Mark Bednarczyk and Roman Kostyk formed Pryvit in 1991, taking the duo’s name from the title song of a debut album, “welcoming” all to a newly liberated Ukraine.
Although the initial repertoire consisted of original material, additional personnel allowed the ensemble to expand vocally and instrumentally. By 1994, the repertoire also included Ukrainian folk and contemporary music. In subsequent years, Pryvit performed extensively around the Montreal area and South Bolton in Quebéc; Toronto, Acton, St. Catharines, and Ottawa in Ontario; Ellenville and Glen Spey in New York.
By late 1997, departures weakened the ensemble, until Irene Michalik joined in 1998. Unfortunate circumstances in 2000 forced an indefinite “sabbatical” from performing. The 2003 Montréal Ukrainian Festival marked Pryvit's first public appearance in three years.
After entertaining at the 2005 Montréal Ukrainian
Festival, and the
2006 Toronto and Montréal Ukrainian Festivals, the ensemble
continues as a vocal trio singing a variety of original compositions,
traditional folk, and contemporary cover material.
To view Privit performance at Montreal Ukrainian Festival, click here.