Ukrainian Roots Music in Canada

Early Ukrainian settlers in Canada modelled their ensembles after the violin, tsymbaly, and drum combination of the village orchestra. Musicians played an important role in maintaining the traditions of the old country. They played for ritual blessings, processions, and dancing at Ukrainian weddings, which lasted three days. They also provided music for annual praznyks, community dances, and house parties. Most common were village dance tunes such as the kolomyika, hutsulka, arkan, and variations of polkas and waltzes.
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