This is my second year performing at the Ukrainian Festival with Desna. However, as a child and teenager, I performed, volunteered and attended regularly. She taught me how to pinch perogies — you don't want them opening up and the insides coming out. And she taught me how to make delicious potato pancakes! It’s great to see our culture and heritage preserved and celebrated. I also love running into old friends I met growing up in the Ukrainian community. We’ll be dancing on the main stage at the festival, and we perform at cultural festivals around the GTA and beyond. Festival: Sept. 15 - 17 on Bloor Street W.