Vincent Rees has been a prolific dancer, director, choreographer and connoisseur of Ukrainian dance, art and culture for many years. Raised in Victoria BC, Vincent moved to Edmonton in 1992 to join the world renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. With Shumka, Vincent had the great opportunity of performing across Canada as a cast member of “Absolutely Shumka”, “Shumka’s Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker” with the Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine and Shumka.
He has traveled most of eastern Europe, and South America. Vince created Cobblestone Freeway as a way to combine his passion for culture and travel.
In Damjan's short lifetime, he has gathered quite a lot of experience. He has a degree in law, preschool teaching, and also knowledge in Portuguese language and culture. However, he find that the biggest experience definitely comes from the only true school - and that is life. Tourism is the field he has been active in for the last 18 years guiding, planning entertainment, and organizing holidays or business trips. Fluent in English, Portuguese, French and Croatian. Awaiting you in the paradise called Croatia!
Larissa's parents were producers of Canada's largest multicultural events so it's no surprise she loves to travel and immerse herself in different cultures. A graduate of York University's Dance program with a specialty in Dance Ethnology, her studies focused on Ukrainian dance in Canada She danced professionally with such companies as Les Sortileges - Canada's National Folk Dance Ensemble in Montreal and has performed throughout North America and Europe. Upon moving to Edmonton, she performed with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and competed in Irish step dancing. Since moving to Costa Rica in 2001 (and marrying Roberto Leiva), Larissa has worked in tourism and published Costa Rica - The Bradt Guidebook.
Brian Cherwick is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Ukraine as a soloist, with a number of folk ensembles, and as leader of his own speed-folk band The Kubasonics. After many travels to Ukraine, he knows all the ins and outs of the musical culture of the country. If you need to know about a musical tradition, a musician, or an instrument, Brian is sure to have an interesting story to tell you about them. Brian was the popular host of our Musical Mystery Tour.
Cathy is passionate about traditions and folklore, spending her spare time surrounded by culture. Since 1987 she has been the Artistic Director of the Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She enjoys bringing stories, history, tradition and photography to the stage with dance and drama. She is often teaching the making of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) or Korovai (wedding bread) to groups of youth and adults, sharing her creativity and enthusiasm for art and rich cultures. She loves to collect instruments, but doesn't know how to play any of them ... yet!
During the day, Cathy works in healthcare, focusing on prevention and screening. She is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and experiment with ingredients. Having traveled a lot with work and with dancers, she trials new-found cuisine on her lucky husband and two grown daughters.
She was raised on a fruit farm in the Niagara area, and loves that Cobblestone Freeway brings tours to the roots of each cultural experience - it's just like coming home. Pack your bags and come along!
Yulia has been doing a great job for our company. She is the person who takes care of our travellers in Ukraine. Showing the best cultural spots around Lviv and other no less interesting places around Ukraine. Yulia's very personable, friendly and always ready to share her knowledge and experience with others.
Meet Bogdan. Cobblestone Freeway Tours guide, translator, varenyky eater, midnight problem solver and all around great guy. When you come to Ukraine on one of our tours you'll be in good hands as this man doesn't sleep until every last detail on every last tour is worked out.
Svetlana has been working as a guide for a long time. Svetlana is knowledgeable, flexible and friendly, with a very positive life position, kind sense of humor and rich work experience.
She will introduce you to the rich history of the Jewish community in Lviv and will take you to the most prominent places related with this impressive culture.
Andrea Jakubowycz loves everything wine! As a wine consultant and educator, she works to make wine approachable for all. She has over 10 years experience in the wine industry, and has worked for a wine distributor, and has organized over 100 private wine tasting events and winery excursions/tours.
She sees wine as an adventure, and always looks to share fun facts, interesting stories, and unique food and wine pairings. She especially enjoys working with private groups, and regardless of your experience, wants everyone to enjoy adventures with wine, one glass at a time!
You can follow her at UncorkedMoments.com, where she shares tips, reviews, and her adventures in wine.
Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn is a world renowned artist that has exhibited her watercolours throughout South America, in Europe, and across Canada. She holds a BFA in Art & Design and a MA in Ukrainian Folklore from the University of Alberta, and is currently completing a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies. As an artist, curator, and instructor, Larisa's career has been dedicated to engaging the public with the arts. In addition to many of her own travelling exhibits, Larisa has curated and designed exhibits for Grupo Li Gallery (Caracus), Botanical Gardens Gallery (Geneva), Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta, Oseredok Gallery (Winnipeg), Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts at the AGA (Edmonton), and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Toronto). Larisa has also taught illustration for over a decade at The Kings University in Edmonton, and through artist-in-residence programming she continues to mentor emerging artists of all ages.
The impact of Larisa’s art has reached deeply into the Ukrainian community. Dramatic imagery, combining reflections of relevant historical moments, environmental beauty and sensitivity, cultural influences and identities with poignant social statements, has brought her international attention and acclaim. Her works can be found in collections across Canada, throughout South America, Australia and Europe.
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