Upcoming and Recent Events:

Harrison Festival of the Arts/ZEELLIA performance
Sunday, July 16, 2017,  1pm

Heart of the City Festival 
Sunday, November 6, 2016,  3 pm
Community Celebration
Ukrainian Hall (805 E. Pender St.)

Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper The festival ends on a high note at the East End’s historic Ukrainian Hall with lively music, invigorating dance and colourful costumes at Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper. This annual favourite, produced with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, features the Barvinok Choir and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers. Special guests include: Zeellia, Vancouver’s own Slavic soul band led by Beverly Dobrinsky; the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble led by Jirong Huang; and the Lil’wat family performance group Tzo’kam led by Russell Wallace. We look forward to the unique and original collaborations to be presented by this afternoon’s special guests. Immediately following the concert is the always-delicious traditional Ukrainian Supper.
Sunday Nov 6, Concert 3pm, Supper follows. Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender.
$25. For advance tickets contact 604-254-3436

Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society presents:

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7:30 pm
St. James Community Hall (3214 West 10th Ave)

From China to Ukraine, melodies of earth, sky, melancholy, identity, wars, horses, love and joy

Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble &
Barvinok Choir with Beverly Dobrinsky
featuring Dr. Jan Walls, MC and  ZEELLIA
General Admission $20 | Seniors & Students $15


ZEELLIA Album launch for Tse Tak Bulo/That’s How it Was

April 2, 2016  8 pm
 Ukrainian Hall
805 E. Pender, Vancouver
with special guests  VOSTOK
Tickets $20 in advance from High Life Records  /  $22 at the door

Vancouver New Music presents

Michael O’Neill | John Luther Adams | Annea Lockwood | Hildegard Westerkamp
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:30 pm Concert/ 2 pm free panel discussion

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability(CIRS)
UBC, 2260 West Mall, Point Grey Campus

This event will be broadcast live by CiTR AT 101.9FM, with live streaming and podcasts available at
Tickets $35 regular, $15 students (includes taxes) [Buy tickets]

Michael O’Neill (Vancouver)
stone garden *
For gamelan, bagpipes, and voices.
stone garden is an intercultural work for Balinese gamelan beleganjur, Scottish bagpipes, Ukrainian bilij holos (white voice or pure voice) singing, and chorus. It is a rumination from a personal perspective on end-of-life matters, recognizing the shared traditional role of beleganjur and bagpipes in cremation/funeral ceremonies. Weaving through the piece, with light, humour, and gravitas are the words of celebrated Vancouver poet Gerry Gilbert. Performed by the Beledrone Ensemble.

* World premiere, commissioned by Vancouver New Music with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Caravan World Rhythms presents

Direct from Kiev, Ukraine


Sunday, August 31, 8pm, 2014
Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway, Vancouver.
Tickets $22 Adv / $25 door.

Available online at
Or at Highlife and Banyen Books

With special guests, ZEELLIA.

DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kiev whose sound is at once mesmerizing and mystical, melding soulful Ukrainian folk with the jazz and trance sounds that typify World Music. Aptly named, “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the Ukrainian. Mixing the fundamental structure of folk music with free-form improvisation, the Kiev, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a mesmerizing world of unexpected and engaging new music. On stage, Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation melds with the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range to create a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

Caravan World Rhythms
#557-1917 West 4th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7



November 8 and 10th, 2013
Ukrainian Hall

805 E. Pender St., Vancouver, BC

This 85th Anniversary tribute interweaves oral history with live theatre and music, haunting choral singing and the driving rhythms of Ukrainian dance.  Performed by a multi-generational cast of over sixty professional and community actors, singers, dancers and musicians.

Inspired by stories and memories from the East End’s historic Ukrainian community, “Bread & Salt” is co-written by Beverly Dobrinsky and Savannah Walling and incorporates writings by Clifford Odets, Helen Potrebenko, Ivan Franko and Taras Shevchenko.

Directed by James Fagan Tait with music directed by Beverly Dobrinsky;
With actors Stephen Maddock, Billy Marchenski, Helen Volkow and Montana Hunter;
Musicians Sheila Allen, Jonathan Bernard, Alex Chisholm, Mark Haney, Alison Jenkins, Bud & Heidi Kurz;
And the Vancouver Folk Orchestra, Barvinok Choir, Dovbush Dancers, and AUUC School of Dance with Conductors Gregory Johnson and Beverly Dobrinsky; Dance Directors Debbie (Wishinki) Karras and Laurel (Parasiuk) Lawry, and choreographic contributions by Serguei Makarov, Liliya Chernous, Gina Alpen (Con8 Collective) and Danya Karras.

Produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre and Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in partnership with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians.


