Another year has come and gone, and the Toronto Ukrainian Festival has successfully completed it’s 13th event. Here’s a quick run-down of some things that we’ve noticed – some positive and some negative:
What I liked
The food (and drinks)
What’s a Ukie fest without some great food? Varenyky, Borscht, Holubtsi, etc. along with import alcohol like Slava, Slavutich and Lvivski. Perogies became a rare commodity by Sunday.
The big headliner this year was Haydamaky, brought in from Ukraine:
Also from Ukraine is Ludy Dobri:
Along with some more local bands, here is Zrada from Winnipeg:
What I didn’t like
First it’s important to understand what the Ukrainian Festival is all about:
- Promote and foster Ukrainian culture and traditions as integral elements of Canada’s multicultural mosaic;
- Provide a venue for Canadians of Ukrainian heritage to reacquaint themselves with their rich roots;
- Introduce Ukrainian culture to the general Canadian public and tourists thereby encouraging tolerance, understanding and goodwill between all segments of Canadian society;
- Create a free event that’s fun for the whole family and across all age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds
Ukrainian language, please!
Our flag only too
For some reason at the Taekwondo area- beyond the Canadian flag, the Ukrainian flag and the South Korean flag there was also the Polish flag. There has been a separate Polish festival going on for 5 years now in Toronto, competing with the Ukrainian festival by choosing to host it on the same weekend every year for some reason.
Anyone remember the parade marshal?
Unlike previous marshals like Randy Bachman and Gerrard Kennedy, there was little buzz for this year’s James Temerty who helped bring relics of ancient Scythian and Trypillian cultures to Toronto from Ukraine.
Clue in the MC’s
This was especially notable Friday, but some MC’s weren’t doing a very good job. Some lacked enthusiasm and didn’t read their lines very well. We even heard a few times the contest for free tickets to Kyiv be announced as tickets to Lviv.