Welcome to - www.Ukr-Can-ZabavaBands.ca - Вітаємо !      


Please accept our open invitation to write us with your zabava stories and pictures (email: uczbweb@gmail.com).

Everyone wants to be in a Ukrainian Band!

The Doors - Vocalist Jim Morrison wears the embroidered shirt given to him by NYC Ukrainian artist Andy Warhol

Singer Davy Jones of the band The Monkees wears his embroidered shirt on an episode of The Brady Bunch

Lead singer Denny Doherty of Mamas & Papas wears his Ukrainian embroidered shirt on The Ed Sullivan Show

SOME OF THE KIND RESPONSES RECEIVED AT www.ukr-can-zabavabands.ca

It looks great. Thanks
Tino Brelak (Hudi a Mocni) 9/Aug/2014

Nadia Kobelak (Skopa) 9/Aug/2014

Hi Dennis: It is good of you to take the time to lead this very worthy project - we all appreciate it.
Dennis Nykoliation (The Dennis Nykoliation Band) 24/Aug/2014

Hey Dennis.. Looks like a good project.. Maybe someday there will be a Zabava band awards night!
Adrian Lawryshyn (Zubrivka, Armadillos, Parcels To Europe [Freelance Musician & Recording Producer/Engineer]) 29/Aug/2014

Congratulations on the new website, it is a great idea, a huge undertaking but if anyone is to organize such a complete gathering of Ukrainian bands, I think you are the one to do it!
Terry Ksiondzyk (Mandrivka, Yaseny) 30/Aug/2014

Hey Dennis! What a great idea for a website!
Nick Obal (Torontula, X3M - Hloptsi Z Mista, [Music Producer & Recording Engineer]) 14/Oct/2014

Hello Dennis. Thanks for putting us in your Zabava Band Directory.
Peter Zmewsky (Steppe) 17/Dec/2014

Checked out your website... that's quite an impressive list and a massive undertaking. Good job!
Yurko Mychaluk (Zirka, Klooch, Zahrava, Seven Year Itch, Nove Pokolinya [Studio session musician & Producer]) 08/Jan/2015

...good for you for doing this for the Ukrainian music scene! I'm sure all the ex Ukie band musicians will appreciate your efforts.
Misty Fedak (Solovey, Tyrsa, Vorona) 11/Jan/2015

It was fun and interesting reading about the other bands.
Orest Semeniuk (Vorona) 13/Jan/2015

Dennis, Great job on your website! This is a valuable resource for our community and for getting the word out about our Ukrainian bands and musicians.
Brian Cherwick (Kubasonics, UB [Reknown Musician & Ethnomusicologist]) 20/Jan/2015

Hello Dennis, Good Job !!! Thanks for having Zbruch there.
Oleg Matsievski (Zbruch) 26/Jan/2015

Hi Dennis, Wow - what a great resource for the Ukrainian community you have created!
Congratulations, and thank you for your efforts.

Adrian Warchola (Euphoria) 01/Feb/2015

That's great work you did putting that site together Dennis!
Christina Lew (Toronto Mandolin Orchestra) 10/Feb/2015

Good work on the website. It's always good to keep records like this to keep the spirit alive.
Richard Tyce (S-Bahn Band) 27/Feb/2015

I think it is really cool that you are keeping track of such a thing and I am beyond delighted to be mentioned on your website.
Lesyk Pater-Barabash (Torontula) 27/Feb/2015

Hello Dennis, I was impressed that you had my old band in there (Prairie Pride). Well done. You obviously put a great deal of work into this. Somewhat of a running history of Ukr. bands throughout Canada. Very nice.
Steven Chwok (Prairie Pride, [Host of Edmonton's CFCW Zabava Program]) 17/May/2015

Hey Dennis... I like the website. I didn't think there were so many Ukrainian bands around.
Roman Zazulak (Blysk Shabel, Yaseny) 30/Oct/2015

Hi Dennis. I really like what you're doing here, and I'm glad that you've taken this on to archive the zabava scene.
Bill Hawryschuk (Burya, Solovey, Zirka, Retro Zabava All Star Band, Zubrivka, etc.) 01/Nov/2015

Beautiful. Thank you very much.
Myron Kurjewicz (Melos Folk Ensemble Orchestra) 28/Apr/2017

It All Looks Great !!!!!
Bruce Yakoweshen (5 Star, Prairie Rose Band, Joe Hrycyk & the Starlites, etc.) 05/Jul/2017

Great website for our kind of music... Canadian Ukrainian bands have always been relegated to the niche of ethnic music, even though the repertoire of most bands is extensive and covers several genres of music.
Don Kushman (Party Time Orchestra - PTO) 14/Jul/2017

You did a very good job.
Dr. Ihor Cap (Samotsvit) 03/Jan/2018

Really neat site! ..... what an amazing job !!!
WOW !!! .... Trully a website of Love & History of Ukie Music.

