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Workshop + Events

Folk Camp's Summer Camp
Aug
19
to Aug 25

Folk Camp's Summer Camp

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A week long immersion into folk culture! Experience the traditions of craft, song, dance, theatre, and food from our heritage through workshops and various activities.

This summer camp offers the chance to live in community with people, learning & embracing village traditions and values... To work, play, explore, share, all in the beautiful rural setting of southern Ontario. (Grafton, Ontario, Canada)

Registration ends AUGUST 1st!

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Summer Camp Feast
Aug
23
5:45 PM17:45

Summer Camp Feast

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You are invited to join us at our official FEAST AND DANCE at SUMMER CAMP in Grafton, ON


Join us on Friday Aug 23
- Feast with singing & toasting followed by a Zabava (dance party) with Oleh But & Jurij Fedynsky + folk camp band playing Ukrainian/Folk Dances. We will also have a Silent Auction + Bazaar during our celebrations (so bring cash / cheques)

Dinner is served at 6PM sharp
Followed by a Zabava/Dance at 7:30/8pm

$25 for Dinner and Dance
$10 for Dance only

NOTE: This is for the day rate only. There is an additional $20 fee for sleeping over and breakfast.

***Limited space for dinner please rsvp by Tues Aug 20*
You must RSVP to attend by emailing us at folkcanada@gmail.com.

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We've set up a carpooling website to help you to get to the feast.
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/zhyfes

If you are with a car, please offer any available spots that you may have by choosing ADD.
If you are looking for a ride, either JOIN a carpool or add yourself to a WAITLIST.

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Toronto Outdoor Picture Show presents Ratatouille at Bell Manor Park!
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show presents Ratatouille at Bell Manor Park!

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show heads to Etobicoke on Thursday evenings in August for the fourth and final chapter of its summer-long “Dynamic Duos” programme at parks across the city!

This evening’s programme of animated stories about food and family centres on RATATOUILLE, the charming tale of a talking rat and an inept young chef who team up to make a name for themselves in Paris by mastering the art of French cuisine. The film is fun for all ages, offering both slapstick hijinks and a sophisticated consideration of artistic creativity, collaboration, and criticism.

RATATOUILLE’s meticulous depictions of food preparation and eating helped inspire the more recent Pixar short, BAO, Chinese-Canadian animator Domee Shi’s recent Oscar-winning fable of a lonely, aging mother in Toronto’s Chinatown who manifests herself a son out of a pork bun. Fellow Torontonian animator Melody Wang’s THE CASEBOOK OF NIPS & PORKINGTON rounds out the evening, following a dynamic duo of cat and pig detectives as they attempt to retrieve a stolen egg in a world artfully rendered in old-timey newsprint.

Films @ Sundown (8:45pm)
Arts & Crafts at 6pm & snacks sold at the festival canteen.

Free (donations gratefully accepted), not a ticketed event
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Accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning
More info at TOpicutureshow.com/bell-manor-park

RATATOUILLE (Brad Bird, 2007)
With short films BAO (Domee Shi, 2018)
and THE CASEBOOK OF NIPS & PORKINGTON (Melody Wang, 2015)

This series is produced with funding support from the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundationon, in partnership with Arts Etobicoke and the Stonegate Community Health Centre.
TOPS thanks Major Sponsors Toronto Pearson International Airport and Waterfront Toronto.

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Pysanky workshop at Capital Ukrainian Festival
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Pysanky workshop at Capital Ukrainian Festival

  • 952 Green Valley Crescent Ottawa Canada (map)
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Instructor: Bozena Hrycyna and Marika Galadza from Folk Camp Canada,

Learn the ancient art of Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating-- a sacred and meditative practice. Pysanky, as these eggs are known in Ukrainian, are made using the wax-resist "batik" method, in which designs are drawn or written onto the egg with beeswax, and then submerged in a series of dye baths. Pysanky are often very intricate and include layers of meaning, imbued with symbols of protection and goodwill. In this workshop you'll learn how to transform a plain egg into a pysanka using aniline dyes, chicken eggs, beeswax, and wooden stylus tools. Minimum age 8+.

