Thursday, 26 March 2015

Summer Camp Bar V Nok 2015

Spring is here, and summer is coming, really!! Time to plan for those summer days, summer vacation, and summer camp! And for the quintessential overnight camp experience with a Ukrainian flavour - get ready for Camp Bar-v-nok, situated on Alberta’s beautiful Pigeon Lake. This fun filled summer camp program is designed especially for youngsters 7-15 who will enjoy a wide variety of cultural, sporting, religious and recreational activities. Think of lakeside evenings, vatra bonfire events, zabava dance evenings, and excursions off site - and opportunities to make life long friends in a Ukrainian atmosphere. Crafts, Ukrainian dancing, swim, canoe, sing, survival skills, nature walks, singing, and spirituality - the best of summer camp!

Camp Bar-v-nok is going on the road...! Due to renovations being done at camp Bar-v-nok this summer, the summer camp program is temporarily relocating the summer 2015 program to Camp St. Basil, on Pigeon Lake. This summer's camp will run from August 9th to August 22nd. Spread the word... and remember to register as soon as possible!

Accepting campers age 7 - 15

Dates: August 9th - 22nd

Early registration rate $400 per camper or $375 for more than one child (rate closes April 1st)

Regular rate after April 1st: $450 per camper or $425 for more than one child

Dauphin 50 Bus Tour

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin Manitoba is celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer!  Planning on going to CNUF 50 this year? Don't want to drive in a cramped car for 13+ hours? Join the folks at OHUCS and travel responsibility free!

Ogden House Ukrainian Cultural Society is again offering transportation by coach liner to and from Dauphin, MB!  Included in the price is a CNUF Weekend festival pass, camping pass and as an added bonus, transportation to and from the Ukrainian Old Timers Show!

Early bird price is $325 per person
Regular pricing is $375 per person

Make sure to look over the poster for all the other details and deadlines! Should you have any other questions, email or check their website at

SUSK Congress 2015

Ah, those student days - the days when the lost souls wandering the cafeteria would gather at that one table - the one that earned the name - the Ukrainian Table - which cafeteria lady would give you extra portions of fries if you thanked her in Ukrainian - the blending of community - and the interesting mix of new friends - those Student Days!

The Ukrainian Canadian Students Union is a long standing varsity organization across the institutions of higher learning - a great club for social activities, forums, fun and friendship.

The SUSK National Executive invites you to participate in and support the 2015 National SUSK Congress, to be held May 7-10, 2015 in Montréal, Québec.

They will be sharing detailed information regarding Congress on their website and social media platforms in the coming months, but for now, please save the date!

Conducting Workshop 2015

Recently I spoke with a group of young people who noticed the cherubim and seraphim angels in the church - many winged, many eyes, but no body.  What job do they have?  To sing!  Simply to sing to the heavens!

Anyone who can breathe can sing, and should!  But joining voices together in community - well that takes talent and training!  So it is tremendously opportune that the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta is again hosting a Choral Conductor's Seminar! The treasury of choral music, the synergy of voices energized to with purpose - well that is a classy combination - don't you think!.

As a chorister, an aspiring musician, an instrumentalist who admires the human voice - what greater treasure can there be than to develop the skill to lead - to conduct - to blaze trail and shape the voices that "simply sing!"

Please share this invitation widely, the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta has a great reputation for quality, and so have the esteemed instructors of this valuable course - an equal opportunity for all!