At the end of the 19th century, in search of a better life, they left their homes and crossed the mighty Atlantic Ocean, to set foot on fertile Canadian soil. Thus began a new chapter in the life of the Ukrainian nation – its Canadian diaspora. And through this last century, with dignity and self-determination, they adapted themselves to a new way of life while maintaining their identity.
Age-old Ukrainian cultural traditions, as key aspects of self-expression and identity, found fertile ground to flourish here and coexist harmoniously among the myriad of cultures and traditions brought by others to this country. Not only that, they reached new heights, and brought strong gains to the multicultural heritage in this province and the country as a whole.
Thus we bring to your attention this book. As a first, our goal was to create a coherent picture and reveal a wide panoramic view of the artistic life of Ukrainians living in Quebec, with its colourful palette, from the period of first settlements to the present day. At the heart of this publication are carefully gleaned archival photographs and jubilee booklets of churches and civic organizations, materials from private collections, collected stories and memories shared by older members of the community, the long-time residents of Montreal, and recent arrivals.
You will be able to get acquainted with the work of not only those Ukrainian artists who were or are native to this province, but also those who were connected with Quebec for a short while due to life’s circumstances. You will also have the opportunity to discover many interesting facts about the cultural and artistic kaleidoscope that is the Ukrainian community.
And, most importantly, you will be able to discover the boundless and inexhaustible creative talent of the Ukrainian nation, which, due to its deep national roots undampened by time and the conditions of its existence, was able to save and continue to preserve its most valuable gift – the Ukrainian soul!
Welcome to the world of the Arts of Ukrainians in Quebec!