to showcase our Ukrainian heritage through its repertoire of liturgical music and traditional folk songs, as well as the patriotic songs of Ukraine and the Kozaky.
For 60 years, Rusalka has been capturing the imagination of audiences around the world, with its often fiery, always colourful presentation of Ukrainian dance.
Tours of North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, combined with performances for heads of state, religious figures and royalty, have placed Rusalka among the most widely recognized Ukrainian dance groups in the world.
The Olexander Koshetz Choir of Winnipeg is a unique Ukrainian Canadian cultural institution. For half a century, this amateur choir has been a highly successful vehicle for showcasing and propagating the rich Ukrainian choral tradition in Canada and in other parts of the world. In this sense, the ethno-cultural aspect of the choir represents a political dimension that transcends mere choral entertainment. From its beginnings, the choir has been a conscious musical ambassador. Its sense of mission has focused on the fostering of Ukrainian national consciousness and the promotion of the ideal of Ukrainian independent statehood. These objectives have been reflected in the choir's rich repertoire which effectively combines the wide range of Ukrainian choral music -- folk, ritualistic, liturgical and classical.
Melos Folk Ensemble brings together some of Winnipeg’s finest singers, dancers, and musicians. Founded in 2006, it was the vision of a few to start a group that was self-contained, encompassed all of the elements of music, song, and dance, and one that was willing to embrace all areas of artistic creativity.
The Romanetz Ukrainian Dance Ensemble is a dance group dedicated to preserving and re-interpreting the traditional folk dances, culture and music of Ukraine. Since 1978, Romanetz has enthralled audiences across Canada and around the world with their unique style of Ukrainian dance.
Established in 1971, Rozmai consistently reflects Ukrainian culture and tradition in the beauty of the performing art of dance. The company’s uniqueness is derived from the marriage of the Canadian experience and traditional Ukrainian roots.
Rozmai’s commitment to the beauty of dance and preservation of the Ukrainian culture is reflected in their compelling and electric performances which are accentuated by breath-taking leaps, high velocity footwork and brilliant costuming. This young group of energetic dancers always leaves audiences wanting more.
For a few years in the beginning, we were known as the Anola Ukrainian Dancers before the name Selo was chosen. Selo is the Ukrainian word for village, which couldn’t be more perfect for a group that had its humble beginnings in the village of Anola, Manitoba. Even after 35 years, our group remains true to its name as community, connecting with Ukrainian roots, and passion for authenticity continue to be the pillars of our troupe.
Troyanda respects and preserves Ukrainian culture, history, and tradition through the art of dance. Since 1979, the Ensemble is honoured to have collaborated with many notable Canadian and Ukrainian artists to develop an extensive repertoire representing the rich and diverse regions of Ukraine. Under the artistic direction of Mr. Paul Doroniuk and creative direction of Mrs. Jenn Doroniuk.
Troyanda pushes creative boundaries, recognizing the interconnection of Ukrainian and Canadian culture!
VITRETZ, meaning "wind" in Ukrainian, having been reformed in 2015, truly captures the spirit of Ukrainian culture through talented dancers presenting the beauty and pride of their Ukrainian roots wherever they perform. has garnered a reputation of professionalism with its contagious enthusiasm and high-energy performances.
Druzhba (Дружба) meaning “friendship” is a Ukrainian dance ensemble comprised of friends and family who strive to promote excellence in dance and share their passion for Ukrainian culture.
Newly formed in 2022, Druzhba Ukrainian Dance Ensemble has captivated local and national audiences at festivals and competitions in Manitoba and across Canada.
Lyra has been performing together longer than they haven’t, and are happy to be back at Winnipeg’s own Folklorama. Since their chance meeting at St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg almost 25 years ago, Katrusia Basarab, Sofia Bilozor, and Larissa Klymkiw have been charming audiences with their soulful interpretations of Ukrainian music.
Oberih Choir was founded in 2018 as the St. Mary Protectoress Choir in Winnipeg.
In the English language there is no specific translation for the Ukrainian word “Оберіг”. The word shares common roots with the words “берег” which is a “coast” or a “shore” and the word for “protect” which is “берегти”). This is extremely symbolic and accurately conveys the idea of creating our choir: the people who came to the Canadian coast protect and preserve Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian song.
We offer you another ancient oberih of our people - their musical heritage, where good strength, sincere thought and pure heart flow with sounds from the depths of the ages.
Rozhynka– Related or connected by common ancestry.
Rozhynka features singers Rosemarie Todaschuk from Winnipeg and Yarynka Chepiha from Kyiv, Ukraine who are connected through their cultural origins in Ukraine and through their passion for sharing music.
Established in 1977 in Rossdale, Manitoba, the Rossdale Ukrainian Dance School sought to preserve Ukrainian culture for future generations through Ukrainian dance instruction. Although the school's beginnings were humble, the school quickly grew through the dedication of the dancers and their families.
Rozmai’s School of Dance is held Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral at 1175 Main Street. The spacious auditorium is the perfect size for our dance practices. The school dance season starts in early September, and runs through to the end of April. Our annual concert is usually held during the first week of May at Jubilee Place Concert Hall in Winnipeg.
The Rusalka UNF School of Dance strives to provide quality Ukrainian dance instruction as part of the Rusalka Ukrainian dance family. Students are taught following the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Syllabus, a program of instruction designed to instill solid fundamentals of dance and foster a lifelong love of the art form. Students’ progress through the school to eventually be prepared to audition for a performing ensemble. To help foster this growth, current Rusalka dancers will join the students throughout the year during their regular class to provide feedback and to inspire our students as they learn about Ukrainian dance. Also, students will be provided with numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, including the opportunity to attend festivals both in the city and beyond.
The aim of our organization is to promote the appreciation and preservation of Ukrainian cultural traditions as a contributor to the development of Canada's mosaic culture. We pride ourselves in pursuing and maintaining our Ukrainian heritage in our dances, music and costumes.
Our School integrates pieces of Ukrainian culture into our teaching, so that we can keep the dancers engaged and wanting to learn more about their heritage. While constantly working to build strong foundations of technique, we challenge the dancers to surpass their goals in a positive and encouraging environment.
Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School was founded in 1971 initially as the South Winnipeg School of Dance, under the direction of Vicky Adams,. It was a part of a Ukrainian language program at Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Parish. Several years later the name was changed to Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School- A SOPILKA is a Ukrainian woodwind instrument.
Over the years Sopilka has continued to flourish, by proudly preserving Ukrainian culture through dance.
The Ukrainian word Zavirukha means “an intense snowstorm or blizzard,” which (unfortunately) is not uncommon on the Canadian prairies.
Zavirukha Ukrainian Dance School, established in 1970, salutes Ukrainian culture and heritage through vibrant dances and passionate performances. The faculty, led by artistic director Jennifer Doroniuk, is excellent. Classes always have an atmosphere of fun and are meant to foster a love and appreciation of Ukrainian dance. Students are encouraged to reach their full potential in a caring and safe environment.