Thursday, September 21, 2006

Vancouver audio archives for Sept. 17, 2006

Vancouver's Ukrainian radio audio archives for Sept. 17 are now available!

On Chetverta Khvylia (4th Wave) join host Pavlo Manugevych for the latest news and views from Ukraine, in Ukrainian, as well as some great tunes!

On Nash Holos, get your pencils ready for another yummy recipe for shashlyk that Sylvia will share with you on Ukrainian Food Flair, along with some interesting trivia about the origins of this dish.

OnTravel Tips for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Fr. Bruce will give you the scoop on church sites to visit in Ukraine. Fr. Bruce also introduces a new weekly feature called A Spiritual Moment, exploring our rich Ukrainian spiritual heritage.And of course, there's plenty of Great Ukrainian music!

This week's CD of the Week is a compilation CD, 24 Golden Ukrainian Hits Vol 3, featuring a variety of artists. (With thanks to Nestor Shydlowski of Baba's Records). Get your dancing boots on!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Vancouver audio archives for Sept. 10, 2006

Vancouver's Ukrainian radio audio archives for Sept. 10 are now available!

On Chetverta Khvylia (4th Wave) join host Pavlo Manugevych for the latest news and views from Ukraine, in Ukrainian, as well as some great tunes!

On Nash Holos, Sylvia brings you another yummy recipe on Ukrainian Food Flair - this week it's a delightful old-world dish, shashlyk. On Travel Tips for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Fr. Bruce will give you the scoop on church sites to visit in Ukraine. Fr. Bruce also introduces a new weekly feature called A Spiritual Moment, exploring our rich Ukrainian spiritual heritage.

And of course, there's plenty of Great Ukrainian music! This week's CD of the Week is From Kozyn to Wadena, with Anne Pleskach and Bill Scherbatiuk.

Friday, September 08, 2006

light blogging this month

Blogging will be on the light side this month, but do check in now and then!

Or, better still, get yourself an aggregator and it will tell you when there's a new post up!

new segment on Nash Holos

Just thought I'd give any Nash Holos listeners a "heads -up" that there will be a new regular feature on Nash Holos called "Iz Dukhom tvoyim" ... "And with your spirit" starting this Sunday, Sept. 10.

It will be narrated by charming and charismatic Fr. Bruce Power, who has also been sitting in for Myrna Arychuk of Solaway Travel on our Travel Tips segment for the past several weeks.

Stepping back into his more traditional role, Fr. Bruce introduces this segment, reflecting on the spiritual history and legacy of Ukraine and Ukrainians, and setting the stage for future features.

Upcoming issues will include spiritual unity between Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Christians, the meaning of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the spiritual roots of the number "three" (i.e. why Ukrainians seem to do everything three times), and various other Christian and ecumenical topics.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

surname-sake

This is nothing to do with Ukrainian music, or Ukrainian anything for that matter. Well, maybe marginally.

I just came across a blog called Knit like a man by some guy sporting my maiden name. The blogger lives in Toronto but is originally from Winnipeg.

No relation far as I know, but, you never know how far back these connections go.

Quite by accident ... through a client, actually ... a few years ago I found a 3rd cousin here in Vancouver by that same name (we figured out we have the same great-great grandfather). My newfound relative had in his possession a copy of an unpublished family manuscript written by my great-uncle years ago, which he very kindly shared with me.

Funny how these things happen.

So anyway if you're into knitting, check out his blog. H/T to Inside the CBC

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Hunky Bill still sizzling at the PNE

Came across this Vancouver Sun article Institution was born on a bet, about Vancouver's famous (or infamous) Hunky Bill.

Billie Konyk was a salesman when a friend bet him $10 he couldn't get a PNE booth to sell Ukrainian food. Billie Konyk is in his 40th year with the PNE .

You can read this delightfully entertaining article here.

I happened to be at the PNE on Sunday with hubby and we had a great time. We wandered by Hunky Bill's food stand, but unfortunately found it shortly after we had finished eating a traditional PNE greaseburger.

But it smelled wonderful at Hunky Bill's ... you just can't beat the smell of fried tsybulia. My only complaint is that I didn't hear any Ukrainian music there.

Ah well, there's always next year.

Vancouver audio archives for Sept. 3, 2006

Vancouver's Ukrainian radio audio archives for Sept 3 are now available!

On Chetverta Khvylia (4th Wave) join host Pavlo Manugevych for the latest news and views from Ukraine, in Ukrainian, as well as some great tunes by Alla Kudlai (Povernys), Pavlo Zibrov (Zabuvai), Ruslana (Tango), Divchata (Vesillya) and Katya (Bili nochi).

On Nash Holos, Sylvia brings you an interesting west-coast variation on a traditional and well-know Ukrainian recipe, Prawns Kiev. On Travel Tips for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Fr. Bruce has some "life's advice" for making the most of your trip to Ukraine ... and a bit of shopping and fashion advice as well!

There's some exciting news about the upcoming Ukrainian World Challenge Golf Tournament in July 2008. The president of the Ukrainian Golf Association of Canada Bohdan Kushnir dropped by for a chat when he was in town scouting out facilities to help determine if Vancouver will be the site... and I just happened to record our conversation!

As usual there's the Proverb of the Week, and plenty of Great Ukrainian music! Strap on your dancing boots for this week's CD of the Week, Prairie Crocus.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Film review: Everything is Illluminated

Here's an interesting review of the film Everything is Illuminated, which I saw at Ukrainian camp last month.

Narrator Alex (Hutz), is a young Ukrainian obsessed with the Western culture. He wears clothes akin to hip-hop videos and speaks lovingly of icons in American pop culture ... His old-world family, however, loves the United States more for its tourists (more specifically, Jewish-American tourists). Alex’s father and grandfather run a company called Heritage Tours, which helps American Jews look for surviving family members estranged during World War II.

Enter Jonathan (Wood), whose ailing grandmother has given him a mysterious photograph of his immigrant grandfather and a Ukrainian woman named Augustine. ... Believing this Augustine responsible for saving his grandfather from Nazi persecution, Jonathan flies to the [sic] Ukraine, employing Alex and his grandfather to search for her.

The interplay between these main characters — Jonathan, Alex and Alex’s grandfather — makes the movie work. Each character displays a degree of cultural ignorance unique to his background, leading to comedic and poignant cultural clashes.

Hutz of course is Eugene Hutz, lead singer of Gogol Bordello, which toured Canada earlier this year and apparently made quite an impression on Edmonton.