VEGREVILLE CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
UKRAINIAN MUSIC HALL OF HONOUR INDUCTEE 2019
John Kusick’s music career began at the young age of 7, when he picked up his uncle’s violin. Around the age of 16, he played with bands here and there around Edmonton.
John was the first musician, along with his late friend Henry Shmetura to start a Ukrainian hour, which was first on CFRN 1953-1954, then later a program on the French station CHFA around 1954. They composed the song “Oy Hunzoo Loobah”, a favourite of many bands even today ,playing many years on the air. Later his love of the violin took him onto his music career with the bands “Country Gentleman” and the “HiLites”. They entertained at many weddings and played for dances at different halls in Edmonton.
John also plays the saxophone and other musical instruments, which was an asset in the bands he played with. His ability to use his vocals were well received, and still are today. Being well versed in Ukrainian and English, ,this just comes naturally to him. He was born to play music which is his passion.
Today with John’s current band “Harmony” at the age of 90, his gift of music is still available and loved.