Kosa Kolektiv - Collective Curriculum Vitae

Profile:  We are a community rooted by our Ukrainian Canadian and other folk heritage who are united by our passion for artistic expression and community engagement.  We are interested in fostering a rebirth of Slavic folk traditions with an emphasis on craft and lore.  We cover a range of themes and media, but focus on making things with our hands using old and deliberate techniques and natural materials.  We seek to re-learn forgotten songs, rituals, and stories, and to bring to life new ones in a relevant way within our urban communities.

Artists: Bozena Hrycyna, Marichka Galadza, Oksana Hawrylak, Stephanie Turenko, Olenka Kleban, Natalie Telenso, Ewelina Ferenc

E-mail: kosa.kolektiv@gmail.com
Website: www.kosakolektiv.com

Collective Exhibitions

(2014) Winter Show, Art Exhibit, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
(2012) The Artist Exchange, Culmination Art Exhibit, Shevchenko Museum
(2011) Маршрутка (maršrútka), KUMF Gallery, Toronto
The Art Cellar, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
(2010) Organic Streetscape Projekt (OSP), Snowball Gallery, Toronto

Festivals & Special events

(2016) Toronto Ukrainian Festival, "Our Folk Heritage Tent", Bloor Street, Toronto

Steel Rails hosted by the Community Edition Newspaper, Kitchener, ON

Junction Solstice Festival, Folk Camp tent, Toronto

(2015) Koliada- Caroling in homes, in Bloor West Village, St. Lawrence Market, various churches & street, Toronto

(2014) Kalyta: Winter Solstice Celebration, community potluck, games, dance, ritual, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Community Mural Painting, St. Nicholas Church- facing Queen St., Toronto
Kupalo, Summer Solstice Community Celebration, Grafton, Ontario
Hailky: Spring Revels, Community Spring Celebration, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto
Winterfest -City of Hamilton, performance of folktale “The Mitten” and art installation
Koliada- Caroling in homes & businesses in Bloor West Village, Toronto

(2013) Maslyanytsya & Eva Salina Primack solo CD Release, Ukr. Cultural Centre,Toronto
Melanka, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Caroling in homes, restaurants, store fronts, and public spaces, Toronto
Koljada! Intro. performance with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Great Hall, Toronto
St. Andrew’s Eve, Ukr. Cultural Centre, Toronto
FU2: Fedora Upside Down Festival, Toronto
Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival, Toronto
Ukrainian Heritage Day, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
New Traditions: Music & Art Festival, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island
Kupala, Lemko Oselia, New Durham, Ontario
Feria, St. Stephen’s In The Field, Toronto
Melanka (Old fashioned Ukrainian New Year’s), St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Fedora Upside-Down Festival, Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Toronto
St. Andrew’s Eve, Kosa house, Toronto
Ivana Kupala (Summer Solstice) Celebration, Humber Bay East Park,Toronto


(2016) MakerExpo, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, ON

(2016, 2015, 2014) Winter Folk Fair, craft sale, craft & song workshops, folk music performances, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto

(2015- 2009) Book Arts Fair, OCAD University, Toronto

(2012) Parkdale Fair,  Parkdale School, Toronto
St Demetrius Bazaar, Toronto
Organic Streetscape Projekt (OSP) at Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto
Organic Streetscape Projekt (OSP) at Toronto Ukrainian Festival


(2015) Singing Workshop- “Old New Year’s Songs” with Maria Kudriavtseva, Kosa studio, Toronto
(2014) Song Exchange Weekend- various workshops (Ukrainian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian village songs), Plast Scouts Camp, Grafton, Ontario
Singing Workshops:
“Traditional Village Songs from central Ukraine” with Dakha Brakha, St. Vladimir Institute
series “Koliadky: Carols from  left-bank Ukraine” with Maria Kudriavtseva, Toronto
“Ukrainian Village Songs” with Kosa Kolektiv, Bread & Puppet Theatre, Vermont, USA
“Spring Song & Dance” with Kosa Kolektiv, Shawangunk Farm, New Paltz & St. George Church, N.Y.C.
“Vesnianky: Spring Calling Songs” with Maria Sonevytsky, St. Vladimir Institute
“Finding Your Voice” with Alexis Kochan, Kosa Studio, Toronto
“Introduction to Ukrainian Village Voice”, St. Vladimir Institute
“A Conversation with Dakha-Brakha”, performance & talk, St. Vladimir Institute
“Introduction to White Voice/Village Singing”, performance & workshop, Toronto Ukrainian Festival
Gypsy Folk Fusion – Dance Class with Stephania Woloshyn, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Pysanka Workshops:
Toronto: Natural Dyeing with Easter Eggs at Kosa studio, ARTiculations, St. Vladimir Institute
Hamilton: Needlework shop
Vesnianky/Hailky Workshop Series
Balkan & Ukrainian Singing Workshop
Balkan Songs Workshop Series
Pysanka Workshops:
Toronto: Del Manor Residence St. Vladimir Institute, ARTiculations shop, St. Nicholas Church
Hamilton: Conservatory of the Arts, Needlework shop
Port Hope: Capitol Theatre
Pavuky workshop, St Nicholas Church, Toronto
Didukh-making! St Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Mask-making, Kosa House, Toronto
Artist Exchange Project: Icon & Folk Painting Workshops, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Art and Crafts project at Lemko Vatra, Lemko Oselia, New Durham, Ontario
Pysanka Workshops:
Toronto: St. Vladimir Institute, Sunnybrook Hospital, ARTiculations shop
Hamilton: Needlework shop
Ukrainian Village Dance Workshop with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Church of the Holy Protection hall, Toronto
Slavic Singing Workshops (throughout the year), various locations, Toronto
Slavic Singing Workshops, Toronto
Pysanka Workshop, Toronto

Media mention

(2015) CBC Radio: Metro Morning Interview with Stephanie Turenko on Folk Camp

(2014) Kontakt, OMNI Television
Radio Kontakt: Global Maidan, Interview, December 14, 2014
(2013) CBC RADIO: Here & Now interview, Jan. 4, 2013
(2012) SNAP Downtown Toronto, OCAD University 28th Annual Book Arts Fair
Hamilton Spectator, featured video on pysanky
Visnyk, St. Vladimir Institute’s newsletter (spring) Svitohliad, OMNI Television
Torontoist, blog
(2011) Kanadsky-slovak, newspaper
CBC Radio, mentioned
TVO Kids, Kids corner pysanka demo, television
Svitohliad, OMNI Television
(2010) Bloor West Villager, newspaper


(2014) Traditional Singing Workshops Project- Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko
(2013) Grant from Olzhych Foundation for Maslyanytsya event
(2011) Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko