Babas & Borshch Festival 2015

Zabava 2015

Bring your appetite for good food, great music, and talented performers to Zabava 2015, Saturday August 22nd!

Chosyn Catering (Joe & Pat Synyshyn) are back with their authentic, mouth-watering Ukrainian food. Back by popular demand are the world class Ukrainian Shumka Dancers providing heart stopping, floor level action. Axios Men’s Chorus under the direction of Boris Derow will provide an a cappella performance of Ukrainian music. If you enjoyed last year’s energetic performance by quartet Zabava u Koli, you’re in for a treat. These young men will provide the evening’s dance music and a reason to get on the dance floor!

Tickets on Sale Now!
In 2015 Zabava tickets will have a coloured dot indicating when ticket holders will enter the hall to choose their seats.
• Green dot Tickets bought before July 1 will enter first
• Yellow dot Tickets bought before August 1 will enter second
• Red dot Tickets bought after August 1 will enter last
Advance Tickets are still $50 each regardless of age. Any available at the door are $60 each. Order them online now or pick them up at the Andrew Village Office.

BABAS & BORSHCH 2015 favourites return:

• Baba Magda & Pyrogy Dance Lessons
• 2-day Outdoor Music Jam with new acts and returning favourites
• 2-day Baba’s Bazaar (with FREE WiFi for easier sales & communications; instant social media)
• Shuttle tours of the Orthodox Church, Grain Elevator & Station Museum
• Borshch Cook Off
• Mini Golf
• Beer Garden
• Demos-pysanky, cross-stitch, farrier, blacksmith
• Kids’ Activity Tent, Bouncy Structures
• Divine Liturgy Sunday morning at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
• Silent Auction
• Baba’s Brunch (Sunday at the Lions’ Den featuring to-die-for potato pancakes with garlic sauce!)

ALL NEW in 2015!

Babas & Borshch just keeps growing…. let’s count the ways.
• FREE 3 oz sample of borshch for everyone who attends the festival. Details at the Information Table in the Main Hall
• Baba Magda Fan Club Join today for a chance to win a Ukrainian-themed prize worth $245. First 100 to sign up will have a gift pack ready for pick up at the festival!
• Don’t forget your festival Passport! If you have stamps for all 3 years, you can claim your free Squeeze Your Baba doll at the Passport office. A real collector’s item! And the only way to get one!
• Chef Gail Hall’s Borshch Demo Class is FREE for all Sunday, 11:30 AM, Main Hall
• Michael Mucz, bestselling author of Baba’s Kitchen Medicines will do a talk Saturday at 11 AM, Main Hall. Buy your autographed copy.
• All Ukrainian, All the Time Kids’ Activities---have your child experience a home remedy from Mucz’s book, do a Ukrainian craft, Ukrainian face painting.
• Film producer James Motluk’s latest movie A Place Called Shandro will be screened immediately after the Borshch Cook Off in the Main Hall. Come see your friends and neighbours on the ‘big screen.’
• Zemlia Vocal Trio will perform in the Main Hall on Saturday at 12 PM then hop aboard the shuttle and perform at each of the participating venues: church, museum, grain elevator
• “It’s not Sauerkraut, it’s Kapusta!” Bring (or buy) a head of cabbage and a vessel (ceramic, glass, or enamel) and begin the pickling process using an old time recipe & technique, Saturday, Baba’s Bazaar (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30)
• Thistle Hill Petting Zoo is back both days; noon to 4 PM; proceeds from the $2 charge benefit the Lamont County FCSS.
• The Touring Tin Car Club will have their pre-1954 cars on display Saturday 10 am-3 pm
• Attend a talk “Ukrainian Food—Days of Fasting and Feasting” by Very Reverend Gerasim Power, Saturday 1 PM, Main Hall
• Check out the Ukrainian Dance from Village to Stage exhibit on loan from the Kule Folklore Centre, Baba’s Bazaar
• Get a ringside seat for a photo slideshow entitled Babas & Babes by Saskatoon photographer Karen Pidskalny, Saturday 2 PM, Baba’s Bazaar
• Catch a musical performance by The Soloveykas chorus, Saturday 3 PM, Baba’s Bazaar
• Photographer Trudy Harrold’s Churches of Lamont County slide show will run on both Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM, Baba’s Bazaar

Who's Who in 2015

MY Ukrainian Dance Academy

The MY Ukrainian Dance Academy is a highly skilled cultural group of
dancers. We are disciplined, dedicated and determined to preserve Ukrainian
Dance and bring it to a new level of expertise while adding a unique and modern
flair. Since our beginning in 2005, we continue to showcase our passion
through dance, costume and music, which awarded us many accolades and opportunities such as Most Promising Dancers, Adjudicator's Choice and High Audience Appeal.

We are both delighted and energized to perform for you again this year!


