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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ukrainian language lesson: It's Fun!

It's Fun To Be Ukrainian 

by Shoom

This is a great way for beginners to learn how to speak Ukrainian (or more accurately, Ukrainian-Canadian). Just sing along with the song! Watch and repeat, and in no time, you will have these basic words as part of your vocabulary!


(To help you understand the Ukrainian words and sing along. The rest of the words are in English.) 

English spelling            
Ukrainian spelling
Yak sha mayesh? How are ya? Як ся маєш?
Duzhe dobre!   Very good! Дуже добре!
Pyrohy Perogies        Пироги
Holubtsi Cabbage Rolls Голубці
Kubasa Smoked Garlic Sausage             Ковбаса
Kishka Blood Sausage  Кішка
Chasnyk Garlic Часник
Zabava do rahnya! Party till dawn! Забава до раня!

It's Fun to be Ukrainian can be heard (often) on Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio... along with lots of other ones!
Get show times and/or subscribe to the podcast here.

Enjoy your lesson. Repeat often until memorized! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Blast from the past - Taras Bulba

A great movie that was ahead of its time. Too bad there weren't more like it produced.

Maybe if there were, the West would not be so ignorant about Ukrainian history that most, especially the media, have no clue what is going on now, much less understand the dire consequences of throwing Ukraine under the bus.

Anyway, enjoy the movie clips and the background tune, Розпрягайте хлопці коні (Unharness the Horses, boys) by the group Ekspress.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Changes at Nash Holos

It's been a long time since I blogged regularly here, during which time quite a bit has changed at Nash Holos, and for me personally.

Truth be known, I've missed blogging. Social media has its place, and it's great fun (most of the time). But blogging is a much better venue to engage with Nash Holos listeners and followers! Time will tell if I end up doing most of it here or at the Nash Holos website.

In my personal life, the biggest and most drastic changes have been the loss of my sister (cancer) and my mom, within less than a year of each other. As well I was away from home for several months so I could spend time with them in their final days.

It's been a rough couple of years.

But as they say in showbiz, the show must go on. And I made sure it it has been for going on 30 years since the first incarnation of the show in 1990.

Over course of all those years, many things changed. Especially the technology! (Anyone remember reel-to-reel tapes? LOL)

For now, here's a rundown of the most recent and noticeable changes at Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio.

Ukrainian Food Flair

In 2015, we lost Sylvia Molnar to cancer. She had been with the show since the early 1990s.

It was a shock, and the beginning of a long stretch of personal loss and heartbreak for me.

Over the years Sylvia contributed more than 200 recipes, countless cooking tips and interesting anecdotes to the show since the early 1990s, on the series Ukrainian Food Flair.

From time to time you may hear the audio archives of Sylvia's Food Flair recordings. Just because she was such a big part of the show for so long.

I've been thinking about publishing Sylvia's recipes for some time now. As well as other recipes. Publishing comes with its own challenges, but, it may actually come to pass some day soon.

Meanwhile, I would love to bring back Ukrainian Food Flair to the Nash Holos airwaves in a fresh new format. If you have any suggestions or thoughts to share, please leave a comment below.

Nash Holos Nanaimo edition

• Introducing Oksana 

In May of 2016, Oksana Poberezhnyk joined me to host the second hour of the Nanaimo edition of Nash Holos in Ukrainian. She is a delight to work with and a natural on air. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she has many great ideas for improving the show going forward.

The Nanaimo edition airs Wednesdays on CHLY 101.7fm on the radio dial from11am-12pm with me (Pawlina) in English and from 12-1pm with Oksana in Ukrainian.

If you're not in Nanaimo (or even if you are), just for fun I suggest listening to the live stream (here) on CHLY's new online media player.

• Song/artist information now displays on player

A nifty new logging system for producers & presenters comes with an equally nifty bonus for listeners: it displays the artist and track title on the station's streaming online media player while the song is playing.

This is cutting edge technology in Radioland, and this feature will one day be ubiquitous across all radio stations and listening platforms. But at this time it's only available for the Nanaimo edition of Nash Holos, and only on the CHLY website live stream player. So if you have an FM radio player on your phone, or you're on your laptop, tablet or desktop, check it out here! And let me know how you like it.

If you can't catch the live broadcast or online stream, you can catch the podcast on Mixcloud, a very slick streaming site. (Here.)

