Marta Shpak and her songs captivated Canada

A singer from our village Pereghinsk, (Rozhnyativskiy region) Martha Shpak has recently returned from Canada, there she participated in Ukrainian Festivals held in Toronto and Montreal. All the spectators were adored by her fine Ukrainian dress, her magnificent vocal and harmonious songs awaked nostalgia in spectators’ hearts.

The tourney began from the concerts in Park de la Ukraine (Montreal, Quebec). The Ukrainian Festival is very important event in the all Ukrainians’ life of Montreal & East Canada. This festival popularizes culture, traditions & history of our people. A crowd of 12 thousands was watching performance with great pleasure among which were only 40 per cent of Ukrainians and 60 per cent of other cultural groups. At Ukrainian community and personally Pastor Igor Kutash requests Marta Shpak performed her songs in Ukrainian church after service.

Admiring all the beauty of Quebec’s nature, the young singer together with tourney organizers went to Toronto, where the Festival had wider range & lasted much longer. 3 days long accompanied by the “Ukraine” dance group Marta successfully performed her arts on the central Festival stage. She also gave interviews for Ukrainian radio & television in Montreal & Toronto. Martha proudly mentioned that wearing embroidered shirt (Ukrainian national wear “vyshyvanka”) and singing Ukrainian songs was very popular in Ukraine nowadays. She also said that people of different countries welcomed Ukrainian songs with great pleasure.

Martha was greatly impressed by high professional level of all local Ukrainian arts groups and picturesque Ukrainian Churches, shops, museums and streets in Canada.

The trip to Canada was finished by Martha Shpak solo concert in St. Catharines town situated at Niagara Fall coast. The hall of The Chernomorskyi House was overcrowded. The concert lasted 2 hours long. The spectators met all her songs with a great ovation. During the tour her first album “At daybreak” was released in surprisely short terms. Thus Martha Shpak got many invitations to make her solo concerts in Canada. Next time her tour seems to be much more longer & be held in many places of Canada & the USA.

The young talented singer told many interesting facts about life in Canada. We are very pleased to know, that Ukrainian culture and clever & hard-working Ukrainians are highly respected on American Continent. “Our country is lack in high social policy and great mutual understanding to every person no matter what social status he has, as it is in Canada” said Martha to our correspondent.

By Hanna Voznyuk