Archive for October, 2009

Bilingual Ukrainian political election song – ‘We were once united’ [Weekend watching]

October 30th, 2009 No comments

Stepan Pasicznyk of the indie UK pop band ‘The Ukrainians’, wrote a song about the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election. Lyrics are available below in both English and Ukrainian, and you can view many more of their videos on YouTube.


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A Ukrainian Bake Oven… certainly wasn’t easy!

October 28th, 2009 No comments

Remember the Easy Bake Oven? This 60’s novelty toy appliance certainly couldn’t hold a flame to its early predecessor, the Ukrainian Bake Oven:

I found this gem in The Pioneer Cook: a historical view of Canadian Prarie Food

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Ukrainian Canadian Podcast round-up – Oct 26 2009

October 26th, 2009 No comments

Posted are some of Canada’s most popular Ukrainian Canadian radio shows, enjoy! If you’d like to hear more, check out our North American media calendar.

Did you know? (Ottawa, ON)

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Ottawa’s Ukrainian Radio Program – CHIN 97.9 FM Listen Online: (click on Listen live – Ottawa 97.9) Enjoy traditional & contemporary Ukrainian music, interesting interviews, information & features. Keep up to date with what’s happening in the community, upcoming events and news!

Nash Holos (Vancouver, BC)

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Nash Holos features the best in contemporary and traditional Ukrainian music, by artists from Ukraine, Canada, the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Airing Sundays at 6 p.m. on AM1320 CHMB Vancouver (97.5 Cable FM), Nash Holos is hosted and produced by Paulette “Pawlina” Demchuk MacQuarrie. She has been with Nash Holos since its inception in 1990.

The program also streams live at The podcast is available at iTunes and audio archives on the Playlist page.

Ukrainian Time (Montreal, PQ)

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Ukrainian Time is a Ukrainian-language radio programme serving the Montreal community since 1963 and is hosted by Valentyna Golash. Material is often presented in English and French. Ukrainian Time is the media, which bonds the Ukrainian community in Montreal. The one-hour show is broadcast from Radio CFMB 1280 AM in Montreal on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and archived on this page for a few weeks at a time.

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Good tickets still available for tomorrow’s Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company in Toronto

October 25th, 2009 No comments

Tomorrow night for one night only in Toronto the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance company performs at Roy Thomson Hall, and good seats are still available!

Named after Pavlo Virsky — who, with fellow Ukrainian ballet master Mykola Bolotov, brought together a group of folk dancers in 1937 — this magnificent artistic group is famous for its bright colors, the unity of content and form and the vivid embodiment of its stage concept. Each and every performance is a romantic, elevated, passionate and exciting show inundated in the folk tradition of humor and optimism. Virsky headed the ensemble from 1955 to 1975, guiding it to become a highly professional dance company whose diverse concert programs have been warmly received by audiences all over the world.

Myroslav Vantukh, Virsky’s disciple, has been in charge of the ensemble since 1980. An expert in folk traditions, his main objective, and continuing creative quest, is the careful preservation of folk choreographic art, as well as the development of new numbers to the repertoire such as “The Carpathians,” “The Tambourine Dance,” “The Young Years,” “In Peace and Harmo” and “The Russian Suite.”

One Shelby Township resident in particular is looking forward to the performance. From age 5 years old to 15, Yuliya Koval traveled an hour each way from her home in Kiev to the Virsky studio to attend its choreographic school for children, becoming a member of its children’s ensemble Barvinok. She recalls the discipline, the beautiful costumes, the pride in belonging to such an esteemed group and the choreography which she calls “the best of the east, central and western traditions.”

[The Daily Tribune]

You can also read all about Virsky’s recent tour of the US.

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‘About memory, not money’: plaque laying at Edgewood by to remember WWI internees [Article]

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

From the Arrow Lakes News:

Ukrainian Canadians wrongfully interned during the First World War are being honoured this coming Saturday at a plaque laying in Edgewood at 11 a.m., where one of the 24 internment camps once found across Canada was set up by the federal government under the authority of the now-notorious War Measures Act.

“The first commemorative plaque we unveiled was at Fort Henry in Kingston, in 1994, fittingly given that was where Canada’s first permanent internment camp was established in the First World War,” said Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk

“Our twenty first plaque will be installed at Edgewood, then we hope to place the 22nd at Montreal, the 23rd in Lethbridge and finally the last one, our 24th, at The Citadel, in Halifax. We’re symbolically ending our campaign for recognition in a major port city where many immigrants arriving in this country first set foot.”

Dr. Luciuk will be in attendance at the plaque unveiling as will the Conservative MP for the Dauphin-Swan Lake-Marquette riding of Manitoba, Inky Mark, who drafted and helped ensure that Bills C-331(Internment of Persons of Ukrainian Origin Recognition Act) and Bill C-333 dealing with Chinese Canadian Head Tax issue, were addressed by Parliament. Members of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund’s endowment council will also be in attendance, as will Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy. “I’m looking forward to being in Edgewood on Oct. 14 and attending this unveiling. [I] am very happy to join with the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Ukrainian Community of B.C. and the community of Edgewood in honour of this historical event,” says Conroy. “The presentation of this plaque will ensure that the contributions of the Ukrainian Canadians and other Europeans interned in such an unacceptable way are remembered.”

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