Feature Interviews 2011

2011 Feature Interviews on Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio

December 11, 2011.
Jerrit Pawlyk, with the Edmonton polka band UB, about
their band’s history on the Ukrainian music scene, including
their latest CD, Home Brew.

December 04, 2011.  
Andriana Gnap
, Ukrainian American singer about her music
and her CD of Ukrainian Christmas carols,
Чудесна Зірка (Wondrous Star).

November 27, 2011.
Oleg  Atbashian, author of Shakedown Socialism, on the
causes that led to the Holodomor (1932-33 famine-genocide in
Ukraine) and his view that the western world is about to
repeat history.

November 20, 2011.
Doreen Pendgracs, author of Before You Say Yes: A
Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards.

November 06, 2011.
Victor Yanukhovych, president of Ukraine, in conversation with Sergio Cantone of
the broadcast news agency Euro News on Brussel’s
cancellation of EU integration talks due to the jailing of
former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

October 30, 2011.
Boris Shedov, international sports commentator talks
with Keith Perron of PCJ Media about Euro 2012 and its
implications for Ukraine.

October 23, 2011.
Mir Huculak, Honorary Consul of Ukraine for British
Columbia, on his role as Consul and the role of the
Consulate in BC.

October 09, 2011.  
Valya Dudycz Lupescu
, author of the recently released
novel The Silence of Trees about a woman who lost her
family in WWII sUkraine and emigrated to America.

October 02, 2011.
Innesa Tymochko, solo violinist with the Talents of
Ukraine extravaganza at the Vancouver Centre for the
Performing Arts.

September 25, 2011.
Ken Kachmarof Boen Performing Arts, on the upcoming Talents of Ukraine
extravaganza at the Vancouver Centre for the Performing
Arts, and the 2011 Cross Canada Tour. Also details on how to
win free tickets!

September 18, 2011.
Roman Brytan
, host of Radio Zhurmal on World FM in
Edmotnon on his show’s new collaboration with OMNI TV.

September 04, 2011. Alberta author
Mila Komarnisky on her  recently-released novel Wretched Land about a
Ukrainian family that survived three famines in two wars in 20th century Ukraine.

August 28, 2011.
Theresa Sokyrka
, Ukrainian Canadian recording artist about her experience as a 2004 Canadian Idol sensation, her Ukrainian roots and upcoming performance in Parksville, BC.

July 24, 2011.
Daria Luciw
, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council speaks with Roman Brytan of Radio Zhurnal in Edmonton about UCC-APC’s upcoming Ukrainian Day celebrations at the Ukrainian Heritage Village.

July 17, 2011.
Nathan Fitch
, dance instructor with the Zirka Ukrainian Dancers of Kamloops, on his group’s gold-medal performances at this year’s Vegreville Pysanka Festival and his vision and plans for the Ukrainian dance scene in BC.

July 03, 2011. Donna
, Ontario singer/songwriter and the story behind her song Look (80,000 Voices) commemorating the internment of Ukrainians and other East Europeans in Canada during WWI.

June 26, 2011.
Roman Brytan, host of Edmonton’s Radio Zhurnal and Chair of the National 120th Anniversary Commemorative Committee, on the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.

June 19, 2011.
Monica Pahlaniuk
, on the dance competitions, Jeff  Mortenson and the So You Think You Can Dance Canada team and upcoming performances, and other festival fun at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival taking place July 1-3, 2011 in Vegreville, Alberta,

June 12, 2011.
Alicja Gruntowicz,
on the upcoming Ukrainian Pysanky Festival in Vegreville, Alberta July 1-3.

June 05, 2011. Irina Jacoba, on her mission to
restore the recordings of the Ukrainian repertoire of her
late husband, renowned European opera singer Michael Minsky.

Broadcast version:
(Running time: 14:03)

Full unedited version: (Running time: 32:37)

May 29, 2011. Marsha Skrypuch, on her most recent
award for her mid-grade children’s novel Stolen Child,
about one of the lesser-known Nazi atrocities, the
Lebensborn Program.

May 22, 2011. Dave Ganert,
Artistic Director with Shumka Ukrainian Dancers of Edmonton
on Shumka’s 50th anniversary on the eve of their May 23,
2011 kick-off performance in Kelowna.

May 08, 15, 2011.
Wendy Swan
of Veselka Ukrainian Dancers in Victoria on
their 40th anniversary celebration in Victoria May 21 & 22,

May 01, 2011. Irene
, on her upcoming Chernobyl film Life in the Dead

January 23, 2011.
Lori Hamar,
on the debut of her contemporary dance work Bloodline, at
the Metro Theatre Jan. 30th during Dance Victoria Days.

January 16, 2011.
Sarah Crow,
of The Pickle Project, which aims to raise public awareness
of the Ukrainian culture of food sustainability. (Running
time 14:32)

December 19, 2010.
Keith Perron
, of PCJ Media on PCJ Radio and the
syndication of Nash Holos on international shortwave, FM,
and internet radio.

Broadcast version:
(Running time 15:11)

Full unedited
: (Running time 37:27)

December 12, 2010. Edmonton author
Myrna Kostash (All
of Baba’s Children)
on her most recent book, Prodigal
Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium.

Edited for broadcast version (Running time 15:45)

Full unedited version (Running time 29:10)

October 03, 2010. Kontakt TV’s
Mykhailo Curry interviews Bohdan Tkachyshyn and Ken Kachmar of Boen
Arts on the 010 Canada Tour of the Virsky National Dance Company of Ukraine.
(Audio soundtrack of original Kontakt TV broadcast.)

September 26, 2010.
Bohdan Tkachyshyn of Boen Arts on the upcoming Vancouver performance and 2010
Canada Tour of the Virsky National Dance Company of Ukraine.

