Huron Waves Stands With Ukraine

Music Festival hosts a benefit for Ukrainian Students in S/W Ontario

Huron Waves Music Festival will present a special concert that will celebrate Ukrainian culture and raise funds for young Ukrainians studying in Southwestern Ontario. Dubbed We Stand With Ukraine, the concert will be held on Sunday, June 19 at 3 pm at Grand Bend Place in Grand Bend.

“Huron Waves is proud to honour the rich culture of Ukraine at the very time it is under brutal attack, and to raise funds to assist Ukrainians feeling the impact of the war,” said Paul Ciufo, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Huron Waves.

Judy Maddren, formerly of World Report, CBC National Radio News, hosts the benefit concert. All proceeds from the event will assist students who are studying in Southwestern Ontario and are unable to be supported by their parents living under duress back home.

The concert will feature internationally-honoured bandurist Victor Mishalow – a Canadian educator, composer, conductor, and a Merited Artist of Ukraine – and his Bandurist Ensemble. Then, by live video, the audience will be linked with musicians on-site in Ukraine. 

All the artists are donating their services for this special benefit performance. Tickets are available at and will be available at the door.

The bandura is a Ukrainian plucked string instrument.  It combines elements of the zither and lute and, up until the 1940s, was also often referred to by the term kobza. Early instruments (c. 1700) had 5 to 12 strings and were similar to the lute. In the 20th century, the number of strings increased initially to 31 strings (1926), then to 56 strings, then 68 strings on modern ‘concert’ instruments (1954).

Huron Waves is a new Music Festival offering dynamic and diverse music programming in Huron County from June 1 – 26, 2022. Huron Waves Music Festival is generously supported by White Squirrel Golf Course & Restaurant, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and the County of Huron.  We Stand With Ukraine is generously supported by GC Financial Solutions Group Inc., Paul & Julie Ciufo, and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.  

Masks are not required indoors but are appreciated. We will respect each person’s choices.

We Stand With Ukraine
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Grand Bend Place