More information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1154906724706426/

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Pysanky workshop at Capital Ukrainian Festival
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Pysanky workshop at Capital Ukrainian Festival

  • 952 Green Valley Crescent Ottawa Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Instructor: Bozena Hrycyna and Marika Galadza from Folk Camp Canada,

Learn the ancient art of Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating-- a sacred and meditative practice. Pysanky, as these eggs are known in Ukrainian, are made using the wax-resist "batik" method, in which designs are drawn or written onto the egg with beeswax, and then submerged in a series of dye baths. Pysanky are often very intricate and include layers of meaning, imbued with symbols of protection and goodwill. In this workshop you'll learn how to transform a plain egg into a pysanka using aniline dyes, chicken eggs, beeswax, and wooden stylus tools. Minimum age 8+.

More information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/313863919537043/

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Didgori in Toronto: Georgian Polyphonic Singing Workshop
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Didgori in Toronto: Georgian Polyphonic Singing Workshop

Georgian Singing Workshop
with member of Didgori
$25 at the door

This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to study Georgian polyphony with Didgori, an award winning choir visiting from Georgia.

Georgia, is located in the mountainous region of the Caucasus, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Its ancient singing tradition, known for its distinctive and haunting harmonies, was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible masterpiece of humanity in 2001. The 3-part form defies Western conventions and comes in a plethora of musical dialects, reflecting the diverse geographical and cultural makeup of the land.

Don't forget Didgori In Toronto: The Concert is on Jun 7!
For more info visit www.MusiCampTO.com/didgori

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Didgori In Toronto. (Georgian Polyphonic Singing Concert in Toronto)
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Didgori In Toronto. (Georgian Polyphonic Singing Concert in Toronto)

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Don’t miss this rare & exceptional opportunity to witness a millenia-old singing tradition from one of the world’s smallest & oldest surviving cultures.

Didgori in Toronto: THE CONCERT
at Jeanne Lamond Hall
Trinity St Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St West
$30/$15 student/seniors

TICKETS at https://didgori.brownpapertickets.com/

People who are in the know are super excited. This sort of visit by 6 Georgians singers from the Digori Folk Ensemble has never happened before in Canada. According to the long-time World Music Columnist for The Wholenote magazine, Andrew Timar,

"It will be a huge moment for Georgian music in Canada, an opportunity that happens perhaps once in a lifetime" (Andrew Timar, The Wholenote).

The award winning Didgori ensemble has been performing internationally since 2004 and has toured Russia, Turkey, UK, France, Switzerland, Israel, Poland, Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic and Latvia. Declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001, the millennial old Georgian polyphonic singing tradition, with its close harmonies and untempered scales, is often described as transformatively visceral. It features 3-part singing in a variety of styles, from hauntingly melismatic lyrical genres to exploding counterpoint.

Didgori is also hosting 2 singing workshops, Saturday Jun 8 5-7pm and Sunday Jun 9 11am-4pm.

For more info visit https://musicampto.com/2019/03/06/didgori-in-canada/.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/650929795330886/

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Pysanky at Watson & Lou (Peterborough)
Apr
5
to Apr 7

Pysanky at Watson & Lou (Peterborough)

Learn the ancient art of Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating-- a sacred and meditative practice. Pysanky, as these eggs are known in Ukrainian, are made using the wax-resist "batik" method, in which designs are drawn or written onto the egg with beeswax, and then submerged in a series of dyebaths. Pysanky are often very intricate and include layers of meaning, imbued with symbols of protection and goodwill.

Click here to register:
https://www.watsonandlou.com/collections/workshops/products/pysanky-ukrainian-easter-egg-decorating-workshop-friday-march-30th-6-9pm

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Folk Melanka!
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Folk Melanka!

