Recently inspired by the efforts of others in our city, I feel compelled to collaborate with members of the Edmonton art and music community in order to raise awareness, as well as funds, for those directly affected by the current conflict in Ukraine.

The enthusiasm I have encountered throughout the organization of this event has been overwhelming.

Many musicians and artist have volunteered their time and Philip Muz, owner of The Artery, has kindly offered to host the event.

As I was meeting with members of the Edmonton Ukrainian community to raise awareness about the fundraiser, I was often asked if I had a Ukrainian background. I told them I do not, but I am struck by the overwhelming feeling that people should utilize the strengths and abilities of their own communities to assist those in need.

In order to prevent conflicts like the one in Ukraine from continually occurring, it is vital that we think and behave collectively. It is the responsibility of each of us to acknowledge the violent conflicts happening in the world and use our abilities to ensure that the people involved are receiving the assistance they desperately need. There should not be war in 2015.

All of the proceeds raised through sale of food and tickets, as well as any donations, will be directed through The Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Alberta Provincial Council (UCC- APC) and will be used directly for humanitarian aid, to assist those injured, displaced, or affected by the current conflict in Ukraine.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me


Thank you,

Zachary Hofer