New Distribution channels 

• RSS Feed

Nash Holos has had its own RSS feed for many years, and has had its share of growing pains along with all the changes in the technology itself.

Despite that RSS is considered old-school (largely because it has been around for over a decade), it actually has been evolving and keeping up with the times. It's especially useful with podcast listening apps, which are very mobile-friendly. (I personally use Podcast Addict for Android.)

If you are a podcaster yourself and are looking for a home for your podcast files, I highly recommend Pippa. It's a newcomer on the block but after checking out the options, I chose this one. It makes my life so much easier! No coding or "back-end" stuff  to worry about. Yay!!

Mixcloud offers only streaming, which seems to be the way things are going, as most seem to people prefer streaming to downloading these days. You can still download Nash Holos audio files here.

• iTunes

Until recently, the Nash Holos podcast link to iTunes has been an on-again off-again nightmare. Many reasons for that. Not least of all because I originally uploaded it, many years ago, as a manually-created xml file. (If you don't know what that means, consider yourself lucky).

I knew nothing at that time about coding, and even less now. So whenever it "broke" for reasons you have to know coding to figure out, I was lost. Now I no longer have to worry about it. For the iTunes link to the Nash Holos podcast, click here.

•  Mixcloud

If you follow Mixcloud to listen to podcasts, you can find the Nash Holos feed there. CHLY recently chose Mixcloud as a distribution for the station's program podcasts, and kindly included the Nash Holos feed rather than just the Nanaimo edition of the show.

So Mixcloud users can get both the Vancouver and Nanaimo editions there, as well as the "bonus" tracks of separate features like Ukrainian Jewish Heritage, Knyzhka Corner Book Reviews, etc.

To find and follow Nash Holos on Mixcloud, click here.

• YouTube

Several years ago now, someone recommended putting Nash Holos on YouTube because a lot of people actually access audio there. I liked the idea but found that it was just too time-consuming.

But now Pippa "automagically" posts each episode to the Nash Holos YouTube channel. 

You can find the Nash Holos YouTube channel here. Make sure to subscribe if you haven't yet!

Nash Holos Patreon Page

If you consider Nash Holos a valuable public service that is worth supporting financially, there is now a Patreon page where you can make a monthly pledge of $1 or more. Different tiers of support come with a variety "goodies" as tokens of appreciation for your support. For example, donors who pledge $5 or more get a free ebook of Ukrainian proverbs. (More to come!) You can find it here.

More changes coming, so stay tuned!

Other opportunities to support the show

It is definitely not a cliché that Nash Holos is "brought to you" by our sponsors and advertisers. It truly is, and I am eternally grateful for their support.

Particular thanks to Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, the Shevchenko Foundation, and Canada's National Ukrainian Festival, who have been regular supporters of the show for the past several years. Without their support, I would not have been able to pay the bills and keep Nash Holos on the air. 

So as a Nash Holos listener, please visit their websites and support them in turn whenever you can. And let them know you heard about them on Nash Holos!

If you happen to have an advertising budget for your business, professional service, or non-profit organization, please consider advertising on the show. You can also purchase advertising on behalf of your favourite Ukrainian charity or cultural non-profit that can't afford it themselves, so they can convey their message to Nash Holos listeners.

Another way to support the show is to use the Amazon (and other) affiliate links on the Nash Holos website/blog when shopping online. It will cost you absolutely nothing. Amazon will not charge you anything; the prices for things will always be the same whether you get to their site via a search engine or via an affiliate link. However they do pay a small commission as a reward for sending shoppers their way. So you can send a few cents to Nash Holos out of someone else's pocket simply by shopping at Amazon via a link on the Nash Holos website or here on this blog. ;)

Recipes page 

One last change I'll mention today, and it's here on this blog. If you haven't yet noticed, I've published a Recipe page which is available in the menu bar. The page consists of links to the recipes that have been posted here on this blog over the years. It's an index of sorts to make the recipes easier to access. I plan to add to the list, so you'll be seeing more activity here on the blog again.

To keep up with the changes, make sure to subscribe to the blog, bookmark it, or do whatever else to keep it on your radar!

Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on any of these changes, or just about the show itself. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ukrainian Jewish Heritage: 2018 Summer Reading Round Up

What is summer without reading? I can imagine no greater pleasure than sitting down with a good book—or two—on a lazy summer afternoon at the beach or by the pool, on a shady deck, or sprawled out on a lush green lawn.

