‘Celebrating 125 Years of Ukrainians in Canada’ A National Gala Showcase

presented by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Saskatchewan

On Friday, September 30th, 2016, Canada comes to Regina to join in national celebrations of the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada.

With over 160 performers from across Canada, Regina’s Conexus Arts Centre will come alive with the beautiful voices, breath-taking dances and toe-tapping music of some of this country’s top-notch Ukrainian performers.

The National Gala Showcase is part of provincial commemorations of the “Year of the Saskatchewan Ukrainian” as proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan.

National Gala Showcase Banquet & Concert tickets are $125 plus applicable taxes and service charges and include a Saskatchewan-themed banquet dinner

Gala Showcase Concert tickets are $75 plus applicable taxes and service charges.

The Banquet begins at 6:00 PM followed by the Concert at 8:00 PM

For tickets call: 1-800-667-8497 or go online to

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Saskatchewan thanks our generous event sponsors:

City of Regina; CITY TV; Community Initiatives Fund; Conexus Arts Centre

National Gala Showcase Entertainers


  • Shumka
  • Akolada
  • Volya


  • Suzirya


  • Cheremshyna


  • Chaban
  • Kolos
  • Napewsak Drummers
  • Rainbow Dancers
  • Tavria
  • Zabutnyy Dance Company


  • Lastiwka
  • Pavlychenko
  • Spivohrai


  • Koshetz Choir


  • Ron Cahute
  • Victor Mishalow


  • Vasyl Popadiuk

New York

  • John Stech


Celebrity Artist Auction in support for the Hromada Legacy Fund

A live action for the following two pieces of artwork will raise funds to go to the UCC Sask Hromada Legacy Fund. A fund established  to support Saskatchewan Ukrainian arts, cultural, educational, heritage, and youth activities in our Hromada (community). Since 2000, the CDF has distributed over $264,000 in grants.

Prairie Wheat

Original Watercolour byprairie-wheat-300dpi Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

Medium: Watercolour
Technique: Poured Paint
Image Size: 11.5”h x 9”w
Framed and matted

Prairie Wheat is a watercolour painting created by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn to commemorate the 125 anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.  The composition features a close-up of a field of wheat set against an autumn sky. Wheat is symbolic of good health and harmony in the family, and together the stalks represent the souls of our ancestors. The bright blue sky and yellow fields bring to mind the beautiful steppes of Ukraine and the Canadian Prairies.

The poured paint method is new in Larisa’s repertoire of painting techniques.

The loose structure allows for a more spontaneous interpretation of the subject matter, while at the same time maintaining the vibrant colours and bold compositions that have become Larisa’s signature style.

The 125th anniversary is a landmark year, and like most milestones it makes us think of the past, where we have come from and how we arrived to where we are today. My forefathers and mothers came to the Canadian prairies with the first wave of Ukrainian immigrants before 1910. Sembaliuks and Kozniuks settled in Kalyna country, east of Edmonton near Willingdon. The Wawruk and Korpus families settled in Saskatchewan near Hubbard, and in Regina. The family stories are rich with historic accounts related to religious, political, and cultural activities – things that have shaped each new Ukrainian- Canadian generation. The tenacity and perseverance of these original pioneers has influenced the heart and soul of my personal journey as an artist and community member. The 125th celebrations are an opportunity to share the wealth of my heritage and to honour those who had the courage to continue the spirit of the Ukrainian culture in a new land.

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Holly Paluck and Marlene Bodnar – Coordinators

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