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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

By Marina Irick on July 21, 2015

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival.

The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra.

UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been pumped up and electrified.”

Damian Sawka, the lead singer and front-man for UKRAINIA and a highly involved member of the Ottawa music community, is excited to participate in the event.

“I think it’s great that we finally have our own Ukrainian festival here in the nation’s capital,” he said. “It’s a great way for non-Ukrainians to learn about our culture, and we hope to see a lot of folks out. The entertainment line-up looks really cool, and the food is going to be delicious!”

Lemon-Bucket Orkestra was born on the streets of Toronto and calls itself “Canada’s only balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band.” How can you not be intrigued by that? The band recorded their new album Mooka in a friend’s barn in Waterloo – and will undoubtedly live up to their awesome reviews.

Lemon-Bucket Orchestra. Photo courtesy of the band.

Lemon-Bucket Orchestra. Photo courtesy of the band.

The cash bar opens at 8:30 on the Friday night, and the music starts at 9:30. Don’t miss out on the delicious food, too – indulge in homemade perogies, smoked garlic sausage, Ukrainian-style beet soup (borscht), a flavourful salad, or a sweet treat of Ukrainian doughnuts and ice cream. Ahh, and don’t forget about the mixed drinks with Zirkova vodka.

See you at the Korchma!

Capital Ukrainian Festival runs from July 24 – 26, 2015. Tickets are $20 for the Friday pub night and are available online, at The Record Centre in Hintonburg and at the door. After opening night the fest takes place at the Ukrainian Catholic Shrine (952 Green Valley Cres) featuring many performances , demonstrations, a vendor’s market and tasty food. Click here for more info.