  • St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church (map)
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You are invited to join us at our
annual "Folk Melanka"~ Ukrainian New Years Party 
fundraiser for Folk Camp
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Saturday January 19, 2019
7pm until midnight
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Enjoy a delectable feast with traditional Ukrainian dishes, and scrumptious imaginings, prepared by Folk Camp chef Lizzy Shipman and her team, featuring seasonal local ingredients sourced with love and care.

Join the Kosa Koliadnyky in singing traditional Ukrainian koliadky (carols), and come dressed in your best festive folkwear to partake in the fun.

After the singing and feasting, the zabava (party) will kick off with Korinya: Ukrainian Folk Band playing traditional dance tunes from Ukraine and Poland, and dancer Stephania Woloshyn providing the guided instruction.

Fun, accessible, easy dances everybody can participate in, raffle, snacks, and door prizes, will keep everyone having a good time til the early morn. We hope you and your kin will join us!

~If you are interested in volunteering, email us with your specific interest (set up, door, kitchen, service, or clean up) and your availability. thank you~

All proceeds from the evening will go directly to Folk Camp Canada, a not-for-profit organization that provides accessible community programming in the folk arts, with particular attention to the cultural traditions of Ukraine & Eastern Europe. FCC runs educational programs ("Folk School"), summer Folk Camp, as well as several folk music and dance events throughout southern Ontario.

Supported by: Rosewood Winery & Meadery Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.

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Didukh (Ancestor "Tree") Workshop
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Didukh (Ancestor "Tree") Workshop

Learn how to make a "didukh", a sheaf of grain traditionally prepared by Ukrainians (and many European nations) as a way of honouring and bringing the ancestors to the table during the holiday season. ("Didukh literally means "grandfather" in Ukrainian).

We’ll be working with local wheat and some rye, and colourful yarns to make beautiful centrepieces.

To register and to get the address of the workshop, email us at folkschoolworkshops@gmail.com. Limited spaces available.

$55 (including all materials necessary to make a Didukh)
10% off discount for Folk Camp member

http://www.folkcamp.ca/membership/

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Kobzaring the New World: House Concert with Yuriy Fedynsky
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Kobzaring the New World: House Concert with Yuriy Fedynsky

Join us for an intimate house concert with Yuriy Fedynsky featuring a special presentation of traditional instruments, along with sing-along masterclass, with group jamming-music making.

INFO ABOUT ARTIST
Ukrainian-American composer, torbanist, bandurist and singer-songwriter, producer, bandleader, luthier, cultural activist and pedagogue. Fedynsky moved to the small vilalge of Kryachkivka (population 500) to work on resurrecting the almost lost tradition of "dumy", lyrical ballads by blind Ukrainian musicians.

Fedynsky is a luthier of such instruments as kobza, bandura, torban, hurdy-gurdy. He founded a guild of makers and performers in the village of Kryachkivka. The annual music festival "Drevo Rodu Kobzarskoho" takes place in the village

Fedynsky is a performer on kobza, torban and traditional bandura.

DATE & TIME
Tuesday 6 November, 6PM

LOCATION
Bathurst & Dupont
Please email olenka.kleban@gmail.com for address & other information.

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Music & Storytelling from the Ancient Bardic Tradition ofUkraine
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Music & Storytelling from the Ancient Bardic Tradition ofUkraine

Join Jurij Fedynskyj -traditional instrument maker and kobzar (bard in the ancient Ukrainian tradition), for an evening house concert, as he stops for one night in the Ottawa Valley, upon his trail as he crosses North America "Kobzaring the New World".

Jurij is a dedicated kobzar, carrying the tradition of dumy (the ancient Ukrainian epics) with reverence, bringing them to the public with musical skill and deep knowledge of the lineage. 

Originally from North Carolina, Jurij lives in Ukraine, where he teaches the construction and playing of traditional Ukrainian stringed instruments in a small village in the Poltava region. He's spent the past fifteen years in Ukraine, researching the original bandura, kobza, and torban, and is one of only a handful of makers who create professional-quality instruments based on historical examples in Ukrainian museums, and is the only player who regularly performs on all three instruments. 

