Ban Hate Monger Valentina Lisitsia

Ukraine hate monger Valentina Lisitsia should be banned from entering Canada and performing anywhere in this country. This should be the stand of anyone who holds normal social values and abhors hate speech of any kind, period. I could not agree more with the president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress president Paul Grod who concluded…

Special Social Media Reach Offer

Do you have a social media reach of over 100K? If so you may consider lending your reach to an initiative by two Canadians. I was an expat in Ukraine for nearly ten years, my friend is still there. On June 18, 2014 Nadiya Savchenko was abducted by Russian backed terrorists and against the rules…

September 23, 2011 – My Letter to Bryan Adams on Euro-2012

Mr. Bryan Adams, O.C., O.B.C. c/o Mr. Bruce Allen Suite 520 – 425 Carrall Street Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3 Canada Dear Mr. Adams, I am writing to you with regard to your planned performance on October 28, 2011 in the city of Lviv, Ukraine at the opening ceremony for the Lviv football stadium for the…

Montreal’s Ukrainian Festival Organizers have gone astray!

One of the first thing’s I received in my e-mail today was about the arrest and detention of Ukrainian historian Ruslan Zabiliy who just happened to working on a piece of history that Moscow and the current Moscow friendly regime in Ukraine would rather wish never existed. UPA or the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. This news…

Цікава мішанина технології

Чесно кажучи не знаю скільки людей читають мій блог, знаю скільки переглядів та звідкиля люди заходять завдяки Google Analytics але хто дійсьно читає – це вже другерядне питання. Сьогодні прийшло до мене через МордоКнижку, так називає Facebook одних їз моїх знайомих, про цікаву суміш технології. Мова іде про користування зйомки від Google Streetview та зйомки…

A weekend of fun under the sun – Are we certain?

I awoke on Saturday morning bright and early. The sun was shining and all I could see was big white clouds in the sky. After a little meandering around my neighbourhood, making a number of phone calls and then meeting up with a friend just after noon I decided it was time to go to…

Happy Birthday Ethella Chupryk

Sometimes no matter how hard you try to get the timing right something gets in the way. This was the case with Ethella’s birthday gift for this year. It was planned that by now we would have had The Vancouver Collection – Undiscovered Geniuses – Piano Music in our hands and be with Ethella in…

Ukrainian musicians to descend on Budapest

Back in 1998 Myroslav Levytsky and Braty bluzu performed on the main stage at the Pepsi-Sziget Festival as the first Ukrainian group to perform. There he met Canadian Lionel Lodge which eventually led to work with both Lionel and Rens Newland on the Music Without Borders project. Later on in 1999 Mandry headed off to…

Festivals hampered by Ukraine’s Political Situation

Just a little over a week ago I had to make a tough decision, but in retrospect it was the right one. I had been negotiating with a well known jazzman of Ukrainian heritage to participate in what was to be the 10th International Forum “Music of Youth” Festival of Contemporary Young Performers for little…

On the other side of the Big Pond

While I don’t usually post much on Ukrainian music in North America, one band’s name in particular caught my eye. They are from Winnipeg, Canada and they call themselves the Zrada Cultural Academy and it seems that they are preparing to go into studio this spring to prepare their first full length album. I’m looking…