Mitchell is a versatile musician who not only plays the Tsymbaly but also the tenor saxophone, piano and is currently learning the accordion. He has performed at various Ukrainian Festivals, weddings, workshops, competitions and functions. He also was privileged to accompany the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton.
He has received the Wendy Brook Strings Award and a two time winner of the Larry & Mary Ann Pshyk Instrumental Music Award.
Mitchell is in grade 12 in the Ukrainian program at Austin O’Brien Catholic High School. He is a busy young man who is a member of the world famous Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. He is an avid golfer, involved in Junior Achievement and enjoys many sports. Mitchell has a passion for Ukrainian music!

Zabava u Koli

Zabava u Koli, meaning Party in a Circle - or - Party at Mykola's (depending on interpretation), is made up of members Mykola Nykyforuk (accordion), Olexander Lazurko (buban), Adrian Zmewsky(bass), and Mykola Bilash(violin/guitar). Their passion for Ukrainian music, combined with their love of high energy songs defines their sound. This all acoustic group has performed at various weddings, parties, and Festivals including 2014 Ukrainian Day, 2014 Babas and Borshch Ukrainian Festival, 2014 & 2015 Edmonton Deep Freeze Festival, and 2014 Harvest Festival at Fort Edmonton Park.

For the 2015 Babas and Borshch Zabava, they are excited to debut their new plugged in "Zabava Band Lineup," adding Scott Shpeley on Drums and Bohdan Tarasenko on Guitar.

Paul Gagne

Paul Gagné, an Alberta Francophone, has been writing pysanky for over 30 years. As a self-taught artisan, his work has been appreciated by many Albertans as well as visitors from many other countries throughout the world.

While the designs and colours are inspired by custom and tradition and draw from different regions of Ukraine, Paul’s pysanky have taken the art into new directions, combining colour and styles, traditional and modern designs, into unique creations that have become well known, well regarded and in high demand.

His work has been sold and displayed at shows and markets throughout northern Alberta. The pysanky are available individually or set within a solid oak frame.

Paul will be available all day Saturday and Sunday demonstrating this art form. Contact him.

Skyler Hoffos

SKYLER HOFFOS got his start as a blacksmith while working at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. He does custom repairs on traditional objects or where authenticity is desired. He accepts commissions for small pieces, rings, pendants, knives, stands, coat hooks and custom medieval reenactment weapons for performing troupes. He uses historically correct methodologies, as his great dido would have done.

He will be demonstrating his craft all day Saturday, August 23, 2014 and making as many custom objects as the time allows. Don’t be disappointed.
He can be reached at 780-862-5303 or

Debby Gargus

Former home economics teacher, Debby Gargus is the perfect expert to demonstrate the art of Ukrainian cross stitch. Get hands-on experience by completing a small make-it-and-take-it project. Who knows where that may lead?
Check the program schedule for demo times on Saturday and Sunday.
Cross Stitch Demo
Krispian Schmidt-Paborn
Krispian Schmidt-Paborn's interest in horses developed early in life through his involvement with his own family's horses. He eventually took on the foot maintenance of the horses. After working with a journeyman farrier in Ireland, he discovered his love for horses and farriery and how it employs both art and science. Krispian continues to hone his skills through working part-time with a journeyman farrier, competing in shoeing contests, and operating his own business within the Beaver, Lamont, Strathcona and Leduc counties. Contact at 780-916-6421.

Touring Tin Antique Car Club

The Touring Tin is a car club of individuals who love antique vehicles 1954 and older. The club has been active since 1969. Our events have always been family focused with ALL proceeds going to local charities.

Michael Mucz

Michael Mucz is a recently retired Professor of Biology at the University of Alberta (Augustana campus, Camrose, Alberta) where he taught biology, botany, and ecology courses for 39 years. Born in Germany, shortly after the end of the Second World War, to displaced Ukrainian forced laborers he and his parents came to Canada as Displaced Persons (DPs). His formative years were spent in the ethnically diverse North End of Winnipeg where many Ukrainian immigrants, of the Third Immigration Wave, settled.

His early research studies in the Canadian High Arctic and Nunavut focused on arctic vegetation. Later career research interests focussed on the role that vegetation played in the everyday homestead lives of early (primarily First and Second Immigration Wave) Ukrainian settlers in Western Canada. The 20-year study, based on interviews with over 200 elderly Ukrainians as well as an extensive literature survey, culminated in the 2012 publication – Baba’s Kitchen Medicines: Folk Remedies of Ukrainian Settlers in Western Canada (University of Alberta Press, Edmonton). The book has been extremely well received, earned numerous recognition and awards, and is now in its third printing.

Axios Men's Chorus

Axios was formed in the spring of 2003 while Chorus Director, Boris Derow was still in the monastery with the Basilian fathers at the house of studies in West Mount. He began writing some liturgical pieces in Glen Cove, NY during his novitiate. Fr Superior wanted to do something special for Easter that year and the first group of 8 brothers and 6 young men formed our first group. The first liturgy was such a success that the group expanded and Derow kept writing. Soon they had a complete liturgy and a group of 18 young men rehearsing at the house of studies every Saturday.

Axios has sung liturgies all over Alberta and performed at former Premier Stelmach’s swearing in ceremony and the 2014 Pysanka Festival grandstand show. Axios looks forward to performing at the Babas and Borshch Zabava 2015.

