In this episode I’d like you to meet my two guests: Anna Paluch from Ottawa, Canada, and Piotr Surmaczynski from London, UK. We talk about indigenous culture, art, and history, about identity, Polishness, emigration and more. Visit POLcast at www.mypolcast.com
An interview with Sabina Baral, who wrote an extremely successful book in Polish "Zapiski z wygnania" (Notes from Exile). The book talks about her family's experience of being made to leave Poland in March 1968, as a result of the ruling communist party's anti-Semitic purge. Those forced to leave were made stateless and were subjected to humiliating exit procedures.
Sabina left Poland with her parents, parting with her Polish boyfriend. This was the end of her life in the country where her family had lived for generations. And a new beginning.
In this episode you will hear three interviews with:
• Ewa Henry- Dawson, head of the Canada Team of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, about this year’s 29th annual campaign in Canada, pandemic-style.
• Irene Tomaszewski, a Canadian writer, editor and translator of Polish descent living in Ottawa, for many years the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Review, an online English-language magazine on Polish culture, established in 2008. We talk about Bogumił W.Andrzejewski, a Polish linguist and his connection to Somalia.
• Pola Janowska and Mery (Marysia) Grupinska, two Polish high school students, actively involved in Global Awareness Movement (GAM), an initiative created by young people from Poland, developed and managed entirely by its young inventors, with mentorship of Jola Kulik from Young Talent Management.
I hope that while listening to this POLcast episode you will forget about the pandemic and this weird Christmas 2020. This episode #78 celebrates the beauty of Christmas through music. You will learn a lot about Polish carols and other Christmas traditions. In this special Christmas episode I interview Joanna Ciapka-Sangster, a Polish Canadian violinist from Edmonton, Alberta.
Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In Episode 76 we are talking about antisemitism in two Polish language newspapers published in Canada.
You will hear three interviews with:
• Michael Mostyn, the Chief Executive Officer of B'nai Brith Canada,
• Matthew Samulewski, an activist in the Polish Canadian community, mostly its younger generation,
• Thomas Lukaszuk, a Polish-born Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, who served in the provincial cabinet and was the Deputy Premier of Alberta.
In Episode 75 you will hear:
Quo Vadis Conferences Canada and the Polish Students’ Association (PSA) at the University of Toronto have teamed up to co-host an online conference just for students!
POLcast is happy to be the event’s media patron.
In February I conducted this carefree – pre-COVID-19 – interview with Kinga Heming, an amazing Polish Canadian jazz singer, who was born in Poland, moved to Ottawa when she was five and now resides in the small town of Kelowna in the Canadian province of British Columbia. I had just seen (and loved) her performance at the Kabaret pod Banką’s annual Kabareton (Cabaret Night) but most of all – she had been nominated for coveted Grammy Award.