Feature Interviews 2008 & older

Feature Interviews on Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio


December 14, 2008. Roman Kostyk, of the Montreal-based trio Pryvit, about the group and their most recent CD release, Закликання (Remember Me).

December 7, 2008. Paul Grod, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, on his trip to Ukraine to the official 75th Anniversary commemoration of the Holodomor.

November 30, 2008. Gord Lasko and Tom Koroluk of Winnipeg,about their polka band, the Canadian Rhythm Masters. Recorded on location in Winnipeg in August, 2008.

November 23, 2008. Anatoli Ciacka, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, BCPC and Vancouver Branch, about how the Holodomor affected him personally, and about his efforts to erect a Holodomor monument in Vancouver.

October 26, 2008. Joyce, Joan, Valerie and Gail about their all-girl polka band, The Female Beat. Recorded on location in Winnipeg in August, 2008.

September 28, 2008. Jars Balan, on Alberta’s innovative, award-winning eco-museum, Kalyna Country.

September 21, 2008. Fr. Edward Danylo Evanko on his fall schedule of performances of “Damien” and “Be Well and Prosper, My Beloved Ukraine.”

September 14, 2008. Nester Trafanenko of the Chervony Mak dance band about the band and its upcoming 25th anniversary.

September 7, 2008. Alex Mitchell on the upcoming Abbotsford Multicultural Festival (October 4).

August 31, 2008. Petriw’s Political Perspectives returns with Mirko Petriw’s view of the war in Georgia and its implications for Ukraine.

July 27, 2008. Irena Bell, host of the Ukrainian radio program in Ottawa, about her program, community, and impressions of Vancouver.

July 20, 2008. Chris Allison and Andrew West, two recent graduates of the BCIT School of Business who travelled to Ukraine for an international business symposium.

July 13, 2008. Judy Hrenenko, of Prairie Cottage Perogies in Langley, on her company’s upcoming first anniversary celebration and First Annual Perogy-Eating Contest.

July 6, 2008. Iryna Shyroka and Leonid Dushyn, two students from Ukraine who recently graduated from the BCIT School of Business.

June 22, 2008. Lyn Tretiak, a Maple Ridge artist about her exhibit at Art in the Park June 27-29 and her work helping two village schools in Ukraine.

June 15, 2008. Svitlana Kominko, on her work at BCIT connecting students in Ukraine and Canada, and the worlds of business and post-secondary education.

June 1, 2008. Ukrainian Canadian children’s and young adult author, Marsha Skrypuch, on the Order of Princess Olha award she received from President Yushchenko, and her writings on genocide.

May 25, 2008. Orysia Tracz, with a sneak preview of her upcoming presentation in Vancouver on erotic symbolism in Ukrainian folksongs, Songs Your Mother Should Never Have Taught You…?

May 18, 2008. Richard Theiss, founder of the Vancouver band S-Bahn, which wants to expand its Ukrainian repertoire and is looking for a local musician who plays a traditional Ukrainian instrument to play with them. (Interview includes an accordion solo.)

May 11, 2008.  Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association. on the May 9 historic signing between the federal government and the Ukrainian Canadian community towards the “Recognition, Restitution and Reconciliation Accord.”

May 4, 2008. Mary Gavan, a registered nurse and currently Awareness Month Coordinator for the Canadian Hemachromatosis Society, on iron overload and its health affects on people of Ukrainian and other northern European ancestry.

April 27, 2008. Joan Brander Richmond pysanka artist about her new book About the Pysanka – It is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander and book launch in Washington, DC. Also: Gladys Andreas, founder of the BC Ukrainian Festival, with a sneak preview of this year’s festival.

April 20, 2008. Petriw’s Political Perspectives, Part 5. Last in a series of discussions between local political observer Mirko Petriw and Ukrainian political commentator Mykola Riabchuk about the politics of remembrance.

April 13, 2008.

Fr. Ihor Kutash, of St. Mary the Protectess Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Montreal on his 40-year radio ministry on Ukrainian Time radio program in Montreal, and the English-language version coming soon to Vancouver on Nash Holos.

Petriw’s Political Perspectives, Part 4. Local political observer Mirko Petriw speaks with Ukrainian political commentator Mykola Riabchuk about the politics of remembrance in the context of Hetman Ivan Mazeppa.

April 6, 2008. Petriw’s Political Perspectives, Part 3. Local political observer Mirko Petriw speaks with Ukrainian political commentator Mykola Riabchuk about the relationship between Ukraine’s two top political figures, President Victor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko.

March 30, 2008. Beverly Dobrinsky, Artistic Director of Zeellia, on their upcoming BC tour and performance in Vancouver May 30 with Orysia Tracz at her presentation on erotic symbolism in Ukrainian folksongs.

March 30, 2008. Petriw’s Political Perspectives, Part 2. Local political observer Mirko Petriw speaks with Ukrainian political commentator Mykola Riabchuk about Ukraine’s current crop of oligarchs, referred to as the nomenclatura.

