Miss Ukrainian Canada 2016 – Grand Finale 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:
- Traditional Ukrainian Costume
- Talent portion
- Social Project
- Questions & Answers
Besides the competition, there were a few performances of special guests such as pianist-virtuoso Evhen Khmara, X-Factor Finalists Daria Kovtun and Ukraine’s new vocal phenomenon – ethno-diva ILLARIA. There was also a fabulous fashion show featuring the latest modern designs exclusively provided by Ukrainian designers – Oksana Polonets, Chernikova, Fayna Vyshyvanka, Kozzachka by Anna Ko., Foberini, Murahska Design and Ethnic Style by Inna Tsaryk.
AND THE WINNER IS…
Iryna Zhytaryuk, representing Saskatchewan, has been named Miss Ukrainian Canada 2016 in ceremonies Saturday night (July 16) at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. Yana Bilyk (Ontario) was the First Runner-Up and Miss People’s Choice 2016, Dana Kulia (Ontario) was the Second Runner-Up and Valentyna Butenko was announced Miss Ukrainian Toronto 2016 and Miss Talent.
The other finalists won the following titles:
Miss Best Social Project 2016 – Anastasiya Myronenko, ON
Miss Community Involvement 2016 and Miss Talent 2016 – Olya Tanczak, ON
Miss Ukrainian Heritage 2016 and Miss Talent 2016 – Olivia Semenick, ON
Miss Elegance 2016 – Olya Kolesnikova, AB
Miss Congeniality 2016 – Olena Ozhykhovska, ON
Miss Academia 2016 – Anastasiya Hrynyak, ON
Miss Artistic Expression 2016 and Miss Talent 2016 – Alina Totska, ON
Miss Canadian Pride 2016 and Miss Talent 2016 – Ivanka Babiak, MB
Miss Creativity 2016 and Miss Talent 2016 – Mariya Soldatenko, ON
Miss Photogenic 2016 – Anna Movchanyuk, ON
Miss Personality 2016 – Khrystyna Lazar, MB
The winner received a unique masterpiece – handcrafted jewelry from the Classic Jewelry House LOBORTAS and a designer dress by Inna Tsarik. The 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up received gifts from Royal Fur Club and jewelry from Michael Hill, the Miss Ukrainian Toronto 2016 received a 4K Ultra HD TV from TV-Club company and jewelry from Michael Hill jewelry shop.