NetNewsLedger: Olivia Semenick Seeks Miss Ukrainian Canada Title

THUNDER BAY – Olivia Semenick is originally from Thunder Bay. The recent graduate of Algonquin College now lives in Ottawa.

The young woman is in the running for Miss Ukrainian Canada. The grande finale for the pageant is July 16th in Mississauga at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.

From her bio – Olivia is from a small city in Northern Ontario. Her family has always been keeping Ukrainian traditions throughout the many generations. Just over ten years ago she began taking an interest in Ukrainian dance, and has fallen in love ever since. She enjoyed learning about the different steps along with the appropriate region, and of course the story behind every dance. When it comes to representing the Ukrainian culture, she takes great pride in representing Ukraine through dance.

Recently, Olivia has graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College, and cannot wait to start her practice. She enjoys meeting new people, and the ability of helping others through therapeutic touch. Because of the program, Olivia has been able to work with a variety of clientele, which has given her joy and excitement towards helping more people. Read more

Grand Final 2016

Miss Ukrainian Canada 2016 – Grand Final was held on July 16th, 2016 in one of the largest theaters in the GTA – Hammerson Hall of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The chic evening featured a blend of incredible Ukrainian talent, music, dance, lights and colourful costumes. It was a huge success with over 1,000 guests in attendance!

The show started on time with Mike Ciona & Larysa Bajus hosting. Witty and charming, they quickly won the audience over by making jokes and using “Laryssa’s favourites” to single out the most amazingly performing and fantastically dressed ladies.

The Grand Finale was completely focused on Ukrainian culture, its richness and diversity. 15 National Finalists from across Canada were competing in the following areas: Read more

VYTOKY special fashion show at 2015 Ukrainian Fashion Week

This season, for the second time already within Ukrainian Fashion Week, there will be presented “VYTOKY” project together with “Novy Channel”. At the second floor of Mystetskyi Arsenal the organizers will create an interactive exposition, within which there will be held fashion shows, educational programmes and performances. The Project will be dedicated to the traditional material culture of Ukrainians from the origin till nowadays. Apart from the traditional garments the exposition will also present accessories, music instruments, pieces of furniture, ancient photos from private collections of Ukrainian connoisseurs in symbiosis with works by contemporary Ukrainian artists and object designers, who reinterpret Ukrainian traditions and materials and create conceptual works. The project’s exposition will be built on the counteraction and contrast of contemporary art objects, pieces of design and traditional Ukrainian antique items.

The last day of the project will attract about 300 guests for a large-scale fashion show, which will unite 2 designer brands working in ethnic style, as well as a collection of ancient clothes presented by the Centre of the History of the Costume under the guidance of Marichka Kvitka. The collection of womenswear of diverse historical-ethnographic regions of Ukraine will be presented by participants of a popular TV show “Supermodel Po-Ukrainsky” (“Ukrainian Supermodel”). Read more

Contemporary Art Projects Forum Opened in Kyiv

From September 22 to  October 10 Mystetskyi Arsenal is hosting the annual ART-KYIV Contemporary Art Projects Forum.  It is the 10th consecutive year when ART-KYIV Contemporary demonstrates processes happening in modern art in Ukraine, and thus becoming an indicator of dominant tendencies and themes. Annually presenting the current state of creative research and findings, today ART-KYIV – is a space for an artistic communication, discussions, researches, exchange and education.

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Vogue Called Ukrainian Vyshyvanka The Hottest Trend


Ukraine has been in the forefront of international thought a lot recently, but its reach has extended far beyond the front page—whether you were aware or not, the Ukrainian influence has fully arrived in our closets.

The sudden rise and appreciation of Ukrainian traditional dress on an international level can be credited to Vita Kin, the designer of the eponymous Vita Kin, who uses the name for the traditional Ukrainian blouse, a vyshyvanka, in her label’s Instagram handle. Recently, the designer has become an international sensation, with local fashion fixtures like Asya Mkhitaryan wearing the designer’s version of a zhupan (a traditional Ukrainian jacket) to Paris Fashion Week, while street style stars like Anna Dello Russo and Leandra Medine are taking the bucolic style from the countryside onto Western asphalt.

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