He'll be sharing the old epics, telling stories and singing folk songs from Kryachkivka, as well as presenting the various traditional instruments that he's built, a rarity in our times and an absolute rarity in these lands. 

Doors at 6:30pm.
Concert will begin promptly at 7pm. Please do not be late!

Email to rsvp and receive the address. bhrycyna@gmail.com or call Bozena 613 757 1394/ 647 864 5641

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Feast & Zabava (Dance party at Summer Camp)
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Feast & Zabava (Dance party at Summer Camp)

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Join us for a Feast & Zabava (Dance party) at summer camp on Fri. August 24, 2017. 

We are hosting an evening of traditional Eastern European feasting and celebrating with toasting ,singing, and live music. Folk tunes and dances led by our Folk Camp Band and special guests Csángó Unchained from Toronto. 

 

 

Join us for:

DINNER + DANCE at 6PM - $20
JUST DANCE at 7:30PM - $10

You must RSVP by emailing us at folkcanada@gmail.com to attend.

 

Illustration by Kathryn Durst
Design by Oksana Hawrylak
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Summer Camp
Aug
20
to Aug 26

Summer Camp

Folk Camp's SUMMER CAMP is a week long immersion into folk culture in which participants experience the traditions of craft, song, dance, theatre, and food from our heritage through workshops and various activities.

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Burdon + Blisk at Hugh's Room Live
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Burdon + Blisk at Hugh's Room Live

Burdon (“bour-don” – drone) is a folk band from Lviv, in the west of Ukraine.

Olena Yeremenko – violin, nyckelharpa, vocal Oksana Hrynko – vocal, accordion Bohdana Bonchuk – vocal, gardon Mikhail Kachalov – fiddle Lubomyr Ishchuk – drums, percussion, winds Ivan Ohar – double bass Rost Tatomyr – bouzouki, vocal

The young musicians formed the group in 2002 and have quickly developed their music-making to an impressive level and built up a rich repertoire of traditional tunes, rural ritual songs, old ballads and cheerful dances.

Burdon’s repertoire is mostly based on traditional music from Ukraine and the mysterious Carpathian region, the crossroads of Romania, Hungary and Poland. Their spirited live performances combines an age-old tunes with modern arrangements, Nordic influences with Balkan grooves which altogether paint a vivid, dramatic world full of excitement, love, mystic and enchantment.

With all this multicultural mix Burdon creates its own unique sound with female vocals, fiddles, nickelharpa, bouzouki, gardon, double bass and crazy percussions. They have easily captured audiences around Ukraine or playing festivals in Poland, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Skandinavia and Canada.

In 2015 the band won the main prize “Eiserner Eversteiner” of 24th annual international competition “FolkHerbst” in Germany. Musicians still experimenting with new instruments, new sounds and beautiful Ukrainian songs that form the basis of their music.

Burdon Website: http://burdon.lviv.ua/

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Blisk is a synthesis of polyphonic Eastern European and Balkan song, dance and movement backed by hypnotic percussion. Experience a musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia, Serbia and beyond. Based in Toronto, the members of the group hail from Canada, Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan and were brought together by a deep love and respect for these ancient songs and dances, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world. They made their public debut in December 2017 at the Aga Khan Museum opening for JUNO-nominated Turkwaz. They performed at the Toronto Ukrainian Festival, Sofar Sounds Toronto and the Global Toronto Conference.

Blisk on FB: https://www.facebook.com/bliskmusic/ 

More info. on facebook event HERE

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Beaded Folk Flowers Workshop
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Beaded Folk Flowers Workshop

Love of flowers and adornment carries across cultures, and is a beloved aspect of Ukrainian folk culture. Come and make some folk flowers!

Learn to make a sculptural (three dimensional) beaded flower under the expert guidance of Ivanka Krysa-Bodnar of Gerdan Toronto. The perfect folk accessory-- brooch, hair, or wrist adornment.

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