Axios has been busy lately, recording a new Easter Liturgy, The project has been 14 years in the making, The men have been rehearsing since early spring. Recording took place last week with selected members of Axios men's chorus, Edmonton Pro Coro, Edmonton Ukrainian Men's Chorus, and Boian choir (Ukraine). Not the best way to spend Father's day, but rather rewarding. This was one of the tamer pieces, so look forward for the CD this spring. It should clear the cobwebs out of your sound system.

Ukrainian Shumka Dancers

Shumka means “whirlwind,” a powerful display of artistry, energy and passion. The company exists to present, promote, preserve and develop Canadian Ukrainian-inspired dance as a leader in the performing arts community.

Over 55 years of performance history has shaped the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers’ signature dance style, from full-length, dance-theatre touring productions, to dynamic concert repertoire. While maintaining deep respect for their heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today.

Canada’s only professional Ukrainian dance company, Shumka is honoured to be a resident company of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium along with Alberta Ballet and Edmonton Opera. Seen by millions on international television broadcasts, Shumka has also presented command performances for Queens, Prime Ministers, and Presidents, and performed around the world and across Canada.

In a performance review, The Globe and Mail described Shumka as “Riverdance meets Ukraine.” And the Toronto Star called Shumka “a national treasure.”

Shumka is very excited to be a part of the 2015 Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival! You can also see Shumka in Clara’s Dream: A Ukrainian Folk Ballet based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, in December of this year; and in the world premiere of its newest work, Kobzar, in March of 2016.
For more information on Shumka and the Shumka School of Dance, visit

Trudy Harrold

Trudy A. Harrold is a “Storykeeper”, collecting and sharing stories of local community heritage and the beautiful natural land we enjoy in Lamont County. A keeper of nature journals, author of “On Highest Mission Sent – The Story of Health Care in Lamont, AB”, and the “Chipman Centennial Memory Book”; publisher of “A Legend of Excellence- Biographies of the Graduates of the Nursing School at Lamont”; and contributor to the Centennials of the Town of Lamont and the Lamont Health Care Centre, she is now embarking on a collection of stories of the churches of Lamont County. Join her on Saturday or Sunday (see schedule for time and location) for “A Legacy of Faith – Stories of the Lamont County Churches.” Relax and enjoy a visual and auditory journey through some of the “gems” of Lamont County’s many outstanding churches.

"A Place Called Shandro"

A Place Called Shandro is an impressionistic documentary that chronicles the settlement of east central Alberta by Ukrainian immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century. Narrated by the voices of actual pioneers and their descendants, the film examines our conflicted relationship with the past and ends as a spiritual reflection on the meaning of life, death and the idea of resurrection through remembrance.
Courtesy James Motluk--Guerrilla Films

The Soloveykas

The Soloveykas, a small choral group of 10 singers under the direction of Christine Horne, came together in 2012. They perform a variety of material including Ukrainian, Latin American, country and old standards.

They were featured performers at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Ukrainian Women’s Association in Smoky Lake. In addition they have performed at the Pysanka Festival, Ukrainian Days at the Ukrainian Village, seniors’ facilities and other community functions. In 2012 they launched the well-received ‘Spirit of Christmas’ celebration that has since become an annual fund-raiser.

Zemlia Vocal Trio

The voices of Zemlia Trio are Natalia Onyschuk (whose family began farming in the Lamont region in 1930), Irena Tarnawsky (whose family first arrived in Alberta to Carvel and Plain Lake) and Ksenia Maryniak (who grew up in Two Hills). These lifelong friends first performed as a trio in September 2013 at an event organized by Myrna Kostash and Sharon Anne Pasula. Zemlia-Nanaskomun celebrated the relationship of Ukrainian and Aboriginal people in Alberta to each other and to the land. Zemlia Trio has performed at the Deep Freeze Byzantine Festival and most recently at the Arts on the Avenue gala fundraiser in Edmonton, and is happy to share their music with you today as a tribute to the pioneers who helped build our province.

Karen Pidskalny

A professional portrait photographer from Saskatoon, SK will present a slideshow called "Babas & Babes," images captured during a trip to Ukraine.

Very Rev. Harasym Power

Very Rev. Igumen, Gerasim (Power), B.A. M.Div, has had a long and distinguished record of service to the church since his ordination as a priest in 1986. He has served both Catholic and more recently Orthodox churches in BC and Alberta. He is currently serving seven parishes in the area.

His interests include languages - especially Ukrainian; food - especially Ukrainian; music - singing, playing the piano and organ; silver and goldsmithing; antique restoration; and gardening. Above all, serving God by serving the good people of our parishes and the region in the Holy Orthodox Faith. ?He lives on a farm north of Smoky Lake with the three, now Archdiocese-wide famous 'Ortho-kitties' - Lukie (Lucas), Mikey (Mykhailo) and Joey (Yosyph). ??

Expect to be inspired and enlightened by his talk “Ukrainian Food---Days of Fasting and Feasting.”