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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…

The City That Never Sleeps – Review

The City That Never Sleeps… Review of Myroslav Levytsky‘s   “The City That Never Sleeps” CD released in 2011. Written by: William (Vasyl) Pawlowsky CD The City That Never Sleeps Date published: 08/24/2011 4.75 / 5 stars Some time ago I discovered that my old friend Myroslav Levytsky had just put out a new CD.…

Mirages – or playing with one’s memory

Last night after a few meetings a friend of mine and I decided to go to one of the places that everyone should know about in Kyiv, especially if they like different types of pirizkhy and bulochky, the place is Yaroslavna on Yaroslaviv Val just above from where Ivano Franka Street starts. As we were…

The ShokolaD Kupidon Gig…

Well needless to say, there was a lot going on during the weekend of the June 13-14. First of all had a charity ball that our Rotary Club was organizing on the Saturday, and secondly had to make sure everything would work out for ShokolaD on Sunday as well. When I arrived at Kupidon, and…

The first little nibble of ShockolaD

I had been up early that day and in a totally different part of town working on a project taking place out at the Shakespeare Restaurant, owned by another friend of mine, located on Lublinska Street. It had been drizzling on an off all day long, that twenty-eighth day of May. I was a little…

Braty bluzu taking on a new shape…

Well just over a week has passed since I was at a concert at Art Club 44 in the heart of Kyiv. It was on Halloween night, and like many places the staff at that establishment were all ghouled up… Like any other thing here in Ukraine, if it can be commercially feasible, then go…

Professionalism – or lack thereof – reporting on musical events

Monday night was probably the musical highlight in Kyiv this fall with the first of two concerts of Christina Augilera, and while I didn’t attend with the cheapest ticket at Palats Sportu being 500 UAH, for the Monday night show, and starting at 1,000 UAH for the second show at Paltats Ukraina, a good friend…

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…

Drymba Da Dzyga or DDD

Quite some time ago at a local watering hole Dem Haydamaky’s guitarist introduced me to a fellow by the name of Oleksandr Novichenko, bass player with a relatively new Ukrainian band called DrymbaDaDzyga. A short while later Oleksandr comes over to me and hands me a CD, and like many things I stashed into my…

Talking about tight

A few days back I posted about a guy by the name of Andriy Antonenko, aka Riffmaster. While I have had the opportunity to listen to recorded material that Andriy has put out, it was not until last night that I could really appreciate the level of talent of Riffmaster. I have been kicking around…