Millenia formally came into being in the year 1999 as a young, energetic group of musicians dedicated to both preserving and advancing Canadian Ukrainian music. They have performed hundreds of times to countless thousands across North America.
The band's earlier albums, "Коріння" (Roots) and "Життя" (Life) pay homage to the early Ukrainian musical influences of the band, show the progressions of Western Ukrainian music and bridge the modern and traditional styles.
The album "Браття" (Brotherhood) was released in February 2012 and has been reviewed as "hitting the mark on every musical level." This album showcases the niche style of Millenia with a polished representation of their music.
In 2014, Millenia released their first live album, which was recorded in front of an enthusiastic crowd at On The Rocks in Edmonton, hence the name "Millenia, On the Rocks!" This album showcases Millenia's raw energy from their live performances including songs often requested but previously unrecorded by the boys.
In 2015 Millenia prioritized their search for traditional Ukrainian music overseas to add to their repertoire and inspire a new direction, which spawned the 2016 release of an EP. This mini album granted Millenia an Edmonton Music Awards nomination gaining recognition outside of the Ukrainian musical community and resulted in a win of the "2016 People's Choice Award."
Millenia continues to perform extensively and release music online to services such as Apple Music and Spotify, reaching listeners from around the world. This year marks their 20th anniversary, and to commemorate this milestone, they will be releasing a new, double full-length, 20-song album titled "Budmo Hey!" It will be available for purchase at this year's festival, so be prepared to party with fresh off the press, Zabava till you drop, Millenia tunes that will keep you up "ash do rannya!"
Millenia is Johnny Wacko (Lead/Vocals/Keyboard), Ryan Pugh (Guitars/Vocals/Fiddle), Mike Brazeau (Bass/Vocals), Bobby Yakoweshen (Drums/Vocals) and Shawn Ostafie (Accordion/Guitar/Dulcimer).