Here on Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio, we have been fortunate to learn of and review many excellent books on our series Ukrainian Jewish Heritage. The books cover a wide range of topics involving Jews, Ukrainians, and their interactions over the years.

These interactions have not always been amicable, and it is a testament to the authors for broaching controversial topics and examining them with sensitivity, empathy, and a sense of fairness.

The books on this list cover a myriad of topics over a broad time frame spanning centuries of Jewish presence in, and contributions to, Ukraine.

Stories of Khmelnytsky

Stories of Khmelnytsky features provocative essays by distinguished scholars from throughout North America, Europe, and Israel. It takes an honest look at one of the most contentious historical figures plaguing Ukrainian Jewish dialogue.

This book carefully addresses, without attempting to resolve, the fundamental questions Khmelnytsky’s image provokes.

Whether viewed as a hero or a villain this 17th century historical figure bolstered national solidarity among Ukrainians and other nations. Surprisingly he actually inspired some early Jewish radical Zionists and served as a model for Jewish pioneers building a new homeland in early 20th century Palestine.

One essay notes that this volume on Khmelnytsky drives home the fact that history itself is made up not so much of facts as of stories.

Cultural Dimensions

Cultural Dimensions is another collection of essays. These explore how cultural interaction between Jews and Ukrainians unfolded over centuries through diverse and daily encounters, and how that interaction had a profound impact on both communities.

The essays in this collection open doors for new research that can help create a joint narrative for Jews and Ukrainians.

This collection of essays was co-edited by Wolf Moskovich, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Alti Rodal, Co-Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, who also wrote the introduction to the volume.

The richly illustrated book appears as volume 25 within the series Jews and Slavs published by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1993. The book was published in 2016 and can be acquired by contacting Wolf Moskovich at

A Prayer for the Government

A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920  explores an ill fated attempt at rapprochement between Ukrainians and Jews a century ago.

The author, Dr. Henry Abramson, calls it a “bright chapter” in the long history of the Jewish people. One in which Jews were emancipated into a free state, with privileges as a minority that exceeded even those in Western Europe and America.

However, by the spring of 1919 Ukraine was submerged by a wave of violence that became one of the darkest chapters of Jewish history, only overshadowed later by the Holocaust.

Abramson’s meticulous account traces how the attempt by both Jews and Ukrainians to achieve a working political relationship was betrayed by less enlightened attitudes among the general population as well as by the political and social instability of the time.

Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence

In their book Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence, two distinguished academics, Paul Robert Magocsi and Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern produced a parallel narrative of two peoples in 12 thematic chapters in the book outline the rich history of Jews and Ukrainians.

They cover geography, history, economic life, traditional culture, religion and language as well as literature, the arts, music, the Diaspora, and contemporary Ukraine.

With over 300 full-color illustrations, over two dozen maps, plus several text inserts, the book is extremely reader friendly.

Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence won a Special Recognition Award at the Lviv Book Forum in 2016.

The Great Departure

The Great Departure: Mass Migration From Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World explores the devastating human toll of migration.

Author Tara Zahra examines one of the largest migrations of human history… 50 million Europeans who moved to the Americas between 1846 and 1910. These included Ukrainians, Poles and Jews of Galicia.

The western Ukrainian city of Brody, then on the frontier of the Russian and Austrian empires, became the gateway to the New World. Albeit not without all manner of exploitation enroute, not least of all human trafficking.

The policies that shaped this great migration set a template for future tragic, events in the 20th century. The resulting bureaucratic “paper walls” doomed Europe’s Jewish population from escaping the Holocaust, the closing of the Iron Curtain, and ethnic cleansing.

The author places the current refugee crisis within the longer history of migration.

Sheptytsky from A to Zed

A remarkable children’s book—and a book that will delight not only children—created a stir at the 2015 Lviv Book Forum.

Sheptytsky from A to Zed
offers a delightful yet thoughtful account of a renowned figure’s life through the letters of the alphabet.

Andriy Sheptytsky, became Metropolitan Archbishop of Lviv and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the early to mid 20th century. He risked his life and those of his clergy hiding Jews in his palace, and throughout Ukrainian Catholic monasteries in Galicia.

Sheptytsky’s achievements as a scholar, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and leading public figure in Ukrainian society are also covered in this charming and engaging book.

Yiddish-Ukrainian dictionary

On the theme- sort of- of alphabet and languages, is an astonishing discovery in the world of dictionaries.

