“High Profile” is a 5-piece Ukrainian-Canadian band that was formed in Winnipeg Manitoba 25 years ago by local musician Darren Gagaluk. Since the band’s inception, they have recorded 3 Ukrainian CDs: “Traditionally Yours”, “…And The Zabava Goes On…” and “Tribute to Ukrainian Heritage.” Both CDs have been featured on ethnic radio stations across Canada and even into the Unite States. Each CD contains not just polkas and waltzes but latin beats, sambas and even contemporary rock/pop sounds.
“High Profile” was formed out of Darren’s love of his Ukrainian culture blended with contemporary Western musical culture. All members of the band just appreciate the opportunity to perform for audiences with the intent for all to have a good time at an event…and that includes the band!
“High Profile” has played just about every function imaginable including countless weddings, anniversaries, Corporate banquets, fall suppers, Malankas (Ukrainian New Years), festivals and Casinos,etc.
Some of the highlights of the “High Profile’s” live appearances include:
- Five appearances on the main stage at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, MB.
- Vesna Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Mosaic Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan
- Gathering of Nations Festival in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
- Folklorama appearances including Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion, Portage Place Mall, Lyric Theatre (Canada Day 150) and Folklorama Kickoff at the Forks
- Corydon Avenue Summer Concert Series every year since 2001
- Malanka Dinner & Dance at Club Regent Casino (2020) and many other Malankas elsewhere
As “High Profile” has played many multigenerational functions over the decades, they play many Top 40 hits of the past & present, country rock, Celtic in addition to Ukrainian music. Their repertoire has expanded in the last 5 years alone and continues to expand to cater to the younger generations. Plus, all of the members of “High Profile” play, at least, two different instruments each allowing for unique performances not seen in many bands, in general.
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