Andy Sydoryshyn (Nove Pokolinya) 24/Jan/2018

Some kind people just informed me of your site and Thank You for putting my name is there as well. I really appreciate and agree with what you are attempting to create here. It is long, long overdue and to try to document all of the content is no easy task for sure.
Don Bilinski (aka Polkadon) 03/Jun/2018

Many thanks once again for your work in ihis field and your dedication to the recognition and preservation of our music.
Don Bilinski (aka Polkadon) 06/Jun/2018

Wow! Dennis, I don't know how you managed to do it, but this is amazing!!
Victor Lishchyna (Solovey) 05/Jan/2019

...I'd like to thank you and congratulate you on building this amazing website - truly an encyclopedia of Canadian Ukie music!
Orest Vankevich (Zvook) 06/Mar/2019

Really appreciate your www.Ukr-Can-ZabavaBands.ca site for all the history and information.
Norman Nawrocki (The Nawrockis) 29/Dec/2020

Congratulations on a most EXCELLENT website! This is an amazing archive that helps define a special era in Ukrainian-Canadian life, especially in the unique decades of the 70s & 80s. If a book or film is every to be done about this part of our history, your website can act as the basis for the zabava/pubnight section – on its own, it is worthy of at least a CBC or Netflix miniseries!
Andy Holowaty (Raging Hutzuls, Nova Khvylia, Petro Pyrih And The Holubtsi) 17/Jul/2021


UKRAINIAN - AMERICAN ZABAVA BANDS.          ukr-usa_flags

Although this website is dedicated to Ukrainian-Canadian Zabava Bands, here is our chance to acknowledge our fellow Ukrainian-American musician friends who have shared a stage with their zabava bands!
This, obviously, is just a partial list.

