Music was an important and integral part of the culture for our Ukrainian Canadian pioneers and for those of us who grew up in that milieu. In addition to the Divine Liturgy and music for other church services, there were the annual Christmas carols, concerts of folk songs, songs for weddings and other ritual events, and plenty of informal sing-alongs. The last century has seen the formation of hundreds of choirs and smaller vocal groups, dance and polka bands, and countless solo performers. This historic musical legacy must be preserved, and more importantly, should be made available to the public. 

Ukrainian Bandura PlayerThe following is just a sample of the wide variety of historic Ukrainian music that exists. Click on the Title to go to that page which has music tracks and information on the artists / performers and the recording. You can listen to the entire recording, and/or individual tracks. (This page is still construction. We are adding more albums and music tracks as time and resources permit). 

Sacred Music 

Festive Music

  • This is our Jubilee | Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Centennial song
  • First Star | CYMK Choir and Ensemble – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Glad Tidings: Ukrainian Carols | Ukrainian Ensemble, Dnipro – Edmonton, Alberta
  • On Christmas Eve | Lastiwka: Ukrainian Orthodox Youth Choir of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Heaven and Earth | Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral Choir – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Ukrainian Christmas Carols | O. Koshetz Memorial Choir – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Ukrainian Christmas | Ivan Romanoff Male Chorus – Toronto, Ontario
  • God is Born Vydubychi Church Chorus – Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Christmas Carols | Chorus Kozbar with Orchestra – Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Christmas in Ukraine | St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir – Newark, NJ USA
  • Christmas Songs | Kyiv Choir Svetilen – Monastery St. Uspenska Kyiv-Pechersk – Lavra, Ukraine
  • Christmas Vespers | Russian Orthodox Cathedral Choir of Paris – Paris, France
  • Easter Liturgy | Russian Orthodox Cathedral Choir of Paris – Paris, France

Folk and Popular Music

Other Ukrainian Music Resources

: These recordings are being made for the historical preservation of the rich musical heritage of Ukrainian settlers in Canada during the period of 1891 to 2001. It is important that this music, and information about the many talented performers, be preserved and made available / accessible to their descendants and future generations. 

For some of these recordings, only a sample of the total tracks were copied from the original media (tape cassettes, CDs, LPs). All music tracks were digitally cleaned and enhanced to ensure best possible audio quality.

All copyrights remain with the original artists or performers. These music tracks are provided for your personal listening enjoyment, memories and education only; commercial or other uses, without the permission from the copyright holders, is prohibited.