Valeria Kolisnyk (Vancouver, March 5, 2022)
The New York City FC match with the Canadian team Whitecaps on the BC Stadium in Vancouver began with the Ukrainian national anthem performed by a Ukrainian-Canadian band called “Singers for a Cause”. After the Whitecaps carried out the yellow-blue flag and teams lined up at the stadium, they sang “Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy” for thousands of football fans. Also there was a minute of silence in honor of and prayed for those whose lives were taken by the Russian war against Ukraine.
BC Stadium, Vancouver. March 5, 2022
This was reported to Ukrainian Vancouver by one of the participants in the speech, Yaroslava Tanko.
Opening the game with a national song, the singers showed how important it is to support compatriots, because war is not only one front, not only hot spots where fighting is taking place, but also information warfare, which aims to reach millions of other hearts and gain their support.
Ms. Yaroslava says that they were preparing for this performance, which took place on March 5 in one day. «We were contacted by Frantz, one of the choristers of the Vancouver Opera. He was very impressed by the tragic events in Ukraine and offered to sing our national anthem together with the Canadians. It took only a few hours to learn the words and harmony», – says Yaroslava.
On the Frantz’ page in Facebook, he also appealed to the Ukrainian community to find people willing to join event like this. He didn’t have to wait long for an answer, the comments under the post with collaboration proposals appeared almost immediately.
Iaroslava Tanko noted that a few days before the performance, they had the opportunity to sing in front of a Canadian audience at Port Coquitlam. People listened to it with incredible enthusiasm and patriotism, permeated with the fate of the country and the people who are so brutally killed by the Russian authorities.
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Iaroslava Tanko, Lena Keshysheva, Anna Vorobyova, Olesya Rud’ and Mykhaylo Gaydeychuk became the ones who carried the Ukrainian song far beyond their native land together with the Vancouver Opera choir members