A1 - ?
Akula - Chicago, Illinois
Alex And Dorko Band (A. Chudolij & D. Senchyshyn) - New York
Amor Orchestra - New York
Andrew (Andriy) Stasiw - Detroit, MI
Berkut - New Jersey
Blyskawka Orchestra - New York
Bohdan Fedusiw - Troy, New York / Beverly Hills, CA
Bohdan Hirniak Orchestra - Glen Spey, New York
Boombox - Chicago, Illinois
Buddy Max (Boris Pastuch) - Lecanto, Florida
Budem Razom Band - Rochester, NY
Cavaliers Orchestra - Philadelphia, PA ?
Charivni Ochi - Connecticut
Chary Orchestra (Walt Syzonenko) - New Jersey / Florida
Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble - New York City, NY
Chervona Kalyna - New York City, NY
Chervona Ruta - Syracuse, NY ?
Chetverta Hvilya (Fourth Wave Band) - New Jersey / New York ?
Chornozem - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
Chris & Ronnie Polka Band - Staten Island, NY
Chumaky - Philadelphia, PA
Chysto Brud - Rochester, NY
Darka & Slavko (D. Konopada & S. Halatyn) - New York City, NY
Dibrova - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ?
Dolya - Copiague (Long Island), New York
Dominant - Cleveland, OH
Dva Kolory - New York / Pennsylvania ?
Echoes of Ukraine Orchestra - New York ?
Ephyra - Chicago, Illinois
Family Trio Heavenstar (Nebozir) - New York
Fata Morgana - New Jersey / New York
Gerdan Trio - Washington, D.C.
Golden Tones - ?
Grupo Yuri (Yuri Turchyn) - New York / New Jersey
Halychany Ensemble (featuring H. Zarycky) - Detroit, MI
Harmonia Band - Cleveland, OH
Hrim - New York City, NY
Hutsuly Orchestra - ?
IKA - Edison, NJ
Iskra (Oles & Bohdan Kuzyszyn, Oles Bundziak, Jaroslaw Palylyk) - New York City, NY
Ivan and Babij - Irvington, New Jersey
Izmarahd - Saddle Brook, New Jersey
Joe Misti And His Orchestra - Greater Philadelphia, PA
Jolly Jacks (Gene Shelemi Orchestra) - Chicago, Illinois
Julian Kytasty - New York City, NY
Kameniari - Detroit, MI
Karavana Quartet- NJ
Karpaty Ensemble - Philadelphia, PA
Khloptsi zi Lvova (Boys Fron Lviv Band) - New Jersey
Khvylia - Hempstead, N.Y.
Klopit - Chicago, Illinois
Kobzari Ukrainian Folk Ensemble - Omaha, Nebraska
Kolomeya - NY ?
Korinya Ukrainian Folk Band - New Paltz, NY
Leonid Verbytsky - ?
Luba & Mykola and their Orchestra - Washington DC/Maryland ?
Luna Band (Oles Kuzyszyn, Yuri Turchyn) - Woodbridge, New Jersey
Lviviany orchestra - Pennsylvania?
M. Tkach Orchestra - ?
Malvy - Chicago, Illinois
Marvin and Bill Cerkoney Band - Belfield (Dickinson), North Dakota
Melodiers - Youngstown, OH
Miakyi Znak - Chicago, Illinois
Michael Skorr and His Ukrainian Ensemble - ?
Mria - Chicago, Illinois
Na'Zdorovya - Bronxville / Yonkers (Greater NYC area), New York
New Dimension Orchestra - Rochester, New York
Nova Band - Philadelphia, PA ?
Novi Chasy - ?
O. Strotsky's Dnipro Orchestra - Philadelphia, PA
Oberehy - Copiague (Long Island), New York
Oles Kuzyszyn Trio - New York / New Jersey
Orkestar Zabava (featuring Paul Hladio) - Pittsburgh, PA
Ostap Stakhiv Orchestra - Cleveland/Akron, OH to Pittsburgh, PA ?
Paul Wasylyshyn Orchestra - Buffalo, NY ?
Pawlo Humeniuk - New York City area
Peter Dutkanych & Ed Bednarskij Band - NYC / Connecticut ?
Philly Funk Authority - Philadelphia, PA
Pioneers - Syracuse, NY ?
Rendezvous - Chicago, Illinois
Promin (Stefan Pylypczak, Michael Kopczak, Bohdan Krutiak) - Chicago, Illinois
Prychyna - Chicago, Illinois
Ridny Kray - Baltimore, MD
Romen Orchestra - Cleveland, OH
Rosa Orchestra - NY ?
Ruta - Syracuse, New York ?
Scythian Band - Washington, D.C.
Slavko Kosiv - New York City / Lehighton, PA
Sonyashnyk Orchestra (Oleksa Martynovych) - Northeast New Jersey
Sounds of Soyuzivka (Soyuzivka Orchestra) - Soyuzivka (Kerhonkson), New York
Surgery - New York City, NY
Svitanok (Switanok) (aka The Liquid Gypsies) - Albany, NY / NYC / Connecticut
Tamburitzans - Pittsburgh, PA
Tempo Orchestra - Elizabeth, NJ / New York City, NY
Those Idiots (Myron Deputat) - Buffalo, NY
Ukrainian American String Band - Philadelphia, PA
Ukrainian Souvenir - New York
Ukrainian Village Band (aka. Hurt Seljukiv!) - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Unnecessary Polka - Pittsburgh, PA
Vatra - Yonkers, NY
Vechirka Band - Rochester, New York
Vechirna Zoria - New York ?
Vechori v Karpatakh - New Jersey
Veseli Chasy (Good Times Band) (P. Rapala, J. Steciw, J. Finiak) - Carol Stream (Chicago), IL
Veseli Nochi - Liverpool (Syracuse), NY
Vidlunnia - New York / New Jersey
Vodohraj (Vodohray) - Chicago, Illinois
Vodohray - New York City, NY
Volcanos Band - New York
Volуa Band - New York City
Vorony - Camillus (Syracuse), New York
Vox Ethnika Orchestra - New York City, NY
Vyshyvky Band (featuring B. Chomut) - New Jersey ?
Walt Procanyn Orchestra - New York City, NY
(Dr.) Walter Dobushchak and His Orchestra - New York
Wave Band, The - New Hyde Park (Long Island), New York
Yeezhak - Philadelphia, PA
Zabava Band - Stamford, Connecticut / New York City
Zelene Zhyto Orchestra - Philadelphia, PA
Zhurawli Orchestra - Norwalk, Connecticut
Zoria - Chicago, Illinois
Zuki & Mike - New York ? / New Jersey ?