Slowpoke: A Journey into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

June 11-15, 2013
The Russian Hall
600 Campbell Ave.
Vancouver, BC

This powerful work was performed and created by Radix Associate Billy Marchenski and Vancouver dance artist Alison Denham, with direction by James Fagan Tait and music by Beverly Dobrinsky. The show used theatre, dance, and projections to tell the sometimes harrowing-sometimes humorous story of a journey inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Billy was inspired to create the exploratory work after visiting the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in 2010. In the fall of 2011 he and his partner Alison packed their cameras and bags to visit the Exclusion Zone and begin developing a show about Billy’s experience.

Performed in the intimate Russian Hall, the Slowpoke narrative played out on two levels: the first recounted Billy and Alison’s trip to the zone itself. The second meditated on the enormous time scale the incident plays out on and what it means for humanity to possess the power to alter the environment so drastically.

The work’s title is both a nod to this timeline and a reminder of Canada’s connection to nuclear energy as manufacturers of the Slowpoke reactor, built in the 1960’s and still in use in parts of Canada today.



#116-350 E. 2ND Ave.
Vancouver, BC

Opening Reception:
April 5, 2013 (7pm -10pm)

Exhibition Dates:
April 5, 2013 – May 4, 2013

grunt gallery is pleased to exhibit Strange Songs of Trust and Treachery by Vancouver-based artist, Laura Lamb. The exhibition features several installations that reveal the curious fictional world that the artist refers to as Lamb’s Performing Objects.

The artist describes Lamb’s Performing Objects as, “An umbrella project including videos, installation, drawings and texts, in which all parts work together as a collage. Each fragment informs the others to evoke a fictive world of wandering performers, some human, some almost human, who through song, story and circus ravel and unravel 20th century cultural mythologies. The concept of Strange Songs of Trust and Treachery grew from a set of song lyrics I wrote for the character Lotte Obratsov. Lotte first appeared in a set of small mixed media figures, which were in turn based on a set of drawings.”

Russian lacquerware, rusty metal household objects and clockwork mechanisms perform in Bits and Tatters, the first installment of a video trilogy. Accompanying this video is a song that Lamb wrote and produced with composer and singer, Beverly Dobrinsky.  

“My work investigates the gaps and disjunctions between the frailty and clumsiness of performing objects (for example puppets, toys or masks) and their power as producers of complex and compelling narrative,” says Lamb. “It’s in these gaps where the comedic and transcendent power of objects is able to emerge.”

The opening reception for Strange Songs of Trust and Treachery will be held at grunt gallery on Friday April 5, 2013 from 7-10 pm. The exhibition will run from April 5 – May 4, 2013.

Ukrainian Hall 805  E. Pender  Nov.4, 3 pm      Tickets $20  604-254-3436

Come and enjoy a feast of performance at the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC)season opening concert and supper. The cultural forces of the Ukrainian Hall: Dovbush Dancers, the Vancouver Folk Orchestra and the Barvinok choir will be joined by special guests: Brazilian dancers Axe Capoeira, poets Zaccheus Jackson, Muriel Marjorie; and gamelan and bagpipe ensemble, Mearingstone. I will be singing with Mearingstone, as well as conducting the Barvinok choir.

Heart of the City Festival 2012 :SHARING OUR STORIES/ переказ нашого життя
November 2, 7-9 pm Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender

You are invited to join me for an afternoon of remembering and sharing. I have had the pleasure of spending the summer in the homes of many gracious people who have shared with me their experiences connected with the Ukrainian Hall. Many were born and grew up in this neighbourhood and worked in this neighbourhood; and even when their families moved, the Hall remained their home away from home. The Ukrainian Hall has served as a community meeting place since its inception in 1928; and these stories reflect how she has served her community over the years.
Come to listen, and to add your voice to our collective experience. This story gathering will be the foundation for the creation of a script for Vancouver Moving Theatre`s production of “Bread and Salt” which will be premiered at the 2013 Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in conjunction with the 85th anniversary of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians.


August 17-19, 2012: Princeton, BC
Performance at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Radix Theatre: SLOWPOKE

Musical accompaniment for SLOWPOKE, a project inspired by the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear accident. A roving, site-specific theatre and dance performance, co-created by Billy Marchenski and Alison Denham; and developed with Carolyn Chan, Nneka Croal, Alison Denham, Aryo Khakpour, Andrew Laurenson, and Tiffany Tregarthen. The team recently workshopped a two-week creation phase in July 2012, with final production scheduled for May 2013.

Strange Songs of Trust and Treachery
as sung by Lotte Obratsov in the Celebrated Opera “Century.”

This evocative, layered, fragmented narrative video will be performed by figurative objects made of paper mache, fabric and mixed media; and drawings and texts in a miniature set with an original song-based sound track which I have  composed and recorded for the final production to be released later this year.