August 01, 2010.
Meylakh Sheykhet
, Director of the Jewish Heritage Centre
in Lviv, on Ukrainian Jewish relations.

June 06, 2010.
Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky
, Director of the Sheptytsky
Institute of Eastern Christian Studies in Ottawa, on this
year’s Study Days (open to the public). Courtesy Irena Bell,
producer & host of the Ukrainian Program in Ottawa.

May 23, 2010.
 Bill Szuch, founder of UkeTube. Courtesy Irena Bell, producer & host of the Ukrainian Program in Ottawa.

April 25, 2010.
Marsha Skrypuch,
on the release of her latest YA novel,
Stolen Child and her western Canada book tour.

March 21, 2010.
Randall Maggs
, on winning the 2010 Kobzar Literary Award
for his acclaimed hockey saga Night Work: The Sawchuk
about legendary NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk.

March 14, 2010. Roman
, producer and host of Radio Zhurnal in Edmonton,
and Program Director of 101.7 World FM in Edmonton, which
was named Canada’s Multicultural Radio Station of the Year
for the second year in a row.

February 21, 2010 (Vancouver) & February 25, 2010
CYM representatives
Lidia Jendzjowsky and Stepan Duma
discuss their organization, the Ukrainian Youth Association
(CYM), on the occasion of CYM’s 8th Jamboree taking place in
Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

January 31, 2010 (Vancouver ) & February 11, 2010
Myrna Arychuk
, organizer of the upcoming Ukrainian
Charity Ball in support of the Ukrainian Paralympic athletes
and Ukraine House.

January 17, 2010.
Orysia Dawydiak
, a Prince Edward Island author on her
recently-released first novel House of Bears, which
chronicles the experiences of a young Ukrainian Canadian
woman in 1970s Ontario, and her mother in WWII Ukraine.

December 20, 2009. Mirko Petriw,
update and more details on volunteer opportunities
at Ukraine House during the Vancouver
2010 Olympics.

November 08, 2009.
Mirko Petriw
, on Ukraine House at the Vancouver
2010 Olympics … and a volunteer opportunity for
those seeking an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime Olympics

October 25, 2009. Roman Brytan, host of RadioZhurnal
in Edmonton, on his program including recent updates on its
new timeslot and broadcast

October 18, 2009. Andrea Malysh, of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties
Association, on the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at
the site of a WWI internment camp in Edgewood, BC, October
24, 2009.

Petriw’s Perspectives. Local author and political
commentator shares more excerpts from Ukrainian president
Yushchenko’s Green Clearing Conference, in which the
president reflects on Ukraine’s past and future.

October 11, 2009. Montreal film-maker Yurij Luhovy, discusses his latest film Okradena Zemlya (Plundered Land) about the 1932-33 famine-genocide in Soviet Ukraine, including his research in archives only recently opened in Ukraine, as well as first-hand testimonies of survivors.

Petriw’s Perspectives.
Local author and political commentator shares some excerpts from Ukrainian president Yushchenko’s Green Clearing Conference of September 30, in which the president pulled few punches.

September 27, 2009.
Petriw’s Perspectives. Local author and political
commentator shares his views on the latest developments on
Ukraine’s political scene. This week he discusses Rafael
Lemkin, the author of the document that first identified the
word “genocide” and cited events in Ukraine’s past,
including the Holodomor of 1932-33, as the defining example
of the term.

September 20, 2009. Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, of the
Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, on the
Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.

September 13 & 20, 2009.
Petriw’s Perspectives.
Local author and political
commentator shares his views on Ukrainian ambivalence and a
recent Ukrainian law granting pensions to liquidators of the
Ukrainian Insurgent Army before, during and following WWII.

September 06, 2009.
Mirko Petriw
, author of the political thriller
Yaroslaw’s Treasure,
on his novel as well as the history
and politics behind the story, from the fall of Kyiv in 1240
to the Orange Revolution of 2004.

July 12, 2009. Paul
on the late Sonia Morris, the new George S.N.
Luckyj Ukrainian Literature Translation Prize, and his
ongoing work with Language Lantern Publications, founded in
1996 by Sonia Morris and her sister Roma Franko.

May 10, 2009. Anton Schleha of
Germany on his book about a survivor of a Cossack massacre
in Austria post WWII and a memorial being built to
commemorate the tragedy.

April 19, 2009.
Ernie McCullough
of Platinum Concerts International, on
the Kyiv Chamber Choir, their 2009 Canada Tour, and their
upcoming concerts in Vancouver and Victoria.

April 12, 2009.
Feature presentation by Ottawa archivist Nadia Kazymyra on St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Choir, formerly of Roblin, Manitoba. Courtesy Irena Bell of the Ukrainian Radio Program in Ottawa.

April 5, 2009.
Ukrainian folklore specialist Orysia Tracz on her  upcoming summer folk arts tour to Ukraine.

March 29, 2009.
Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil
Liberties Association, on UCCLA’s campaign “No KGB in

March 15, 2009.
Andriy Antonenko, a.k.a. Riffmaster,
Ukrainian rock star on his music and his decision to compose
lyrics in Ukrainian rather than Russian. Many thanks to
Vasyl Pawlowsky in Kyiv for conducting the interview and sharing it with Nash Holos listeners.

March 08, 2009.
Fr. Ihor Kutash, of
St. Mary the Protectess Ukrainian Orthodox Church in
Montreal and host of Blahovisnyk (The Evangelist) on Nash
Holos and Ukrainian Time, gives a sneak preview of his
upcoming workshop in Vancouver, Love: Human and Divine.

Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association,
discusses the origin and intent of the first annual
Ukrainian Literature Day in Canada.

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

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

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

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

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
, 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

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

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
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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