Dr. Dmytro Tyshchenko is the son of a Jewish mother and a Ukrainian father from Donbas, and the creator of a massive and highly acclaimed Yiddish-Ukrainian dictionary.

After discovering his Yiddish roots In 1988, Tyshchenko devoted his life to learning the language of his ancestors, and making it accessible to others. Especially a younger generation that has embraced the study of Yiddish.

Now living in Frankfurt, Tyshchenko is developing an online version of his dictionary.

East-West Street

Much of the world has no idea of the origins of the term genocide, which like the holocaust is in danger of becoming an empty cliché instead of a metaphor for the capacity of man’s inhumanity to man.

East-West Street
tells the story of two jurists from Lviv who were instrumental in shaping the precedent setting Nuremberg trial. This book is a gripping account of the origins—in effect, the invention—of the terms “genocide” and “crimes against humanity.”

These two concepts became the centerpiece for the prosecution of Nazi war criminals.

The author of East-West Street, Phillipe Sands, brings together the stories of his grandfather and these two jurists, Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht.

All three men had the misfortune of having their entire families sent to their deaths by the Nazi governor of German-occupied Poland Hans Frank, who visited Lviv in 1942.

In an astonishing twist, Sands, got to know the son of Hans Frank while working on this book. Sands also met the son of another Nazi, Otto von Wachter, who was in charge of Lviv during the Second World War.
What the reader will find in this fascinating book is that in the face of horror it is possible to find the courage and strength to achieve extraordinary goals.

City of Lions

City of Lions is a story about Lviv, the western Ukrainian city often referred to as the Vienna of the east.

The book consists of an essay by Polish author Josef Wittlin who waxes eloquent about an early twentieth century Lviv still glittering with an imperial Austrian splendor. It was a city that ceased to exist by 1945.

A matching essay My Lviv by Philippe Sands, echoes the Wittlin text but brings Lviv into modern times.

Sands calls out the failure of those in today’s Lviv to fully acknowledge all its history. Nonetheless he admits the ineffable spirit of the city ultimately seduces him.

The Dead Man in the Bunker

In Martin Pollack his book, The Dead Man in the Bunker, a man is found murdered in 1947 in the mountains between Austria and Italy.

He was not just any man. He was a highly ranked SS officer who commanded death squads in Eastern Europe and was head of the Gestapo in the Austrian city of Linz. And he was the author’s father.

Pollack developed an interest in Galicia after he was barred from Poland by communist authorities from 1980 to 1989. His first book cemented a lifelong passion for the subject: It’s title is To Galicia: Of Hassidim, Hutsuls, Poles, and Ruthenians. An Imaginary Journey Through the Vanished World of Eastern Galicia and Bukovina (in German and Polish only).

Galicia was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire up to 1918. It was an enlightened empire that provided emancipation for the Jews, and institutionalized nation-building for both Poles and Ukrainians. But, as Pollack points out, elsewhere Galicia was generally considered foreign, distant, almost hostile.

It was also the poorhouse of the empire. Grinding poverty sent massive waves of Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian migrants to distant shores in a desperate search of a better life. Pollack relates this story in his book Emperor of America: The Great Escape From Galicia (in German and Polish only).

Poverty provokes pity, but also contempt. Pollack reminds us that Hitler first met Galician Jews in Vienna before the First World War and expressed his hatred in Mein Kampf.

The Second World War destroyed Galicia as a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. While Pollack laments the fact that Ukrainian Galicia still remains too little known among Westerners, his readers will not be among them.

Babyn Yar: History and Memory

Babyn Yar is one of the most notorious sites which became symbolic of the Holocaust to the world beyond Ukraine, although to Ukrainians it symbolizes many tragedies that took place during the Nazi occupation.

Over 100,000 victims of Nazi tyranny lie at the bottom of this ravine, including 34,000 Jews who were slaughtered over the course of just two days.

Babyn Yar: History and Memory,
is a bilingual collection in Ukrainian and English of scholarly essays dedicated to the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of this atrocity.

This book is the result of the collaborative effort of scholars working with the editors Vladyslav Hrynevych and Paul Robert Magocsi. The scholars are from various disciplines in Canada, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and the United States.

At the center of the book of course is the history of a Nazi crime. But this book also covers the politics of memory and forgetting through the soviet era and up to the present day.