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A zabava is not a zabava unless you hear some of your favourite zabava songs!
Here's a list of some favourite zabava songs.
( If you are a young zabava band just beginning to play - this is a good list of songs from which to start. )
Била мене мати / Byla Mene Maty // Mother Scolded Me
Біла хмара, чорна хмара / Bila Hmara, Chorna Hmara // White Cloud, Black Cloud
Вітер віє / Veeter Veeye // The Whirlwind Blows
Водограй / Vodohray // The Fountain
Волиняночка / Volynnyanochka // Girl From Volyn [Oblast in NW Ukraine]
Ворожка (< Мені ворожка ворожила) / Vorozhka // The Fortuneteller
Галю // Halyu [a female proper name]
Ганю // Hanyu [a female proper name]
Гори, Гори / Hory, Hory // The Mountains, The Mountains [presumably The Carpathian]
За дунаєм / Za Dunayem // Beyond The Danube (River)
Засвистали козаченьки / Zasvystaly kozachenky // The Cossacks Whistled
I шумить, і гуде / Ee shoomit, ee hude // And it Makes a Noise and a Hum
Іванку // Ivanku [a female proper name]
Карі очі, чорні брови / Kari Ochi, Chorni Brovy // Beautiful 'Enchanting' Brown Eyes, Dark Brows
Коломийка // Kolomeyka [vocal or instrumental - a fast-paced folk dance, that is usually the zabava highlight]
Мала я мужа / Mala Ya Muzha // I Had a "Drunk & Lazy" Husband
Марічко // Marichko [a female proper name]
Мої ясени / Moyi Yaseny // My Ash Trees
Ой, гарна, я гарна / Oy, Harna Ya Harna // I'm Pretty And Proud
Ой, Марічко, чичері / Oy, Marichko, chycheri // Oh, Marichko, My Little Chickpea
Ой, смереко / Oy, Smereko // Oh, My Fir Tree
Oй та дуна дана / Oy Ta Duna Dana
Ой, у вишневому садочку / Oy, U Vyshnevomu Sadochku // In The Cherry Orchard
Ой, чий той кінь стоїть / Oy, Chay Toj Keen Stoyit // Whose Horse Stands There?
Ой, чорна я си чорна / Oy, Chorna, Ya Se Chorna // I am Dark and Beautiful, Like A Gypsy
Очі сині / Ochi syni // Blue Eyes
Писаний камінь (Де гори Карпати) / Pysanyj kamim (De hory Karpaty) // The Painted Stone (Where the Carpathian Mountains are)
Piдна мати моя (Pушничок) / Ridna Maty Moya (Rushnychok) // Dearest Mother of Mine (The Embroidered Towel)
Розпрягайте хлопці коні / Rozprjahajte Khloptsi Koni // Unharness The Horses, Boys!
Сам п'ю, сам гуляю / Sam Pyu, Sam Hulyaju // I Drink Alone, I Carouse Alone
Сину, качки летять / Synu, Kachky Letyat // My Son, Ducks Will Fly
Соловею / Soloveyu // The Nightingale (bird)
Сусідко / Susidko // My Pretty Neighbour
Тече вода каламутна / Teche Voda Kalamutna // The Water Flows Muddy
Ти ж мене підманула / Ty zh Mene Pidmanula // You Tricked (Deceived) Me
Український весільний марш // Ukrainian Wedding March [instrumental]
Циганочка / Tsyhanochka // The Gypsy Girl
Чабан / Chaban // The Shepherd
Червона рута / Chervona Ruta // The (Red) Ruta Flower [actually, a yellow flower that, mythically, turns red]
Черемшина / Cheremshyna // The Choke Cherry Tree (or Bird Cherry, Bitter Cherry)
Чорнобривці / Chornobryvtsi // The Marigolds
Чотири пияки / Chotyry Piyaky // The Four (Drunk) Drinkers (or Four Drunkards)
Ярема (Оце я...) // Yarema [a male proper name]

OK. here's a guy who deserves some respect !
Mr. Zenon Chwaluk has MC'd more festivals, banquets and charity events than you can shake a mic at !!
Most of them he does of his own goodwill !!!
You will see him on a stage soon - give him a cheer.


Dr. Brian Cherwick (of The Kubasonics) wrote his University thesis titled:
Polkas on the Prairies: Ukrainian Music and the Construction of Identity
towards completing his degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Ukrainian Folklore and Ethnomusicology. (Spring 1999).

Dr. Cherwick also wrote an article about the Tsymbaly instrument which can be downloaded here:
Ukrainian Tsymbaly Performance in Alberta


issue from SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1980

See page #10 for the story titled:
"Ukrainian Bands and their development in The United States and Canada from 1959 to the present."
by Oles Kuzyszyn.


An interesting course description for an online course offered by Robert B. Klymasz, Ph.D.
at The Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba:
Ukrainian Canadian Folklore: An Online Course

An article by Robert B. Klymasz for his course:

A helpful bibliography list, by Robert B. Klymasz, of articles on Ukrainians in Canada (Nov. 2005):
open PDF file  


A few more assorted articles:


by Mark Jaroslav Bandera.

WIKIPEDIA entry: "Music of Ukraine":

The Canadian Encyclopedia:
Ukrainian Music in Canada

Ukrainian People - online news magazine:
Traditional Ukrainian songs and music.

Ukraine World International online news magazine:
10 Reasons Why Ukrainian Music is a World-Class Phenomenon.

Omniglot - the online encyclopedia of writing systems & languages:
A Brief History of Ukrainian (Українська) Language and Alphabet.


  Please feel free to submit any band information & stories, scans of: photographs, album covers, song lists, posters, newspaper clippings, etc, to uczbweb@gmail.com
Together we can preserve for the future a very important segment of Ukrainian-Canadian social life and culture.

Help keep the Ukrainian spirit alive in our great country - Canada
Thank you. Дякую.

Веселої Забави!