The ladies of kosa kolektiv, as well as some helpful friends, passersby and neighbourhood kids have been steadily working away at our mural on Queen West between Gore Vale and Bellwoods in Toronto. With varous travels, weather hi jinks and other adventures to distract us from this project, the mural has been a slow-going process….but come Monday, Sept 15th (weather permitting) – we hope to finally put the finishing touches on our mural ! Come out and paint with us ! We’re not asking for professional graffiti or muralists, just people who can paint within the lines or turn honest mistakes into unexpected patterns – no pressure ! hehe.
Our last mural drop-in will be held on:
Weather permitting – if the forecast says rain – we will have to re-shedule – check our facebook group for updates
Bring a smock or something to protect your clothes from the paint.
Meet up at St.Nicks church at Queen and Gore Vale between the church and Nadege bakery. Let me know if you’re coming !
As an aside I’d like to thank the residents of Queen West for encouraging us, for taking interest, for asking questions, stopping by and dropping change in our tip jar. You funded our coffee breaks and your appreciation for our culture and folk art is what drives us to do what we do.
I’d also like to acknowledge the support of the Priests at St. Nicholas Parish who conceptualized and funded this project. Additionally, the chance encounters that took place around this mural fostered a sense of community. To the rasta guys that entertained us with their critiques and political questions, to the kids that without hesitation to paintbrush in hand to draw petals and borders, the Swiss couple who’s uncle owns the video store around the corner and all the other cast of characters around and about who are no longer strangers. This mural has convinced me that when you do things in public, the public becomes a place you share together, and the city feels a little smaller – in a good way. Ok enough nostalgic rambling for now…come paint with us !
Kosa Kolektiv will be hosting a “village voice” singing gathering called the “Song Exchange Weekend” over the Labour Day weekend in Grafton, Ontario. We will spend most of the weekend in workshops, but we will of course gather in the evening ’round the table to enjoy summer’s bounty and to sing together. It’s a little far away, but as we all know, the beautiful carefree days of summer fly by, so now is the time to mark this date down in your calendars!
You are invited to join us for dinner on Saturday August 30th, at 6pm.
Enjoy a homecooked meal of organic fare straight from the Northumberland fields, with songs from the fields of Ukraine.
Experience a celebratory Ukrainian dinner in true “village style”: table laden with dishes made of simple but fresh ingredients, homemade compote, kvass, liquors & tea, accompanied by a wealth of toasts & songs sung by many voices. Enjoy a homecooked gourmet meal of organic fare straight from the fields. Toasted buckwheat with caramelized onions, swiss chard, garlic; young dill pickles; heirloom tomato & basil salad, beets, carrots, sweet corn, Jerusalem artichokes, arugula, delicious potatoes… some or all of these will be served, and many more delights from the Hrycyna farm.
Dinner $10-20 (pay what you can) and BYOB.
Bring spirits to share and any fresh local fare that you’d like to contribute (lots of local fruit farms on the way ;)) We’ll be cooking up organic veggies from the Hrycyna farm and the main courses will be mostly gluten free and vegetarian.
If you are planning on coming to hang out for the whole weekend, but will not be in the workshops, please volunteer your time to cook for the singers, or help in the garden. If you are planning on staying the night, please let us know, too.
Email Bozena or Olenka at kosa.kolektiv[at]gmail.com
Looking forward to hosting you!
Bozena, Olenka, & all the Kosa ladies
Myself (Marichka) and Olenka Kleban are excited to share with you that we’ll be making a public art mural on Queen West at Bellwoods as part of the St. Nicholas Parish gate beautification project ! The gate is between Nadege Bakery and the West side of the Church and needs some TLC.Years of narcissistic graffitti has made this gate an eyesore and with go-ahead from the parish preists, we’re gonna make it a little nicer to look at. Olenka put together a design based on traditional “vytynnanky” paper cutting patterns popular in Eastern Europe. We haven’t settled on a colour palette yet, so if you have ideas, send us some swatches by e-mail to kosa.kolektiv at gmail.com :
We are also hosting drop-in hours if people want to come help paint and be a part of this lasting art piece on the Queen West strip.
Drop-In Hours will be :
Saturday, July 26th 1-3 pm
Sunday, July 27th 1-3 pm
If you’re interested in helping out, shoot us a quick e-mail at kosa.kolektiv at gmail.com or and we’ll try to have enough brushes on hand for everyone. No artistic background required, just some good vibes and a willingness to take part in this fun project….
Ofcourse, the drop-ins are weather permitting. If the weather’s looking rainy, we’ll post on our facebook group on the morning of the event to let you know if it’s a go or not. Looking forward to getting colour scheme ideas everyone !
We want this to be everyone’s mural and we’re excited to share a little “життє радість” ( zhyttye radist’ – literally life joy in Ukrainian, in french joie de vivre) with passersby through folk art !
Time to honour and revel in the earth’s fertility….
Kupalo or Ivan Kupalo is a celebration of ancient origin marking the end of the summer solstice and the beginning of the harvest. Among Slavic peoples Kupalo was believed to be the god of love and of the harvest and the personification of the earth’s fertility.
Having survived hundreds of years of repression, transformation, and commodification, Kupalo’s ancient power and meaning transcend time and cultural boundaries bringing us all together to cleanse ourselves with fire and water, and revel in the fertile energy of the earth.
On Kupalo’s eve unmarried young people gather outside in the forest or near a stream or pond. We build ‘Kupalo fires’ around which we perform ritual dances and sing songs. We leap over the fires, bathe in the water (an act of purification), and play physical games. People who identify with the feminine wear scented herbs and flowers and adorn their hair with garlands of freshly cut flowers. Later they divine their fates according to what happened to the garlands which they had sent flowing on the water.
All unmarried folk who who would like to celebrate Kupalo in community are invited to contact us- we’ll be celebrating in July this year….
The ancient Slavic tradition of celebrating spring outdoors with community has deep roots.
We’re reviving this practice in Toronto, for the 2nd year now! Join us!
HAIVKY: Community Easter Folk Celebration
Sun April 20th, 4pm- til dark. Trinity Bellwoods Park
Singing procession starts at main gates, leads into park.
Traditional singing, participatory folk dancing, games and walking formations. Ukrainian and Breton folk dances led by local musicians; Village Voice singing led by Kosa Koelktiv; games for children led by Plast youth. Bring a picnic basket full of goodies and stay for the afternoon. Weather pending, activities might move indoors (into the church basement hall of St. Nicholas Church, 4 Bellwoods Ave.). If you miss the procession, you can find us under the red silk tent near the middle of the park.
We invite all singing groups and folklore groups to share their culture’s spring songs by joining us in the park.
If you would like to sing spring songs or lead games or dances, we welcome your gifts, your presence. Please contact Bozena and Alex at kosa.kolektiv[at]gmail.com
if you need more information, or just show up and take part!