The essays provoke questions for further discussion, especially since the various authors may raise the same questions but do not always arrive at the same answers.

As the editors remind us, to know and remember the Babyn Yar tragedy means not allowing such a crime to be repeated. And in the Ukrainian experience, Babyn Yar is also a symbolic farewell to empire and its mythological legacy.

Courage and Fear

Courage and Fear is a devastating account of both the Soviet and Nazi occupations of Lviv in the Second World War.

The author, Polish scholar and diplomat Ola Hnatiuk, focuses on the daily life and dire choices faced by Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian writers, artists, musicians, academics, and medical community of the city. This cultural elite outwitted, compromised with, or was destroyed by the barbarians in the garden.

The author weaves in the story of her own family, depicting the demoralization and psychological shock afflicted by totalitarian techniques.

The historian Timothy Snyder praises the human dimension expressed in this book, a richer dimension than the usual ode to tolerance or nostalgia for a long lost past. In Polish and Ukrainian only. Author interview (English translation) here.

In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine

While war drives wedges between people, the aftermath can bring them together. Perhaps the effort to understand how those wedges were created can one day create a strong and hopefully unbreakable bond.

Today Ukraine again finds itself at war, as usual one provoked by an outside force coveting the rich resources of Ukraine and its inhabitants.

Tim Judah is a reporter for The Economist who covered the war in Ukraine for The New York Review of Books, looks at wedges.

His book, In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine is a portrayal of today’s Ukraine for the Western reader.

Judah traveled far and wide throughout Ukraine. He witnessed some horrifying scenes on the front lines of the war in Donbas. He talked with people … impoverished refugees, elderly villagers, city sophisticates, and wealthy businessmen.

Judah was covering and writing about Ukraine in a period of traumatic transition. And he reminds us that these traumas often arise suddenly. The long-established order can vanish overnight.

Black Square: Adventures in Post Soviet Ukraine

Black Square: Adventures in Post Soviet Ukraine reveals a world not often seen by foreigners.

Author Sophie Pinkham plunges into the chaotic harm reduction world of sex workers, junkies, and other lost souls in contemporary Ukraine.

Her adventures in what she calls “post-Soviet punk delirium” include an encounter with the Last Jew in Stalindorf who recounts how once upon a time the Jews, Ukrainians and Russians there had gotten along, more or less, until Stalin starved them.

She also encounters klezmer music, a Yiddish teacher and Babyn Yar.

These books were reviewed on Nash Holos over the past few years. They remain timeless and we hope to add to them in the near future. Meanwhile if you would like to read any of them this summer, look for them in your nearest public library. Or, if you’d like to support the authors (and this show) by purchasing your book(s), please use the links provided. You can also find the audio files and transcripts of the full book reviews at our website as well as at Ukrainian Jewish Encounter dot org. Happy summer reading!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Nash Holos recipe: Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat has numerous health benefits that make it ideal for today's health conscious consumer. It’s fat-free, and we all love that!

It also contains rutin, which studies indicate lowers cholesterol and helps reduce high blood pressure. Considerable amounts of vitamin B1 and B2 prevent hardening of the arteries, while choline facilitates liver function.

Buckwheat is a good source of protein and minerals such as zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium and calcium. These minerals are important in the prevention of hypertension and anaemia.

Buckwheat cooked as kasha is a Ukrainian favourite. It’s usually eaten as a side dish or meat accompaniment, instead of rice or potatoes. It can also be used as a filling for cabbage rolls.

Although buckwheat is actually a herb, the groats are hard, like a grain, so it can also be ground into flour. Buckwheat flour has a very distinctive flavour, and it is really delicious.

Here’s a wonderful recipe that is an ideal Lenten dish: Buckwheat Pancakes. They’re quick and easy to make, and absolutely delicious!


1 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter


Mix together buckwheat flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add beaten egg, milk and melted butter, mixing well after adding each.

Grease a skillet or griddle lightly with oil and preheat it to 375ºF.

Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot skillet. Cook until bubbles break on the surface, flip and cook an additional minute or so, or until browned.

Serve with jam, fruit preserves or your favorite syrup…. and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ukrainian radio shows in Canada

These programs broadcast on a wide variety of stations, ranging from commercial to community and campus radio. Many are bilingual, and accessible to the "Ukrainian-impaired." 

