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Grandma’s Shawl

Main Stage

Grandma’s Shawl, is a musical journey inspired by the tale of Kokum Shawls and tells the story of the lasting bond between Ukrainian and Indigenous women.

Narrated through the enchanting voices of Natalya Gennadi, soprano, and Kristine Dandavino, mezzo, accompanied by piano (Jo Greenaway) and violin (Oleksandra Fedyshyn), the story unfolds in the early 20th century. Faced with hardships and an unwelcome presence in Canada, Ukrainian newcomers find belonging in the kindness of Indigenous women. From shared meals to Khustka shawls – the kinship between these women opens the way for an enduring mutual cultural appreciation.

This intimate performance celebrates human kindness, weaving historical quotes, poetry, and folk songs. Compositions by Ukrainian artists Stefania Turkevych, Lesia DychkoOleksandra Fedyshyn and Alla Zagaykevych blend seamlessly with works by Canadians Kristine Dandavino, Anna Pidgorna, Ian Cusson, and Andrew Balfour.

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric setting, reminiscent of late-night kitchen conversations, with interactive visual projections bringing ancient symbols and embroidery to life.

Grandma’s Shawl is not just a performance; it’s a celebration of unity, cultural exchange, and the resilient spirit of motherhood. Join us on this musical odyssey, where two voices become one in the embrace of Kokum shawls.

Natalya Gennadi Curator, Soprano, Music Director
Kristine Dandavino Mezzo-Soprano
Jo Greenaway Piano
Oleksandra Fedyshyn Violin

The Water Song Irene Wawatie Jerome
Ukrainian Lullaby 
Emigration Elegy Stefania Turkevych
Elegy Oleksandra Fedyshyn
Mountain Prairie Jessica McMann
3 Miniatures Alla Zagaykevych

Peekaboo Baby  Anna Pidgorna
Pie Jesu (Aria) Kristine Dandavino
On the boat Lesia Dychko
A Breakfast for Barbarians Ian Cusson
Fire Ian Cusson
Vision Chant Andrew Balfour

Soundstreams’ New Voices Curator Mentorship Program is supported by The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation and Azrieli Foundation.