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Ukrainian Christmas Party
December 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Join us for a festive Ukrainian Christmas Party at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in North York. Get ready to celebrate the holiday season with traditional Ukrainian music, dancing, and delicious food.
For Ukrainian Newcomers
We are inviting Ukrainian newcomers seeking support and community connections.
During the day, dedicated volunteers will be available to assist you with various needs, such as crafting resumes, navigating the job search process, and addressing any inquiries you may have.
You can also engage with local experts that will attend this event. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to tap into their knowledge, seek advice, and establish meaningful connections.
Join us for a unique opportunity to access donated items, including clothing for all seasons, shoes, bedding, kids and baby items, and electronics. This will be the final occasion for us to provide these donated items, so don’t miss out!
For All Canadians: A Warm Welcome!
Extend your holiday cheer by joining us in welcoming Ukrainian newcomers who have embarked on a challenging journey to Canada, seeking to build new lives amid the ongoing conflict in their homeland. This is not just a celebration but an opportunity to forge connections and show solidarity.
As part of our commitment to community support, we encourage you to contribute to the cause. Throughout the event, we will be collecting donations of winter clothing and essential electronics such as laptops and phones, vital tools for those establishing themselves in a new country.
Monetary contributions are also greatly appreciated, and you can make a difference by contributing at https://better-future.org/donate.
Let’s Make a Difference Together!
Come, not only to revel in the festivities but to make a meaningful impact this holiday season. Celebrate Christmas in style with us, as we unite in the spirit of joy, compassion, and community.
- Bohdan Kirieiev
Bohdan Kirieiev is an Ukrainian classical singer (lyric baritone), Ukrainian Viennese Balls soloist and vocal teacher. Studied classical vocal performing at R. Glier Kyiv Municipal Academy of Music (master degree) in 2010-2020. Participated and won a lot of Ukrainian and international music competitions and festivals as Ukrainian Open Musical Olympiad “The Voice of the Country” in 2017 (the 1-st prize). Also Bohdan was performing with a popular Ukrainian opera diva Olena Hrebeniuk as a member of the classical crossover duet in 2019-2023. Bohdan Kirieiev got a National award for making and recording anthem of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine in 2022. Has a vocal teaching experience for more than 9 years.
- Mariia Taranko
Mariia is a seasoned performer, singer and vocal coach, who teaches vocal mastery and public performance lessons at “THE VOICE MAGIC,” Mariia’s vocal therapy studio.
- Tetiana Cherneta
Tetiana Cherneta is a Doctor of Philosophy, a bandura player and a vocalist, a teacher, a researcher, a reviewer, an expert of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, member of the jury and organizing committee of art competitions and festivals, a member of the vocal ensemble “Rozmaria”, the Associate Professor of Vocal Department at The Faculty of Music and Choreography of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University (2016-2023).
Tetiana and her family were forced to leave Kyiv at the beginning of March 2022 because of the war in Ukraine. She evacuated to Poland with her two sons (8 and 11 y.o.). Tetiana lived in Warsaw from March to August. She sang in the Cantoribus choir of St. Barbara’s Church, conducted volunteer and concert activities for Ukrainian refugees.
- Alina Babenko
Alina is a Ukrainian pianist and educator who brought her musical expertise to Canada 1.5 years ago. With a master’s degree from the Odessa Music Academy, Alina boasts 12 years of experience as an accompanist for groups and soloists. Currently teaching at Alla Breve music academy, she also lends her piano and keyboard skills to the Ukrainian group “Kviti” (Flowers), adding her unique touch to Canada’s musical landscape.
- Yelyzaveta Bilivska
Yelyzaveta is a 15-year old soloist of the Pretenders vocal studio, laureate of international competitions in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Great Britain.
- Sergey Strakhov
Sergey is a talented pianist based in Mississauga, known for his captivating performances as a key member of Jazz Plazma (jazzplazma.com). With a passion for music that extends beyond jazz, Sergey has lent his musical prowess to various semi-professional bands, leaving his mark in A Classics, Jazz Inclusive, and Happenstance Sound. He also writes his own songs.
Liana is a Canadian Ukrainian Singer.
- Lucas Welschke
Lucas is a 9 year old aspiring Canadian actor, musician and comedian. He’ll perform some of his own songs, as well as festive Christmas songs at the event.
- Stefaniia Bartkiv
10-year old Ukrainian singer
- Sorting Donations:
Assist in organizing and sorting donated items, ensuring a seamless and efficient distribution process.
- Welcoming Committee:
Extend a warm greeting to attendees, making them feel welcome and fostering a sense of community.
- Food and Drinks Assistance:
Make coffee and tea, and warm up more food when needed.
- Resume Assistance:
Offer valuable support to newcomers by assisting them with resume building and job search inquiries. (you’d have to bring your own laptop)
- Music Enthusiasts (Singers/Musicians):
If you have a musical talent, whether as a singer or musician, we’d love to showcase your skills! The event will feature a mix of Ukrainian and festive music.Please text Marina at 416-471-1822 for more info.To register – https://bit.ly/Ukr-Xmas-PartyHeartfelt Gratitude to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish!
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish for their extraordinary generosity and support in making our Ukrainian Christmas Party possible. This event will be hosted in a stunning room, with a capacity to accommodate 290 people, located in the basement of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, graciously provided to us as a generous Christmas present.
Here are the video highlights of our event – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFthX2HfmNA
All Performances – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAnX1Rg0C5U&t=12s