Some programs (like mine) have been on the air for decades. Others are more recent. With few exceptions, they are produced and hosted by underpaid if not unpaid broadcasters who pump out their programs week after week as a “labour of love” on behalf of the community.

In decades past, Ukrainian Canadian radio programs had limited distribution, for a variety of reasons. Some smaller stations had low-power transmission towers with weak signals. Also, since most programs are produced and hosted by volunteers or self-funded individuals, there are insufficient resources to promote the programs. Conventional wisdom holds that Ukrainian programs are not able to generate sufficient revenues for the radio stations that air them to justify the expense of promoting them.

Today, however, listeners can tune in to radio stations around the world on computers and mobile devices, to access any program they want broadcasting from anywhere in the world.

Listeners looking for “something different” from the mainstream are increasingly finding our programs online. Those who do are discovering the joy of Ukrainian music and folklore, and learning about Ukraine and its history in the process.

If you’re looking for Ukrainian shows to listen to, check out the list below.

Ukrainian Radio Programs across Canada
Program: Ukrainian Time
Producer: Simon Kouklewsky.
Content: Variety show featuring local and international news, politics, Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox religious broadcasts, interviews, and Ukrainian music.
Details: Saturdays at 6-7 pm EST on AM1280 CFMB Montreal
Live stream & station information:
Podcast/program information: 
Program: Ukrainian Hour
Producer & Host: Irena Bell
Content: Variety program featuring contemporary and traditional music, news, interviews, reports, cultural curiosities, and more.
Details: Sundays 6-7pm EST on CJLL 97.9FM CHIN Radio Ottawa
Live stream & station/program information:

Program: Radio Meest
Host: Yuri Kus and guest hosts
Content: Live variety program featuring music, local and international news, interviews and community events.
Details: Daily 9-10 pm EST on CIRV 88.9FM  
Live stream & station/program information: 
Program: Prometheus
Host: Roman Halushchak 
Content: Live info-political program with news from Ukraine, Canada and around the world, as well as weekly segments about health and music.
Details: Sundays 4-5 pm EST on AM1540 Chin Radio Toronto
Live stream & station/program information:
Program: Sounds of Ukraine
Host: Karen Momotiuk
Content: Variety music program featuring Ukrainian folk classics and dance music
Details: Saturdays 11am - 12pm EST on 99.1FM CJAM University of Windsor campus radio
Live stream & station/program information:

Program: Nasha Kasha
Host: Stefan Andrusiak
Content: Talk show featuring interesting guests from the local Ukrainian community.
Details: Sunday 5:30-6pm EST on CHRW-FM Western University campus radio.
Live stream & station/program information:

Portage La Prairie, MB
Program: Saturday Night Polka Party
Host: Ryan Simpson
Content: Zabava-type program featuring polkas and old-tyme fiddle and dance music by artists from around Canada and the United States, as well as young local up-and-coming polka bands.
Details: Saturdays 7-10pm CST on CFRY Radio 920 AM / 93.1 FM
Live stream & station/program information:
Program: Ukrainian Radio Program
Hosts: Ivas Zulyniak (Mon & Tue), Marta Skrypnyk (Wed) Ness Michaels (Fri & Sat)
Content: An eclectic mix of the newest pop and rock music from Ukraine, dance favourites, folk classics, Zabava music and more.
Details: Monday-Friday 7-8pm CST Saturdays 5-6pm on CKJS AM810