March 23, 2008. Father Edward Danylo Evanko on his new life as a priest, and his one-man plays, “Damien” and “Be Well and Prosper, My Beloved Ukraine” which he will be performing locally and further afield in the months ahead.

March 16, 2008. Petriw’s Political Perspectives, Part 1 Local political observer Mirko Petriw speaks with Ukrainian political commentator Mykola Riabchuk about the ramifications of the Orange revolution.

March 9, 2008. Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky, on his play “My Chernobyl” which debuted March 7 at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond.

March 2, 2008. Jars Balan, of the University of Alberta, on the study guide he was commissioned to write for the feature film Acts of Imagination, set in Vancouver. (4 MB, 8.47 min.)


Nov. 4, 2007. Vancouver screenwriter Ric Beairsto, co-creator and co-producer of Mixed Blessings, a 7-episode TV series about a cross-cultural romance between a Ukrainian plumber and a Cree waitress…  “Corner Gas” meets “The Brady Bunch” in the Alberta boomtown of Ft. MacMurray. (7 MB)

Sept. 30, 2007. New York filmmaker Damian Kolodiy, on his film The Orange Chronicles, which was screened in Vancouver during the Vancouver International Film Festival. (7 MB)

July 15, 2007. Susan Lazaruk, a local Ukrainian Catholic parishioner, on her new-found passion, iconography, and her upcoming trip to Ukraine where she will be going to study the craft of this ancient religious art form. 14:31 (7MB)

June 3, 2007. A chat with Carolyn Combs and Michael Springate, the producers of the Canadian film Acts of Imagination which returned to Vancouver last weekend for two screenings. This feature film is about two Ukrainian immigrants adjusting to life in Vancouver. 12:29 (6MB)

March 25, 2007. Dr. Natalie Kononenko, on Ukrainian folklore and the Kule Centre for Ukrainian Ethnography and other Ukrainian cultural initiatives at the University of Alberta. 20:23 (9MB)

Dr. Natalie Kononenko, on Ukrainian minstrels, folklore and her workshop that will kick off World Storytelling Day on Sunday March 25. 14:29 (7MB)

Mary Gavan, on the “handshake” between the Vancouver Storytellers and Vancouver’s Ukrainian community, and World Storytelling Day coming up on March 25. 17:19 (8MB)

Teresa Stolarskyj, on the recent screening of the film ‘Acts of Imagination” about two Ukrainian immigrants adjusting to life in east Vancouver. 8:26 (4MB)


Bohdan Kushnir, president of the Ukrainian Golf Association of Canada, on the upcoming Ukrainian World Golf Challenge 2008.

Introducing Father Bruce Power of Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church in Surrey on Travel Tips for Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Nester Trafanenko, publicity director of the Kvitka Dancers, about the group, the school, and their upcoming year-end concert, the Vesna Festival, featuring all 110 (count ’em!) Kvitka Dancers.

Gladys Andreas, President of the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival Society, gives a sneak preview of the upcoming 11th annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival in Mission, BC on Saturday, May 6.

Fr. Bohdan Lukie, CSsR speaks about his upcoming visit to BC to conduct Lenten missions in various Ukrainian Catholic parishes around the province, and issues an invitation to all Christians interested in renewing their faith to attend any or all.

Dr. Bohdan Klid, Research Scholar and Assistant Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Edmonton, AB on his upcoming audio-visual presentation “Rock, Pop and Politics in the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential Elections and the Orange Revolution.”

Anatoli Murha, President of the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, about his group and and its upcoming Western Canada Tour.

Alexis Kochan, of Paris to Kyiv, talks about the group’s latest CD release “Fragmenti” and shares some background on the group and her personal insights into their unique “east meets west” Ukrainian musical brand.

Victor Malarek, with an update on human trafficking since the release of his book The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade in 2003. He was in Vancouver to address lawmakers, law enforcers and victim and support service workers at a conference on international human trafficking May 18-19. 2005.

His Excellency Severian Yakymyshyn, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster, British Columbia, on the passing of Pope John Paul II.

Irene Zabytko, Florida-based (formerly of Chicago) author of The Sky Unwashed and When Luba Leaves Home on her pending visit to Vancouver in April 2005.

Alexandria Mitchell, grade 7 student from Abbotsford and her ode to her sopilka, a Melody of Hope.

Audrey Sojonky, President of UCC-BC shares her experience as an election observer on December 26 in Dontesk, Ukraine.

Roman Herchak, election observer on December 26 in Zaporizhia shares his experience and observations.

Mirko Petriw, election observer on Oct 31 in Kharkiv shares his experience and observations.

Victor Malarek, award winning investigative journalist on his latest book, The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade. The topic of his book is organized crime’s fastest-growing business: the trafficking of Ukrainian and other East European women and children for sexual exploitation. The victims of this brutal trade are being robbed of their futures, and so are we, because they are our future. Victor describes who the perpetrators and predators are, and what individuals can do to help. (6.7MB)

Marsha Skrypuch Ukrainian Canadian author, on her October 2002 Vancouver book launch of Hope’s War, the resulting hate mail and death threats, writing on “heavy” historical themes for children and young adults, and more!

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