Live stream & station information:
Program: Muzyka Ukraine
Hosts: Yars Lozowchuk and Ginger Merk
Content: Musical variety show featuring contemporary music from Ukraine
Details: Wednesdays 3-4pm CST on CJTR 91.3FM community radio Regina
Live stream & station information:
Program: Zabava Program
Host: Steven Chwok
Content: A mix of traditional country-style Ukrainian Canadian dance music from the prairies and more contemporary fare.
Details: Sundays 7-9pm MST on AM840 CFCW Edmonton
Live stream & station information:
Program: BUC Program [Brotherhood of Ukrainian Catholics, Edmonton Eparchy]
Host: Roman Kravec
Content: Ukrainian Catholic perspective featuring news on "Our Church"  from Ukraine, Canada, and local as well as music and interviews primarily (but not exclusively) religious in nature.
Details: Sunday 6 -6:30 pm MST on 101.7FM World FM
Live stream & station information:
Program: Vechirnia Hodyna
Host: Father Gabriel Haber OSBM (Order of Saint Basil the Great in Canada)
Content: Gospel reading for the day, with commentary by Father Gabriel, and Ukrainian religious (primarily classical choral) music.
Details: Sunday 6:30-7 pm MST 101.7FM World FM
Live stream & station information:
Program: Sounds Ukrainian
Hosts: Orest and Lada
Content: An eclectic mix of the newest in Ukrainian music: rock, pop, alternative, hip hop, club, classical, experimental, folk, blues, jazz and more.
Details: Fridays 7-8:30 pm MST FM88 CJSR Radio  University of Alberta campus radio
Live stream & station information:
British Columbia:
Program: Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio
Hosts: Paulette “Pawlina” Demchuk MacQuarrie, Oksana Poberezhnyk
Content: Variety show featuring Ukrainian music, interviews, Ukrainian Food Flair, Ukraine Jewish Heritage, cultural curiosities, and more. First hour with Pawlina in English, second hour with Oksana in Ukrainian.
Details: Wednesdays 11am-1 pm, Radio Malaspina 101.7FM.
Live stream & station information:
Podcast/archives/program information:
Twitter: @NashHolos 
Program: Четверта Хвиля (Chetverta Khvilya)
Host: Pavlo Manugevych
Content: Variety show featuring Ukrainian music, interviews, and more.
Details: Saturdays 11am -12pm CJSF 90.1fm
Live stream & station information:

Program: Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio
Host: Paulette “Pawlina” Demchuk MacQuarrie
Content: Variety show featuring Ukrainian music, interviews, Ukrainian Food Flair, Ukraine News Outlook, cultural curiosities, and more.
Details: Vancouver broadcast: Sundays 5-6 pm PST on AM1320 CHMB Vancouver.
Live stream & station information:
Podcast/archives/program information:
Twitter: @NashHolos



Friday, May 12, 2017

Countdown to Eurovision 2017 - Ukraine's entry as second-time host country

Since Ukraine won first place at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, by tradition Ukraine will host the music competition this year.

Eurovision 2017 will take place in Kyiv on May 13, hosted by Ukrainian national broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko. Ukraine will be represented by Ukrainian rock band O. Torvald with the song Time.

The Eurovison contest has long been the subject of criticism regarding both its musical and political content. And with last year’s winner, Eurovision once again was accused of “political messaging.”

Critics considered Jamala's song a political jab at Russia, despite containing no reference to Russia’s current aggression against Ukraine. Jamala’s song, 1944, is the story of the forcible removal by Stalinist troops of Crimean Tatars, including her grandmother, from Crimea during WWII. But the European Broadcasting Union cleared the song, saying it contained no political message.

Nevertheless, the historical tension between Ukraine and Russia at Eurovision was only exacerbated by Jamala’s win last year, and has continued unabated.

This year Russia pulled out of the competition, in a thinly veiled attempt to poison Ukraine’s relations with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which runs the contest.

The Russian entrant, a wheelchair-bound singer named Yuliya Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine for three years after her tour of Crimea in 2015 (deemed illegal by Ukraine), and her obvious support for Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.

The Russian entry was a last-minute surprise, and did not sit well with Eurovision fans. Many saw it as a cynical ploy to avoid a recent trend of being booed by the live audience, and shared their displeasure widely on social media.

Surprisingly, EBU officials have condemned Ukraine for imposing the travel ban against Samoylova., and even threatened to ban Ukraine from future competitions.

It is outrageous that the EBU would hold Ukraine responsible for Russia’s belligerence and find fault with any country upholding its own laws.

Russia was graciously presented with two solutions which would allow it to participate: either select a different contestant (who didn't break Ukrainian law) or have Samoylova (who did break Ukrainian law) broadcast her song via video link and thus remain in the competition.

It is hardly Ukraine’s fault that Russia refused both options, choosing to act in bad faith instead.

But the show must go on, and this year's Eurovision song contest will take place as scheduled in Kyiv on May 13th.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast in the U.S. for a second consecutive year on Viacom’s Logo. The three-and-a-half-hour 2017 Grand Final will air live and commercial free on Saturday, May 13 at 12pm Pacific Time.

Here is Ukraine’s 2017 entry, Time, to be performed by the Ukrainian rock band O. Torvald.

To hear more about Ukraine’s participation and musical entries in Eurovision, download or live stream the April 29, 2017 Vancouver edition of Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio here.

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